Employment at ArtCenter


Faculty in Communication Design, open rank, full-time (non-tenure track)

About ArtCenter

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education and has had an international reputation for its rigorous, transdisciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strong ties to industry, and commitment to socially responsible design. We are an independent, nonprofit, four-year college offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in eleven specialized programs and graduate degrees in 10 art and design disciplines.

This position is one of six new faculty job openings across the disciplines of the College, which seeks to expand upon the strategies and perspectives available in the ArtCenter classroom, foster institutional expertise in the intersections between art and design practices and legacies of racism and colonialism, and advance more just and equitable futures both within and beyond the ArtCenter community. Preference will be given to candidates whose work engages global, anti-racist, and decolonizing frameworks in relation to the fields of art, design, and/or media.

Job Summary

Every position at ArtCenter plays an essential part in carrying out the values, goals, strategic vision, and mission of the College. This includes diversity, equity, inclusion, and culture.

The Graphic Design Graduate and Undergraduate Program is looking for one full-time faculty member with a robust background in graphic design and interest in areas of race, gender, LGBTQIA+, and socio-economic disparity. The studio work should reflect excellence in design and communication across multiple media strategies. Typography, form, and meaning are integral to the outcomes. This position will carry a workload including teaching and departmental duties as follows: three five-hour studio classes plus three faculty service hours per week. Faculty will be expected to maintain an active professional or research practice. The salary will be commensurate with professional experience and teaching.

This position requires full-time teaching responsibilities, administrative service, and instructional duties, which may be outside of the Graphic Design Program and which may include occasional substitute teaching, service on collegewide committees such as Faculty Council, faculty and student mentoring and advising, core curricular planning, scholarship and portfolio student reviews, physical gallery and program website curation, outcome assessments with corresponding data collection, and attending departmental and College all-hands meetings. Full-time faculty are also responsible to help create visibility and recognition for the program and to maintain external relationships with designers and leaders experienced with issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Reports to: Chair of Graphic Design

FLSA status: Exempt

Job posted 12/9/21. How to Apply -- Please provide the following materials:

  • Letter of interest that addresses why advanced study in creative practice is the right context for your own research and scholarly interests, what strengths you would bring to the position and, past experience with any of the following: practice-based research in art, film, and/or design; the professional contexts of art, film, and/or design; art, film, and/or design education
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of three professional references
  • Teaching statement
  • Sample of work (acceptable formats include, but are not limited to: published articles, writing in progress, and 8-10 images of work)
  • Official transcripts will be required at time of employment
  • ArtCenter Employment Application   Download ArtCenter Application

Applications will be accepted until the application deadline. Qualified applicants should send all requested materials and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Cluster Hire-Communications” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: Reviews of applications will begin February 25 but the position will remain open until filled


  • MFA degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent professional experience
  • Experience with teaching practice
  • At least five years of professional work within the communication design field
  • Deep experience working with various projects in graphic design direction, branding, strategy, and cross-media communication
  • National and international networks and connections that may benefit the program and students
  • Demonstrated commitment to building innovative approaches to communication design and developing a solid context for their own practice
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion and recognize the confidential nature of ArtCenter business, as well as requirements under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Must be able to work with and understand our culturally diverse student and faculty body with their needs and goals
  • Demonstrated experience in and commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within Art Center’s diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • A record of design awards and publication is an asset
  • Knowledge of public relations, social media, and media promotion

Essential Functions

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching in the Graphic Design Programs
  • Provide classroom instruction, maintain and report student attendance, preparation of instructional material including class syllabi, grading students’ assignments and exams, posting students’ grades, consulting with students, replying to students’ inquiries, and facilitating course evaluations
  • Mentor and guide students beyond the classroom

Other Responsibilities and service opportunities

  • Assist in cultivating guest lectures, visiting designers, publications, and student competitions
  • Cross-disciplinary course content
  • Assist with student gallery, grad show, and web content
  • Assist in creating visibility and recognition for the program among prospective students, the design community, creative industries, and potential donors and sponsors
  • Maintain external relationships with designers and leaders experienced with issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Serve on College-wide committees as appropriate

Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the Director, Title IX Compliance and Programs, or designee or the Associate Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard classroom setting with frequent interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient ability to work in a classroom setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 20 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading class materials, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.

Equal Opportunity Employer

ArtCenter is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against its employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, ancestry, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic pregnancy, marital status, military, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Equal employment opportunity is extended to all persons in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including without limitation, recruitment, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, leave of absence, transfer, discipline, layoff, recall and termination. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of ArtCenter and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of ArtCenter. 

Land Acknowledgment

“ArtCenter College of Design occupies the region of the ancestral and traditional land of the Hahamog'na Tongva people, the stewards of the San Gabriel Valley area around present-day Pasadena.”

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.