Graduates in Residence

We are piloting a Graduates in Residence scheme at HCA.

Graduates from our B. A (Hons) courses can apply to benefit from continuing access to HCA facilities for free – this initial pilot aims to run between March- July 2020. For the pilot, we expect to find two Graduates in Residence (GIR). The pilot scheme is open to applications from 2018/19 graduates only, but if you are due to graduate in 2019/20 (this year) it might be worth keeping in mind as we will be putting out a further call for applicants in Autumn 2020.

Successful Graduates will be expected to: 

  • Independently create a new and conceptually coherent body of work during their time at college**
  • Have a positive impact on the student community at HCA 
  • Contribute to HCA’s strategic mission and vision 
  • Be prepared to present their practice to current students 
  • Be pro-active and engaged, potentially mentoring other students 

Graduates will benefit from (subject to monthly review): 

  • Computer space to use in course areas and/or access to IT suite computers* 
  • Full college log-in and email address 
  • Free use (student terms) of specialist equipment and resources (no print credit) 
  • Free use of HCA workshop facilities, with bookings being carried out through the workshop manager at their discretion, with maximum availability to be determined by workshop teams***
  • Ability to feed back into the creative community of HCA in a positive way 
  • Reputational gain and an enhanced professional CV

We expect demand for GIR spaces to be high and there is a robust application procedure.

Applicants will be selected on the following criteria: 

  • Their ability to independently produce a body of work  
  • Viability of project (how well HCA can accommodate your project without disadvantaging current students )
  • Their potential positive impact on the existing student population/community of HCA 
  • A clear link to college strategic vision within their application 
  • The ability to co-operate in a busy working environment 
  • Reference (from course staff )****

All applications which are within the scope of the scheme will be given short email feedback. Shortlisted applications will be reviewed by a panel, not by course teams. 

Application form

An online application form can be found here. Please note – you cannot save your application, however you can download a template to support your application below

Other useful information

Closing date for applications is the 15th March 2020

* Successful applicants will be expected to be proficient in processes as we cannot provide technical support. 

**Studio space is not part of this offer; computer space in course areas will be at the discretion of the Course Leader 

*** Please note that workshop access is limited during June, July, August, and September

****This is a verbal reference. You are asked to identify a member of staff in your application and we will approach them here at HCA