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How to Make Money Teaching as an Artist

How to Make Money Teaching as an Artist

Valerie Atkisson / ArtBistro


Working as a part-time adjunct professor may help you get a full-time professorship. The faculty will know who you are and if you network with them, they may be able to help you out. Some schools are better at hiring from their adjunct pool than others. Try to find out if the school you are interested in has hired their adjunct professors full-time in the last few years.   

Another way to get your “foot in the door” is to apply for guest professorships or visiting professorships. When a professor goes on Sabbatical, typically the school will hire a professor for the year to take over his or her classes.  I did this two years ago. It was a great experience. I knew the professor that was leaving and he invited me to come after I expressed interest in a visiting professorship at the university. It was a great opportunity to get college level teaching experience and find out if I wanted to pursue that career course.  

Get Experience

Many MFA programs offer their candidates teaching experience and pay them for teaching their freshman and sophomore college classes. If teaching at a college level is an avenue that you are serious about pursuing, you should decide on a program that will give you that experience.

I would recommend checking out the College Art Association website and going to their conferences when you are seeking employment as a professor. This is a great way to network and get interviews for employment.   Teaching can be a very rewarding job for artists. Good luck!

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