Professional Practice Programs

Welcome to Professional Practice Programs at the School for the Contemporary Arts. Connect with the arts community, develop skills and explore professional practice through work-integrated learning (internships, practicums and field placements), workshops, talks and more.

Follow the links below to find out more about SCA Internships for undergraduate students and the MFA Field Placement program.

Internships are professional development opportunities for undergraduate students to gain experience with professional artists and art organizations.

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The SCA's Professional Practice Series invites guest speakers working from across the arts for free talks, discussions, and workshops.

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MFA students complete placements with an established artist or arts professional (Host Artist) as part of a Faculty-supervised Directed Study.

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Art Skills 2021: Events

Please join us for a series of interactive workshops focused on professional practices in the contemporary arts, presented as part of the Art Skills program. The fall workshop series will run November – December 2021 and will culminate January 21, 2022, with a Community Skills Share event featuring workshops presented by current SCA students. 

Workshop space is limited. Please RSVP to

Please note: Participation is limited to current SCA students unless otherwise noted and priority will be given to participants in the Art Skills program. If space is available, recent SCA graduates may also attend.

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Art Skills: Sustainability Focus

The application for Art Skills: Sustainability Focus is now LIVE.

This is an opportunity for eligible* students doing contemporary arts internships, field placements and practicums to earn a $1,100 honorarium for participating in an additional skill building project alongside their community placement.

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Events in the Series

November 1, 3, 5 | Create a Portfolio Website: A Three Part Series with Shion Skye Carter (three parts, two time options)

November 4 | Your Work, Your Rights, Your Fees with Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

November 5 | Grant Writing with Joanna Garfinkel (for Grad students)

November 12 | Grant Writing with Joanna Garfinkel (for Undergrad students)

November 18 | The Value of the Collective: Interdependence as Methodology with Nya Lewis

November 19 | Creative Money with Chris Ens

November 25 | Effective Presentations with Sarah Louise Turner