VPA considers graduate student research an integral part of the student experience. Grants are awarded to encourage students to pursue creative opportunities, whether they are exhibitions, conferences, performances, or other professional events.
Full-time graduate students enrolled in a Visual & Performing Arts program are eligible to appeal for up to 25% summer and/or winterlude financial aid—to be applied against charges for tuition credits only. Applicants must be in good academic standing (at least 3.0 GPA) and the course must contribute to completion toward degree.
*NOTE: MFA in design and audio arts students will receive aid awarded at time of admission.*
*Summer/winterlude awards will not exceed academic year funding*
Deadlines: December 1 for winterlude and April 15 for summer sessions (Maymester, SSI, SSII)
Syracuse University's Graduate Student Organization (GSO) provides a travel grant for students traveling for academic and professional conferences. Grant funds are intended to defray the cost of travel for students presenting original work at conferences, exhibitions, performances, and other opportunities. There are multiple deadlines throughout the year; visit the GSO website for more details.
If you are looking for teaching assistantships, hourly assistantships, or employment opportunities, please contact your advisor and/or program coordinator. Many of those awards are distributed by departments and programs, so you should always begin those conversations there.
Each year, approximately eight graduate students in VPA's M.F.A. programs are selected to participate in the Ginsburg-Klaus Art in Los Angeles Week, also known as Art in LA. Held during Spring Break, the program provides students with the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles for little to no cost. Students receive free transportation to LA from Syracuse and back, transportation in LA, lodging, and meals. Admissions to museums and cultural centers that are part of the trip are also included.
The practicum gives students a unique opportunity to study art collections housed in some of Los Angeles' many renowned museums and galleries. The students are also given the opportunity to visit contemporary art studios and to hear from prominent artists, curators and gallery owners, many of whom are SU alumni. Through these interactions, the students get a glimpse into life in the professional art world and the impact of Los Angeles on the global art community.
Past trips have included such collection and site visits as the Hammer Museum at UCLA, MOCA, the Broad Art Foundation, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Broad Contemporary Art Museum, the Getty Center, Disney Studios, Cherry and Martin Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, Watts Towers, Culver City Galleries, and Regan Projects, as well as visits to artists' studios, curatorial talks, and a visit to San Pedro.
In order to apply for consideration, students must complete a statement of interest. They must also have a faculty member submit a nomination form. Eight students will be selected from the students who apply.
Deadline to submit is November 13.
Art in LA was created in 2010 through a gift from VPA alumna Marylyn Ginsburg-Klaus '56, G'57, and her husband, Charles Klaus '07, who both serve on the college's Council.
An outgrowth of the Ginsburg-Klaus Art in Los Angeles Week, the Turner Semester is a residency program for a small cohort of M.F.A. degree students in VPA. The program allows the students to experience the arts of the West Coast and to live and work in San Pedro (the Los Angeles Harbor area) during the spring semester. Contact the Office of Student Success at 315.443.2517 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers small financial awards to outstanding and deserving graduate students in music, art, transmedia, design, and communication and rhetorical studies who may need financial assistance to engage in programs, activities, and residencies that can move them forward in their disciplines. Graduate students applying for the financial award must submit a letter of support from their program coordinators. Additionally, they will have to demonstrate that they have applied for funds with the Graduate Student Organization at Syracuse University. All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee of three faculty in VPA. To apply, please fill out the form below. Apply now for a VPA Graduate Student Memorial Scholarship or Fellowship.