Vancouver, Canada
Part Time
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Work at VFS

There is no such thing as an ordinary day when you work at Vancouver Film School. It’s a creative and fast-paced environment where you’re part of recruiting and educating the next generation of actors, filmmakers, video game developers and creative thinkers. Our unique culture is all about celebrating the pure passion and unwavering perseverance of our students as they go through their own amazing personal journeys towards a career in the entertainment arts. Constantly evolving and updating to meet industry demands, VFS believes results matter, and that extends from our classrooms and experienced faculty to our hard-working marketing, admissions, and support departments — and well beyond. If you’d like to join our team, simply browse the open positions below. If none of them seem to fit your particular skillsets, but you think you belong at VFS, apply here. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Job Scope

Reporting to the Senior Instructor for Production Design and the Head of Department, the Instructor will provide professional, expert and experience-based education to VFS students within the Film program. The Instructor agrees to work within the existing curriculum of the program and integrate the projects-based education of VFS. The Instructor will also provide regular and transparent feedback to students on every project and assignment.

Core Responsibilities

  • Working from a course syllabus and participating in developing lesson plans detailing what will be taught and how course material will be delivered.
  • In consultation with other staff, provide innovative, clear, industry standard techniques, methods and materials related to film set construction, safety, construction and power tools, set builds and painting.
  • Participate with Production Design Instructors and Art Resources in assessing student pitches and selection of sets to be built.
  • Work closely with the Department Head, Production Design Instructors, Teaching Assistants and Art Resources to ensure class curriculum is accurate, relevant, and communicated to students in a clear, concise and professional manner,
  • Work closely with Art Resources to ensure schedules align and the appropriate tools, materials and resources are procured, prepared, working and available prior to classes and workshops.
  • Provide students with guidance and supervision for building, finishing and painting of sets from based on Design and Construction Drawings and Models, Set Construction, Finishing and Detailing, Scenic Painting, Power Tool Use and Workshop and set site safety.
  • Instruct students on various technical and communication processes employed during preproduction, production, wrap and post-production as it relates to set building, construction, detailing and painting, use of tools and materials, set construction site and studio safety and management.
  • Provide students with regular feedback and supervision related to their set layouts and builds in pre-production, production and wrap.

Job Qualifications

  • Relevant diploma/professional/trade certification and/or equivalent work experience in a construction and/or scenic painting department for film or television.
  • Experience teaching, working and engaging with students is advantageous.
  • Ability to function in hands on workshops, lectures and seminars.
  • Knowledge and reading of a wide range of design and technical drawings is essential; both hand drawn as well as electronic drawings created by software such as AutoCAD, Sketchup, Rhino, Twinmotion.
  • Variety of professional industry experience in Set Construction, Painting and Art Department
  • Experience with set construction, detailing, finishing, painting and aging is a must.  Experience with building props and scenic painting, breakdown and aging are also advantageous.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, time management and interpersonal skills.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • A committed team player with a good sense of humour.