Student Opportunities

We are committed to offering our students a range of professional training opportunities and other experiences that enhance their engagement with the UCSC community and the broader Bay Area. All these activities allow our graduates to develop skills and insights that can help them pursue purposeful and successful careers in the future, while also making a significant contribution to camps life during their studies in the program.


Browse the links below for more information. We are continuously working to improve and augment these opportunities as our program develops. Check back for updates!


Curatorial Practice

Although Visual Studies doesn’t offer a Museum Studies track, we provide several opportunities for relevant coursework and curatorial experiences to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the world of museums, galleries, and exhibitions. [More]



We recognize that many of our graduate students are interested in pursuing careers in academia, and therefore teaching experience is important as they prepare for the job market. Our program offers a number of teaching opportunities that range from invited course lectures to full courses during the academic year or summer session. The program also offers workshops on teaching. Student advisors, the Chair of the HAVC department, and the Director of Graduate Studies provide relevant mentoring and support to graduate student instructors. Browse the student teaching profiles for insights into the great work our students are doing in the classroom. [More]

Visual & Media Cultures Colloquia

The annual Visual and Media Cultures Colloquia (VMCC), funded by the Arts Division, was started in 2010-11 in a collaboration between the Visual Studies and the Film and Digital Media graduate programs. For the Visual Studies events, each year two VS students are responsible for selecting, inviting and hosting speakers from a list of suggested names submitted by their peers and HAVC faculty. Together they share the unique challenge and opportunity of creating a program that brings to campus an array of cutting-edge scholars to speak on a broad spectrum of subjects. 


Porter College Visual Studies Initiative

Through an array of activities lead by graduate students for Porter College undergraduates, we foster intellectual interactions and community building that benefit both groups. In its first year running (Winter-Spring 2017), the program will include field trips to San Francisco museums and cultural venues, and film screenings and discussions during pizza nights on campus. Graduate students submitted their proposals the previous summer, and the ones selected will receive remuneration for organizing and conducting the activities. Come back at the end of Spring 2017 to read more about the experience of grads and undergrads during the activities! We hope to further develop this initiative in the future.

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