Open date: July 1, 2022
Next review date: Sunday, Dec 18, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Saturday, Jul 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Academic - Non-Tenure Track
UC Berkeley Extension, the professional and continuing education division at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a pool of qualified instructors to teach in-person and online courses in Graphic Design and Motion Design.
UC Berkeley Extension seeks dynamic instructors with a commitment to professional and continuing education in Graphic Design and Motion Design to lead multiple courses each year. The pool will remain in place for one calendar year; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond the advertised final closing date must reapply. The number of these positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department.
Courses are offered in-person and online.
- Classroom instruction takes place at our centers in Berkeley and San Francisco, California (U.S.A.).
- Online instruction is delivered through live lectures (Zoom) and through our learning management system (Canvas).
Most classroom and live online lecture courses are offered in the evening and on the weekend (U.S.A. Pacific Time).
We are seeking qualified applicants who possess current subject matter expertise and/or teaching knowledge in the following subjects/specializations (but not limited to). For a complete list of courses and course descriptions, please refer to the departmental link below.
- Adobe (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
- Art Direction
- Digital Advertising
- Editorial Design (digital layouts for ePubs)
- Environmental Graphic Design
- Graphic Design Portfolio
- Integrated Design
- Package Design
- Typography (Print/Web/Digital)
- Visual Design Principles
- Other Graphic Design Related Topics (specify in your cover letter)
- 2D Animation
- 3D Animation & 3D Drawing
- After Effects
- AR, MR and VR
- Cinema 4D
- Cinematic Techniques
- Explainer Videos (2D motion graphics, Illustrator, character design and animation)
- Marketing in Motion
- Marketing Videos
- Processing Programming Language (Generative Art and Design)
- Rotoscoping (digital and analog)
- Social Media integration (Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Vimeo)
- Sound Effects (integration of music and voice-over with character animation
- Tablet Drawing
- Title Sequence (movie titles)
- Visual Effects (modeling techniques, texturing, lighting and rendering)
- Other Motion Design Related Topics (specify in your cover letter)
Instructor duties include but are not limited to:
- Complete mandatory training programs by deadlines established by UC Berkeley.
- Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: updating and submitting syllabi using approved syllabus template; communicating required texts and materials; communicating classroom technology and support needs.
- Make appropriate adjustments to continually improve the syllabus, curriculum and course materials. May be based upon programmatic and/or student feedback.
- Prepare and deliver course materials, lectures/presentations, and design learning assessments.
- Design interactive and motivational classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning.
- Stay current within the subject, discipline or field of practice.
- Use subject-matter expertise and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum.
- Utilize course support platforms, including the Canvas Learning Management System and Zoom Pro (as applicable).
- Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline/explain the grading policies for the course.
- Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
- Employ culturally competent and inclusive teaching methodologies in the classroom (including teaching non-native speakers and/or students with academic letters of accommodations for disabilities).
- Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes and assign grades.
- Post final student grades to the transcript system within two weeks of course completion.
- Handle student inquiries about final grades and consult with the Program Director as needed.
- Retain student records according to University policies.
Access to UC Berkeley library stacks and online resources, free and discounted software, and professional development through LinkedIn Learning. Workers compensation and general liability insurance coverage, Medicare contributions, and mandatory Safe Harbor Defined Contribution Plan contributions (in lieu of Social Security).
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree required.
- All work must be performed in the United States, whether in person or online. For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. Due to the part-time, temporary nature of instructor positions, UC Berkeley Extension is unable to provide US visa/work permits for this position.
- 5 or more years of professional work experience in graphic, visual or communication design, art direction, motion design, motion graphics, animation, video production/editing, filmmaking, marketing or multimedia.
- Advanced degree in subject area preferred.
- Teaching, training or coaching experience in the course subject, within a corporate environment, or at a U.S. college/university institution.
- Experience in course development, including creating original academic content such as syllabi, learning objectives, lectures/presentations/scripts, learning activities, assignments, assessments, exams, and quizzes.
- Experience writing technical content and project specs.
- Ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.
- Effective verbal/written communication and presentation skills (English).
- Effective organizational skills with attention to detail.
- Ability to collaborate with colleagues and work within a team environment.
- Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) instructional and other technology, such as: Learning Management Systems (Canvas); lecture/presentation capture applications (Panopto); online video conferencing (Zoom); Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint); file sharing (Google drive or Dropbox); and Google tools (email, calendar, docs, sheets, slides, etc).
Preferred qualifications for graphic design:
- Graphic user interface (GUI) screen layout and composition
- Design assets with a pixel-level design approach
- Proficiency in two or more Adobe Apps: Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign
- Icon and logo design and pixel-level design
- Understanding of bit-depth, pixel-density and resolution issues
- Typographic skills (type setup, digital type, web fonts, flex type, type for print)
- Page Layout (grid systems)
- Color Theory (CMYK, RGB, Pantone (PMS) and Hexadecimal #s)
- Image manipulation and great compositing skills
- Knowledge of existing and new technologies and constraints
Preferred qualifications for motion design:
- Screen layout and composition
- Proficiency in two or more Adobe Apps: After Effects, Animate, Rush, Premier Pro, Audition, Illustrator and Photoshop
- Cinema 4D or other 3D software
- Proficiency in AR, MR and VR
- Proficiency in Processing Programming Language (generative art/design)
- Expertise in sound effects
- Expertise in the 12 principles of animation
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter - In your cover letter, please include:
1) the top 3 specialization(s) you are applying for within the Graphic Design or Motion Design disciplines;
2) any other Graphic Design or Motion Design topics or specializations not previously listed;
3) how your training and qualifications prepare you to teach within your specialization(s);
4) a website link to your online Graphic Design and/or Motion Design portfolio; and
5) a Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Please include information about how your pedagogical approaches and classroom strategies contribute to an equitable and inclusive classroom environment. Alternatively, please include information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired to teach at Berkeley. See additional information.
References are requested from candidates at the interviewing stage, and references are only contacted for finalists.
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Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.
The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/ucb-confidentiality-policy) prior to submitting their letter.
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.
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