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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a residency, a retreat, and a program?

A residency program provides artists  with time and space to focus on their work, while also providing public programming and other elements. A retreat is discipline-specific, and often focused work with a master maker. A program is an intensive, often offered for artists, designers, writers, and creative thinkers working in different industries. To learn more about Summer 2020 offerings, please check Summer Residencies and Programs

What’s included in the Summer Residencies and Programs?

Most of our programs include room and meals in our cafeteria. Access to our advanced production labs and shops are also available depending on your program. Most programs will also have their own curated public programming, which include field trips, keynote lectures, panel discussions, studio visits, and more. Please check each program for availability and specific offerings. 

What’s the application process like?

Applications open October 2019. The Summer Programs Office will review applications and send out acceptance notifications on a rolling basis. The priority deadline is February 3, 2020 and you must have your application submitted by the priority deadline of February 3, 2020 to be considered for a fellowship. Most programs have a selection process. Please refer to each program for specific guidelines. You can also check the application portal for a list of available programs. 

When should I hear back after I apply?

Notifications will be sent on a rolling basis via email. Fellowship notifications will be sent out after the February 3 deadline.

When do you announce the full slate of speakers?

Speakers will be announced as soon as they are confirmed on the programs website.

I am interested in a fellowship. How do I apply?

Otis College recognizes the importance of fellowships for our programs. There are limited fellowships available. Please submit your completed application by the priority deadline to be considered for fellowships. The priority deadline is February 3, 2020. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will not be considered for a fellowship.

I would like to attend multiple residencies and retreats. Is that possible?

Yes. You must apply separately and pay separate tuition fees should you be accepted to more than one program. 

Contact us

Summer Programs
(424) 207-3792