Financial aid & awards

The sweet smell of success

Our various student funding options are here to help you succeed


Funding through UVic's JCURA program can help ease your financial concerns


More than just financial assistance, JCURA provides an annual showcase to discuss your work

Dollars and sense

As university graduates ourselves, we realize the financial pressures that come with post-secondary education. That’s why the Faculty of Fine Arts is proud to offer more scholarships and bursaries than any other UVic faculty, in addition to participating in various university-wide funding initiatives.

Entrance scholarships and awards

Each year, UVic awards more than $3.5 million in entrance scholarships to undergraduate students who are new to the university. Scholarships are non-repayable and are awarded mainly on the basis of a student's academic excellence. There are also scholarships specifically for international students, Indigenous students and students with disabilities.

All entering students must meet certain academic and admission requirements to be eligible for any UVic entrance scholarships. Please check the admission requirements for more information, and visit UVic’s Financial Aid page for application requirements.

There are also in-course scholarships and awards, which do not require an application (unless otherwise specified) and are awarded on the basis of academic merit or department nomination.

Visual Arts awards

The Department of Visual Arts offers over 20 unique awards and scholarships to assist you with your finances. See our complete list of Visual Arts awards here.

If you're a student taking courses in other Fine Arts departments (Art History & Visual Studies, Writing, Theatre, School of Music), you might also be eligible for awards through these departments. Be sure to check out list on the Fine Arts financial aid page.

Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award

Each year, Fine Arts is proud to support students applying for the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Awards. The JCURAs are designed to provide support for exceptional undergraduate students who might otherwise not be able to obtain a direct research experience as a part of what we anticipate should be a truly formative learning experience.

Other sources of funding

UVic students can also receive financial assistance through bursaries, the work study program, student loans and a number of external awards for specific affiliations or areas of study.

Fine Arts offers co-op program options in every department, where students can alternate their university terms with paid co-op terms working in organizations relevant to their area of study. This allows students to gain valuable work experience, build competencies and make professional connections while funding their education. To learn more about co-op opportunities contact the Humanities, Fine Arts and Professional Writing Co-op Office.