Teaching Assistantships

Creative Writing Program students who are interested in gaining experience teaching college-level writing have the opportunity in their second year to serve as teaching assistants in a range of writing-intensive special topics courses at the BFA level. Each Spring, the admissions committee selects five MA Aesthetics and Politics applicants for a Teaching or Research Assistantship. Students interested in a Teaching or Research Assistantship are encouraged to mention this in their application.

Peer Tutors

This is a salaried position to assist undergraduates in the Teaching and Learning Center situated in the Library.

Postgraduate Opportunities 

Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship

Every year, the School of Critical Studies offers two Postgraduate Teaching Fellowships to recent graduates of the MFA Creative Writing Program and MA Aesthetics and Politics Program. Fellows design and teach a 15-week course of study, and a two-week workshop as part of the Winter session term.  The Postgraduate Teaching Fellow provides office hours as well as assessment and feedback for undergraduate students throughout the course. Undergraduate curriculum categories include Cultural Studies, Humanities, Computing and Research Skills, Science and Math, Creative Writing, and Social Science. Each Fellow is assigned a faculty mentor with whom they can consult throughout their tenure. Postgraduate Teaching Fellows receive an $8000 stipend in addition to professional development and teaching experience. 

Reef Residency

The School of Critical Studies is pleased to support recent graduates of the MA Aesthetics and Politics Program and MFA Creative Writing Program through the CalArts Reef Residency. Each year, three students from the School of Critical Studies receive access to studio space in a large shared open studio, additional access to an exhibition/public space and a grant of $5,000 to support their work.