Wednesday, November 28, 2012


The PGTA program provides unpaid teaching internships in the Master of Fine Arts program to Academy alumni. Alumni are matched with Academy instructors, and gain valuable teaching experience at the graduate level. In turn, Academy instructors are provided with a teaching assistant who strengthens the tutorial component of the curriculum.


The PGTA’s core responsibility is to assist the primary instructor through the reinforcement of material covered during studio sessions. This may require attendance at 2 classes per week—one with the instructor in addition to the studio session run by the PGTA. The PGTA is also responsible for conducting research, contributing to critiques, and additional services as defined by the instructor. (The PGTA Program is not a Class Assistant/Monitor - this position is for enrolled students, who oversee the management of the model, attendance, and classroom setup/breakdown.) Experience in a particular discipline, etc. will determine selection.
Participation in the PGTA program affords alumni firsthand insight into the teaching methods of seasoned veterans of the Academy and the opportunity to teach uninstructed sessions. This credential alone vastly improves the likelihood of securing a teaching position in the future.  – Peter Drake, Dean of Academic Affairs
Being a Teaching Assistant gave me very valuable experiences about being on the other side of the lecture podium and the process of teaching.  It also looks good on the resume. – Shawn Yu, MFA 2011
As a Teaching Assistant, I found it rewarding to be able to instruct the valuable lessons and knowledge I gained at the Academy and to support the creative growth of current students. – Katie Hemmer, MFA 2006

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & PROCESS (past PGTAs must submit updated materials):
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter
·         Should include a pedagogical statement
·         Preferred area of study
·         Availability
3. Three examples of your work

All applications are to be submitted VIA EMAIL by WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 12 to: