The purpose of the ARU Children’s Book Illustration Inclusivity Bursary is to encourage and support talented students from under-represented groups to study the MA Children’s Book Illustration course at ARU’s Cambridge School of Art.
It aims to help overcome some of the barriers that currently prevent students from under-represented groups from taking up this course of study, and subsequently progressing into a successful career as a children’s book illustrator.
Who Can Apply?
- People who are applying for or have been offered a place on the MA Children’s Book Illustration course (full-time or part-time) at ARU’s Cambridge School of Art
- People who are facing financial disadvantage, and/or are from an under-represented group.
How does it work?
- Selection will be based on evidence supplied in the application form on:
- Future plans and career aspirations
- Availability of any other sources of financial support
- Evidence of household income
- Proposed use of the bursary
- Strength of personal statement
- The Bursary will be advertised alongside the course information and application process. Eligible students will be invited to apply at the same time as applying for the course.
- Students will need to complete a short Bursary application form including a simple personal statement and portfolio. The application form will require students to submit evidence of financial hardship in the standard format used by ARU’s Student Money Advice Service (SMAS) to assess levels of student hardship and financial need.
- The Bursary will be awarded to the student whose application is judged by the panel to score most highly.
- Applications will be scored and short-listed by the course leader and senior lecturer of the MA Children’s Book Illustration course. A judging panel will then meet to agree the scoring and short-listing and determine the successful recipient.
What do you get?
- a one-off award of £11,200 (paid to the recipient in instalments – one instalment for each trimester of study) which is intended to cover either typical full student living expenses for one year, or the tuition fees for study on the MA Children’s Book Illustration course at ARU’s Cambridge School of Art.
- one-year bespoke mentorship to help the recipient student find their footing in the industry after graduating – provided by Picture Hooks, an organisation offering opportunity and development for emerging picture book illustrators.
When do applications close?
Applications close 17.00, Friday 13th of August
Find out more and apply here
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