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School/Department Information:

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, located in Winston-Salem (“The City of the Arts”), was the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,200 students from middle school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. The chancellor, deans, and faculty work with students in a residential setting to create an educational community that is intimate, demanding, and performance-centered. Learning is enriched by access to an academic program responsive to a conservatory curriculum. Founded to be both an educational institution and a resource enhancing the cultural life of the state of North Carolina and the Southeast, UNCSA offers numerous public performances, on- and off-campus, as well as community education in the arts.

Established in 1993, the School of Filmmaking combines rigorous professional training with unparalleled facilities, equipment and resources. The program’s mission is to train talented students for professional careers in the film and television industries and stresses the collaborative nature of filmmaking in a rigorous conservatory atmosphere. The School of Filmmaking’s goal is to produce the “complete” filmmaker – a storyteller of unusual vision who knows how to use and value the components of the filmmaking arts. The School of Filmmaking offers a BFA in Animation, Cinematography, Directing, Picture Editing & Sound Design, Producing, Production Design & Visual Effects, and Screenwriting, and an MFA in Creative Producing, Film Music Composition, and Screenwriting.

The School of Filmmaking is searching for an imaginative and innovative educator who is active in the industry and is interested in joining our full-time faculty in the Cinematography Department. UNCSA is a vibrant community of students and working professionals dedicated to educating future professionals for the performing and moving-image arts. Our film school, which has continuously been ranked as one of the finest in the country, features state of the art facilities and equipment, a faculty of working professionals, and an inspiring and dedicated student body who have undergone a rigorous selection process. This is a great opportunity to help engage young artists in the world of filmmaking.

Description of Responsibilities and Duties:

The faculty member’s main responsibility will be to teach undergraduate courses which focus on both the technique and the art of cinematography, with a primary emphasis on how it contributes to storytelling. This is accomplished through formal training in the classroom and one-on-one mentoring in a practicum, an experiential learning opportunity in which cinematography students learn to create a unique visual approach for their films.

Faculty at UNCSA are expected to engage in activities that are typical in an academic setting, such as advising and supervising students outside the classroom, attending faculty and production meetings, participating in service activities such as faculty governance and admissions, inviting guest artists to campus for workshops and presentations, and helping to develop new courses, programs, curricula, and methods of instruction.

Faculty are encouraged to continue their professional careers when possible in order to remain at the forefront of the modern technologies, techniques, and processes that are instrumental to the evolution of contemporary filmmaking.

Experience / Skills

Required Qualifications:

The qualified candidate must have professional cinematography credits in feature films, television, music video, commercials and/or documentary films. Additional requirements include a master’s degree in the teaching discipline, OR master’s degree with a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline, OR equivalent professional/experiential qualifications, OR an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate would have at least ten years of professional experience in film production, have multiple credits as a Cinematographer, and would have previous teaching experience.

About University of North Carolina School of the Arts


The University of North Carolina School of the Arts provides gifted emerging artists with the experience, knowledge, and skills needed to excel in their disciplines and in their lives, and it serves and enriches the cultural and economic prosperity of the people of North Carolina and the nation. UNCSA is the state’s unique professional school for the performing, visual, and moving image arts, training students at the high school, undergraduate, and master’s levels for professional careers in the arts.