Career and Professional Experience (CAPX)

Welcome to CAPX!

We prepare and empower students and alums to build fulfilling and sustainable creative careers.

Whether you're a student, an employer, or an alum, Career and Professional Experience (CAPX) is here for you. Our career advisors offer highly personalized, one-on-one sessions to help you find jobs and internships, explore fellowship and grant opportunities, and gain valuable professional advice to guide you on the road ahead.

Students at Chicago Design Museum

Visit our Programs and Events page to learn about our current and upcoming programs and workshops. 

Visit our Resources and Opportunities page to browse new and upcoming opportunities, including fellowships, grants, and residencies; view tutorials on writing artist's statements and documenting work; and explore advice on writing résumés, cover letters, and applying for jobs.

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News and Announcements

2019 Lexus Design Award & Info Session

There will be an info session and Q&A for interested student applicants for the 2019 Lexus Design Award on Tuesday, October 23 at 4:15 p.m. in the AIADO conference room, 1402 Sullivan Building, 14th floor. We hope to see you there!

2019 Lexus Design Award and Info Session


Introducing: 2018 CAPX Peer Advisors

CAPX Peer Advisors

We are pleased to introduce our 2018 CAPX Peer Advisors Morgan Itterly and Kathryn Fitzgerald (pictured above), and our Graduate Peer Advisor Tricia Park! Our peer advisors are here to help students explore CAPX programs, workshops, and events, and to offer advice on résumés, cover letters, artist's statements, portfolios, and other professional materials. 

Be on the lookout for Morgan, Kathryn, and Tricia at CAPX and at our programs and events, and be sure to say hello!


Coming Up: MakeWorkshops and SAIC Good Energy Project Info Sessions

2018 Fall MakeWorkshops

We're excited to announce a number of MakeWorkshops for this fall to help students prepare and develop their projects for the MakeWork showcase in the spring. Each session will take place in Room 327 in the Sharp Building from 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

For students interested in additional opportunities to brainstorm their entrepreneurial endeavors, CAPX will be hosting an information session for the SAIC Good Energy Project on Wednesday, October 24, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 111, MacLean Center. Come to the session to learn how you can win a $5,000 prize to help channel your creative skills toward making life better in Chicago neighborhoods.

The initiative will culminate in the SAIC Good Energy Project Hackathon on Saturday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 327 in the Sharp Building—an event that we like to think of as: 1 Day, 6 Hours, 4 Winners, $5K!


Introducing: 2018 CAPX Faculty Career Advisors

Faculty Advisors 2018

We are pleased to introduce our Faculty Advisors for 2018 (from left): Ann Chen (MFA, 2002); Troy Briggs (MFA 2012); and Nick Sagan. In addition to bringing specialized areas of media-specific expertise to their advising sessions, our Faculty Advisors are a central component to the CAPX Internship program, guiding students through their internship experience and in the creation of professional materials and portfolios. 

Ann brings her studies and professional experience in architecture, painting, and her private studio practice to her advising sessions, where she helps students identify individual strengths, skills, and strategies related to professional development.

Troy is an interdisciplinary artist who teaches Contemporary Practices, and he adds an incisive perspective on portfolio submissions that is informed by his time participating in juries and search committees. 

Nick is in his sixth year teaching in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department, and he has a keen interest in seeing students succeed both in their artworks and in their professional practices.

Make an appointment with any of our Faculty Advisors today!