Turn your passion for art into a career
The Art Department at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts is known worldwide for its exemplary programs and roster of illustrious faculty. The Artists in Residence Program in Studio Art provides a critical bridge for those who want to turn their passion for art into a career. If you have already earned a BA or BFA in any major and want to prepare for an MFA program or career as an artist or curator, this unique course of independent study was created with you in mind.
The two-track program—one for art making and one for curatorial practices—has been created to meet your specific goals and provide the necessary framework to develop a portfolio of work. The hands-on experience, combined with the program's Certificate of Completion, provides the solid foundation needed to pursue your artistic dreams.
Whether you choose the 9-month Artist's Track or 12-month Curatorial Track, you will work directly with the Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, who serves as the program's director, as well as other working artists, curators, and professors of UC Irvine's renowned Art Department. The Certification received upon completion is a recognized credential that could provide you with the competitive boost you need to pursue your artistic goals.
The School's Artists in Residence Program in Studio Art is aimed at helping participants create art and develop proficiency; get "back into the game" if they've been out of school for a while; develop a new body of work or curatorial project; transition from undergraduate art to MFA studies or to a career in art; transition from a non-arts career; explore another medium; interact with a vibrant community of artists; and acculturate participants into the U.S. arts scene.
The Artist's Track program begins in mid-September with an Intensive Study Workshop—a week-long technical workshop to prepare you for the Artists in Residence experience. The program concludes in mid-June of the following year. During the course of the program, you will create art works under the general direction and guidance of the Program Director, an accomplished artist and educator. Works produced during the program and selected by those participating in the Curatorial Track will be exhibited during July and August in one of UC Irvine's campus art galleries. At the conclusion of the program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion that will contain a description of your individualized program.
For those in the Curatorial Track, the program begins with a week-long Intensive Study Workshop in mid-September, and the program formally concludes in late August of the following year. Under the direction of an internationally renowned art historian, critic and curator, the course provides opportunities, accessibility and skill development necessary to work in art galleries and/or museums. The content-rich program provides knowledge of the issues surrounding exhibition design and the experience of selecting, organizing, installing and publicizing an exhibit in a modern gallery. At the conclusion of the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion that will contain a description of their individualized program.
Each program is individually tailored to the interest of the participant. Each participant works with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Dean and with a faculty mentor to design their individualized program, which may consist of coursework from the University's extensive catalog of courses through University Extension's Access UCI Program; specialized readings; or seminars with other program participants.
All participants will meet periodically with the Dean to discuss their personal artistic direction and to critique and discuss their work; to receive personalized guidance for applying to graduate school or to discuss how to market their work. In addition, all participants in the Artist's Track are required to exhibit in the program's culminating exhibition, and all participants in the Curatorial Track are required to participate in the curation of that culminating exhibition.
Pre-requisites for admission
Participants in either Track typically will already have earned a bachelor's degree. All applicants must submit a personal statement or letter of intent. Artists must submit an electronic portfolio that will be reviewed by a panel of artists; curators must submit writing samples. All candidates will be interviewed by the program's director. Curatorial candidates will also meet with the director of the University Art Galleries. GRE scores are not required for either Track.
Who will benefit
The program is perfect for professionals already working in the arts who want to formalize their training and for those interested in making a career change that require a strong studio art background.
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An online application and additional details can be found at artistsinresidence.arts.uci.edu.