Employment at ArtCenter


Full-time Faculty in Graphic Design with a background in design practice with a strong focus on typography, editorial design, identity, branding, print production, and art direction. (non-tenure track)

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 background in design practice with a strong focus on typography, editorial design, identity, branding, print production, and art direction. The studio work should include evidence of multi-disciplinary methods with a rigorous attention to typographic craft and excellence. Practice should include a strong understanding of race, gender, LGBTQ, socio-economic disparity, and climate issues. The studio work should reflect these issues across multiple media forms. Typography, concept, form, and meaning are integral to the outcomes.

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.

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 ten art and design disciplines.

Reports to: Chair, Graphic Design

How to Apply

  • Please provide the following materials:
  • Letter of interest that addresses why you are the appropriate candidate for this position
  • 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 “Graphic Design Faculty Typography” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: July 15, 2022

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
  • Assit 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.

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.