Q. Will I be provided with a personal studio space for the program?
A. Unlike our residents, Educational Program participants are not provided with studio spaces. Meeting room access where discussion can take place is given at all times when booked in advance. Provision of personal accommodation and working space remain the responsibility of the participant.
Q. Will Rupert provide funds for my personal project?
A. Rupert does not provide direct funding but assists participants in fundraising by informing them about funding opportunities and providing connections as well as feedback on application writing.
Q. I’m from Australia. Can I apply for the program?
A. Applicants must have a VISA permitting them to stay in Europe for 8 months or more. Note that Rupert cannot help applicants acquire a visa since the program is not a full-time Academic program!
Q. I’m from the UK. Can I apply for the program?
A. International applicants with the permission to live and study in Lithuania (includes all EU nationals) are eligible applicants, however, we emphasize that the program is on a part-time basis.
Q. Is there a tuition fee for the program?
A. The program is FREE.
Q. Does the program entail official examinations?
A. Although the program does not entail exams, an 80% attendance to program events, in addition to successful completion of the personal project and active involvement and initiation of independent meetings and events for the group, are prerequisites for both admission and graduation.
Q. What kind of qualifications does the program provide?
A. As a non-formal education program, Rupert graduation qualifications are not recognized as formal education alternatives (they are not equivalent to a masters for example). Nonetheless, Rupert alumni continue to enjoy significant support from Rupert, such as promotion of their work, provision of networks and more.
Q. How does the Educational Program relate to Rupert’s residencies program?
A. Residents are given access to Educational Program events and on occasion host events in which participants can take part. No further interaction is required from either through it is encouraged.
Q: Can you tell more about the schedule of the programme in 2021?
A: Overall, the schedule heavily depends on the pandemic. As observed in the 8th edition of AEP, the educational process is susceptible to ‘digital fatigue’ and so we are aiming to do as many in person sessions as possible. The dates for some sessions are confirmed but we will monitor the situation carefully closer to their delivery to see what options we have. As these dates approach we will see what kind of options we have. At present we have reserved hopes to deliver in person sessions from mid-May and outside, if necessary. The first workshop in Vilnius is already confirmed (April 25-27) and a stay in Zeimiai Manor is planned before or after.
The plan is scheduled to have the session every other week, during which two-three days for a workshop/seminar (2-4 hour each) and one day for reflection (2-3 h). In addition to that presentations/workshops/dinner by and with the residents alongside informal meetings with the speakers of the public programme will happen throughout the year. Under current conditions it will be quite hard to maintain initial structure and some adjustments will have to be made according to the situation.
Q: Is it possible to participate online or come to Vilnius only for planned sessions?
A: Both options are possible if the participant has a strong reason for this type of participation. However, staying in Vilnius for the duration of the programme will be considered as an advantage during the selection processes.
The programme has a framework that is important, but equally important are initiatives that are born during the programme. It is a dynamic process, like many things at Rupert. Coming just for the sessions might reduce the potential impact of the program and just reinforce the existing model of education. Alternative education is part-time and heavily depends on participants’ interactions and initiatives. It is relatively easy to invite tutors, organise sessions and implement the programme. However, it is way more rewarding to initiate group interactions, peer learning and distribution agency towards self-organisation. For this reason we expect participants to be based in Vilnius for the majority of the programme.
Q: Can I apply as a duo or collective.
A: Yes. Please include this information in your application.