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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.

NSU - Art Scholarships

A limited number of scholarship awards are available for new students (entering freshmen or transfer students) The application period is March 2-31. The application will be available on March 1. Please submit a portfolio that includes 10-12 examples of your original artwork. You may submit original artworks (drawings, photos, etc.) or high-quality digital reproductions of original work; web portfolios or a CD portfolio of your artwork are acceptable. All portfolios will be returned. Also submit: • ACT scores • Transcript(s) of your grades • A letter of recommendation • An application letter that discusses your art interests and career plans New student application packets must be received no later than March 31, for scholarship award consideration. Applications missing any aspect of this process will not be considered. Mail application materials and portfolios to: Northern State University Attn: Art Department 1200 S Jay Street Aberdeen, SD 57401 Requirements for Recipients Art Department scholarship winners are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in their major courses. If this standard is not met, the award is subject to withdrawal at the discretion of the Art Department faculty.

Henry and Chiyo Kuwahara Creative Arts Scholarship

National JACL membership is a requirement to be considered for a JACL scholarship. Membership must be held by the applicant or applicant's parents only. Extended family ties do not apply for this requirement. Student memberships are available. For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department at National Headquarters. Applicants must also be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any institution of higher learning at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the upcoming fall. This scholarship was established to encourage creative projects that reflect the Japanese American experience and culture. All technical work of the applicant should be of the university level. Professional artists are not eligible to apply for this award.

John E. French Memorial Scholarship

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Art & Design Secondary Art Education major about to enter student teaching.

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.

Richie Gregory Fund

Requirements: Major in Art.

Fox River/Western Art Directors Club Scholarship

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Art & Design Most outstanding senior students in illustration and graphic design.

Bucknell University - Arts Merit Scholarships

Bucknell University offers a limited number of arts merit scholarships to students who demonstrate artistic and academic excellence and who intend to major, minor, or concentrate in the fine and performing arts programs on campus. Scholarships are available in the areas of: * Art and art history * Dance * English – creative writing * Music * Theatre – design and technology or performanceAwards range from $2,500 to $10,000 and are renewable for four years provided that students satisfy department requirements.Candidates who would also like to apply for need-based aid will need to complete the College Scholarship Services (CSS) profile form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid.

The Rand Marketing Web Design Scholarship

Web design is a form of art. At Rand Marketing we believe that scholarships can give an aspiring web designer/artist the opportunity to focus on his or her web designs instead of worrying about the cost of books and tuition. Our scholarship is about your artistic and creative ability. Rand Marketing is offering a $1000 scholarship to enable one student chosen from all entries to pursue his or her education demonstrating a passion for design and a creative submission. Web Design Scholarship ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: ENROLLMENT: The Rand Marketing Web Design Scholarship is open to high school seniors and any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program by September 1, 2016 at any accredited U.S. college, university and art or fashion institute. APPLICATION : Each applicant must submit an essay of 250 words or more which includes: 1) Applicant’s name, address, phone number and the college, university or institute of attendance in September 2016: and 2) A description of what inspired the applicant to pursue a career in the design industry, why the applicant chose his or her particular college, university or institute to pursue a career in design and how the applicant expects his or her education to enhance their design creativity and career goals ; and 3) An original sketch created by the applicant of any inspired design (image can be computer generated, scanned or mailed in). 4) OPTIONAL: The applicant may also submit his or her original design on Rand Marketing’ Facebook page

Rome Prize Fellowships

In general, all applicants for the Rome Prize fellowships must be citizens of the United States at the time of application. (Permanent Residents or individuals who have been residents in the U.S. for at least three years at time of application may apply for the post-doctoral fellowships in the School of Classical Studies. Please read carefully the specific eligibility requirements provided below.) Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply. Graduate students may apply for predoctoral awards in the School of Classical Studies if they meet the other criteria provided below. Winners of the Rome Prize may hold other fellowships concurrently, as long as the requirements of such fellowships do not conflict with the Academy's fellowship rules. Applicants are required to disclose all fellowships and awards they may hold during their proposed residency in Rome. The Academy may make adjustments to the stipend awarded if substantial additional resources are made available. Rome Prize winners may not hold full-time jobs while at the Academy.

Applied Sciences & Arts Alumni; Dean's Undergraduate Scholarship

Applied Sciences & Arts Must be undergraduate of the College of Applied Sciences & Arts, 3.0 overall GPA, SJSU and major GPA. Must have completed 12 units at SJSU, available only in spring of each year. For students in the field of Applied Sciences & Arts.

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