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Affiliated (Part-Time) Faculty Production Department of Visual and Media Arts

Emerson College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 11, 2023

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Faculty Positions, Communications, Film & Video
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Affiliated (Part-Time) Faculty Production Department of Visual and Media Arts
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The Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College seeks applications for adjunct positions for the Spring 2023 semester to teach the following classes, among possible others: VM131 Foundations Practice, VM230 Intro to Film Production, VM243 Intro to Narrative Drama, VM370 Business of Media, and VM376 Intro to Editing.

Spring 2023 semester teaching dates are January 17-May 10, 2023. These courses are part of the Media Arts Production major in the Visual & Media Arts department, and are being conducted fully in-person. Descriptions are indicated for each class below:

VM131 Foundations Practice

Foundations: Practice allows students to explore and experiment with visual and media art production techniques and technologies within a critical framework. Effective project management skills are implemented to work through stages of the creative process as students produce work using tools while considering conceptual, ethical, and aesthetic decisions.

VM230 Intro to Film Production

Introduces the basics of non-synchronous 16mm filmmaking, including camera operation, principles of cinematography and lighting for black-and-white film, non-sync sound recording and transfers, and picture and sound editing.

VM243 Intro to Narrative Drama

Introduces students to the personnel and techniques involved in the broad category of narrative fiction production. Emphasis is placed on organization and the translation of the script into a visual narrative. Students have the opportunity to hone their production skills on a variety of creative projects. The course also prepares students for advanced-level course work and BFAs in narrative fiction.

VM370 Business of Media

Examines the industry from national, global, creative, managerial, administrative, and financial perspectives critical to greenlighting and creating media within the industry, whether indie or studio, fiction or non-fiction. Key areas explored include understanding the industry from an international perspectives including historical, present and future trends, the basics of business affairs, including ownership and copyright and rights agreements; understanding the business imperatives of diversity and inclusion; formulating contracts, talent and key crew agreements; learning about raising financing; examining financial streams from a global perspective, from crowdfunding to foreign presales and equity; studying varying methods of distribution; exploring audiences, marketing, publicity and outreach, and trends in the industry.

VM376 Editing for Film and Video

Furthers understanding of and ability to work with medium- to long-format post-production processes through editing assignments in film and video, along with critical examination of completed motion pictures.

Emerson College believes the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus climate where everyone can thrive is only possible in an authentically inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, sustainable and socially just environment. As a community of storytellers, we continually strive to cultivate a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

The Department of Visual and Media Arts (VMA) is a vibrant and engaged community of artists, scholars, and professionals, with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 1600 undergraduate majors, and more than 100 MFA graduate students. The department offers general education courses in art history, a BA degree that includes tracks in either media studies or media production, a BFA in media production, an international BFA in Film Art with the Paris College of Art, a low-residency MFA in writing for film and television, and an MFA in film and media art. VMA also contributes to several interdepartmental programs.

Emerson College enrolls over 5,800 graduate and undergraduate students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Its main campus is located in the dynamic, multicultural city of Boston. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson's commitment to inclusive excellence is supported by a range of resources such as the Office of Internationalization & Equity, the Social Justice Center, and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

To Apply:

Applicants should have significant professional experience in media production, with expertise in at least one of the areas addressed by the class list provided above. A graduate level degree, as well as college-level teaching experience, is strongly preferred. Emerson College is an EOE and committed to the standards of Inclusive Excellence. Please apply through the Emerson College portal with the following material: a cover letter, CV, and statements on (1) teaching and (2) diversity, equity, and inclusion. Questions may be addressed to Associate Chair Elizabeth Fausak at

Please include all of the required materials listed above in the "CV/Cover Letter/Additional Documents" drop box of the position application. You can upload each document separately, or as one combined PDF (preferred). Max file attachment is 5MB. If a file is too large, consider breaking up the file into separate PDFs.

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About Us
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

Diversity Statement
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email:

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