Animation Teachers Wanted at Cogswell

Animation Teacher

Cogswell College is seeking part-time instructors for the upcoming year.

We regularly offer teaching opportunities to our pool of part-time teaching applicants. This is an ideal opportunity for an industry professional to teach students, help develop an excellent digital arts and animation program, and to work collaboratively on cross-discipline projects.

Traditional Animators

Storyboard Artists

Traditional and/or Digital Illustrators

Should have a broad knowledge of art and design, and must exhibit excellent skills in realism, emphasizing gesture, form, and structure. Cogswell offers several courses in these areas each semester.

Game Design and Development Instructors.

Cogswell is committed to cultivating an environment where engineering and artistic specialists work together in innovative and synergistic ways. This position is a unique opportunity for someone who can assimilate multiple perspectives as part of the creative process.

Applicants should have a broad knowledge of art and design, software engineering, game design theory, game aesthetics, interactive software design, software production processes and methodologies, and competence in a wide range of digital and electronic processes. Must have knowledge of 2D and 3D software applications, game asset creation and implementation for game engines

3D Modeling Instructors and 3D Animation Instructors

Candidates must have the ability to work with beginning through advanced students and teach various courses in 3D Modeling and Animation. Must have knowledge of the creation of 3D organic and industrial models using software such as Maya and/or Modo software, primarily for film and game.

Must have ability to join the fundamental principles of art with computer graphic theory and concepts. Students will create works which demonstrate both aesthetic and software proficiency. Topics include modeling with spline-NURB and polygonal techniques, texture mapping, lighting, shading, and rendering.

Individual must possess a strong commitment to teaching, to collaborative learning, and to maintaining industry relationships.



MFA in Animation or related field


Experience teaching collaborative game or animation courses and /or professional experience.

Active record of professional achievement as demonstrated by the following: public release of game/film, professional practice, publications, grants, or other scholarship.

Preference may be given to the candidate who:

Has teaching experience at an accredited college or university

Can demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate interdisciplinary teaching

Application Materials

Qualified applicants must send the following:

Letter of application

Curriculum vitae

Brief statement of teaching philosophy

Names and contact information of three professional references (no letters at this time).

DVD of personal work and examples of student work.

List of work samples that include titles, dates, and media of each work; clear directions for specialized use and navigation, and your role in work (primary artist, programmer, collaborator, etc).

Self addressed container/envelope for return of work samples with adequate postage.


Commensurate with experience

Application Materials:

Send application package to:

Jenelle Gonzalez

Cogswell Polytechnical College, 1175 Bordeaux Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089.


This is an active pool with no specific deadlines. Applicants wishing consideration should send their materials no later than 2 months prior to the desired semester, and as soon as possible for the Fall semester.

Start Dates:

Fall 2009 classes begin September 2009

Spring 2009 classes begin January 2010

Summer 2009 classes begin May 2010
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minority and women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

- Michael Martin, Dean of the College

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