Teaching Assistantships are an opportunity for students who are interested in teaching to gain valuable experience in a leadership role in the classroom during their time as a graduate student. TAships are awarded to MFA and MA students who have completed the Critical Pedagogy course or have an MA in teaching.

Graduate Candidates work alongside a faculty member. The compensation is paid hourly, 7 hours a week for 15 weeks, and the selection is based on the student’s teaching packet which is developed in the Critical Pedagogy course.

TA appointments are made for one term only, and are typically for BFA Studio Art and Liberal Arts classes at the 100, 200, and 300 levels such as Basic Drawing, or Writing in Context. This teaching experience combined with a Masters-level degree prepares graduates for teaching opportunities at community colleges and other 4-year colleges and universities.


Once enrolled, students have the opportunity to apply for Graduate Fellowship awards. All students are eligible to apply for fellowships and application deadlines are released by departments once classes have begun. Previous experience will be taken into consideration based on preferred qualifications.

Currently, our fellowships include:

  • Curatorial Fellowships - The Graduate Curatorial Fellow’s job is to curate, schedule and maintain the on campus student galleries in collaboration with the BFA Galleries Coordinator under the supervision of the Gallery Director.
  • The Writers Fellowship - The Writer’s Fellowship offers a graduate student the experience of cultivating literary arts across the entire Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies and promoting the Low-Residency Creative Writing program within and beyond PNCA.
  • HFSGS Community Fellowship - The Community Fellow helps coordinate participation in social events and other activities for graduate students. The purpose of this fellowship is to build community and foster cross-program dialogue and community care for students.

OMSI/PNCA Art+Science STEAM Educator Fellowship

This Fellowship is an opportunity for 2–4 PNCA students interested in arts/design-integrated teaching and learning to develop and teach a five-day summer camp course in partnership with Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) at its Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport, OR. Working in pairs, students for these positions co-develop curricula for programs titled 'Design Naturalists' (grades 6–8). PNCA faculty provide support both individually and in group workshops focused on pedagogy, curriculum design, and blending design principles with coastal ecology.


Program Assistants work for the Graduate School supporting public events, promotion, social media, and other administrative tasks. Studio Managers help maintain the Glass Studios and other facilities. These roles will be listed on Handshake.


Email Graduate Admissions for for questions about Fellowships or Teaching Assistantships.