The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts University Graphic Arts Department invites applications for a part-time lecturer in graphic arts for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The Graphic Arts area is seeking one or two lecturers to teach two courses in Fall 2021, with possibility of renewal in Spring 2022. The ideal candidate(s) will have strong graphic design skills, an understanding of design history and contemporary art focused on new technologies, will be actively working towards decolonizing design history and promoting equity in the classroom, and is a practicing artist.
Courses and their descriptions are:
Creative Activism: Emerging Technologies (2 hrs per week)
Explores power of public activism through design interventions. Designers have been trained to serve corporate ambitions through advertisement/sales. Consider the responsibility of designers to subvert, amplify, resist, intervene, disobey, protest in favor of principles that matter on a personal level. Examine/develop criteria for successful acts of social resistance through projects on the web and in augmented reality. No prior technical experience necessary.
Design for Social Change (4 hrs per week)
Explore design as a catalyst for social change. Focus on marrying design to activism, and examine established methodologies for developing and fostering a successful call to action. Create and disseminate engaging and beautiful messages and materials in service of promoting an idea or product. Students will work individually or in groups to design and implement a campaign for a concept of their choosing; final deliverable forms will vary but may include posters, websites, or public art installations. Through lectures, in-class activities, and critiques, students will learn about the role design and designers play in social activism, as well as strategies for research, ideation, prototyping, and testing design solutions. Class demos will cover Photoshop and Illustrator.
Candidates should have an MFA in Studio Art or an equivalent degree, or experience working in the field. Prior teaching experience is a plus. Technical skills required include but are not limited to fluency in web and print design and some coding, augmented reality, public installations, experience in social activism, webVR and knowledge of other software is a plus.
Questions about the position may be directed to Chantal Zakari, Professor of the Practice, at Chantal.Zakari@tufts.edu
Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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