When will ARC run?

The next full session of ARC will take place at A.I.R. Gallery in New York from July 6th – July 31st, 2020. To receive information about the summer session, please sign up for our mailing list.

Who is eligible to apply?

Everyone is welcome to apply to 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, designers, 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. For designers, we are interested in practices that engage critically with systems of mass production and market oriented practices. That is not to say that we won’t accept painters, sculptors, or classically trained designers, but that a certain discursive orientation is crucial, no matter the media.

The curriculum at the ARC is centered 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 ARC, rather they are a necessary base.

How do critiques at ARC work?

Critique is a significant component of ARC curriculum. Accepted students should arrive with work that is ready to be critiqued. ARC is committed to an experimental mode of critique in which we focus on the development of dialog and community over exhibition and production. Space, technology, and facilities will be provided as available.  

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 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, 2020. 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 2020 Summer Program is $500. 

Is financial aid available?

At this time we are unable to offer financial aid.

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 are happy to accept international students, we cannot offer visas or sponsorship at this time.

What is the general time commitment for the program?

The 2020 Summer Program will begin July 6th and run through July 31st. 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, new developments in Media Theory and critical design.

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

No. Participants should continue working in their own practices.