Graduate Student Opportunities

Numerous opportunities for gaining experience are available:

  • High School Program: MFA students are hired to teach classes offered at PAFA to Philadelphia high school students.
  • Summer FUNdamentals Art Camp: Graduate students are hired by the Museum Education Department to teach summer camp classes to children and teens.
  • Weekend Workshops: Graduate students are hired by the Museum Education Department to teach daylong public workshops in various media.
  • Graduate Assistantships: MFA students in the first year (second semester) and second year of the program may apply to assist undergraduate faculty in classes. The positions are unpaid but provide experience and networking opportunities.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships: Second year MFA students that have completed one semester as a Graduate Assistant, may apply for this position. Students awarded Graduate Teaching Assistantships will receive additional training in teaching skills by the undergraduate instructor in charge, and will be expected to play an active instructional role in the classroom. There are six Graduate Teaching Assistantships per year, and each is granted a $1000 stipend.
  • Visiting Artists Program: This program is completely student-run and offers valuable networking opportunities. Positions can be work-study or volunteer.
  • Monitors: Some classes require monitors to assist in setting up and breaking down of equipment, coordinating models, etc.
  • Work Study: Eligible students can be considered for various positions available within the school's administrative and academic offices as well as the museum and Gallery 128, the student gallery.