Design Fellowship 2024

Design Fellowship 2024

The Design Fellowship (formerly known as the Designer in Residence program) provides an opportunity for a Bay Area graphic designer to build their portfolio through a long-term relationship with a unique, reputable contemporary arts organization. The Design Fellow is receives a stipend, a budget supporting an independent project, and is invited to participate in Open House, artist dinners, and other activities. Like all of Headlands’ Artist Programs, the Design Fellowship supports practitioners working at the leading edges of their field—individuals who are interested in pushing boundaries and exploring the possibilities of their medium. The program is designed to create a cohesive and dynamic aesthetic through the development of a unique body of original work, while mobilizing the Headlands’ pre-existing visual identity in a new way.


  • Stipend: $10,500 (paid in three installments over 2024)
  • Up to $1,000 budget for independent project
  • Opportunity to grow professional portfolio within a creative community
  • Opportunity to participate in internal programs, such as Show & Tell nights with fellow Headlands Artists
  • Opportunity to stay in residence on the Headlands campus (with pre-approval; two one-week stays over residency period)

Applications Materials
Please compile the following into a single PDF, and deliver digitally by email:

  • Portfolio including but not limited to:
    ◻ 3-5 digital/online projects (include reference image and links to projects)
    ◻ 1-3 print pieces (photo documentation)
    ◻ Link to Website/Online Portfolio
    ◻ Note: Examples of student work are welcome. However, please differentiate student work, personal projects, and client work in the context of your portfolio.
  • Résumé
  • 2 References (name and contact info only)
  • Brief cover letter explaining your interest in the DF Program at Headlands

Apply now for the 2024 Design Fellowship. Applications are due October 30, 2023.

Website link: Design Fellowship – Headlands Center for the Arts

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