Visual Arts Scholarships

Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Scholarships - Visual Arts

Visual Arts scholarships may be awarded for Fine Art or Design Technology.

All candidates will be expected to showcase a substantial and diverse portfolio of work and also demonstrate that their passion and accomplishment extends beyond work completed within the school curriculum.

Participation in competitions, courses and evidence of sustained and high level interest will support successful applications.

Interviews will be held with for those who make a shortlist and the process may also include the production of a piece of work on the day of the scholarship assessment.


How to apply for a Design and Technology Scholarship

All external candidates should complete a regular admissions application using our online system which can be accessed here. When this application is complete, please email admissions@cranleigh.ae to register your interest in applying for a scholarship and the team will advise next steps. Note that we require full admissions information to be submitted before progressing with scholarship applications.

Internal candidates should email admissions@cranleigh.ae and the team will advise next steps which will include the submission of a formal application.

The deadline for scholarship applications is 15th April 2018. Candidates whose application meets the required criteria will be invited for an interview with the Head of Design and Technology, in which they should be prepared to present their skill, aptitude and interest through design portfolios, evidence of competitions/awards, photographs and finished products (where applicable – restriction upon size) both from within and out of school. The Head of Department will be looking for evidence of passion, enthusiasm and knowledge.  

Candidates will also be taken on a tour of the Design and Technology Department during which they will be expected to demonstrate their understanding and experience levels.


How to apply for an Fine Art Scholarship

All external candidates should complete a regular admissions application using our online system which can be accessed here. When this application is complete, please email admissions@cranleigh.ae to register your interest in applying for a scholarship and the team will advise next steps. Note that we require full admissions information to be submitted before progressing with scholarship applications.

Internal candidates should email admissions@cranleigh.ae and the team will advise next steps which will include the submission of a formal application.

The deadline for scholarship applications is 15th April 2018. Candidates whose application meets the required criteria will be asked to submit a portfolio.

Portfolios should include personal work produced by the candidate in their own time as well as work produced in school, school-based art clubs or holiday courses. Evidence of a wide variety of approaches is encouraged. It is hoped that much of the work submitted will be exploratory, experimental and drawing-based – a good deal of which might be suitable for submission in a sketchbook. The Head of Art will be looking for the ability to produce not only sustained work from first-hand observation, but also imaginative, thoughtful and creative responses in a variety of media.

All short-listed students will be invited back to Cranleigh to work on a test piece in the studios. This exercise will require candidates to produce a piece of mixed-media work on paper based on the observation of a chosen subject – very often a themed still life. The task will be introduced and explained. Candidates will be encouraged to tackle the task to show their skills in drawing and sensitivity to the basic elements of art and design (line, tone, colour, pattern, texture etc.) through a considered composition and the creative use of media.

When test pieces are completed, candidates will meet again with the Head of Art to talk about their work, developing interests and any artists or designers that they admire.

Note: Three-dimensional work such as pottery, sculpture and design projects should NOT be submitted with the portfolio but instead the work should be presented through good quality photographs showing a clear and accurate indication of the work’s quality. It would be helpful if work in the portfolio is clearly marked with the candidate’s name and school.