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The Faculty of Fine Arts, in collaboration with the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center is offering a dynamic three-week residency-oriented program for students work in ceramics within an artist residency setting.

About the program

The Faculty of Fine Arts and Concordia International are pleased to offer an intensive summer program in Denmark at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center during summer 2024. This dynamic program will provide students with the opportunity to earn 3 Concordia credits over three weeks while in residence. Individual projects will be accomplished with European ceramic materials and fired communally in atmospheric wood kilns. At Guldagergaard, students will pursue individual projects and attend technical workshops to further their abilities in clay forming, mould making, surface finishing and wood firing. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside international artists and technicians as well as to visit studios, museums and galleries focused on Danish art and design in Copenhagen and Aarhus.

The group will be accompanied by Linda Swanson, Associate Professor, Department of Studio Arts - Ceramics and Ceramics Technician, Marie-Pier Laverdière.

This program is not open to students from other institutions.

Dates & course

Dates: May 8, 2024 - May 31, 2024 

Undergraduate course: CERA 398, FAFS 398

Graduate course: FAFS 660, 860


Estimated cost

Program fee: Concordia will charge program participants 3 credits of Concordia tuition and a program fee of $ 3250. This fee includes housing at the Guldagergaard International Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark, materials and firings, two nights stay in Copenhagen May 8-10, a day trip to the Clay Museum and Aarhus, and entry to several Danish museums.

Students are responsible for selecting and paying their transportation to/from Skaelskor, Denmark and local transport in Copenhagen (approximate cost of local transportation in Denmark is C$120); mandatory health and travel insurance; meals; spending money; any required travel documents and other miscellaneous expenses associated with travel.


Available funding

Peter N. Thomson Family Field School Award

The Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for the Peter N. Thomson Family Field School Awards. The Award offers an amount of $1,300 for thirty (30) eligible Fine Arts undergraduate or graduate students accepted to a Field School hosted by the Faculty of Fine Arts. Please consult the Peter N. Thomson Field School Award webpage for application instructions.


To offset the costs for students of going abroad, Concordia International offers a bursary to students who qualify. To qualify, you must be a Concordia student enrolled in a Concordia Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree program and approved to participate in the field school. 

  • Field school applicants do not need to submit a bursary application as it is part of the on-line field school application, and you will automatically be considered for the bursary.
  • The bursary will be applied to student accounts. Details on the payment of the bursary will be sent to successful applicants. 

Contact Concordia International if you have any questions on your eligibility for funding.

Host institution

Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center  attracts artists from around the world to work with ceramics and wood firing while exchanging with other artists in the field. Guldagergaard is located about 2 hours from Copenhagen in Skaelskor, a picturesque Danish town on the coast of the North Sea. This renovated historic farm within a large park setting houses an extensive ceramics collection produced by well-known artists during their residencies as well as a library with resources on contemporary and historical ceramics. The facilities feature electric, gas, wood and soda kilns, plaster facilities, slab roller, hotbox, pottery wheels and extruder.


Ample studio space, a wood kiln yard and a gallery are located next to a renovated farmhouse with shared bedrooms (2-4 person), bathrooms, a communal kitchen, dining and lounge areas indoors and out. Studio spaces are accessible 24/7 with a dedicated workspace and shared access to equipment. Founded as a site of artistic exchange and dialogue, Guldagergaard tradition requires all participants to take turns preparing the communal evening meals which students accomplish during the program in pairs.

Application process

To be eligible to participate in the field school, you must meet one of the following criteria.

  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative culmative GPA (CGPA) and have completed at least 24 credits toward your current degree program by the time you leave for the program.
  • Be enrolled in a Master’s degree program, with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (CGPA) and have completed at least 9 credits toward your current degree program by the departure date.
  • Be enrolled in PhD degree program, have a 3.0 cumulative GPA (CGPA) and have completed at least 9 credits toward your current degree program by the departure date.

All students interested in applying to this program must attend an information session given by Concordia International prior to submitting an application.

Date: Monday January 22, 2024

Time: 12:30 p.m.

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Submit the Concordia Field School Abroad Application by the application deadline of February 16, 2024. The application can be accessed through the Concordia International CSEP Mobility Portal.

Your application must also include:

  • A copy of your most recent unofficial Concordia transcript.
  • Ten images of creative work, preferably including some ceramics.
  • A project proposal up to 500 words with sketches of the proposed project.

The proposals will undergo a competitive review on the basis of creativity, feasibility and relationship to the Field School context. Students without prior experience in ceramics will be considered on an exceptional basis.

  • Concordia admissions decisions will be communicated by email after the application deadline.
  • Final admissions decisions will be made by the program director, Dr. Linda Swanson.
  • Students admitted to the program will have to make a non-refundable $500 deposit to Student Accounts by March 19, 2024. Please be aware, however, that any deposit you make will first be applied to any outstanding balances you owe to Concordia.
  • Students admitted to the program will have to attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting on Friday April 5th, 2024 at 11:00 am
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All information on this website is subject to change without notice; the program is subject to a minimum enrollment of 12 students to take place; and it may be cancelled at any time and for any reason.

Have a question?

Application Inquiries

Maral Abajian

Academic Inquiries

Linda Swanson
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