SAM Alumni Creative Residency & Grant

The SAM Alumni Residency & Grant is an initiative of the UNSW School of the Arts & Media (SAM) and Alumni & Engagement to support recent graduates in their professional creative endeavours. This flexible residency program is designed to support the development of a specific creative project and is open to Alumni from all disciplines in the School.

As a resident artist(s) you will have access to SAM facilities and resources - depending on availability - for up to 4 weeks; this includes rehearsal spaces, recording studios, audio-visual equipment, workshops, and props and costumes stores.

You will benefit from access to the expertise of the staff in the UNSW Creative Practice Lab (CPL) and the UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Technical Resource Centre. This includes technical and production advice, access to industry networks, and design advice. We will also provide connection to relevant academic teaching and research staff where appropriate. Applicants will be able to shape their own residency, within the parameters of available resources.

Along with access to facilities and resources, the selected artist(s) will be awarded a grant up to $5,000.

If you’re unsure of any aspect please discuss your application with the CPL: or 9385 5684 

Supported by UNSW Alumni

Check your eligibility. Explained below.

Download the application form (link above). The form will ask:

  • Who you are - name, contacts, etc.
  • Graduate details - major/degree/Honours/PhD, year graduated, student number (if known)
  • Project description - 200-300 words max.
  • The benefit of the residency to your project and your practice – 100 words max.
  • Facilities and resources - outline what you intend to use. Both in the School and your own. 
  • Support material - CV, bios, video and photo documentation of previous work(s).
  • Budget - Template provided.
  • Schedule - how you'll use your time. Template provided. 
  • Preferred dates - subject to availability.

Double check your links to supporting material then email your completed form to

We will send you a confirmation of receipt - please check with us if you don't receive a confirmation email. 

We will contact you early December 2019. 

Major, Program, Degree, Honours, PhD
The SAM Alumni Residency Program is open to creative practitioners who have graduated from UNSW Sydney and completed with a major or equivalent pathway and/or postgraduate studies in the School of the Arts & Media (SAM) or its previous school structure, School of English, Media & Performing Arts.

All Disciplines
Studies can have been in any discipline within SAM. The disciplines are: Creative Writing, Dance, English and Literary Studies, Film Studies, Media and Communications (Screen & Sound), Music, and Theatre and Performance.

Graduates who completed their studies between 2008 - 2018 inclusive are eligible to apply.

Professional Practice
You need to have completed at least one professional creative output (e.g. a paid production/performance; publication; public film screening; exhibition; commissioned music composition; music recording; etc). If unsure please contact us at

Your Creative Practice
Demonstrate your record as a creative practitioner in your chosen field(s).

Project Ambition
Describe what you want out of this residency and how it might fit into a project and/or your artistic ambition.

Project Feasibility
Can you do what you are planning to do within the timeframe and resources available?

It is expected that you will share some part of your process and/or results of the residency. We ask that you engage with students and/or staff in the School in some way. This may be in the form of a masterclass, public showing, seminar presentation, etc.

We will discuss possible engagement opportunities with the recipient(s). You can see our areas of research and practice on the SAM website.

The successful applicant will be required to write a brief report at the conclusion of the residency. This helps us to support future residencies. 

We can offer...

  • Rehearsal spaces
  • Io Myers Studio - flexible flat floor performance studio
  • Studio One – black box performance and rehearsal studio
  • Sound recording studios
  • Stop-motion animation studio
  • Music rehearsal rooms
  • Audio-visual equipment (video cameras, video and slide projectors, theatre and film lights, sound recording equipment)
  • Props and costumes

Read more about our venues here.

We will do our best to match your preferred times to your requested resources.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Assessment of Applications
Applications will be assessed by UNSW academic and professional staff, a UNSW alumni representative, and an invited industry guest.

All applicants will be notified early December 2019. Timing is dependent on the number of applications and the complexity of selection process.

What are the disciplines in SAM?
Creative Writing
English and Literary Studies
Film Studies
Media and Communications (Screen & Sound)
Theatre and Performance

Can groups apply?

What if I’m part of a group and the only SAM Alumni?
This is fine as long as the SAM Alumni is a key member of the group.

What if I work across disciplines?
Artists who work within a focused discipline or across a range of disciplines are welcome.

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