Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts and Technology is a creative production learning community, housed in the legendary Funkhaus, delivering Bachelor's and Master’s degree programmes. Organised into a Music School and Film School, our diverse and ever-growing programmes are based on the values and concepts of progressive, project-based education whilst complying with the rigorous requirements of a UK university qualification.
Aiming to become the international creative production and performance learning institution of choice, we encourage students to push their creative boundaries way beyond what they thought possible at the same time engaging with their personal growth as a human being. With students from over 80 different countries, our creative community is a working environment that is international and multicultural.
/// What are we looking for?
—A freelance team member
Moving beyond outmoded ways of working together we are striving toward a conscious people-centred culture which we can describe in more detail in-person. Whilst the aims of the school are what bring us together, what keeps us together in our dynamic community is the idea that people can bring more of their authentic selves to the workplace.
—A VFX Tutor
We’re currently looking for freelance teachers to join our growing VFX team. We’re specifically interested in applicants with both industry and academic expertise in one or more of the following areas:
• VFX Production Management
• VFX Supervision
• VFX History and Analysis
• VFX Storytelling and Narrative
• Creative Coding / Programming
• Visual Installation
• Games / Realtime Engines
• Virtual Reality
• Augmented Reality
• Practical Effects
• Motion Graphics
• 2D / 3D Assets
Below you’ll find a list of responsibilities that our teaching positions carry. This position could be anything from a few hours to a few days a week, depending on the skills you have to offer and the amount of teaching that is available. We encourage applications from adaptable and flexible individuals who are looking for new opportunities to grow!
• Motivating and driving students
• Creating and sustaining a positive and challenging learning environment
• Preparing workshops
• Workshop delivery
• Monitoring the attendance and engagement of all students in the class
• Providing and encouraging formative and summative feedback in a healthy environment
• Assessing/grading student submissions and resits in line with education policy
• Fluent in English, both spoken and written (other languages are a bonus)
• An open mind and supportive approach to teaching
• Strong motivational skills to draw students into study
• Bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent industry and teaching experience
• Interested in helping to build a growing creative community
• Strong artistic or industry background
• An interest in progressive education methodologies (PBL a bonus)
• Highly developed real-world teaching practice at Higher Education level
• A good team player
• Available to teach weekly from September 2023
You should be able to demonstrate that you are exceptionally capable with evidence of previous real-world roles/ projects to prove your abilities with a deep knowledge and practical understanding of working in a higher education environment.
We will be reviewing your capabilities and role fit as part of our interview process.
/// What you can expect from us.
We offer a working environment where learning and exchange are invited and encouraged. Within our vibrant creative community, we share a dynamic and flexible work environment. By design, the working environment invites fuller expression of yourself, taking initiative in shaping your own role(s), and opening up possibilities to develop yourself as an educator as well as a creative professional (if applicable).
Part of what animates our work together is trying to find ways of delivering a progressive and rigorous education to our students, whilst centering community and belonging. We therefore strongly encourage applications from those who would traditionally be excluded from an educational institution. For Catalyst that means we envision a constellation of team members that is diverse in its gender, race, class, ability, age and sexual orientation backgrounds.
/// Next steps
Instead of sending a traditional cover letter, describe to us in 500 words your perspective on a progressive creative education and how you feel you would contribute to this endeavour (in PDF format). Please also include your most recent CV (in PDF format) with links to some examples of your work/portfolio (if available).
Email us your application documents to email@example.com, include VFX Tutor in your subject. We will be accepting applications until 19 June 2023. Relevant candidates will most likely be invited for initial online interviews from 26 June 2023.
We look forward to reading your application and getting to know you!