Art Scholarships Around the World
So, you’ve gone against your parents’ suggestion of studying engineering and opted for an arts degree… Fortunately, there are numerous scholarships for art students available around the world, including funding to study art, fine art, design, fashion design and graphic design.
The first challenge in gaining a scholarship is finding all the relevant opportunities, so we’ve bought together a selection of art scholarships worldwide, to make finding funding that little bit easier. If none of the art scholarships listed below is suitable for you, another great starting point is to consult the scholarships listed on the websites of the universities or institutions you wish to study at.
You can also find creative writing scholarships here, and see the rankings for the top art and design universities in 2019 here.
To study in Australia:
- Art and design Scholarships @ UNSW – Various art scholarships for students of all levels enrolled at the University of New South Wales, Australia, in the department of art and design. International students are eligible.
- Art, fashion and textiles scholarships @ RMIT University – A range of scholarships for students (including international students) currently enrolled in an art, fashion or textiles degree at RMIT University.
To study in Europe:
- Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship – Art scholarships for Australian citizens to further their arts education in Europe with a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and AU$40,000 to attend art school at an accredited institution in Europe.
- Brucebo and W.B. Bruce Fine Arts Scholarships for Canadian Artists – Fine arts scholarships reserved for young Canadian art professionals wanting to take up an art residency or to conduct arts research in Gotland, Sweden.
- Chase AHRC Studentship – Arts scholarships to study at selected liberal arts schools and universities in the UK, funded by the AHRC and open to UK and EU students pursuing study in the visual arts, media, film and other arts and humanities subjects.
- Courtauld Postgraduate Scholarships – Graduate art school scholarships to study at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, UK, on the MA, PhD or Conservation programs. Scholarships are open to UK and EU students studying a variety of programs (see eligibility section.)
- DAAD Fine Art, Design/ Visual Communication and Film Scholarships – Fine art and design scholarships funded by the DAAD and open to international students who have gained a first degree in a related field. Scholarship winners will gain funding for study in Germany on a master’s degree or postgraduate program.
- ECA Taught Masters Scholarships @ University of Edinburgh – Graduate scholarships for art students offered by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK, for master’s level study in the schools of architecture, art, design, history of art or music.
- Middlesex University London Arts and Creative Industries Scholarship – Four scholarships are available to study a master’s degree at Middlesex University, covering up to half of the tuition fees. Open to UK/EU students (and international students who are an alumnus of the university).
- Norwich University of the Arts – A range of art and design scholarships to study at the university.
- Royal College of Art Awards – Various fine art scholarships on offer from the RCA and partner funding organizations. Scholarships are awarded to enrolled students.
- Slade School of Fine Arts James Lewis Foundation Scholarship @ UCL – Open to a UK student studying a BA or BFA in Fine Art at the UCL (University College London) Slade School of Fine Arts. More scholarships to study at UCL can be found using its search tool.
- Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists - Postgraduate scholarships for art students, professionals and researchers to study at doctoral/postdoctoral level in Switzerland at a recognized institution.
- University of Westminster Design, Creative and Digital Industries Scholarship – One scholarship is available for an international student from a developing country who holds an offer to study a full-time master’s degree within the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster. Provides a full tuition fee award, accommodation, living expenses and flights to and from London.
To study in North America:
- ARC Scholarship Competition – An art scholarship competition for students at ARC-approved art schools in North America to gain $30,000 a year funding for their art education. You will be required to submit an example of your artwork – a classical-style life painting or sculpture – as your competition entry.
- Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program – US art school scholarships for students from South Carolina to gain funding to study creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts at an accredited university in the state.
- Arts for Life! Awards – Annual awards of US$1,000 are available to graduating high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art.
- Berlin Arts Scholarships – Scholarships for art students with affiliations to the region of Northeast Pennsylvania in the US. Open to serious art students interested in painting, sculpture or photography.
- Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship – US$1,000 art scholarships from Krylon awarded to citizens of North America studying an accredited visual arts program in North America.
- Lamar Dodd School of Art scholarships @ University of Georgia – Various art school scholarships to study art at the University of Georgia in the US. Open to US and international students.
- Naomi Winston Scholarship in Visual (2D) Art – Art scholarships from the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) in the US, open to US citizens aged 16-22 wanting to further their 2D visual arts education outside of university.
- College of Design @ The University of Oregon – A range of art scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students to study art, painting, sculpture and other related programs at the University of Oregon.
- Wendy Jackson Hall Memorial Scholarship – Arts scholarships for US students graduating from high school in Washington state and wishing to continue their arts education in the US. Successful applicants will receive a two-year, $15,000 scholarship to study visual art.
- Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships – Scholarships for art students from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds to study at an accredited institution in the US in the field of fine art, illustration, graphic design and motion graphics.
- Cynthia and Alan Baran Fine Arts and Musical Scholarship Fund – This scholarship is open to undergraduate or graduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher enrolled in a Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA), a BA in Studio Art, or a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) course majoring in Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography or Printmaking, as well as students enrolled in a BA or MA Music degree.
- The Frederic Whitaker & Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Foundation Scholarship Fund – This scholarship is open to American citizens who are working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, History or Museum Studies and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The scholarship supports students with an emphasis on watercolor and museum studies, and successful applicants will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
Fashion & design scholarships
(Graphic design, fashion etc.)
To study in North America:
- FIDM National Scholarship Competition – US design scholarships from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). Open to US citizens enrolling in fashion design, interior design, graphic design, visual design or digital media at the FIDM in Los Angeles.
- Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation – Graphic communication and graphic design scholarships for students enrolling on a two- or four-year program at an accredited US institution.
- The Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award – Fashion design scholarships based solely on merit offered by the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America). Open to students enrolled at design schools and accredited universities across the US.
- TwoTen Footwear Design Scholarships – Fashion design scholarships for students pursuing a career in footwear design in the US. Awards of US$3,000 are available annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.
- VCU Graphic Design Scholarships – Various graphic design scholarships offered to enrolled students at Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts, in the US.
- National Costumers Association Creative Event Scholarship – Open to all U.S high school seniors, as well as currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and in order to ender must present an original costume design. The winner will receive a US$1500 scholarship, and student memberships to the National Costumers Association will be given to all finalists.
- Vectorblocks Design Scholarships – Open to US and international undergraduate and graduate students currently pursuing a design based degree, with a deadline of 31st August. Successful individuals can win an amount between $3000 and $10,000. Individuals must submit an original design as part of their entry.
To study in Europe:
- ECA Taught Masters Scholarships @ University of Edinburgh – Graduate scholarships offered by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK, for master’s students enrolling in the schools of architecture, art, design, history of art or music.
- Istituto Marangoni Scholarships – Fashion and design scholarships offered by Istituto Marangoni, an Italian fashion school with campuses across Europe.
- NABA, International Academy of Arts and Design in Milan – Scholarships to study Master of Arts programs in design in English or Italian at NABA (covering up to 60 percent of tuition fees) starting in February 2020.
- The Alexander McQueen Scholarship @ UAL – Graduate fashion design scholarships for EU students enrolling on the MA in Fashion Design at the University of the Arts, London.
- UAL Postgraduate Scholarships – Various graduate scholarships offered by the University of the Arts, London for students pursuing art and design programs at one of its six colleges.
This article was originally published in March 2015. It was most recently updated in August 2019.
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本文首发于 2018 April ， 更新于 2020 January 。