The Department of Design Media Arts (DMA) at UCLA is looking to hire a part-time lecturer to teach Form in Winter 2019.
Course description for DESMA 22: Form
This project-based class is an experimental studio / lab that explores foundational concepts and techniques behind the creation of new 3D forms. Prompting the constant navigation back and forth between digital and physical modes of thinking and working, we will collaborate with computers, machines, and various tool sets both physical and virtual to translate ideas and materials into objects. The concepts we will explore as a group include physical and sensorial properties such as scale, weight, materiality, and motion, as well as function, transformation, translation, interactivity, and performance. In this introduction to polygonal mesh, solid, and surface geometries and construction techniques we will cover additive and subtractive processes, pattern-making from surfaces, rapid prototyping techniques, and general use of shop machines and tools big and small. This includes the use of lab equipment such as the laser cutter, the CNC-Router, 3D printer, sewing machines, and saws and power tools, as well as a basic introduction to foundational wood, foam, and fabric construction techniques. Our experimentations will prompt us to consider relationships between objects, between objects and bodies, between bodies and technology, between technology and form, between form and language, and between computer code and visual design. Based on your own experiences, aesthetic and design sensibilities, interests, and research, you will also use this course to explore your own set of more personal and political themes and concepts as you begin to create your own definition of form.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This form-making and introductory fabrication course may be taught from a variety of different approaches. The class could focus on a more specific theme than the general theme outlined above. But ideally, the course will strike a balance between teaching critical sculpture/design concepts and practical making, crafting, and engineering skills. The class takes place in the shop, and so requires a great deal of hands on attention with students, and close collaboration with lab staff.
Just one example of a DESMA 22 Form class: http://classes.dma.ucla.edu/Fall17/22/index.html
Course Duration: January 3 – March 23, 2019 (11 weeks)
Course Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays / 2-4:50pm in the DMA Fabrication Lab in Broad Arts Center
Course Enrollment: Maximum of 14 students, with 1 Graduate Teaching Assistant
To Apply: We require a cover letter, CV, and a “Statement of Teaching.” We also recommend candidates to submit a “Statement of Contributions to Diversity,” which addresses the candidate’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement of Teaching
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.