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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should participate in this program?
The Institute for Curatorial Practice is targeted towards undergraduate, graduate, and post-B.A. students, and is open to students from any concentration, major, or area of interest. Some understanding of advanced research methods and analytical writing skills is a plus.

Are there any prerequisites required to participate in the program?
We encourage anyone with a strong interest/background in the topics covered during the program to apply. The program is designed to incorporate a variety of skill levels, although it is helpful for the student to have at least some experience.

How do I apply?
We encourage you to apply online as soon as possible to ensure enrollment availability. We have a priority deadline of April 14, but admission is on a rolling basis.

What does the priority deadline mean?
The priority deadline is the latest date we can guarantee room in the program. For this program, however, there is a March 28 early admission date by which we strongly encourage students to apply. The applications will be processed on a rolling basis after that date. After April 14, spots are filled on a first come, first served basis.

What is the application timeline?
Typically, once a student submits a complete application, the faculty selection committee will review the application and make an admission decision within two weeks. Once students are notified of the enrollment decision, they are encouraged to make a program deposit to indicate the intention to enroll in the program.

Is there financial aid available for this program?
If you are a current Hampshire College student, please indicate on your application that you are interested in checking your eligibility for federal financial aid for this program. For all other students, we encourage you to contact your financial aid or summer internship office at your home institution and ask about your options for applying for aid. We will work with all institutions on securing outside funding for students when available.

Some colleges and universities have summer funding specifically geared towards practical experiences or internships. Because students at the Institute for Curatorial Practice work directly with curators and museum professionals on an exhibition project, the course may count as a practicum or internship at your home institution, and you may therefore be eligible for targeted summer funding.
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Amherst, MA 01002

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