How to apply for art residencies

Course description

Are you looking to apply for an art residency? If so, this course is for you! To deepen our understanding of what makes an application for a residency successful, we spoke with jury members, directors of residencies, artists and writers. Based on our findings from these discussions we developed this course. It serves as a step-by-step-guide which will give you all the tools you need to build a strong application for a residency.

What you will learn

  • How to choose the right residency and increase your chances
  • How to write a strong project proposal for a residency
  • Which key questions your proposal should answer
  • Which works you should include in your portfolio
  • How the jury review process works
  • How the jury selects the artists for a residency
  • What a reference letter should consist of and who should you ask for one
  • How to make the layout of your application stand out


  • 44-minutes video course in 16 chapters
  • Audio in English
  • Subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
  • Unlimited access to your online course
  • For artists of all levels

Course plan (scroll down)

16 Chapters - 44 min

1. What are art residencies?

1.1. Residencies throughout history

1.2. Residencies today

2. Why should artists consider attending a residency?

3. Positive aspects of applying

4. How to choose the right residencies and increase your chances

5. Are you eligible to apply?

6. Understanding the residencies’ goals

7. Understanding the jury review process

8. What are the required application documents?

9. How to write a project proposal

9.1. Length

9.2. Key questions about your proposal

9.3. Structure

9.4. Editing

9.5. Flow of your text

9.6. Testing your proposal

10. Recommendation letter

10.1. Who should you ask?

10.2. What should a recommendation letter consist of?

11. Work samples for a residency

12. Project simulations

13. Layout

14. Corrections

15. Feedback

16. Final notes

About your tutor

Jordie Oetken is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her work employs scale, lighting, and strategies of containment to maintain a continuous tension, asking the viewer to oscillate between their desire for clarification and the ambiguous narrative power of the image.

Oetken’s work has recently been exhibited at No Moon LA, Praz-Delavallade, and Tiger Strikes Astroid Los Angeles. She has instructed at the UCLA Summer Art Institute, the CalArts CSSA program, and assisted in the instruction of various advanced photography and theory courses at UCLA. Oetken has held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MacDowell, Lighthouse Works, Vermont Studio Center, and the Yale/Norfolk School of Art.

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Bundle of Four Online Courses:

  • How to apply for art residencies
  • How to write an artist statement
  • How to apply for art project grants
  • How to make an art portfolio