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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.

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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.

Pierce, Catherine W. Scholarship

Scholarship Value: Up to $5,000Classifications: OpenMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Art, HistoryEligible Schools: OpenEligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail:There are no additional qualifications for this scholarship other than the ones listed above. Donor/Sponsor Name: Catherine Pierce

Wyeth Fellowship

One fellowship is awarded annually for 24 months. This fellowship is intended for the advancement and completion of a doctoral dissertation that concerns aspects of art of the United States, including native and pre-Revolutionary America. The Wyeth Fellow is expected to spend one year of the fellowship period on dissertation research in the United States or abroad, and one year at the Center to complete the dissertation. A new initiative of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art provides up to $5,000 in publication subvention for first-time authors.

Applied Sciences & Arts General Scholarship Fund

Criteria: Variable, CASA Dean's Office to determine. For more information, please contact: 408-924-2904 Students in the field of Applied Sciences & Arts.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships

Provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Fund for promising young scholars with commendable research projects related to the Museum's collections, as well as for distinguished visiting scholars from this country and abroad who can serve as teachers and advisors and make their expertise available to a catalogue and refine the collections. Usually a fellowship will be given for a maximum of one year, most of which should be spent at the Metropolitan Museum. Applicants should have received the doctorate or have completed substantial work toward it. Fellowships for senior scholars are also available for as short a term as one month. Each fellowship will typically be one year in duration with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years. Whenever possible, applicants to this program should have reached an advanced level of experience or training. Previous training and experience is not required for applicants in Asian Art Conservation.

Upperclass Scholarships

Art majors who are currently enrolled at Ball State are eligible to apply for scholarship money each year. To be eligible for scholarships, students must be currently enrolled as an art major and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall and a 3.5 GPA in their major in art. Applications are reviewed on the basis of a portfolio of work, essay, resume, and academic record. Scholarship applications are updated yearly and made available in April. Award winners are notified in June.

Art Department Freshman Scholarship

Eligibility: • Art major seeking a BA degree• Must participate in a Senior Exhibition in his/her junior or senior year*This scholarship is renewable up to 4 years if following criteria are met:• Must continue as an art major seeking a BA degree throughout the 4 years• Must maintain full-time status (at least 10 units) and at least a 3.00 GPA throughout the 4 years GPA: 3.00

John Allen and John Blank Memorial Scholarship

Sponsor: The Blank FamilyAmount: One award of $800Use: Two-four year college/universityCriteria: 1. Minimum GPA of 3.02. Child of a classroom teacher3. Shows interest in the artsFinancial aid will be considered

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship - Visual Arts and Art History

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists and art students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and, as such has awarded nearly $5 million to Virginia’s artists since the program’s creation over 70 years ago. The VMFA Fellowship program was established in 1940 through a generous contribution made by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Offered through VMFA Statewide, Fellowships are still largely funded through the Pratt endowment, and supplemented by annual gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation and the J. Warwick McClintic, Jr. Scholarship Fund. The Fellowship program has a long and established history of supporting Virginia’s artistic talent and has helped to further the careers and studies of many distinguished individuals, including recent recipients Rick Alverson of Richmond, Michelle Erickson of Hampton, and Megan Marlatt of Orange. VMFA offers $8,000 awards to professional artists, $6,000 awards to graduate students, and $4,000 awards to undergraduate students. Applicants may apply in the disciplines of Crafts, Drawing, Film/Video, Mixed Media, New/Emerging Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Art History (graduate students only). All applicants must be legal residents of Virginia and student applicants must be enrolled full-time in degree-seeking programs. Applicants’ works are reviewed anonymously by distinguished jurors and awards are made based on artistic merit. The deadline for Fellowship applications is Friday, November 7, 2014. We ask that you please encourage interested students and professional artists to apply. Full eligibility criteria, an application, and a printable PDF flyer can be found at www.VMFA.museum/fellowships.

Psi Iota Chi Scholarship

Awarded every other year to an outstanding sophomore, junior, or senior art major.

Janet Monroe Wendschlag and Bryan John Wendschlag Memorial Scholarship Fund

In their memory the family has established a scholarship to be awarded to a junior or senior student pursuing an art, music or elementary education degree. The student must be a North Dakota resident and a graduate of a North Dakota high school.

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