Fine and Studio Arts

In European academic traditions, fine art is art developed primarily for aesthetics or beauty, distinguishing it from applied art, which also has to serve some practical function, such as pottery or most metalwork.

Historically, the five main fine arts were painting, sculpture, architecture, music, and poetry, with performing arts including theatre and dance. Today, the fine arts commonly include additional forms, such as film, photography, video production/editing, design, sequential art, conceptual art, and printmaking.

One definition of fine art is "a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic and intellectual purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, and architecture." In that sense, there are conceptual differences between the fine arts and the applied arts. As originally conceived, and as understood for much of the modern era, the perception of aesthetic qualities required a refined judgment usually referred to as having good taste, which differentiated fine art from popular art and entertainment.

The word "fine" does not so much denote the quality of the artwork in question, but the purity of the discipline according to traditional Western European canons.[citation needed] This definition originally excluded the applied or decorative arts, and the products of what were regarded as crafts. In contemporary practice these distinctions and restrictions have become essentially meaningless, as the concept or intention of the artist is given primacy, regardless of the means through which this is expressed.[citation needed]

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Scholarships for Fine and Studio Arts Majors

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Beinecke Scholarship - Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

$34,000 Varies See Details
 

Beinecke Scholarship - Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

award

$34,000

deadline

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Art Scholarship - Maryville College

Maryville College

Up to $26,000 March 01, 2025 See Details
 

Art Scholarship - Maryville College

Maryville College

award

Up to $26,000

deadline

March 01, 2025
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Nancy Shaw McKee Scholarship

Clarion University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences

Up to $22,030 Varies See Details
 

Nancy Shaw McKee Scholarship

Clarion University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences

award

Up to $22,030

deadline

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Alfred University Art Portfolio Review Scholarship

Alfred University

Up to $21,000 February 01, 2025 See Details
 

Alfred University Art Portfolio Review Scholarship

Alfred University

award

Up to $21,000

deadline

February 01, 2025
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Pepper Visual Arts Scholarship

Davidson College

$15,000 January 10, 2025 See Details
 

Pepper Visual Arts Scholarship

Davidson College

award

$15,000

deadline

January 10, 2025
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Arts and Music Scholarship - Rhodes College

Rhodes College

Up to $12,500 February 15, 2025 See Details
 

Arts and Music Scholarship - Rhodes College

Rhodes College

award

Up to $12,500

deadline

February 15, 2025
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Nordan Fine Arts Program Award - Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

Nordan Fine Arts Program Award - Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University

award

$10,000

deadline

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MFA Provost's Graduate Fellowship

University of Central Florida

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

MFA Provost's Graduate Fellowship

University of Central Florida

award

$10,000

deadline

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STEAM Scholarship

For A Bright Future Foundation

Up to $10,000 June 30, 2024 See Details
 

STEAM Scholarship

For A Bright Future Foundation

award

Up to $10,000

deadline

June 30, 2024
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DePaul University Art Scholarship

DePaul University

$10,000 February 01, 2025 See Details
 

DePaul University Art Scholarship

DePaul University

award

$10,000

deadline

February 01, 2025
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