A teaching assistantship (TA) is an award granted to students who assist professors with their research or teaching responsibilities. Assistants are paid a stipend in exchange for the tasks they perform for the department. Responsibilities could include teaching labs, grading papers, research, writing and other administrative tasks. Assistantships look great on resumes as they offer valuable teaching and/or researching opportunities as well as a chance to work closely with individual professors.
Media Arts assistantships are currently by appointment; no application is used. If you are interested in an assistantship for Media Arts, please see the instructor of the course where your interest lies.
Formerly known as “talent awards,” Merit Scholarships are given to selected students to be applied first toward tuition and school debt. They range between $100 and $765 per semester. Applications for Merit Scholarships for the entire year (spring, summer, fall, and winter) are due in February. Awards are nontransferable.
Recipients must generally be full-time, degree-seeking students, majoring in Theatre and Media Arts during the year for which they are applying. Any student who receives a merit scholarship and during the course of the semester is put on Academic Probation will forfeit the award.
Auditions and creative samples, though not mandatory, have proven advantageous to applying students. Any monologues or recordings must not exceed 5 minutes.
The application deadline is in February for Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, and Winter 2013. Please submit your application ahead of time to ensure your eligibility.
Outstanding Student Award
The Outstanding Student Award is open to department seniors. Students can find the application online at cfacweb.byu.edu/departments/tma. Applications due to the TMA front desk (D-581 HFAC) in March.
Looking for a way to fund a special project in an area such as theatre or film? There are several funding options available for you. Note: In almost every instance funding is reimbursed upon receipt of proof of expenditure.
Fulton Student & Faculty Support Grants
Application deadlines: Nov. 15 and March 28.
The basic criteria for this funding grant is whether or not the proposed activity makes a significant contribution to the student’s academic interests or moves the student toward his or her future career path. The project must be an essential part of the applicant’s educational purposes, tied to their scholarly or professional goals. For details and applications, click here. Applications are also available at the TMA Front Desk in D-581 HFAC.
ORCA Grants – (University Grant)
Application deadline: Nov. 1
The Undergraduate Research Scholarship is sponsored by the Office of Research and Creative Activities. Sophomores and above who are prepared and are in good standing and carrying 6 credit hours per semester can apply for the $1500 scholarship. Applications are available in the ORCA office (A-261 ASB) or in the TMA Office.
Student applicants must be enrolled in a Media Arts class directly related to the project in order to receive approval for any media production project.
Oscarson Discovery Grants – (College Grant)
Application deadline: March 11
The primary objectives of the Oscarson Grant assist the student to:
- Gain public commercial exposure,
- Receive training in the “Business of Art,” and
- Network within specific professional disciplines.
Preference is given to seniors or students pursuing graduate degrees. Applications are available in the Dean’s office (A-501 HFAC).