Virtual Production Instructional Spec I, 12 Mo SAL, College of Motion Picture Arts

Florida State University

The Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts was created with the mission of preparing students for successful careers in the motion picture industry and it is one of the most highly ranked film schools in the United States, described by the Hollywood Reporter as “one of the world’s best,” the New York Times as “one of the top motion picture schools in the nation,” and honored by the Directors Guild of America for its “distinguished contribution to American culture through the world of film and television.” The College of Motion Picture Arts (CMPA) is renowned for the number of Student Oscar®, Emmy®, and notable national and international awards its students earn each year. The faculty comprises award-winning industry experts with a combined 400+ feature film credits who share a gift for teaching students the art, craft and business of storytelling in the motion picture industry.

The College of Motion Picture Arts Torchlight Studio Center for Motion Picture Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a hands-on project centered facility whose mission is to light the pathways from education to industry. The Torchlight studios, located just outside of Tallahassee, is dedicated exclusively to advanced and innovative production and post production opportunities for the Alumni, faculty, staff, and students of the Film school. The facility itself boasts specialized classrooms, production offices, a 180-degree virtual production volume, post production suite and a backlot for future stages and design facilities.


CMPA is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a newly created faculty support position within its Torchlight studios to foster its virtual production programs and provide instructional assistance to other faculty, students, interns, and alumni. This position supervises the day-to-day operations and systems at the Torchlight Studio Facility. This is a Visiting full-time position at the rank of Instructional specialist I and is a 12-month, renewable, non-tenure earning position. Promotion pathways from visiting to regular instructor and to Instructional Specialist II and III.


The ideal candidate will have practical and professional knowledge of the Unreal game engine and real time rendering applications, the ability to work well in a fluid, changing environment as creative challenges evolve, a passion for teaching and a desire to be part of the creative process involved in developing artists, demonstrate a high level of collaboration and communication skills, an eager willingness to work from the ground up with whatever resources are at hand and the sheer love of creating purpose based practical experiences for artists of all kinds. Most of all, we seek a candidate with a willingness to learn what needs to be learned to grow into this uncharted and exciting new world of movie making.

Experience and knowledge of real time lighting, rendering and texturing for games/visual effects with strong technical computing skills, understanding of internet protocol networking, 3d environments, asset creation/management, scripting/coding and related 3d software and their applications. Working knowledge of Maya, Unreal Engine, and the Substance suite of tools (Designer, Painter, and Sampler). At the core, you must be able to light/texture and optimize realistic Realtime rendering inside Unreal.

Software Knowledge Requirements: Unreal Engine, Maya, Substance Painter, Substance Designer and Substance Sampler

Education and/or Professional Equivalent Qualifications: The highest terminal degree related to computer technology and/or equivalent qualifications based on profession experience.

University Information

One of the nation’s elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news! Learn more about our university and campuses.

Anticipated Salary Range

Salary begins at $85,000.00 and scales commensurate with experience.

Pay Plan

This is a faculty position which is a full-time position at the rank of Instructional specialist I and is a 12-month, renewable, non-tenure earning position.

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Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific Faculty job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at, search careers, search jobs, 55070. If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service. Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include education details even if attaching a Vita.


Open until filled

This position is being advertised as open until filled.

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