Graduate Research + Teaching

Research Assistantships

Many graduate students are employed as Research Assistants and work for a Faculty member or as part of a team on a larger research initiative. Research Assistantships are designed to provide graduate students with valuable experience in research and other activities that support their studies and further their individual professional objectives. Please note that Research Assistantships are rare for students in the Low Residency program who live outside of Vancouver or its vicinity.  For more information on obtaining a position as a Research Assistant, please contact the Research and Industry Office.

Learn more about recent graduate research projects.


Teaching Undergraduate Credit Courses

Although students are not guaranteed opportunities to teach, on occasion critical studies and studio course do become available. It is recommended that graduate students with an interest in teaching audit and/or observe in courses related to their areas of expertise during their first year of study. This can be arranged on a case-by-case basis with individual instructors. Students interested in being mentored by a faculty member and volunteering as a Teacher’s Assistant should express their interest to the Office of Graduate Studies. Workshops on teaching are offered during the first year of the program.

Graduate students are eligible to apply to the regular call for sessional/non-regular hiring through Human Resources that takes place each year at the end of March. For more information see our Careers page. The Graduate Program prefers students to teach in the fall of their second year of study. Graduate students fall into a special employment category and are mentored by a regular faculty member.

Tutors (Seminar Leaders)

Opportunities for Tutors or Seminar Leaders are also posted through our Human Resources department on the Careers page and are for topic-specific courses. Students who wish to be considered for these positions must submit a curriculum vitae outlining their qualifications and general interests in the topic being offered.

Teaching Continuing Studies Non-credit Courses 

There may be teaching possibilities for Graduate students in our Continuing Studies (non credit) program. Postings are found at our Careers page.