Wits University welcomes applications for the academic post at Lecturer/Associate Lecturer level in Cinematography, the person appointed will be required to teach mainly technical, creative and theoretical aspects of cinematography. A specific emphasis on camerawork and lighting and will champion the discipline of cinematography within the division.
S/he will be required to mentor student digital film productions and be involved in curriculum design and development, project assessments and be responsible for steering the technical infrastructure in the division.
The post requires involvement with divisional and School portfolios as part of academic citizenship. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to broader academic planning, and to teach in other courses in the School, as well as partake in general divisional meetings and operational processes.
We are looking for a professional with extensive experience as a Director of Photography across a variety of factual and fictional formats - minimum 5 years of film and television industry experience in the camera department.
As a division preoccupied with ‘film as art’ we would like to see a diversity of work in your showreel that demonstrates an ability to execute different stylistic/aesthetic approaches, and illustrate your creative understanding of cinematography – i.e. one that views filmmaking as an expressive art form and not just a professional for hire.
Some teaching experience is a prerequisite – although university-level teaching experience would be an advantage, it is not a requirement.
This 100% position is ideally suited to someone from the industry wishing to transition to a full-time training and teaching career and would want to develop a research and/or creative profile in film studies within a School of Arts.
Apart from a core cinematography focus, the successful candidate should have a deep understanding of the whole filmmaking processes and be up to date with the latest digital video technologies, experience with pre-production / on-set production and, to some degree, post production workflows.
Additionally, the person appointed to the post should:
For: Associate Lecturer
As a minimum, have a Bachelors degree, but preferably also be in the process of obtaining a postgraduate qualification (Honours/MFA/Masters) and be interested in - and deemed capable of - completing a further postgraduate degree and pursuing creative research.
Have some experience as a teacher/trainer/lecturer in film production or film studies.
Be invested in the teaching process, and suited to managing student productions, as well trouble-shooting technological issues and contributing to video/film equipment training, maintenance and upgrading processes.
Be a committed team player within the division, but also be invested in cross-disciplinary explorations within the School of Arts.
Be able to start by July 2018.
For appointment at Lecturer level, the successful candidate should already hold an MA/MFA and also comply with the above requirements.
Remuneration: dependent on experience – and to a lesser extent - qualifications
To apply: Applications close 23 April, 2018.
Submit a letter of application and motivation, a showreel of work (Youtube channel link/ DVD), detailed CV with names, addresses & details (including e-mail addresses) of 3 referees and certified copies of identity document and qualifications to: