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Continuing Education Instructor for Fashion Illustration: Introduction

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 24, 2024

Job Details

CE Overview

RISD Continuing Education functions within the larger context of RISD, an institution with an unparalleled reputation for producing highly-skilled, successful, and internationally renowned creative practitioners. With more than 100 years of expertise nurturing critical making, thinking, and innovation in art and design we facilitate personal and professional development by engaging students in sustained exploration and learning in the creative disciplines. With a commitment to centering inclusivity, diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities, RISD Continuing Education instructors plan, organize, teach, and provide feedback to promote and direct student learning in keeping with the institutional learning-centered values and in a manner that meets essential competencies of artists and designers.

Job Description

RISD Continuing Education instructors plan, organize, teach, and provide feedback to promote and direct student learning in keeping with the institutional learning-centered values and in a manner that meets the essential competencies of an artist and designer. Our instructors respond to students in a timely manner and communicate with the discipline and division via college-provided tools and resources. We welcome instructors whose teaching experience addresses historically underrepresented communities.

The successful candidate should be prepared to teach online courses to a diverse group of students from a range of disciplines. Interpersonal and leadership skills, clarity, generosity, and creativity in both personal work and teaching are essential. Candidates should be prepared to develop culturally diverse syllabi for studio and seminar courses and lead classes and critiques that model constructive, inclusive discussions that encourage students to grow creatively and intellectually.

We are looking for instructors whose background and skill set is in Fashion Illustration. Realizing fashion ideas usually starts with strong fashion drawing skills. Students in this course are introduced to the croquis, the nine head fashion figure, as a foundational tool for designing. Working from observation, class will begin with gesture drawings of models as students learn to capture the movement and direction of both the figure and clothing. The successful candidate will need to be able to focus is on how to represent the fabric and draping based on how a garment hangs on the body, while suggesting the form underneath. Teaching how attention is paid to proportions and scale while capturing the essentials of drawing faces and other details. The instructor will need to teach flat sketching techniques to incorporate garment construction details, including front and back views. The ability to introduce mood boards to help students convey concepts, color stories and themes for individual collections, as well as identify strands of interest is required for this position.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree required. MFA preferred or equivalent in established professional practice in area of study

  • A track record of paid professional experience at companies successfully doing related work, and/or a robust, creative, intellectually and critically engaged design or studio practice, as evidenced by recognition in publications, commissions, exhibitions, awards and/or collaborative projects.

  • Online teaching experience, including the ability to create syllabi and lesson plans, and how to tie those to learning outcomes. Online course content; syllabus, learning outcomes, tutorials, assignments and other components such as intuitive navigation, lively discussions, and meaningful feedback as part of a successful online class.

  • Ability to develop and implement diverse teaching and learning for different learning styles and to respond to the needs of learners from a variety of educational backgrounds in a multicultural environment.

  • Analytical, evaluative, and critical thinking skills

  • Accept and act upon constructive feedback from course and classroom evaluations by students and staff.

  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.

  • Ability to develop syllabi and lead classes and critiques that model constructive, inclusive discussions, and that encourage students to grow creatively and intellectually.

  • In-depth knowledge of Fashion Illustration

Preferred Knowledge/Skills/Experience
  • Teaching experience in a collegiate or adult education setting that addresses underrepresented communities.

  • Ability to convey complex art engagement ideas in a clear and articulate manner for an art and design program and design concepts that serves adult students with varied skills (novice to advanced) in a condensed time frame.

  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring students.

  • Lifelong learning orientation with demonstrated interest in learning about new developments in their area of study.

  • Ability to empathically relate to a wide range of student perspectives and maturely handle interpersonal issues that may arise.

Work Schedule:

Flexible availability based on regular reliable online/asynchronous contact with students. Now hiring for the Fall 2024 semester (Classes begin September 2024).

Documents Needed to Apply:
  • Resume, including a URL link for your professional portfolio if applicable

  • No
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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RISD is a college and museum founded in 1877 in Providence, RI. Today 2,620 students engage in 44 full-time bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, supported by a committed faculty and worldwide network of more than 31,000 alumni.

By cultivating expansive and elastic thinking, RISD equips artists, designers and scholars to generate and challenge the ideas that shape our world.

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