Financial Aid & Scholarships


Student working with clay

The School of Art is dedicated to helping students explore all financial scholarship opportunities the school offers in support of their art education.

The scholarship application for 2020-2021 opens November 1, 2019 and closes February 15, 2020.

As a result of the amazing gift from the Walton Family Charitable Foundation, the School of Art was  able to award over $200,000 to students last year, with that number increasing for the 2020-2021 school year.

The School of Art offers both need-based and merit-based scholarships, both require an application completed through http://uarkart.slideroom.com.

Requirements of the application include:

  • Completed application
  • Submission of a five-image portfolio
  • Summary of each piece submitted, along with any additional information you would like considered
  • List of any college-level art courses taken

Students that submit an application will be automatically considered for both need-based and merit-based scholarships.

Need-based applications will be reviewed alongside students, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. Students are asked to submit the FAFSA form as early as possible, so the School of Art is able to evaluate both scholarship opportunities at one time.

Students need to submit a portfolio of five images to show the School of Art scholarship committee your best and most recent work.

This will give the School of Arta sense of who you are as both an artist and student, your observation skills, your interests, your exploration into different mediums and ideas, and a willingness to think beyond technical skills.

Take your time and ask for feedback from your mentors and teachers as you submit your portfolio images.

Examples of works that may be included:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawings/Painting
  • Digital Works
  • Photographs
  • Sculpture
  • Sound
  • Video

Students need to submit a 1-5 page writing sample, preferably art historical or analytical.

If an art historical or analytical writing sample is unavailable, please submit a short statement detailing your interest in art history as a subject and the particular subject/s you intend to focus on while a student at the School of Art.


The scholarship application for 2020-2021 opens March 1, 2020 and closes April 1, 2020.

As a result of the amazing gift from the Walton Family Charitable Foundation, the School of Art was able to award over $200,000 to students last year, with that number increasing for the 2020-2021 school year.

The School of Art offers both need-based and merit-based scholarships, both require an application completed through http://uarkart.slideroom.com.

Need-based applications will be reviewed alongside students, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. Students need to submit the FAFSA form as early as possible, so the School of Art is able to evaluate both scholarship opportunities at one time.

To be considered for merit-based scholarships, students are required to present a portfolio appropriate to their degree path and level.

Please review the portfolio requirements within appropriate to your degree path and academic level.

  • Sophomores: recent ARHS paper, written in the previous 12 months
  • Juniors: recent ARHS paper, written in the previous 12 months
  • Seniors: recent ARHS paper, written in the previous 12 months, and a professional or academic resume 
  • Sophomores: five examples of recent studio work
  • Juniors: ten examples of recent studio work and professional resume
  • Seniors: ten examples of recent studio work and professional resume 
  • Sophomores: five examples of recent design work
  • Juniors: ten examples of recent design work, professional resume, statement addressing how design operates in culture
  • Seniors: ten examples of recent design work, professional resume, statement addressing how design operates in culture and how that impacts your goals for the future
  • Sophomores: five examples of recent studio work
  • Juniors: ten examples of recent studio work and professional resume
  • Seniors: ten examples of recent studio work, professional resume, artist statement

The School of Art encourages students to explore summer programs and funding support to continue and broaden their art education.

There are several opportunities for summer study abroad programs,  competitive summer workshops and residencies.

Each opportunity has a specific application dates and requirements. Students will need to apply through U of A Study Abroad and/or slideroom for School of Art scholarships.

The summer provides incredible opportunities for students to study abroad. Scholarships are available to support studying abroad. Information will be coming soon on the programs available. 

Independent study abroad scholarships are available for School of Art students. More information on how to apply to come!

The School of Art has multiple partnerships with organizations who offer summer workshops and residency programs.

Students are encouraged to review opportunities and apply on slideroom. School of Art faculty will award the workshops and residency programs offered.

  • 2019 Opportunities:
    • Anderson Ranch
    • Anderson Ranch Arts Center Painting Workshop
    • Arrowmont
    • Community Based Art Education Internship
    • MFA Studio Berlin
    • Mt. Gretna School of Art
    • Oxbow
    • Penland School of Crafts
    • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    • Watershed

The School of Art receives multiple workshop and residency programs opportunities for students to apply.

Students are encouraged to review opportunities and apply on slideroom. School of Art faculty will select top candidates for the external opportunity, then students will apply directly to the summer program. Students must receive acceptance from the external program to attend.

  • 2019 Opportunities:
    • Chautauqua Institute Visual Arts Program
    • Frogman's Print Workshops
    • New York Studio School
    • Oxbow
    • Red Lodge Advanced Student Project Network
    • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
    • VCUarts Summer Studio
    • Vermont Studio Center
    • Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art

 


All accepted M.F.A.’s receive a full Graduate Assistantship which includes a full tuition waiver and an annual stipend of $15,000, and a Graduate Fellowship in the amount of $4,000 per year, for a total package of $19,000 of support.

Both of these awards are renewable for up to three years, contingent on making satisfactory academic progress and fulfillment of assistantship duties. Graduate Assistant duties consist of 20 hours of work per week in the School of Art. Duties are assigned by the School of Art, based on the needs of the School and taking into consideration the student’s interests, experience, and expertise. Examples of Graduate Assistant duties include teaching support, teaching, gallery, and media area assistance, directing sUgAR, the student-run gallery, and coordinating the Visiting Artist Program.

Many of our grad students teach or TA as part of their Graduate Assistantship duties. Interested M.F.A.’s generally begin as TA’s for our innovative Foundations Program.

Subsequent opportunities include being instructor of record for Foundations sections or for courses in the grad student’s primary media area. In an effort to foster good teaching practices, as an initial assignment students spend their hours observing and participating in an existing course led by full-time faculty. These assistantships offer every student a way to become actively involved in the education of our undergraduate students. 

The School of Art awards $1,000 M.F.A. Project Grants each spring and fall semester, to support creative research and professional development.

Numerous travel grants are provided to our students to attend summer opportunities including the UA Art in Rome program, M.F.A. Studio Berlin program sponsored by American University, the Vermont Studio Center residencies, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Chautauqua Institute Visual Arts Program, the New York Studio School, and Mount Gretna School of Art.

Graduate Students interested in a longer-term study abroad experience may apply for a $15,000 Fulbright College-sponsored Sturgis International Fellowship, which supports travel for periods of four months or longer. Graduate students in Ceramics can participate in a one semester exchange program with Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan.

Additional grants of $750 to support graduate student travel to present their work are offered through the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

 
 

 


Undergraduate Info

Deadlines

  • February 15, 2020
    Scholarship applications for incoming and transfer students due.
  • April 1
    Scholarship applications for returning and current School of Art majors due.

More Information

Fulbright College Scholarships & Fellowships

Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid


Graduate Info

Deadlines

  • January 15
    All Scholarships Deadline

Graduate Assistantships Overview

  • full tuition waiver
  • $15,000 annual stipend (amount can vary slightly)
  • 20 hours of departmental work per week required
  • renewable up to three years

Graduate Fellowships Overview

  • in-state tuition
  • $4,000 annual stipend.
  • Renewable