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Arts Scholarships

Discover more about the support available for students wanting to develop and showcase their artistic skills.

Two arts scholars perform in annual showcase, one sings and one plays the saxophone
Two arts scholars perform in annual showcase

Arts Scholarships

The Arts Scholarship programme supports students who want to develop their artistic interests alongside their studies. Each scholarship runs for one academic year.

There are 12 scholarship places available for the academic year of 2024/25.

Successful applicants will:

  • Receive £1,0001 to support their artistic development
  • Engage in a compulsory artistic skills development programme
  • Be given opportunities to showcase their talents
  • Be matched with a relevant mentor from the artistic community (where possible)

The Programme

Scholars attend a compulsory programme comprising of skills development sessions, one development day, and feature in the annual Showcase. They will also write and publish a short blog (full training will be provided).

Skills development sessions are scheduled on Wednesday afternoons when lectures are not taking place. The sessions focus on different topics and are adapted year by year. Past topics have included: How to Navigate Unusual Collaborations; Networking Skills; How to Deliver your own Artistic Workshop and more.

The formal Showcase held at The Edge is the highlight of the programme and is attended by local artists, university staff and friends. It provides a unique experience to demonstrate your talent to a new audience and to network with like-minded artists.

By accepting the offer of a Scholarship, you are committing to attending all programme dates.


The Arts Scholarship is open to all University of Bath students in any year of study on any undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Bath; including placement (full or part year), remote study, and part-time or international students.

You are welcome to apply to progress and develop any art form which may include (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Performing Arts (including acting, music, dancing, singing, spoken word, musical theatre, circus etc.)
  • Technical/Backstage skills
  • Visual Arts (including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, digital, video art etc.)
  • Excellence in playing a musical instrument
  • A new art form (for example: DJ, gaming design, interactive design)

Application Process

The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday 1st October 2024.

All applications are made through the online portal. You must have read the Terms and Conditions before applying.

Please note that we are unable to accept any additional application materials by email.

If you are successful in being shortlisted, you will be invited to audition in the week commencing Monday 15th October 2024. You must ensure that you are prepared and available to audition this week.

Successful applicants will be awarded an Arts Scholarship following audition and will attend their first Arts Scholar session on Wednesday 30th October 2024.

Auditions of approximately 15 minutes will be used to assess your level of talent and potential. The audition will consist of a performance or portfolio presentation, followed by questions about your art and passion.  

The audition panel will then score your audition based on the following criteria:  

  • Performance / portfolio presentation
  • Passion, commitment and development potential 
  • Commitment and ideas for engaging with the wider Arts community    In accepting a scholarship, applicants commit to full participation in the programme and to appropriate spending of the grant as outlined above and in the Terms and Conditions.

Please note: Arts Scholarships and Music Tuition Awards cannot be dual awarded unless you have applied with separate artforms. If you have applied with the same artform and are successful in being awarded both, you will receive an Arts Scholarship as default.

Donor Support

We would like to thank the following donors for helping to make the University of Bath Arts Scholarships possible:

  • The Elly Williams Arts Scholarships
  • The Jonah Swain Arts Scholarship
  • John Cullum
  • Margaret Dewey
  • Dorothy Walters-Godfree
  • The University of Bath Alumni Fund

Previous Arts Scholars

"Coming to Bath and participating in the Arts … has allowed me to fall back in love with my art. Being in such a supportive passionate community has been so inspiring which inspired me to improve" - 2023/4 Arts Scholar

Programme Video

Scholars and staff discuss the benefits of the programme.

Read this information carefully before applying

Terms and Conditions


If you have any questions, please contact us.

  1. Scholars will receive two payments of £500, one in each Semester. These funds are to be spent on furthering the artistic development of the scholar. This could be through buying new equipment, receiving tuition, or paying to attend artistic events, depending on the scholar’s chosen art form.  

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