The Department of Communication, Media & Design Arts offers Artistic Achievement Awards to talented, incoming students (new and transferring). Artistic Achievement Awards and limited endowed scholarships are offered in renewable amounts ranging up to $7,500 per year and are in addition to academic merit awards. Awards are renewable for up to three additional years, and are available to students in Dance, Media, Music, Studio Art & Design, and Theatre.

Studio Art & Design award recipients are required to declare as a BA in Studio Arts or BFA in Design major; Media award recipients are required to declare as a BA in Communication major. Students interested in a major in Communication can take coursework in a range of related areas of study, including strategic communication, film and media production, public speaking and advocacy, and critical media literacy. Students seeking a major in Design or Studio Art can enroll in classes in a variety of artistic media, including ceramics, design, 3D modeling, photography, and printmaking, as well as in art history and theory.

How to Apply

In order to apply for an Artistic Achievement Award, you must first apply to PLU via Common App (for First Year students, including Running Start) or Transfer student application, and make sure to mark on your application your academic and/or co-curricular interests in the scholarship areas (studio art/design, communication/media, dance, music, theatre). 

We recommend you submit your PLU application by February 1, 2024 so you have plenty of time to complete the Artistic Achievement Awards application by the February 15, 2024 deadline! On campus auditions and interviews dates are February 23-25, 2024.

Once your application to PLU is submitted, you’ll set up your PLU student applicant portal and should see the Artistic Achievement Awards application there. You’ll also receive an email inviting you to apply for an artistic achievement scholarship.

Portfolio Requirements

Your portfolio should include at least 10-15 pieces, in any medium. The work you submit should be from the past several years, so that we can get a sense of how it has developed over time. We are especially interested in seeing pieces that you have produced independently, but you are welcome to include class projects, as well. We also encourage you to share one or two sketchbook pages, because these provide additional context about your process.

All artwork should be scanned or photographed against a neutral background and compiled in a single PDF file.

Already applied to PLU and not seeing the Artistic Achievement Awards application on your PLU student applicant portal? Connect with your PLU Admission Counselor.