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Student drawing on-site during the Irish Study-Abroad Program, Slea Head Peninsula, Ireland

Student Opportunities

Art and design students may apply for scholarships or to participate in programs, internships and competitions.


Art and Design Department Scholarships

The UWF Department of Art and Design awards the four-year renewable Student Talent Award Scholarships to outstanding senior high school students that have accepted full-time enrollment as a declared art major at UWF. Scholarship funds can only be used towards tuition  for both the fall and spring semesters.  Grant recipients must maintain a minimum grade point average of a 3.0 at UWF.

To apply, please submit applications after January 1 of the year the student will begin studies. The deadline is March 31. Send (1) a letter of introduction regarding your work and interest in the visual arts; (2) high school transcripts; (3) a letter of recommendation from your instructor; and (4) a CD or Flash Drive with 10-12 images of your art work to:

Art Scholarship Competition
UWF Department of Art and Design
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514 

Donna Fassett Scholarships

A $500 award to six UWF students in the arts that have completed at least one semester of university coursework. Each year the deadline is in mid-September and application is made through the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival.  Grant recipients are required to volunteer several hours during the festival in November. The announcement of grant awards is in October.  For more information, visit online. 

Department Contact

  • Department of Art and Design
  • Bldg. 82/Rm. 253
  • 11000 University Pkwy.
  • Pensacola, FL 32514
  • 850.474.2045

Student Opportunities

The UWF Department of Art and Design offers an array of opportunities for students pursuing a program of study among the art disciplines. 

Students with a 3.0 GPA or above are eligible to be in Kappa Pi, the international arts honor society. This society at UWF meets regularly to develop professional practices, travel to exhibitions, and to help in developing the visiting artists lecture series. Members may also participate in fundraisers and the organization of student shows.

The Irish Experience: Study Abroad Program, based in Carlow Town, gives selected students the opportunity to earn three credits in studio art and three credits in art history. For one month in the summer, students are immersed in the culture of Ireland and take classes at Carlow College. Students are able to gain hands-on experience investigating historical sites, museums, different cities and towns, cathedrals, castles, and unique geological areas. In addition to the classes at the college, students also have critiques with professional artists, attend workshops, and produce a series of work related to their chosen discipline. On-site drawings, photography, digital art, and plein air paintings done by the students during the program are exhibited in The Art Gallery the following semester.

Each year the Art Department sponsors two current UWF students for a week-long summer residency at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. Seniors graduating in the spring are not eligible.  Information will be distributed in classes and students are selected by April. For information on Arrowmont, visit:

Every year a junior in the Department of Art is selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship and one-person exhibition at the Blue Morning Gallery in downtown Pensacola. 

The TAGGED Student Art and Design Exhibition is an annual juried competition that showcases current UWF student work. Taking place during the spring semester, this opportunity gives students a chance to exhibit their work and compete for monetary awards and honors. The exhibition is judged by a different visiting arts professional each year. 

Internships are available at the department’s art gallery and the university’s museum through our museum and gallery practicum course.

Each year several advanced students are selected (through application) to be Department of Art Ambassadors.  These students participate in high school outreach.  Ambassadors are eligible to be considered for the UWF Arts Advocacy Awards, an honor that recognizes students who bring attention to the essential role of the arts in Florida’s quality of life.  Arts Advocacy Awards are presented at the state capitol in Tallahassee.

Each year, three sculpture students are nominated to compete in the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program. If selected, photographs of the artist’s award-winning work and accompanying artist statement will be published in Sculpture magazine and on the International Sculpture Center’s website and the student will have the opportunity to participate in a national traveling exhibition. 

Atlantic Center for the Arts has recognized the outstanding work being produced by undergraduate art majors from Florida’s state-wide university system. Each year faculty nominates three students to compete for inclusion in this prestigious juried exhibition located in New Smyrna Beach, FL. Visit here for more information.

Graphic Design students compete yearly for ADDY awards sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. This is the first part of a three-tiered process in a national competition in which students have the opportunity to advance from a local to a district level. Visit the ADDY awards online