Media Art Scholarship

Media Art Scholarship

Still from Soft Players, Kyle Alden Martens, 2016

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The CFAT Media Arts Scholarship program is a rigorous six-month education and mentorship opportunity for 10 people 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.

Robyn Badger - Bubbles for Mum
Robyn Badger working on her 2016 animation ‘Bubbles for Mum’.

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, and/or installation. The Centre will make every effort within their capacity to serve projects in the above media. The Centre is able to support a final presentation in the style of a screening, however this should not limit the form of the scholar’s project to video/audio works. Depending on the presentation venue, other forms of presentations/installations/performances may be possible.


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 weekends and weekdays.

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Still from ‘Hot Ice’ by Beck Gilmer-Osborne, 2015.

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 a public premiere 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. While the Centre will try to arrange classes and meetings with the schedules of the Scholars in mind, 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.



  • – July-August: Orientation meeting, mentor introduction, and project development.
  • – September-November: Workshops and training: approximately twelve workshops in total, production of works
  • – October-December: Post-production
  • – December: Completion of works
  • – January: Public presentation


Selection process

A rotating Peer Selection Committee selects scholars. The Committee bases their decisions on the applicant’s creative approach to the subject or medium, the quality of the completed application, and the feasibility of the project as a first work. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


How to apply

Applications will open in the coming months. Stay tuned to our newsletters for more info!MAS sponsor logos2015For further information:

Tori Fleming
Programming and Communications Coordinator
Centre for Art Tapes, 2238 Maitland Street, Halifax



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