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May 2, 2022

BC Arts Council Scholarship Awards

The Scholarship program supports the development of B.C.’s rich diversity of future artists and arts and cultural practitioners. Awards of up to $6,000 per year are available to B.C. residents to attend full-time post-secondary arts training or to pursue high school half-day dance programs.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be at least 15 years of age as of December 31, 2022.
  • Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident and have been a resident of British Columbia for at least 12 months immediately prior to the application deadline, and ordinarily reside in B.C.
  • Be enrolled in a program of study that is: a fine arts diploma, degree or certificate program, or professional dance training at a recognized college, university, institution, or academy, in any country in one of the recognized disciplines and practices (listed below), or a pre-professional half-day dance program in combination with high school studies.
  • Be a full-time student with an equivalent course load for one or two terms between Summer 2022 and Spring 2023.
    • A full-time student is defined by the educational institution or by a combination of half-day dance and half-day high school studies.
  • Have submitted any overdue final reports on previous BC Arts Council grants as of the submission deadline for this program.

What Can Be Funded

**Recognized disciplines and practices may include, but are not limited to: **

  • arts administration and cultural management
  • community-based arts practice
  • contemporary and traditional craft art (carving, ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, beading, metal arts, textiles, visual communication arts)
  • applied arts (graphic design, industrial design, illustration)
  • Deaf, Disability and Mad (DDM) arts
  • dance (performance, choreography)
  • independent critical and curatorial practice
  • literary (creative writing: children/youth literature, fiction, graphic novel, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting; publishing)
  • media arts (animation, audio/sound art, film, new media, interactive digital media, video)
  • multi- or interdisciplinary arts practice
  • museum studies (collections management, conservation, curatorial practices, museum education)
  • music (performance (instruments, voice), composition, conducting, music production)
  • socially-engaged arts practice
  • spoken word and storytelling
  • theatre (acting, directing, technical, design, musical theatre, applied theatre, circus arts, comedy)
  • visual arts (drawing, painting, photography, installation, sculpture, mixed media,
  • performance art)

Support for residencies and mentorships are available to eligible emerging artists and early career practitioners through the BC Arts Council’s Early Career Development Program as well as through the First Peoples’ Cultural Council Indigenous Arts Scholarship.

Eligible applicants may apply to both this Scholarship Program and the Indigenous Arts Scholarship Program but, if successful in both, funding will not exceed the upper limit on a single program.

Application Deadline: May 2, 2022