CAP offers a variety of paid opportunities for both current CalArts students and recent graduates who are interested in gaining experience in arts education and community engagement.

Academic Year-long Teaching Opportunities:

During the academic year, CAP offers a variety of teaching opportunities at elementary, middle and high schools, as well as at community centers and libraries after school and on weekends, across LA County. 


Sony Pictures Media Arts Program (SPMAP)

CalArts alumni and current students are invited to apply to teach animation to middle and high school students throughout LA County at one of our five SPMAP Partner Sites. Co-Lead Instructor and Assistant Instructor positions are available. Co-Lead Instructors are responsible for creating and implementing a syllabus and lesson plans for their 30-week class. Co-Leads also train Assistant Instructors in teaching their discipline to youth, while ensuring an exchange of knowledge between CalArts and the communities in which CAP has programs. 

This position is open for applications through September 4. Get more info and apply here!

School-Based Programs

CAP offers a variety of in-school arts programming at public schools across LA County.

CAP Elementary Programs
CAP partners with Saugus Union School District elementary schools West Creek Academy, Rosedell Elementary School, and Bridgeport Elementary School to provide six to eight weeks of in-school Visual, Digital, and Performing Arts classes for the 2019-2020 academic year. Classes will be led by one alumni Lead instructor, and selected classes will be assisted by a CalArts student instructor. 

Applications for lead instructors for our CAP Elementary Programs are now open. Apply here.

Applications for CalArts student instructors for our CAP Elementary Programs are also open. Apply here.

For more information about teaching with CAP in schools during the 2019-2020 school year please email Program Manager James Waterman at

CAP Photo Program at CalArts Photo Lab

Current CalArts students are invited to apply to assist in teaching traditional and digital photography techniques to high school students. The class meets on Saturdays from 1 - 5PM in the Spring Semester at the Photo Lab at CalArts, making use of professional-grade equipment and facilities. CSIs assist the Lead Instructors, Photo Faculty Andy Freeman & Alejandro Sanchez. There are 3-5 positions available.

These positions are currently filled. Email program coordinator Annapurna Kumar at to be notified about future opportunities or for more information. Applications for Spring 2021 will be available in December.


Self-Help Graphics

Current CalArts students are invited to apply to assist in teaching a visual arts survey class to high school students at CAP Partner Site, Self-Help Graphics. Two CalArts student instructor positions are available. Student instructors are responsible for supporting the lead instructor in the classroom for their 20-week course of lessons in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and filmmaking. The class includes a final Spring culmination event. The Self-Help Graphics class will meet on Mondays from 4:15-7:15 PM in Fall 2019 and Thursdays from 4PM-7PM in Spring 2020.

Fall and Spring positions are now filled. Please check back for future openings.

For more information, please email Program Manager Alma Catalan at

CAPSA: Creative Labs at Dorsey High School 

Summer Teaching Opportunities - Application is now open!

CAPSA: Creative Labs is a four-week summer interdisciplinary arts program designed for high school students to explore, interact, and play with all the disciplines taught at CalArts. The Creative Labs are led by CalArts teaching artists which include lead instructors and CSIs. The program culminates with an arts festival organized by the teaching artists and high school students. The program is hosted at Susan Miller Dorsey High School in South Los Angeles and runs for four weeks from July 6th to July 31st Monday through Friday from 9: 30 AM - 3:30 PM and ends with a culmination in August 1st, 2020.

These positions are now filled. For questions, please contact Program Manager, Alma Catalán at

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