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Media Arts Scholarship Call For Applications!

Due July 5th


Call for Submissions: The 2021/22 Media Art Scholarship Program

Applications Due: July 5th, 2021

About the Media Art Scholarship Program:

The CFAT Media Art Scholarship program is a rigorous six-month education and mentorship opportunity for emerging artists who propose to make a media art project. Selected applicants are required to make a media art piece in a medium in which they have little to no previous experience. Scholars are responsible for learning the skills required for completing their piece by the deadline set by CFAT. The Media Art Scholarship Program is open to any member of the public who is not currently attending a similar program. You do not need to be an artist to apply, but you do need to have a clear vision/concept for your art project.

What kind of media art can you produce through the scholarship program?

The Media Arts Scholarship program can help you generate work in the form of video, recorded sound, animation, interactive presentation, electronics, virtual reality and/or installation. The Centre will make every effort within their capacity to serve projects in the above media. The program will be followed by a final exhibition where all works will be viewable by the public.

Who can apply for the scholarship?

Anyone who wishes to make their first independent work in a media art form that is new to them may apply for the scholarship. Applicants cannot be currently enrolled in a similar program; students are not eligible. Applicants must be available for workshops and meetings on weekday evenings. This program is intended to be an in-house residency, so we will not be accepting applications from other parts of Canada.

What are the benefits of the scholarship?

Scholars will receive several intensive months of free workshops to gain skills required for the realization of their projects, one-on-one mentorship with a professional working in media arts, group mentorship, support from CFAT staff, a one-year CFAT membership, free access to CFAT equipment and facilities and group exhibition of the work created. The total value of support in this program is over $6,000.

Program Requirements

Scholars must be prepared to attend ALL workshops, monthly mentor meetings, scheduled critiques, and other related events. It is expected that Scholars will dedicate at least six hours per week to the program. Extended periods of absence may result in dismissal from the program. Scholars must have basic computer literacy and a working knowledge of Apple computers. Scholars must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, excellent communicators, and willing to follow program requirements.


  • August: Orientation meeting, mentor introduction, and project development.

  • September-November: Workshops and training: approximately twelve workshops in total, production of works

  • December: Completion of works

  • February: Public presentation

How to apply

Applications are open for the 2021-22 Media Art Scholarship Program. In previous years, CFAT has accepted written applications, however this year we will also be accepting applications in any preferred format, including audio or video recordings, or we are happy to arrange for verbal applications over the phone or over a Zoom meeting. We are open to the form of communication that works best for you. Please reach out to if you are interested in submitting in an alternative format.

To apply please submit the following:

  • An online application form which can be found here. The entire application is viewable on the first page of the link. We recommend you work offline and then submit your answers all at once.

  • Up to 5 samples of previous work (digital images, max 5 minutes audio/ video). If you are submitting a video, please submit it in the form of a URL.

  • CV or resume if you have one

Deadline: Monday, July 5th, 2021

Note about COVID-19:

It is our hope that with Nova Scotia’s vaccine roll out, this fall we will be able to offer small in person workshops. It is possible however that parts or all of this program may be online this year. We would ask for the applicants flexibility and understanding in a rapidly changing situation. We will have more details on the workshop component at the time of acceptance in mid to late July.

For further information:

Jesse Mitchell

Programming Coordinator

Centre for Art Tapes, 2238 Maitland Street, Halifax

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