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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.

Louise Wallace Hackney Flwp Study of Chinese Art

This award in the amount of $8,000 is open to post-doctoral as well as doctoral students. It is conceived to permit the study of Chinese art, with special relation to painting and its reflection of Chinese culture, and to permit the translation into English of works upon the said subject for the purpose of furthering a better understanding of Chinese painting in the United States. The Fellowship shall permit travel by those to whom an award is given, if such travel is possible. This award is open only to individuals who are citizens of the United States, and while it is possible to apply for a renewal of this grant, it may not be done in consecutive years. In no case shall a fellowship be awarded to scholars of well recognized standing, but shall be given to either men or women who show aptitude for promise in the said field of learning. The aim of the Hackney Fellowship is to remind scholars that Chinese art, like all art, is not a disembodied creation, but the outgrowth of the life and culture from which it has sprung, and it is requested that scholars give special attention to this approach in their study. Applicants should have completed three years study of the Chinese language or its equivalent and should be able to demonstrate that they have already committed themselves to the serious study of this important area of oriental art.

Laheenae Rebecca Hart Gay Scholarship

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

Eric J. Shook Memorial Art Scholarship

Criteria: Available to Rochester, Adams and Stoney Creek seniors who demonstrates artistic talent and will be majoring in art, photography, film or video in college. Must have minimum 2.5 GPA. Resume of achievements in art, film, video or photography should be submitted in addition to application form. Award: $1000 Biography: Eric J. Shook (1974-1992) graduated from Rochester High in 1992 and was a brilliant photographer and artist. He won numerous state awards and his work was well known by his peers. Applications should be either typed or printed in black ink. Applications in pencil will not be considered.

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

NFB Humanities Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. The winner must be studying in the traditional humanities such as art, English, foreign languages, history, philosophy, or religion. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowships

Assistance for students of superior ability pursuing graduate programs leading to the doctorate or the Master of Fine Arts in selected fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens or nationals, permanent residents of the U.S., or citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States. Applicants must demonstrate financial need by filling out a FAFSA form. Twenty percent of the fellowships are awarded in the social sciences (including psychology), twenty percent in the arts, and sixty percent in the humanities. A minimum of sixty percent of the awards shall be made to students who have no graduate credits. Awards include tuition, fees, and a stipend, and may be renewed for up to four years of study. Application materials may be reviewed on the web site, but applicants must obtain a hard copy for submission because a scannable form is included.

Social Media Contest 2017

Conserve Wildlife Foundation invites high school students from across the state to submit an original social media campaign showing why wildlife is important to protect in New Jersey. The fun and educational "Species on the Edge 2.0" Social Media Contest capitalizes on high school students' expertise with social media platforms, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. The contest helps to develop students' experience in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and their project management skills.

NAC Scholarships

The Nantucket Arts Council provides scholarships to those year-round Nantucket residents who are graduating high school seniors and who wish to continue their education in the arts at the college level.The Council will support study in the fields of music, dance, literature, drama, and the visual arts. Scholarships will be awarded to students attending accredited institutions and who are majoring in the arts.The scholarships will be awarded based upon the merits of the candidate, recommendations, interviews, and examples of candidates work.

The ASCAP Foundation Michael Masser Scholarship

Michael Masser, composer/producer of such classic songs as The Greatest Love of All and Saving All My Love For You, established this scholarship to support the educational advancement, professional development, professional training and development of a student demonstrating outstanding talent in the arts. It is presented annually to a student. By nomination.

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.

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