Teaching Assistant

Jan 24, 2015

Date: Ongoing
Department: Education
Title: Teaching Assistant
Compensation: Tuition discounts and access to digital lab/darkroom facilities


Teaching Assistants are volunteers who form a vital part of ICP by supporting its classes and facilities. Many pursue this opportunity as an invitation into an evolving network of innovative image making. ICP welcomes those hoping to engage with the photographers, educators, artists, students, and enthusiasts comprising its community.


ICP Teaching Assistants possess a strong desire to learn and connect with others who are passionate about photography. Friendliness and an ability to work in a dynamic environment are critical.

Assignments can require both beginner and advanced knowledge of photography since they involve various activities throughout the school. Teaching Assistants supporting the school's facilities and events may possess varied skill levels. However, a Class Teaching Assistant must be familiar with the material being covered, such as mixing the chemistry for a darkroom course.


Teaching Assistants are credited for each hour worked. Earned credit is distributed via credit hours cards in 20-hour units. (It is not possible to purchase additional time in the labs, beyond time earned).

Once Teaching Assistants complete at least twenty hours, credit hours may be used in the digital labs and darkrooms for the equivalent of hours earned, or submitted to the Education Office for tuition discounts for a maximum discount of 50% off of tuition, excluding materials' and registration fees.

  • Ten week class - 40 hours deducted (2 cards)
  • Five-week class - 20 hours deducted (1 card)
  • Two-weekend workshop - 40 hours deducted (2 cards)
  • One-weekend workshop - 20 hours deducted (1 card)
  • 1 hour lab time - 1 hour deducted from a 20 hour card

Accrued hours are valid for tuition credit and lab access for two years after they are earned. The expiration date on your Credit Hours Card is the final date in which the card can be used for tuition discounts and lab usage. TA Credit Hours cards cannot be extended and/or replaced.


New Teaching Assistants at ICP must first work one term as an Office Teaching Assistant to receive an introduction to the community. The assignment requires around a 10-week commitment, although Teaching Assistants often extend their assignments. A shift is 4–5 hours a week. Office Teaching Assistants can work multiple shifts. Once accepted into the program, Teaching Assistants are added to an email list that communicates current opportunities along with other activities throughout the community.

Once you fulfill your Office Teaching Assistant requirements and receive supervisory approval, you will be added to our Class Teaching Assistant list and will receive emails throughout each semester with classes needing support. Our courses range from 10-week sessions that meet 3 hours per week during the morning, afternoon, or evening; one-day seminars; 1–2 weekend workshops; and intensive weeklong seminars. Class Teaching Assistant assignments are based on instructor preference, skills, and past performance.




In order to apply for a Teaching Assistant position at ICP, please send the TA application to [email protected].

Read about what it's like to be a teaching assistant at ICP.