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Art + Design: Scholarships & Financial Aid

Undergraduate scholarship opportunities in the School of Art + Design

Higher education is an investment in your future, and we're committed to transparency, predictability, and investing in students like you through financial aid and scholarships. We encourage you to explore the OHIO’s Financial Aid and Scholarships site.

Tuition information

Please refer to the bursar's page for the current and official Ohio University tuition and fees. Exploring estimated fees and tuition for the future? See all expenses on the Admissions site.

Apply for Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students who are seeking talent-based scholarships are encouraged to submit a portfolio of their artwork.

Talent Award Scholarships

The Fine Arts Talent Award (FATA), the Fine Arts Talent Enhancement Award (FATEA), and the Fine Arts Talent Trustees Award (FATTA) application deadline is January 15.

Portfolios submitted for scholarship consideration will be accepted through February 20. The awards are reserved for incoming first-year students who earn admission to a Studio Art major, an Art History major, or both in the School of Art + Design (SOA+D) within the College of Fine Arts (COFA). These talent-based scholarships are awarded on the potential of individual students, as determined by the Scholarship Committee. All Fine Arts talent based awards are renewable for 8 semesters based on the successful completion of a minimum of 15 credits per semester, maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and continued pursuit of a major in the College of Fine Arts.

Please note that applicants only need to submit ONE portfolio/application to be considered for all three types of awards.

Students who intend to double major in Studio Art or Art History and also in another college outside of COFA must list Studio Art/Art History on the University application in order to be eligible for these awards. A second major can be added upon matriculation.

FATA/FATEA award recipients may be residents or non-residents of Ohio, while only non-residents are eligible for the FATTA.

Applicant Instructions

Students seeking talent-based scholarships should submit a portfolio for consideration.

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Digital Portfolio Guidance

To get started, we encourage all applicants to visit our information page guiding you through the steps and expectations in Preparing a Digital Portfolio.

Step 1

Incoming, first-year in Studio Art: Upload 10 images that document your best original works of art in any media. Video/audio clips are also acceptable. Include detail shots or alternate views only if necessary for that artwork. 

Incoming, first-year in Art History: Upload two writing samples in PDF format, three to five pages in length.

Step 2

For both Studio Art and Art History majors:

Upload both images and writing samples as noted above.

Transfer Students

NOTE: Upload 5 images that document your best original works of art in any media. Video/audio clips are also acceptable. Include detail shots or alternate views only if necessary for that artwork. The Priority Scholarship submission date for Transfer students is May 15.


Commitment to non-discrimination

Ohio University operates on a holistic, selective review and looks for evidence of academic preparation when reviewing applications for admission. Additionally, because the School of Art + Design considers artistic talent in the review process, students pursuing certain academic programs must interview, and/or submit additional materials for admission and scholarship consideration. Ohio University and the School of Art + Design do not discriminate against any applicants because of race, color, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, national ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service or veteran status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information.