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The academic field of art features many concentrations within its domain. Within this field you can study everything from art history to photography. While there are art scholarships for many of these concentrations, you'll first need to determine if it's the visual or the performing arts that interest you. After you've made that determination, you should be able to focus your art scholarship search so as to make the most of your efforts.

The major of visual arts is also referred to as fine arts or studio arts. In this field you generally choose a type of studio art, such as painting, and concentrate on that mode of expression. Examples of other concentrations include sculpture, print making, ceramics, animation, glass blowing, metalsmithing and textile arts. Classes in this major are not like the traditional college courses found in majors such as English or history. In the place of lectures and didactic instruction, you'll have studio time where you'll work on projects, develop your portfolio and learn the subtleties behind receiving and issuing criticism.

The performing arts include concentrations such as drama and theater arts, music performance and dance. These programs are offered in a wide range of formats and styles. Initially, you'll have to choose between a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program. When it comes to the performing arts, the BFA is generally more rigorous and the BA programs provide you with a broader, more well-rounded educational experience. Which style of program will work best for you depends on what you plan on doing after you graduate.

The employment prospects for these varied fields is hardly a concise picture. Job opportunities vary dramatically depending on what you study. Clearly, fields such as digital art and graphic design feature a rosier employment picture over the coming decade than a major such as dance. But even this intuitive fact is not set in stone. When it comes to graphic design the current trend is to farm out the basic design work to oversees firms. And while the field of dance is overcrowded with talented graduates, there are a growing number of job opportunities is areas such as dance education and arts administration.

Follow the links below to learn more about art scholarships. 

American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

One-year support for women who will have earned a doctoral degree by November 15. Sixteen fellowships are available: four each in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, one unrestricted, and one designated for a woman from an underrepresented minority group in any field. Designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible.

Tom Ockerse Scholarship

For a student currently attending Rhode Island School of Design. Open to talented sophomores and juniors enrolled in accredited art schools and colleges around the country, ADC's scholarship program embodies the club's mission to recognize excellence and innovation in visual communications, to bring together creative leaders across the boundaries of their disciplines, and to encourage young people entering the field.

Friends of the Edward Dean Museum & Gardens Scholarship

This scholarship provides an award for students enrolled in the College of Arts & Letters majoring within the Department of Art with an emphasis on Art History, Art Education, or Studio Art, must be at least a junior to qualify, must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better, and demonstrate an interest in developing a career in Art History, Museum Studies, or Art Education. Financial need considered but not essential. Student will complete a CSUSB and Edward Dean Museum supervised project-oriented internship at the Edward Dean Museum working within the Permanent Collection. Project time and student scheduling to be arranged and developed between CSUSB, Edward Dean Museum and the scholarship recipient. Project will be a year long project.

Florence Young Memorial Fellowship

The Association on American Indian Affairs offers one Florence Young Memorial Fellowship in the amount of $5,000 to a student pursuing a Masters in the Arts. Disbursement is made to the college during the fall semester only. This scholarship does not automatically renew. Students are eligible to apply on a yearly basis.

American Association of Japanese University Women Scholarship

The American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW) was founded to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to U.S. - Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. Every year, since the founding of the organization, scholarships have been awarded to outstanding female students. Type: Undergraduate Study Graduate Study Eligibility Requirements Class standing - - Junior - Senior - Graduate Student Discipline/Area of Study Arts/Humanities Natural Sciences Social/Behavioral Sciences Business Engineering Public Service Citizenship U.S. Citizen Permanent Resident Other Visa Status Students should be a contributor to U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and the development of leadership in the area of her designated field. Submission Requirements Letters of Recommendation - 2 To request an application, send a SASE to the organization.

Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

One or more fellowships will be awarded for an academic year (nine or ten months) in residence at the Society's library. Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply. The purpose of the fellowships is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections and programmatic scope - that is, American history and culture through 1876 - is eligible. Applicants may come from such fields as history, music history, and other relating to America in the period of the Society's coverage. The fellow is obliged to give first refusal on the resulting manuscript to a new book series published jointly by Cambridge University Press and AAS.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

This scholarship seeks to lower barriers to undergraduate study abroad by offering scholarships to students with financial need. Underrepresented students in study abroad programs are encouraged to apply. The award is for semester or academic year study abroad programs. Applicants must not be studying abroad in a country which is currently under a Travel Warning issued by the United States Department of State (please see http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html.). Type: Undergraduate Study International Study Eligibility Requirements: Class standing Freshman - Sophomore - Junior - Senior - Discipline/Area of Study Arts/Humanities Natural Sciences Social/Behavioral Sciences Business Engineering Citizenship - U.S. Citizen Must be currently receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at the time of application.

Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships

Offer one-year support for women who will have earned a doctoral degree. Postdoctoral fellowships are available in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Limited additional funds may be available when matched by the fellow's institution.

76th & Newbury's $500 Art & Design Scholarship

At 76th & Newbury we simply love to design. We believe it’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. We’re excited to share this passion for design with one lucky student currently pursuing a major in Graphic Arts & Design or Applied Arts. To enter, its easy- no design projects, no essays. Simply submit your email address or Log in through Facebook. To apply for the scholarship, participants are simply required to share this scholarship on Facebook and Instagram.

Washington Scholarship for the Arts, the Horse and a Whole Lot More!

To be eligible: Must be currently enrolled or will be enrolling in a recognized art program within the current calendar year. GPA may be submitted; however, the scholarship will be awarded based on creativity and not with a focus on GPA. Supporting materials include: Describe, in whatever medium you choose, the creative journey that has led you to submit this application. You may submit this description in written, oral or an art media form of your choice (JPEG, audio, YouTube video, etc.). If you choose to submit a media file, please upload to Youtube.com or any other video-sharing website, copy and post link in the 'Student Essay Questions' portion of the application process. Letter(s) of recommendation (optional) Current, official transcript (optional) Statement of annual household income or Student Aid Report (from FAFSA). Preference may be given to applicants based on financial need. Financial aid award letter(s) or other scholarship awards (if applicable) Applicants apply online. Applications will be reviewed by The Race For Education Selection Committee. Finalists may be contacted for a personal interview. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Equine Art Committee. Inquiries about the scholarships may be directed to The Race For Education at (859) 252-8648 or info@raceforeducation.org

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Honolulu Chapter Scholarship Fund

The Jane Suganuma Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 1987 by her friends and colleagues to honor Jane, an outstanding print production person in Honolulu. With additional assistance from the American Institute of Graphic Arts Honolulu Chapter this scholarship supports students who demonstrate a commitment to print production, especially those who will stay in Hawaii and share what they have learned. Requirements: Major in Graphic Design, Visual Communication or Commercial Arts. Be a Hawaii resident. Minimum 2.7 GPA. Demonstrate financial need Attend an accredited two or four year college or university as either an undergraduate or graduate student Be a full-time student

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