Who is eligible to apply?

Everyone is welcome to apply to the ARC, regardless of educational background, professional experience or age. However, there are a few factors to keep in mind.

We are specifically looking for artists, writers, curators, art historians and other cultural producers who are interested in discursive or research-based practice. For artists, this means that we are interested in supporting practitioners who work in non-object based forms, for instance, digital media, film/video, performance, installation and text. That is not to say that we won’t accept painters or sculptors, but that a certain discursive orientation is crucial, no matter the media.

The curriculum at the ARC will center around a combination of group critique, theoretical readings and discussions. It is highly recommended that you are comfortable reading theory and that you be familiar with a few basic concepts and histories. We suggest that all ARC applicants familiarize themselves with this list of recommended readings. These readings will not be discussed at the ARC, rather they are a necessary base.   

How do I know my application has been received?

When you have submitted your application you will receive an automated e-mail acknowledging our receipt of your application.

Who reviews applications?

The faculty of the ARC.

When and how will I be notified of the result of my application?

You will receive e-mail notification on or by April 15. We do not respond to inquiries about application status prior to this notification.

Are applications accepted past the deadline?


What is the cost of attending the ARC?

Tuition for the 2018 Summer Program is $500. This is payable in installments.

Is financial aid available?

Unfortunately, no.

Will the ARC provide or pay for housing?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide or fund housing.

Will the ARC help find housing for participants?

Unfortunately, no.

Does the ARC offer student or travel visas?

While we’re happy to accept international students, unfortunately we cannot offer visas or sponsorship at this time.

What is the general time commitment for the program?

The 2018 Summer Program begins July 2nd and runs through August 10th. Full commitment during seminars and meetings is expected of all participants. The schedule of meetings will be shared with accepted participants.

While we understand that participants may need to work during their time at the ARC, you should expect to keep a minimum of three days per week free to accommodate the class schedule.

Are absences from the program allowed?

No. We ask that all participants be prepared to fully dedicate their time to the program.

If I am accepted and cannot attend may I defer my residency?

No. But you can re-apply the following year. Applications are read together with an eye not only toward selecting excellent participants, but forming a cohesive group.

Do you allow collaborators to apply?

Yes. However the ARC has a maximum of 12 students. If accepted, each collaborator will be expected to pay their own tuition fee.

What kinds of subjects are covered in the Summer Program?

The ARC is committed to Critical Cultural Studies and new developments in Media Theory. The Summer Program will be broken up into two main seminars – one focusing on Media Theory, and one focusing on the history of alternative pedagogical institutions.

Are artists and writers required to work on specific projects for the summer?

No. In fact we encourage all participants to work on projects as the program develops rather than to come with preconceived projects.

Is there an end of program exhibition or presentation?

Yes. The form this takes will be decided upon by the participants and faculty each year.