With the equipment to buy, the practical projects, art studies can quickly become expensive: to help the most precarious students fund them, you should know that there are many scholarships. Here are some tips from public and private art schools.
Art students know this: Even in public schools, where tuition fees are generally lower than in the private sector, studies can be expensive between the material to be purchased and the practical projects. But there are plenty of scholarships that can give the most struggling or deserving students a boost. Overview.
Scholarships in Public Art Schools
In the national art schools, which depend on the Ministry of Culture and Communication, students can get scholarships depending on their parents’ income. They therefore have access to Crous scholarships.
In addition, the Ministry of Culture and Communication has a National culture fund for annual emergency aid (FNAAUAC). Emergency aid that allows “providing personalized financial assistance quickly between six and nine months to the student experiencing lasting difficulties”. To obtain it, the student must apply to their institution, but it cannot be combined with scholarships based on social criteria.
At the Beaux-Arts de Paris, students can also benefit from:a diploma grant (final project) paid in the 10th semester of the studyie the last year of education. The city of Paris also awards six scholarships each year “to encourage the work of students of the Beaux-Arts de Paris”, intended for the most insecure people who pass their diploma or the year following the diploma.
Other public art schools also offer national scholarships and private scholarships. This is the case at Les Gobelins, École de l’image, where Crous scholarships – for certain courses only – can be applied for from January 15 to May 31 for the following school year. The school’s social fund also exempts some students from tuition fees based on their academic performance and financial difficulties.. The school also offers numerous scholarships funded by private companies (Olympus France, BMW France, Pathé, Universal Music, etc.) and by foundations.
The Artagon association, which is dedicated to supporting, promoting and guiding creation, also offers several scholarships for young students.for the purchase of raw materials or in collaboration with Andea (National Association of Higher Schools of Art and Design).
Scholarships in Private Art Schools
On the private side, no access to Crous scholarships unless the institution is recognized by the state which is the case with the Nantes-Atlantique School of Design. But some art schools – such as the Rubika School since 2019 (School of 3D 2D Animation, Video Game and Design) – also write merit-based scholarships, usually funded by private companies, foundations, and individual donations.
The fashion design school IFA Paris offers scholarships “based on merit, talent and academic profile” and financial support for students with limited resources. The ESMA (Higher School of Artistic Professions) ensures in its presentation that “internal grants are awarded subject to conditions, from the 2nd year of study”. At the Ecole de Condé, we talk about “excellence grants” intended for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, which are awarded in the file according to the motivation and potential of the student. Most offer them, so check with your school!
Help from foundations and patrons
In general, foundations have a partnership with the art school where you are enrolled, which will notify you of the scholarship’s existence. But it is sometimes possible to apply for a grant directly from the foundation : it is possible for the Fondation Mérimée scholarship for crafts in restoration, or for the “Artistes dans la cité” scholarship of the Fondation Hermès only for students from 19 partner institutions (the call for registration is still open until September 16).
We can also mention the Banque Populaire Foundation, which particularly supports in the field of music and arts and crafts with grants from 1,000 to 15,000 euros per year; the Culture and Diversity Foundation, which promotes equal opportunities in all artistic fields (12 programs in total); the Meyer Foundation for Cultural and Artistic Development, which supports in particular the Paris Conservatoire and the Ecole du Louvre… There is also the Vallet Foundation (only in the Paris Academy), which allows, for example, eight new students from Ecole Estienne to receive a grant of EUR 4,600 per year.
On the heritage side, the INHA (National Institute of Art History) lists grants that fund research in art history (at master and doctoral level): we can mention the Master 2 research grants in art history of the French Committee of Art History, the Giacometti Research Grant of the Paris Institute for the History of Modern Art… The INP (National Heritage Institute) also offers some scholarships.
Finally, foreign foundations can also help art students. For example, the Franco-German Office for Youth (OFAJ) offers a mobility grant for a study trip in Germany, in an art academy (an Akademie für Bildende Künste, a Hochschule der Künste or a Fachhochschule für Design und Gestaltung), or in a higher school for music and theater (Hochschule für Musik und Theater). You must be between 18 and 30 years old and the student will receive 300 euros per month between two and five months.
The Kenza-Institut de France Foundation grants grants higher education scholarships abroad to art and art history students from major Parisian or national institutions. The deadline for applications is January and you must be under 28 years old.