The 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.
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.