Arts Division

"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)

 

 

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Finding an Opportunity

Funding

Presentation & Performance Opportunities

Student Organizations

 

Finding an Opportunity

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.

The profiles of Jay Arms (B.A. in Music) and Ashley Young (B.A. Film & Digital Media Film & Legal Studies) provide examples of the wide range of opportunities for student engagement and excellence.

To learn more, follow the links below to look at the research interests of the professors in the degree-granting departments:

and the activities at the affiliated programs:

and the Arts Research Centers and Programs.

For specific opportunities, check the following UCSC sites:

Additional opportunities can be found at:

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Funding

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. 

External Funding

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.

Fulbright-mtvU Awards

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.

Alan Lucas Educational Scholarships

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. 

UCSC Opportunities:

UCSC Colleges

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.

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Presentation & Performance Opportunities

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.

Conferences & Student Showcases

Check the Center for Undergraduate Research's Presentation Opportunities.

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Student Organizations

Chinquapin Literary Magazine- poetry, photography, illustration, short fiction, prose
Contact: chinquapin@gmail.com

EyeCandy

Film Club
Contact: Filmclub
.ucsc@gmail.com

Matchbox Magazine-prose, poetry, and artwork by UC students
Contact: matchboxmagazine@gmail.com

The Red Wheelbarrow including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, photography
Contact:ucscredwheelbarrow@gmail.com

Science Slug (creating art and science media)
Contact: scientificslug@gmail.com

Student Art Movement (S.A.M.)
Contact: studentartmovement@gmail.com

TWANAS (Third World and Native American Student Press Collective)

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