Doris McCarthy Gallery /

Research & Learning

  • Academic Outreach
  • Community Outreach
  • Work Study & Internships

The DMG offers academic and experiential learning opportunities to departments across the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. Gallery staff work with faculty to support student engagement with: exhibitions; off-site projects; the collection; facilitating in-class lectures or artist-led programs, and developing specialized course modules. Gallery visits and programs create dialogue and complement faculty teaching, often providing the structure for class assignments.

In addition to directly supporting curriculum, the DMG hosts events in our spaces that have been developed by University of Toronto Scarborough staff, faculty, and students, contributing to the gallery's interdisciplinary environment and the vibrant culture on campus.

To access exhibition study guides, to book an exhibition tour, collaborate on course-based programming, and/or inquire about holding an event in the gallery, please contact the Exhibitions & Programming Coordinator.

To book a class visit or academic access to the collection, please contact the Collections Coordinator.

As a proud member of the Scarborough arts community, the DMG has many existing community partnerships, and we endeavour to further build meaningful relationships in Scarborough and beyond.

The DMG offers guided tours of our exhibitions to school and community groups of all ages. Tours offer perspective and context on the artworks presented, and the opportunity for critical discussion. Tours can be tailored to the interests of the group and can include hands-on activities led by gallery staff or artists.

To book an exhibition tour, please contact the Exhibitions & Programming Coordinator.


The DMG is committed to providing students with hands-on, professional gallery experience through our participation in U of T’s Work-Study and Experiential Education programs. Work-study students have the opportunity to engage with the public as gallery attendants and assist gallery staff with a wide range of gallery activity, including: research;  installation; finances; and marketing. Students contribute toward and gain valuable insight and hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of a public gallery. Work-study positions at the DMG introduce students to the broader arts communities of the University of Toronto, the city, and beyond.

The DMG regularly offers Work-Study positions in the fall, winter, and summer semesters. Positions are open to all registered undergraduate and graduate University of Toronto students. Visit the U of T Career Learning Network for more information about eligibility and available positions.

Work-Study positions at the DMG are listed within the University of Toronto’s Co-Curricular Record (CCR), a university-wide database for students seeking opportunities outside the classroom. This official record will allow students to contextualize their participation at the DMG for potential employers, graduate and/or professional programs, and awards or scholarships. For more information on the Co-Curricular Record at the University of Toronto, please visit their website.


The DMG offers both short- and long-term placements to U of T and other post-secondary students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Student interns are involved in almost every area of gallery activity, including supporting artists during installation of their work, planning programming, or researching the Permanent Collection. Interns also develop and execute special projects for the gallery according to their specific interests.

For more information on internship opportunities at the DMG, please contact the Operations Coordinator.