Professional Practice Series

The SCA's Professional Practice Series invites guest speakers working from across the arts for free talks, discussions, and workshops. The goal of the series is to help provide practical advice and real-world examples for student artists as they work toward the completion of their studies and begin to plan a working practice beyond the SCA.

Please check back here for the latest event in the series.

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.

About Art Skills

Art Skills combines mutual support and training to create collaboration between contemporary arts students, community partners and SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts, providing real world experience and skills development. A Fall SCA Professional Practice series offers additional learning opportunities for students to gain skills they can practice hands-on in  internships, practicums and field placements. At the end of the project, students will share what they have learned by participating in a Community Skills Share. The goal of this project is to create a legacy that can support future students. 

Supported by SFU Work Integrated Learning and SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. This project has been funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Innovative Work-Integrated Learning program and CEWIL Canada’s iHUB.

  • Grant Writing

    with Joanna Garfinkel | Friday, November 5, 2021 | 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM (for graduate students) | ZOOM & Friday, November 12, 2021 | 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM (for undergraduate students) | GCA (location TBD)

    More HERE ~

  • Giving Effective Presentations

    with Sarah Louise Turner | Thursday, November 25, 2021 | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Zoom

    More HERE ~

  • SCA Professional Practice Series: Yvonne Wallace

    Postponed. Please check back for a new date and time.

    More HERE ~

  • SCA Professional Practice Series: Creating Options 1 & 2

    Session 1: Friday, March 13, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM | FREE | 4350 (Large Music Room) – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver | Session 2: Friday, April 3, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Session 2 is cancelled.

    More HERE ~