Financial Aid



Announcing two new $4000 “The Imperceptible Self” Scholarships
for artists and curators working in Social Practices

In connection with the three year Transart Triennale research projects, Transart Institute is pleased to announce two new Scholarships for candidates with a demonstrated history of working with Socially Engaged Practices and whose project proposal for the MFA program would follow this trajectory. Proposed projects will resonate with Transart research areas: Identity; Exile; Role of Art in Peace and Mediation; Space In Between; International Diaspora, Post-Nationalism and Post-Colonialism; Home; Temporary Architecture; Cultural Engagement through Food; Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny; or Publicness, Collaboration and the Social and this current triennale theme, The Imperceptible Self.
Deadline: May 1st

Merit awards
“Transart Merit Awards” are given for MFA and PhD work to an applicant whose practice and proposed projects are of the highest level of artistic achievement. Award is not limited to any media, theme or specific field.
Award is $1000.00 per semester for first year of program (2 semesters).
Six Transart Merit Awards are available to incoming MFA students.
Two Transart Merit Awards are available to incoming PhD students per year.
One $600.00 Merit Award is awarded to a Certificate Program Student.
Deadline: March 1st 


Continuing students can also apply for one of the following awards for their second year. Applications are due March 1st

Earth Awareness prize
The “Transart Earth Awareness Prize” is awarded for Transart MFA work that raise environmental awareness and is exemplary in dealing with the many challenges we face in advancing stewardship for the earth.
Award is $1000.00 per semester for second year of program (2 semesters).
One Earth Awareness prize is awarded per year.

Social Change prize
The “Transart Social Change Prize” is awarded for Transart MFA work championing social change through direct involvement with communities or through raising awareness on a specific issue.
Award is $1000.00 per semester for second year of program (2 semesters).
One Social Change prize is awarded per year.

Peace and Mediation prize
The “Transart Peace and Mediation Prize” is awarded for Transart MFA work dealing with the role of art in peace and mediation.
Award is $1000.00 per semester for second year of program (2 semesters).
One Social Change prize is awarded per year.

Writing prize
The “Transart Writing Prize” is awarded for Transart MFA work that eloquently and effectively articulates the relationship between research and practice in the first year research paper in a way that expands our understanding of the role writing can play in support of artistic practice.
Award is $1000.00 per semester for second year of program (2 semesters).
One Writing  prize is awarded per year.
Scholarships and prizes will be awarded by the Admissions Committee to new applicants, based on admissions applications received before March 1st, 2016.  Scholarship recipients announced on April 1st, 2016. All other awards and scholarships for returning students will awarded by the Transart Faculty Board based on year end projects beginning spring 2016.

Alumni awards
Transart MFA Alumni will be awarded a 50% tuition scholarships for 1-3 weeks of the Transart Berlin Summer Academy 2015.

Note: One award per student. There are no full scholarships.

Plymouth University is certified by the US Department of Education as a foreign school. Students in masters and doctoral programs are now able to apply for The Smart Option Student Loan®, a private student loan, through Sallie Mae International. Students can choose one of many loan terms and Transart suggests students prepay part or all of their tuition, refundable if the student does not continue. Interest on prepaid tuition will be deducted from the tuition at an annual rate of 2.9%. Use school code: 02352100. Enter May 1 as semester start date on application. Allow enough time to complete the entire process. Current procedures require Plymouth University to certify the loan amount, obtain loan proceeds from Sallie Mae and transfer the funds to each student. Students pay tuition to Transart by posted deadlines. All other matters related to the application is strictly between the applicant and Sallie Mae. FAFSA and other Title-IV loans are not an option for this UK accredited program. Students are strongly encouraged to seek out loan and grant funding as soon as possible as seeking financial assistance can often be a lengthy process.


The Federal and Provincial Governments offer financial aid to Canadians studying at Plymouth University. We are a public institution with code PVBZ (although some provinces/territories may use a different code). Canadian loans are means-tested, meaning you must demonstrate financial need in order to qualify for financial aid.Generally, students interested in applying for a loan must do so through their provincial/territorial student assistance office or website. When you apply for a loan, you are considered for funding by both the Provincial and Federal Government, meaning you only have to apply once for funding for the year. While federal loans are handled through a lender called the National Student Loans Service Centre, provincial loans are handled through the provincial governments and student aid branches. Please visit the Campus Access website for a comprehensive overview of the financial aid application process. Your provincial Student Finance Department and not the University will process most of your loans. However, you may require University signatures or verification of your student status. The University must also confirm that you have been accepted onto a course or are already enrolled with us before any financial aid will be disbursed to you. Here is more information on financial aid and Canadian Federal Student Loans.

Transart is building a pool of international fundraisers, grant writers and funding resource specialists for a new pilot program. The Transart Consultancy Program will offer a minimum of four hours funding consultation to each Transartist (student, alumni and faculty) who applies with a project that needs funding.
Accepted applicants in need of additional tuition funding support can also access the program for 2 hours of consultancy before enrollment and 2 more available after enrollment. Projects deemed promising by consultants will continue to be supported by the institute.