Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Art and Art History offers a limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantships to full-time students of superior ability and potential.

There are two GTA categories: Art History and Studio Art/ Design.

GTAs are awarded for one academic year, beginning with the Fall semester. Those who receive a GTA may apply for a one-year additional Assistantship. Current GTA's must reapply if they would like to be considered for a second year Assistantship. Satisfactory academic progress is required for reappointment as assessed through quality of studio work and passing of the annual winter review.

The Graduate Teaching Assistantship provides an annual stipend and a waiver of ten (10) graduate credits per semester. GTA teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Art and Art History. GTA recipients are required to work 20 hours/week.

Questions about the GTA positions or application process should be sent to

Application Requirements

Current Students

Follow the directions on the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) Application Form 

Prospective Students 

Follow the directions in your graduate program application. To apply for a GTA your application will require the completion of a supplemental written statement summarizing the GTA applicant's purpose and goals. (no more than 500 words)


January 15 annually for both new and renewal applications.

Selection Criteria

  • GTA's in Studio Art will be selected based on the quality of work samples and statement of intent, and references.
  • GTA's in Art History will be selected based on the quality of the statement of intent and references.

Decision Date

Applicants will be notified by June 15 annually

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Prospective Students 

  • Apply for a GTA by answering supplemental questions in their graduate program application.

Current Students Apply Here

Questions or need more information?

Contact Lauren Kalman (MFA) Associate Professor, Graduate Officer at