LUCA School of Arts is a creative hub for nearly 5,000 people: more than 4,000 students and 800 colleagues. To them, LUCA offers an educational and research environment to further develop their creative talent. We do this through higher education programmes in the broad field of the arts, and through artistic research. LUCA has campuses in four cities: Ghent, Brussels, Leuven and Genk. For LUCA, KU Leuven is the research environment in which artistic research is embedded. An associated Faculty of Arts was established within the Human Sciences group, of which the researchers in the arts are members. Almost 150 lecturers, postdocs, doctoral students and project staff have been appointed with artistic research assignments in audiovisual arts, visual arts, design, music, drama, etc.
Among the responsibilities of this position are developing, implementing, and coordinating practice-based artistic research, and educational tasks. You operate in a changing Animation context, wherein the arts education must be infused with innovative visions. Sustainability, technology, and diversity are the basis for an education that trains for game changers. In the virtual and online age, the Animation set is for and of everyone. This demands a novel position of an educational program and research in Animation.
You will work with a strong research and education team and a diverse group of external and internal stakeholders in interactive and immersive Animation. A plethora of stakeholders (artists, professional animators, researchers) will benefit from education and the research outcomes and process which will contribute to the further development of expertise and research in Animation.
The Animation industry and art education are urgently in need of new, future-proof ways of working, reflecting, and creating to inspire, guide and support the further development of research in animation and their industry. 3D Animation, XR, interactive and immersive experiences, streaming services demand a strong response from education and research. Globalization forces us to rethink what it is to work as ‘independent’ researchers and artists in animation or how we as storytellers and makers act globally with local impact: different forms of collaboration and the renewed foregrounding of ethical and societal aspects of making and storytelling have a strong and growing impact. Responsible Design, Critical Making, Art-Science collaborations, and Transdisciplinary approaches will help to conceptualize, develop and research alternatives to the yet dominant systems in Animation; to shape and disseminate the new narratives that are called for; to explore and experiment with alternative (hybrid) formats (2D, 3D, Stop Motion, Motion capture technology, computer graphics, and visual effects) and materials; etc. with the aim to explore innovative paths in creating and making of spatial animation and stop motion to educate the ‘makers of the future who will further develop the Animation domain.
More information can be obtained from head of research Inter-Actions Niels Hendriks (email@example.com) and head of Audiovisual Arts Genk Dirk Reynders (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please apply by January 2, 2024. In case of problems with the application tool, please send a mail to email@example.com. We want to highlight that candidates can apply for multiple job offers.
Your application must contain a file(1 PDF) consisting of:
1. A motivation letter;
2. A resume;
3. A portfolio;
4. An attestation of diploma (or declaration of equivalence of the requested diploma, if applicable).
5. A biosketch: an open text of up to two pages in which you summarize the essence of your past career and your future plans. Following elements need to be addressed:
· The crucial elements of your past career and their importance;
· The headlines of your vision on developing your future activities (with emphasis on the next 5 years);
· The added value of your activities for LUCA / KU Leuven and the faculty/department/campus.
Only complete files will be accepted.
A first selection interview will take place with candidates withheld after a preselection based on the submitted dossiers.
Before the interview, there will be an interactive workshop that lasts for maximum 30 minutes. The workshop is public, which means that staff from LUCA School of Arts can attend the workshop.
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.
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