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Nika Gorini

Animation Studio Instructor: SAIC Continuing Studies Early College Programs


The mission of Continuing Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is to provide an education that harnesses the transformative power of a leading art and design school, a world-renowned museum, and a vibrant city to support the development of critical thinking, rigorous investigation, and playful creativity. Serving students ages four to adult, we believe having confidence in one’s creative abilities plays a critical role in successfully meeting the unique challenges of today’s world.


The Early College Program (ECP) offers high school-aged students the opportunity to engage their creative interests and explore a variety of media in a rigorous and highly engaging setting. Our programs provide a way for students wishing to apply to an art and design school to prepare portfolio-ready work and experience SAIC. Courses are designed to introduce students to new media and techniques, as well as push more advanced students to think in new ways about their practice.

The role of the Animation Studio Instructor for Continuing Studies Early College Programs is to develop and lead an Animation Studio course for students ages 14-18. Course details are below:

Course Title: Animation Studio

Format: In Person

Course Dates: 6/27-7/1

Weekly Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 (with a one-hour lunch break)

Teaching hours: 30

Classroom Assistant: One SAIC undergraduate or graduate student

Class Capacity: 14 Students

Course Description: Bring your drawings and ideas to life in Animation Studio. This course is designed for students who wish to explore traditional and digital animation techniques, such as frame-by-frame, stop-motion, and more. Beginning from sketches and storyboards, students complete several projects that focus on communicating ideas through motion studies, character/environment development, storytelling, and other cinematic devices such as composition, set making, and props. Using a variety of tools throughout the course, students develop a final project that is based on individual goals and interests. Artist presentations, visits to the Art Institute of Chicago, and group discussions supplement the studio experience. **NOTE: Basic drawing and computer experience required.


An Instructor is contracted to teach a Continuing Studies course and is responsible for the following:

Develops course outline and student supply list

Sets tone for the class, establishes guidelines and protocols for behavior and classroom activity, and provides instruction that meets the needs of all learners

Submits all requested materials to the appropriate administrative offices as directed, including new hire paperwork and/or contracts, course outline, student/class supply list, grades, student and course evaluations, etc.

Attends one Continuing Studies instructor meeting

Adheres to all policies outlined in the Continuing Studies Instructor Handbook

Provides documentation of finished and in-progress student work

Responds to all departmental communication in a timely fashion

Note: All Instructors are required to complete a background check. All Instructors teaching in youth programs are required to complete mandated reporter training.


Regular written and spoken communication with youth, classroom assistant and CS administration.*

Oversight over a large group of youth both in the classroom and during trips to the Art Institute of Chicago.*

Moving throughout the classroom in order to manage students and supplies.*

Maintaining classrooms and supply closets, which may include infrequent moving of furniture and heavy supplies or equipment.*


MFA in Animation or a related field or BFA in Animation with additional professional experience

At least one year of experience teaching High School Youth

Experience writing curriculum and supply lists

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Experience working with a teaching/classroom assistant is preferred


Email Nika Gorini,, ASAP but no later than Monday, April 11th with a Resume or CV and images of past student work. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Contact Info:
Nika Gorini
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, SAIC