"The Arts Division offers creative and critical studies of art and culture at the undergraduate and graduate level... Instruction in the arts inspires and develops the capacity for individual and collaborative creative inquiry, analysis, and action within and beyond the university... faculty includes artists, historians, critics, performers, and theorists working across the arts in a global context. "(David Yager, Dean of the Arts)
In the Arts Division, Undergraduate Research (UR) encompasses every aspect of creation, performance, analysis, and commentary. In addition to opportunities available through coursework, independent study, internships, and student organizations, you will have the chance to participate in the vibrant interactions between the arts and the scientific and technology community at UCSC. For example, the new Bachelor of Arts in Games and Playable Media is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that will run concurrently with the Games and Playable Media B.S. in the new Computational Media Department.
To learn more, follow the links below to look at the research interests of the professors in the degree-granting departments:
- Film and Digital Media*
- History of Arts and Visual Culture*
- Music Department
- Theater Arts*
* click on the name to see research interests
and the activities at the affiliated programs:
- Arts Internships Program
- Arts Research Institute
- Institute of the Arts and Sciences
- Sesnon Gallery
- Shakespeare To Go
- Visiting Artist Program
and the Arts Research Centers and Programs.
For specific opportunities, check the following UCSC sites:
- UCSC Research Opportunities Database
- Division of Arts and New Media Call for Undergraduate Researchers
- UCSC OpenLab
- Student Art Movement (S.A.M) Resource Webpage for Emerging Artists
- Research Related Opportunities on SlugQuest
Additional opportunities can be found at:
- Association of Art Museum Curators: Internships and Fellowships
- Smithsonian Institution, Internships
- The Getty Foundation's Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program (must study or live in LA County)
- Check UC Irvine's Opportunities Database
- The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History internships
- The Vermont Studio Center open to all artists and writers
- Art Institute of Chicago internships
Check with the UCSC Financial Aid Office to see if you qualify for specific funding opportunities.
Additional options to help fund projects include external funding, UC funding, and departmental and college grants.
Grant Database- Pivot
The University of California at Santa Cruz has a license to Pivot, a grant database that includes grants for undergraduates, including for activities in the Arts. You need to register using your UCSC email the first time you use it, but the service is free.
Fullbright Scholarships are available for research on international musical culture. The project should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change. Applications will be accepted for any country to which there is an active Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Academic and Arts fields. Projects should center around research on an aspect of international musical culture, and should focus on contemporary or popular music as a cultural force for expression or change. Preference will be given to graduating seniors and recent graduates. The deadline in late February.
Applications may be submitted by full-time students who desire to study propose to pursue lighting education or research as part of their undergraduate, graduate or doctoral studies. Applications for the Alan Lucas Memorial Educational Scholarships may be made by those who will be a junior, senior, or graduate student in an accredited four year college or university located in Northern California (including San Luis Obispo, Fresno and north). All applications should be submitted before April 1. The scholarships to be awarded will be at least $1,500.00. The student must submit an application, a statement of purpose, a description of work in progress, transcripts, three recommendations and a scholar agreement form. Copies of all enclosed documents should be photo-copied for interested students.
The Division, Department, Your Professor and your College
The Dean's office may provide funding for some projects- contact them for more information. Some departments provide funding, so check with the department manager, the department webpage, and your academic adviser. If you are working with a professor, ask if there is funding for project expenses, conference travel, or other costs before starting your project.
- Arts Division Scholarships and Fellowships
- Art Department- multiple grants, including Irwin Project Grants and Porter College Endowments
- Film and Digital Media/Porter Fellowship- email email@example.com for more information.
- History of Arts and Visual Culture- HAVC/Porter College Fellowship, Patricia and Rowland Rebele Fellowship
- Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund (students must have a faculty sponsor)
- Music Department
- The Nancy Pascal Field Study Scholarship is open to any undergraduate student who is planning a field study through a campus department or program. The deadline for applications is in late February 21 in the Community Studies Program office, 213 Oakes. For more information, contact Veronica Lopez-Duran at 459-2371.
- The Student Art Movement (S.A.M.) Resource Research and Facilitation Project for artists and students looking for resources and financial support for their emerging careers in the fine arts. Check the Grants for Emerging Artists page.
Below are some links to college pages that list funding opportunities for undergraduates in that college. Be sure to check with your college adviser, since not all opportunities are posted online.
- College 9/10 Student Project Funds
- Cowell Student Project Funds
- Crown Student Project Funds
- Kresge Student Project Funds
- Merrill College Special Student Projects Funds
- Porter College Student Project Funds
- Porter College Creative & Innovative Grants
- Stevenson Research Project Funding
The Council on Undergraduate Research lists journals that publish undergraduate work, including in the Arts.
Listed below are some opportunities to present your work at UCSC. Please note the list is not comprehensive.
- Audeamus, UC-wide Multidisciplinary Honors Journal
- April in Santa Cruz
- Arboretum (contact Jessica Bailey, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Catamaran Literary Reader
- Chautauqua Festival of Student Theater
- Chinquapin Literary Magazine- poetry, photography, illustration, short fiction, prose
- Dance: "Random with a Purpose"
- Fridays at 4- contact the Music Department at email@example.com
- The Irwin Scholars Art Exhibition
- Matchbox Magazine is an UC-wide collaborative creative writing project. The magazine publishes prose, poetry, and art created by students throughout the UC system, and distributes copies of their magazine to the literature departments at each UC School.
- Open Studios
- The Red Wheelbarrow including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, photography
- Science Slug (creating art and science media)
- Santa Cruz Rehearsal Studios
- SlugFilm Visual Archive
- TWANAS (Third World and Native American Student Press Collective) including writers, illustrators, photographers, and graphic designers
- The UCSC Student Print Sale
Conferences & Student Showcases
Check the Center for Undergraduate Research's Presentation Opportunities.
- de Young Museum New Generation's Student Showcase in April
- Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in January.
Science Slug (creating art and science media)