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ICP Frequently Asked Questions

Who should participate in the ICP 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 prerequisites required?

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 1, but admission is on a rolling basis. Submit an online application here.

What does the priority deadline mean?

The priority deadline is the latest date we can guarantee room in the program. The applications will then be processed on a rolling basis after that date. After April 1, 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.

The Institute for Curatorial Practice offers a Paid Internship Program, which is open to any undergraduate student who attends the Institute for Curatorial Practice from June 1-July 1, 2016.

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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How do I apply for an internship?

The Paid Internship Program is open to any undergraduate student who attends the Institute for Curatorial Practice. Once you submit an application to the ICP that indicates you are interested in being considered for a paid internship, we will send you a separate internship application form. The deadline for internship applications is April 8, 2016.

What is the refund policy for summer academic programs?

The tuition balance is due by May 15. There are no tuition refunds available after the first day of the program. If a student should withdraw from a summer academic program at Hampshire College for any reason, the program fee will be refunded according to the following schedule. Withdrawal before the deposit payment deadline date: 100% of the fee paid beyond the non-refundable deposit. Withdrawal after the program start date: no refund. The student's date of withdrawal is determined by the postmark on the written notification of withdrawal from the program.

Once my application is accepted, how can I plan my arrival and stay at Hampshire?

Essential logistical information for all participants in Hampshire's Summer Academic Programs is available here. Please note that you should plan to be on campus and settled into housing by 4 p.m. on May 31, the day before the program begins.

What if I have a disability or require a reasonable accommodation?

This program incorporates some activities that might be physically challenging. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to any student who might require them. We encourage you to visit the office of accessibility resources and services website, or get in touch with us if you have any questions.

What is Hampshire’s projection gallery?

Hampshire’s Magic Board is a projection gallery that showcases film and video, photography, animation, graphics, light shows, digital exhibitions, and other hybrid forms made by Hampshire students, faculty, staff, and guests. A laboratory for experimentation, the Magic Board elaborates on a rich history of expanded cinema, shadow plays, magic lanterns, and phantasmagorias.

The Magic Board is a screen, a window, and an architectural wall in a public lobby of Hampshire's library. It presents an opportunity for students in the ICP to curate digital and projected exhibitions in a physical, site-specific space.

What is Museums 10?

Museums10 is a dynamic collaborative of 10 museums that inspire, engage and enrich their communities through shared experiences of art, literature, history and the natural world.

The collaborative includes the Beneski Museum of Natural History, the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the Hampshire College Art Gallery, Historic Deerfield, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the Smith College Museum of Art, the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Yiddish Book Center.

The ICP engages with Museums10 collections and museum staff through site visits, direct object study, and guest lectures.

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