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Grad Assistants

Graduate Assistantships

An important part of the graduate experience is the assistantship, which is the School of Art's way of helping the graduate student in their pursuit of advanced education and meaningful entry into the professional world. The School of Art's graduate assistantships are decided each semester according to the School's available resources, as well as the student's performance in academic work and any assistantships held to date. To be considered for an assistantship, students must complete the College Work Study application form annually. Below are examples of assistantship positions available at the School of Art.

Art Appreciation: Teaching Assistants may present lectures, grade, assist, and manage online discussion for Art Appreciation. This experience in working with large class sections can be very valuable. Many academic employers are looking for people who can teach in multiple areas or have an understanding of these service areas.

Transmedia Lab: Teaching Assistants help in monitoring the labs, and assist classes and individual students in using the lab resources. This position can provide experience in maintaining, organizing and planning for a service area related to the operation of an art facility.

Studio Foundations: Graduate Part-time Instructor positions take full responsibility for teaching a course, while Teaching Assistants learn skills to prepare them to teach in the art foundations area. Studio Foundations courses include Drawing I, 2D Design, Drawing II, 3D Design, Life Drawing and Technology in the Arts.

Teaching in Other Studio Areas: Positions may be available for Teaching Assistants to assist, and for Graduate Part-time Instructors to teach, within their own studio areas.

Landmark Arts Graduate Assistants (various positions). Coordinators/Assistant Coordinators of the SOA Satellite Gallery at CASP, and the SRO Photo Gallery, serve meaningful roles in educational arts outreach into the community. Those graduate students who work as preparators for exhibitions in the Landmark Gallery and Studio Gallery gain valuable experience in art handling and installation practices.

Visual Resource Center, Teaching Assistant: Graduate students work with student users of the VRC to teach them how to effectively use the reference materials, digital media, and equipment resources in the center. Students are assigned specific VRC projects related to their own research skills, whenever possible. 

Wood Shop, Teaching Assistants: Graduate students monitor the wood shop and teach students how to use the wood shop equipment and facilities safely.

Charles Adams Studio Project Assistant: Various positions at CASP afford School of Art  graduate students opportunities to work with a local non-profit arts organization, developing and honing skills as needed by CASP, and as offered by the student. These may include grant writing, teaching, or studio monitoring.

MFA Student Coordinator: This position allows the graduate assistant an opportunity to work with the MFA Faculty Graduate Coordinator in overseeing and administering the MFA program. It is a unique assistantship position that provides administrative experience to a graduate student.

If you are a current graduate student in the School of Art and would like to be considered for any of these positions, please contact your graduate coordinator to submit a résumé and brief statement of your interest and qualifications for the position.

Graduate Faculty Coordinators:
MFA Studio Art: Professor Stacy Elko
MA Art History: Dr. Kevin Chua
Interdisciplinary Fine Arts PhD in Art: Dr. Kevin Chua
Master of Art Education: Dr. Andrés Peralta