Academic in Game Arts and Animation
May 23, 2023

School of Product Design, Te Kura Hanga Otinga

Faculty of Engineering, Te Kaupeka Pūhanga

University of Canterbury, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

Located in Christchurch New Zealand, Ōtautahi, Aotearoa

  • Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

Te Whare Wānanaga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury is seeking to appoint a permanent, full-time academic staff member in the disciplines of Game Arts and Animation to support the University’s new Bachelor of Digital Screen (Honours) undergraduate degree program. The appointment will be made at the rank of Lecturer (Teaching and Admin Only), Lecturer, or Senior Lecturer (equivalent to a tenured Assistant Professor in the North American System), depending on the successful candidate’s relevant experience.

The successful candidate will develop courses and contribute to teaching in Game Arts and Animation; engage in and supervise research or creative practice related to Game Arts, Animation, and Digital Screen activities (at Lecturer and Senior Lecturer rank); assist with academic initiatives within the School and the University; and seek external funding to support staff and student research and creative practice.

Mōu | Who You Are

Applicants are expected to have at least 10 years industry experience in Game Arts, Animated Production, or a related field, and/or at least a Bachelors degree in a relevant field. A relevant postgraduate qualification may be an advantage. Applicants must show evidence of teaching ability, with experience at the tertiary level preferred, and be able to demonstrate a knowledge of recent developments in research and/or professional practice in Game Arts and Animation. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for academic excellence in teaching, with a strong commitment to developing excellent courses at undergraduate level. Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams would be an advantage.

For Lecturer and Senior Lecturer rank, the candidate will be expected to show evidence of high quality, peer reviewed and published research and/or creative work and will be either developing (Lecturer) or have an established (Senior Lecturer) portfolio of research and/or creative work. At the rank of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, evidence of supervision of industry / undergraduate / postgraduate projects, as appropriate given the role, would be expected.

In addition to the above, preferred candidate attributes include:

  • Proficiency with industry standard 3D software (Blender or Maya preferred) or 2D Animation pipelines
  • Experience with digital sculpting and industry standard software
  • Experience in low-poly to high-poly workflows
  • Experience with lighting and rendering techniques
  • Experience with Compositing and/or Motion Graphics
  • Experience in the Adobe Creative Suite of products including Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects
  • Proficiency in 2D Illustration
  • Experience with Character and World design
  • In-depth knowledge of Animation, Game, VFX and Motion Graphics workflows
  • Knowledge of Unity and/or Unreal, especially in regard to art workflows
  • Experience with VFX, Virtual Production, and other aspects of film-making would be advantageous

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

Te Whare Wānanaga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury’s new Bachelor of Digital Screen (Honours) program is a multi-disciplinary, multi-faculty educational program, spanning Arts and Engineering. The successful applicant in Game Arts and Animation will be based in Te Kura Hanga Otinga | the School of Product Design under Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | the Faculty of Engineering, alongside the existing Applied Immersive Game Design/Game Development staff.

The Bachelor of Digital Screen (Honours) degree brings together six majors: Animation, Cinematic Arts, Game Arts, Game Development, Screen Sound, and Screen Writing, along with a minor in Indigenous Narrative. The successful candidate for this role will get to work alongside academics from both Arts and Engineering backgrounds, developing courses, teaching, and conducting research and creative work at the intersection of Games, Film, and other Digital Screen media.

More information about Te Kura Hanga Otinga | the School of Product Design is available at:

More information about Bachelor of Digital Screen (Honours) degree is available at:

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora – Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

Ngā Uara | Our Values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga guide our decisions and behaviour and provide a roadmap for how we do things at UC, affirming our commitment to pastoral care and support for our ākonga and staff. They challenge and inspire us to be the best we can, and make UC a great place to work and study. For more info on Ngā Uara | Our Values visit us here ( ) .

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO – ) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The University of Canterbury is a leading University in New Zealand, with over 15,000 students across five colleges. We are located in Christchurch – the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand with easy access to the Southern Alps and renowned skiing, hiking, fishing, whale watching, mountain biking and other outdoor destinations and facilities to support a work-life-balance lifestyle.

What we offer

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions.

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Relocation support
  • Generous annual leave provisions and competitive salary
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • Research and study leave
  • A unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite café’s and eateries, and more.

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For general information about the University of Canterbury, visit here:

The appointable salary range will depend on the skills and experience of the successful applicant and covered by the academic and associated staff collective employment agreement:

The salary ranges for this position are: Lecturer (Teaching and Administration Only) $64,302 – $113,749 p.a. , Lecturer $86,197 – $104,487 p.a. , Senior Lecturer $109,977 – $124,732 p.a.

The closing date for this position is: 2 July 2023  (Midnight, NZ Time)

Please note that applications submitted will be reviewed after the closing date.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted online ( ) through our careers website and should include:

  • ‘cover letter’ that describes your interest in the position, and includes a 2-3 page statement outlining your research/creative work interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and your thoughts on how your interests and expertise would benefit the new Bachelor of Digital Screen (Honours) program;
  • ‘resume’ which includes a list of relevant research publications and/or ‘portfolio‘ of relevant creative works;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness, for example student evaluations of teaching if available. (Please include this with your resume upload)

We do not accept applications by email; however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to

For further information specifically about the role, please contact Senior Lecturer, Adrian Clark,

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand.