Many universities, colleges and schools in Canada offer student scholarships and bursaries for international students applying tostudy in a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Design (BDes), Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID), Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA), Bachelor of Applied Design (BAD), Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT), or Bachelor of Media Arts (BMA) degree program, as well as in diploma and certificate programs.
Awards typically range in value from $250 - $1,000, are often renewable and are based on portfolio assessment, outstanding academic achievement, or a combination of these with leadership qualities. As well, international students in design and applied arts programs may be eligible for bursaries, which typically are based on financial need. Work-study programs (involving part-time work for full-time students on campus) may be another source of money for school. Be sure to check the school's online awards or financial aid site for a list of internal/ direct or external awards and aid.
Student Scholarships and Student Bursaries
Entrance scholarships--for high school students or students from other post-secondary institutions--are typically awarded to outstanding new students and are usually also available to international students. These scholarships may cover tuition and residence costs. In some cases, no application is required as students are automatically considered when they apply to a given institution. Bursaries are also available and are more typically based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need and/or achievement in other areas such as leadership and community service. These awards may be offered by high schools, university and college departments, professional organizations, local businesses and national chains, and charitable foundations, and they may be available on a non-renewable or renewable basis. Universities, community colleges and career colleges with internal scholarships and bursaries may encourage early application in order to qualify for these awards and financial assistance.
· Start your search by talking to your high school career counsellor to learn what kinds of scholarships and bursaries may be available from your home country. Often high schools will offer awards to the best students or those most involved in club activities, such as clubs dealing with art, drawing, film/ video, costuming, etc.
· Most universities, colleges, schools and program departments offer entrance awards either directly or through benefactors and foundations that support them. International students should contact an admissions advisor at the university, college, school or program department, or look on the institution's website to identify the awards that are offered. Some may require that you be nominated by someone at your high school. Some scholarships and bursaries are program-specific and limited to applicants to particular majors, diplomas or certificates within a design and applied arts program.
· Many local businesses and national chains offer some kind of funding, either in the form of scholarships or bursaries and international students may be eligible for some of these awards.
· Many professional organizations will provide scholarships as a way of promoting their profession and ensuring the development of future design and applied arts professionals. These could include the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and more.
· And finally, there are a variety of charitable organizations, from local to national, that provide literally millions of dollars of awards to post-secondary students.
For more general information on international student scholarships and financial aid, check out the articles on international student scholarships under each school type.