Scholarships for Art Graduate Students

April 2014
Art can be a fulfilling degree to pursue. It’s invigorating, creative and stirs the mind. Job prospects after graduation can vary from curator to working artist. Many art students learn practical skills to become art teachers or even graphic designers. Those who understand graphic design are in high demand in today’s visually oriented online world. This week, the Graduate Programs blog will cover interesting funding opportunities, specifically scholarships for art graduate students.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award. This scholarship, which can cover up to three years and up to $50,000 each year, is awarded to superb students or recent alumni. Up to 20 students are selected annually. Students will be chosen based on artistic/creative merit, academic performance, and financial need; students must be planning a career as a practicing artist to be considered.

Two Ten Footwear Design Scholarship. This award is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. It’s an unconventional scholarship, but perhaps this award will open up a new career path to art students. Any student interested in pursuing a career in footwear design will be considered.

Carole Fielding Student Grants These University Film & Video Association grants are not traditional scholarships, but instead small grants intended to help undergraduate and graduate students finish works of art in film and television. Categories for projects include: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Multimedia and Research.

School of Visual Arts Scholarships This prestigious school, located in New York City, offers a number of scholarships for students. While the list on their website is not intended to be comprehensive, it’s a great place for students to begin their searches.

New York University Tisch Scholarship Guide. New York University offers a downloadable scholarship guide for art students. Browse for opportunities and you’ll find the type of funding, the source, requirements, deadlines, restrictions and other information. Again, this list is meant to be a jumping off point, not necessarily the only source of art school funding.

Art students should be as serious about funding their education as they are about their work. With a little creativity applied to the search for scholarships, grants and fellowships, they will be well within reach.