Explore CAPX

Exhale, Explore, Experience CAPX!

CAPX is your one-stop shop for valuable career advising and a wide range of programming and events to assist you in developing the skills, experience, self-knowledge, and confidence you need to navigate your creative future.

We can help you:

  • Develop résumés, cover letters, proposals, cover letters, artist’s statements, and portfolios.
  • Implement job search strategies and explore job and internship opportunities posted specifically for SAIC students and alumni through our online platform, SAIC Compass.
  • Apply for on-campus employment opportunities via SAIC Launch On-Campus
  • Explore for-credit internships and apply to jobs related to your area of interest.
  • Discover your personal strengths and talents through assessments including CliftonStrengths®, Strong Interest Inventory, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI).
  • Pursue exhibition, residency, fellowship opportunities, and funding, including Fulbright grants.
  • Learn about contemporary practices in emerging creative industries, freelancing, and self-employment.
  • Network with SAIC alumni and professionals from a wide range of creative organizations and practices.


Announcing: "Jump-Start January" CAPX Graduate Student Programs 

Jump-Start January

Our new series of programs designed specifically for graduate students, Jump-Start January, officially begins next week. Featuring events, lectures, and workshops ranging fromCliftonStrengths® sessions to one-on-one financial planning meetings with Portland-based podcaster Lillian Karabaic, graduate students will have a variety of opportunities to "jump-start" their year with a little help from CAPX.

Register on SAIC Compass or Engage.

Monday, January 14: Know Your CliftonStrengths®
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Sharp 327
Discover your dominant talents and the ways in which you naturally think, feel, and behave as a unique individual. Learn what motivates you, where you are most in your element, and which career paths might be best for you by using this insightful assessment!

Tuesday, January 15: Tools for Teaching
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Sharp 327

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies Dwayne Moser will give an overview of the nuts and bolts of the application and interviewing process as well as the philosophical components of teaching. You'll also learn how to survive your first round of interviews. Additionally, Christina Gomez, Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity & Inclusion, will lead a discussion on crafting a diversity statement. You'll learn what is important to consider when drafting this now essential element for your application packet. Finally, CAPX's own Nancy Gildart will facilitate a workshop for developing a teaching philosophy that fits; you'll learn what is important to you in your teaching practice and how to express it.

Wednesday, January 16: Paths to Publishing
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Lakeview 1427

Learn how to share your ideas with the public by getting into the habit of writing, blogging, and giving conference presentations. Sessions will be led by novelist Eileen Favorite and Duncan MacKenzie of the Bad At Sports podcast.

Thursday, January 17: Write On!
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Lakeview 1427

Proposal Writing 101 and beyond with the Museum of Contemporary Art's Gibran Villalobos. This workshop will touch on various logistics surrounding grants, fellowships, residencies, and other applications. Emphasis will be placed on coherence of writing in relation to support images/work samples, curating work appropriate for application demands, clarity and feasibility of vision, budgetary organization, and project time line estimations.

Friday, January 18: Get Real: Creative Canvas
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Lakeview 1427

Learn how to use Creative Canvas, an idea exploration and planning tool for creative projects, with Chicago Artists Coalition's Penny Duff and multimedia artist and cultural organizer Erica Mott.

Tuesday, January 22: Oh, My Dollar!
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Sharp 2nd Fl, SW Corner

Being fiscally responsible with Portland-based podcaster Lillian Karabaic. Take the fear out of managing your money, loans, and livelihood and learn how to face your fiscal responsibilities head-on. Lillian will cover strategies for taking control of your finances, including making a personal budget and developing savings and contingency plans.

Wednesday, January 23
CAPX, Lakeview 14th Fl

One-on-one financial planning sessions with Lillian Karabaic. Sign up at tinyurl.com/CAPXexperts.


CAPX Presents: Big Interview Tips 

Our new Big Interview Tips series, filmed at CAPX and featuring SAIC faculty and staff offering their valuable job interview advice, is intended to demystify the often intimidating interviewing process for students and alums. We know interviews can be stressful, and Big Interview is a perfect way to sharpen your interviewing skills on your own time in a stress-free environment.

Visit our Vimeo page to keep up with our Big Interview Tips series.

Big Interview is a no-stress, virtual mock interview platform for all experience levels available on SAIC Compass, offering practice and feedback 24/7 from the privacy of your dorm or studio. Log on to Compass and click on "Big Interview" on the navigation bar under "My Briefcase" to get started.


Meet with Our Advisors

Make an appointment with a CAPX advisor or visit us during walk-in hours from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., Monday–Friday for a quick check-in.

We are located on the 14th floor of the Lakeview Building on 116 South Michigan Avenue. Our office is open Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Visit our Meet the CAPX Team page to learn more about our career and faculty advisors. 

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