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Full-time Faculty, Game Design

Maryland Institute College of Art
Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 14, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Join the Game Design program at MICA, where we approach games from a unique perspective that can only be found at an art and design college. Our program explores the design and development of games, how they are used to entertain, educate, and create meaning, and the role of play in culture.

Game Design faculty teach 3 courses per semester, ranging from introductory non-digital game courses to digital game development courses using the Unity game engine. In addition, full-time faculty members at MICA participate in departmental and institution-wide committee service, and are expected to maintain an ongoing professional practice in the world of games or play.

We welcome applicants from a broad spectrum of creative disciplines related to games, from commercial AAA and independent game development, to experimental interdisciplinary art practices which explore/use/interrogate games. Regardless of the discipline, we are interested in applicants who are excited to work with a new generation of innovative game designers, and who can draw on their professional work to create engaging and effective educational experiences for our students.

MICA and the Game Design program are committed to enriching the diversity of our faculty and pedagogical viewpoints. Candidates who demonstrate a commitment to forwarding these goals of diversity and inclusivity are encouraged to apply.


Minimum Requirements:

  • BFA or BA in related field

  • An ongoing professional practice which includes any of the following: game or play-related artistic work, commercial or indie game development, game-related asset production / technical art, game-related research / scholarship

  • Accomplished in a broad range of contemporary game design and development skills

  • Extensive experience developing games using the Unity game engine and coding in C#

  • A strong portfolio of professional work, research, or equivalent professional experience related to games

  • Personal commitment to teaching on an undergraduate level using pedagogical approaches that are relevant and responsive to a student body that is rich in diversity across race, ethnicity, gender, and class and their intersections

  • Capable of teaching at all levels of the Game Design curriculum

  • An active interest in teaching, with preference given to those having prior games-related experience including college-level teaching, workshop leading, or tutorial production.


Additionally Valued (But Not Required):

  • MFA degree in a related field

  • Experience teaching game design at the college level

  • A diverse interest in games and play including video games, tabletop games, games as art, games for change, urban games, etc.

  • Experience developing 3D assets using Blender or Maya, or producing technical art for games

  • A history of working across disciplines with other artists, designers, and those outside of the field of game design

  • Experience writing or speaking critically about games

  • Experience successfully promoting game-related work and networking over social media


Additional Information:

Salary: Commensurate with experience and college policy; excellent benefits package.

Apply: The College will review applications as received. To ensure fullest consideration, submit application materials by December 10, 2021. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in the strictest confidence.


Application Instructions: 

*Applications MUST be initiated via the MICA website. During your application on MICA’s website, you will be redirected to Slideroom to upload supporting materials as directed below. After you have uploaded your materials on Slideroom, please complete your application on MICA’s website.


When you are redirected to Slideroom, ( you will be asked to login or create a login. Once you have logged in, please follow these instructions. Instructions will also be posted in SlideRoom as you are applying.


Slideroom:  You will be asked to login or create a login and submit one multi-page PDF document.

The multi-page PDF document should include:

  • A letter of application

  • Comprehensive CV

  • One sample syllabi or sample lesson plans (up to 3)

  • A portfolio of work samples (up to 10)

  • Names and contact information including address, phone, and email for three references who are willing to submit letters of recommendation.


Please format the PDF document for screen resolution and viewing. No physical media are requested and sent materials will not be returned.

Maryland Institute College of Art is committed to its policy of providing equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status (disabled, Vietnam-era, or otherwise). Furthermore, the College does not tolerate any form of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence. This policy applies to all programs, facilities, and activities provided by Maryland Institute College of Art, including but not limited to admission, educational programs, and employment.

Applicants must apply online for each job in which they are interested. You will not be considered for any job for which you have not specifically applied. We do not accept applications via email, U.S. mail, or fax. Successful candidates for any staff or faculty positions will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

MICA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 410-225-2363.

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