Graduate Assistantships

Graduate AssistantsThe Department of Film and Theatre offers Graduate Assistant (GA) positions for work in department facilities and offices, and teaching undergraduate entry-level courses. The number of available positions each year is based on Departmental needs and funding.

For graduate students, assistantships provide the opportunity to learn important skills, practice teaching and help pay for school. GA assignments are made in the equipment room, scene shop, costume shop, media transfer center, digital media lab, theatre box office and FTA main office. Assistants may also teach introductory undergraduate courses in film production, digital technology, film arts, acting and basic visual design. Other duties may include website development, promotion and public relations, and department communications.

Graduate Assistants receive a stipend and may receive a tuition remission for the Fall and Spring semesters in which they are employed. More information about Graduate Assistantships, including links to University of New Orleans rules and regulations can be found at the Graduate School Website.

Graduate School Website

All FTA MFA graduate students are eligible to be considered for assistantships. Consideration is given to student's grades, previous work experience, overall performance in classes, attitude and work ethic. 

The Film Production program usually offers assistantships in the second year of the program, as familiarity with the program's resources, equipment and procedures is required. In addition, 18 graduate credit hours are  needed before becoming a teacher of record for an undergraduate course. Exceptions may be made for incoming students with a high level of technical skills or who already hold a related graduate degree. The film production program requires graduate students to TA/audit the specific undergraduate course they may teach before becoming an instructor of record.

The Theatre Performance and Theatre Design programs may offer assistantships to qualified incoming students.

The Department Chair hires all graduate assistants and has the final authority for selection and approval. While there is no formal application process, the procedure is different for the film and theatre programs. 

Theatre Performance and Theatre Design students should contact the head of their program option to apply for an assistantship.

Current Film Production students may make their interest known to the Department Chair, the Graduate Program Coordinator and the faculty or staff supervisor of their area of interest. Incoming film production graduate students should express their interest to the Graduate Program Coordinator.