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THE POSITION: The Designer in Residence visiting faculty position is unique among design schools. It offers the successful candidate an opportunity to accomplish focused design study and exploration in a university, studio-based setting within a nationally competitive program alongside nationally and internationally recognized colleagues.

The position is awarded to a designer within three years
of earning an M.F.A. in Graphic Design with ideas about
practice-oriented research that might be developed
within a learning environment.
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To this end the Designer in Residence ultimately
leads advanced graphic design students through a series of projects
designed to serve both the investigation and student progress.
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The Designer in Residence

Presents current work
in a public presentation to students and faculty at the beginning of the appointment.

two consecutive semesters, maximum 18 credit hours each (3 to 4courses over two semesters)
in the undergraduate program.

Proposes and leads an advanced level Graphic Design Topic Studio
for the Spring 2007 semester focusing on an issue specific to the
Designer in Residence's interest area.
Proposal(s) are juried at the time of application.

Documents the work and outcomes
through a presentation, website and/or print piece.
This documentation will be used by the designer and the department upon completion of the study.
Deadline for presentation: April 20, 2007.
Deadline for completed documentation: May 11, 2007.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Interaction with all programs and students as interests dictate, from undergraduates to graduate, design or other university departments and the local community. Events or collaborations with members of the college community as relates to design research: conduct roundtables, organize student junkets, participate in graduate symposia, run a workshop, etc.


THE DEPARTMENT, THE COLLEGE, THE UNIVERSITY: The Graphic Design department at the College of Design ranks highly among national public and private design programs and institutions. The department offers the Bachelor of Graphic Design and the Master of Graphic Design. The College also leads the count ry as one of the first to offer a Ph.D. in Design.

The Graphic Design department consists of 140 undergraduate and graduate students and six full time faculty: Kermit Bailey, Tony Brock, Meredith Davis, Denise Gonzales Crisp, Martha Scotford, Will Temple and Scott Townsend. Adjunct and Visiting faculty include Maura Dillon, Kathleen Meaney, Molly Renda. Recent visiting faculty and studio/seminar lecturers (some entirely virtual) include Max Bruinsma, COMA (Cornelia Blatter and Marcel Hermans), Jessica Helfand, Stuart Ewen, Terry Irwin, David Karam, Katie Salen, Gail Swanlund, and Rob Wittig. The small faculty-to-student ratio coupled with an "in-residence" environment promotes an atmosphere of making and critical exchange that fosters outstanding student work.

In addition to Graphic Design, the College houses four other areas of design study: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design, and Art + Design. Each program welcomes possibilities for cross-disciplinary teaching and learning. Serving these disciplines are facilities including a dedicated Design Library, wood/metal/plastics workshops, printmaking labs, digital and jacquard looms, laser cutters, rapid prototyping and wet photography lab. Faculty and students have access to digital and traditional still and video cameras, sound and video editing equipment, large format scanners/printers and MAC/PC/CAD labs. The university setting also offers access or potential partnerships with a nationally recognized textile lab, paper and pulp engineering lab, a Universal Design Research Center and software developers including IBM and Red Hat.

The College maintains both local and international presence. The Fishmarket, a downtown student-run gallery has been in successful operation for three years, and the Downtown Design Studio, which pairs students of all design disciplines with community design needs, is in its second year. The Prague Institute in the Czech Republic recently opened its doors as a full-time, year round educational facility after more than 12 years as a summer program. And an ongoing summer program in Ghana connects students with the craft traditions of Africa.

NCState brings the world and the region to its door through many events and lectures. In addition, students and faculty have access to those offered within "The Triangle" and at neighboring institutions including University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), NC Central University, Duke University, The Center for Documentary Studies, The Nasher Museaum, North Carolina Museum of Art, history and science museums, a lively contemporary art and music scene, and, of course, sporting venues.


COMPENSATION: $35,000 contract for a 9-month appointment plus production stipend to support the project(s) and documentation based upon a proposed budget and receipts. The 9-month contract runs from August 13 to May 13 (classes begin August 23, 2006, graduation is May 12, 2007). A shared office space is provided. Travel expenses and two nights in a hotel adjacent to the college will be covered while the DIR secures housing.
COST OF LIVING in the Triangle is very affordable, with rents for one bedroom apartments in nearby historic neighborhoods ranging from $400 to $650 per month. A car is recommended.


Maggie Fost
[M.F.A. 2004, College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, California]
led The Process Project, an advanced design studio that reflected her research interests.
Sean Donahue
[M.F.A. 2002, Art Center College of Design Graduate Media Design, Pasadena, California] answers questions about the Designer in Residence experience here.
Jon Sueda
[M.F.A. 2002, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia California] comments on his time at NCState.


Only web-based applications will be considered. Sites must include:
1. Curriculum Vitae including contact information for three references.
2. Abstract of thesis or thesis-based work accomplished for the MFA.
3. At least one specific proposal for intended investigation within a topic studio.
4. Thorough representation of applicant’s body of work relating to the intended area of study.
5. Any other work that reveals the experience and sensibility of the applicant.


1. Send an “intent to apply” to Denise Gonzales Crisp, Graphic Design Chair.
2. Post the application described above no later than midnight, Sunday, January 8, 2006, accompanied by an email to Denise Gonzales Crisp with the URL address.
3. Graphic Design faculty will review materials beginning January 8.
4. Applicants will be informed of decisions via email by January 16.
5. Short-listed candidates will be scheduled for a phone interview between January 16 and 20, 2006.
6 . The Designer in Residence position will be offered no later than February 3, 2006.
7. The successful candidate must accept or decline the position within one full week of the offer.



Please direct questions to Denise Gonzales Crisp, Department Chair,
or call 919 513 4842 (direct) or 919 515 8322 (department secretary)