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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.

Spirit Square Center For Arts and Education Scholarship Fund

Description: Provide scholarships to undergraduate students with demonstrated aptitude and career potential in the arts. Minimum Eligibility: Have demonstrated talent and a declared major that indicate potential for a significant career contribution to the arts Be a rising college junior or senior in good academic standing with his or her institution

Benjamin Kaiser Memorial for the Arts/EGO Scholarship

School/Area Eligibility For Scholarship: * Elk Grove High * Laguna Creek High * Sheldon High * Florin High * Monterey Trail High * Valley High * Franklin High * Pleasant Grove High * Calvine High * William Daylor High * Las Flores * Rio CazaderoMinimum Required Grade Point Average: 3.0Financial Need: YesPost Secondary Type of School: 4 Year College or UniversityOr comparable Film SchoolSpecific Requirements for Applying: Pursuing Career in Art or FilmAttendance Requirement: Full-Time StudentAdditional Qualifications: Essay required. Essay should speak to scholarship need and career goals. Applicant needs to demonstrate accomplishment in film or art evidenced by submission of portfolio - film reel or art (examples of art, animation, graphics)Required Letters of Recommendation: Required 3

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship

One fellowship is awarded annually for 24 months. This fellowship is intended for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation in a period through the 20th century and on a topic other than European or American art. Cross-cultural topics will also be considered, provided that at least one area of focus is a culture outside the European and American traditions. The Andrew W. Mellon Fellow is expected to spend one year of the fellowship period on dissertation research abroad, and one year at the Center to complete the dissertation.

Goodwin Estate Scholarship

This scholarship provides assistance for students of the arts.

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.

Gary B. Multanen/ Composites Manufacturing Magazine Applied Research Student Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be a full-time student. 2. Must be pursuing a degree in engineering, research, or other composite-based curriculum. Art students working with composite material in restoration or sculpture are encouraged to apply. 3. Must reside in the USA. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://www.cnmagazine.org/scholarship.htm for more information and an application form.

Kenneth & Mary Auvil Printmaking Graduate Assistantship Scholarship

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Art & Design Eligibility requirements include graduate student status, the ability to work in the printmaking lab and such other requirements as the Review Committee may determine.

Laheenae Rebecca Hart Gay Scholarship

Requirements: Major in Art. This scholarship is not for students studying video, film, performing arts or the culinary arts.

Federal Chancellor Scholarship

The Federal Chancellor Scholarship is a part of the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation. This foundation grants research fellowships to foreign scholars who hold doctorates and have not yet reached the age of 40. The Foundation also offers research awards to internationally-recognized foreign scholars of any age, enabling them to spend a lengthy period of research in Germany. Subjects for study include Arts and humanities, business administration and management, fine and applied arts, mass communication and information science, medicine, recreation, welfare, protective services, religion and theology, social, behavioral sciences or law. The purpose of the scholarship is to maintain and foster a close relationship between the United States of America and Germany by sponsoring individuals who demonstrate the potential of playing a pivotal role in the future development of this relationship. For more information, contact: Federal Chancellor Scholarship c/o Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation Jean-Paul Strasse 12, Bonn, Bad Bodesberg, D-53173, Germany http://www.humboldt-foundation.de

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.

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