Art & Design Scholarships

The School of Art & Design offers a variety of talent-based scholarships for new and returning students. Scholarship applications are submitted through the UNC Universal Scholarship Application, available to all current and incoming UNC students. Students who wish to apply for Art & Design scholarships must submit a portfolio and additional application materials for consideration. The application is available through your Ursa account in the “Financial” tab.

Scholarship Application Guidelines


Upload 5 – 8 samples of your work assembled in one PDF file.

  • Title the PDF file with your name in the following format: lastname_firstname.pdf (e.g., Jones_David.pdf)
  • Images should be saved as JPEG files with dimensions between 1000 and 1500 pixels and a file size no larger than 1MB (1000KB) and placed into a single PDF. Learn how to compile your images into a PDF using this tutorial.
  • Please include only one image of each piece, rather than multiple variations of the same image with different camera settings
  • Flatwork (such as paintings, drawings, or prints) should be scanned or photographed so as to fill the digital image completely. Please do not include picture frames
  • Incoming first-year students are strongly encouraged to include work in a variety of media
    If you are submitting video and/or time-based work, please include a web link in your PDF

In addition to the PDF portfolio, please submit the following materials:

  • A document including the titles, media, and descriptions of the work submitted
  • A statement of your educational goals
  • Current UNC students only: A copy of your most recent Degree Works report
  • Optional: Provide a link to your online portfolio website in addition to the PDF portfolio
  • Photography your work on a large smooth neutral solid-colored background (gray or beige) without distracting textures.
  • Do not shoot your artwork on a pure white or black background as the dramatically light or dark color of the background will interfere your camera’s internal metering system and produce an under- or over-exposed image.
  • Shoot your work so that it is perpendicular to the camera lens. Otherwise, the lens will create unusual distortions.
  • When shooting two-dimensional pieces, it may be easier to lay your work on the ground and position yourself above the work. Using a ladder or tripod may help you position yourself high enough to avoid cropping any of the artwork. Large work may need to be propped up on a support and shot straight on.
  • When shooting three-dimensional work, make sure to position the work carefully for the most descriptive point of view. This may require positioning yourself above or below the work, or shooting an additional view from a different vantage point.
  • Shoot tightly, emphasizing the piece you are shooting. Pay attention to everything in your frame. Do not include mats, frames or distracting background elements.
  • Do not shoot any framed artwork under glass. The camera will capture distracting highlights and reflections in the glass.
  • Shoot your work outdoors, preferably on an overcast day. Do not shoot in a bright sunny location. The sunlight will create extreme highlights and distracting shadows. If you cannot shoot on an overcast day, then place your work on the north side of a building, again to avoid extreme lighting.
  • If your camera has manual controls, you should “bracket” your exposures, meaning you should shoot at the camera’s suggested meter reading as well as shooting two additional frames, one under and one over the suggested meter reading. For example, if your automatic setting records the piece at f/11, shoot another at f/16 and another at f/8.
    Shoot a detail image of larger pieces or work with small, intricate areas that require emphasis.
  • Ask your art teacher for assistance if you are unsure about capturing good quality images for your portfolio.







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WUE provides reduced tuition automatically to students who are residents of a participating state. This tuition classification allows students to pay tuition at a maximum of 150% the resident tuition rate, a savings of over $6,000 per year!