Mason Family Trust Scholarship

For commencing Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) students who can demonstrate disadvantage; worth up to $30,000

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Applications for 2023 open August 2022

The scholarship provides $10,000 per year for up to three years.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be a resident of Victoria
  • be commencing the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) at RMIT in semester one 2023 and enrolling full-time
  • be able to demonstrate financial and/or educational disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
    • having a long-term medical condition or disability which impacts your study
    • have previously/are currently living in foster/kinship care or are a ward of the state
    • experiencing difficult family/social circumstances
    • have/will be relocating from interstate or rural/regional Victoria to Melbourne to study at RMIT
    • were born overseas, are from a non-English speaking background and recently migrated to Australia
    • are a current or former refugee
    • completed your secondary education at a School Network Access Program school
  • be able to demonstrate innovative approaches to traditional materials or techniques in the creation of your art

The online application form will be made available here when applications open. In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit a complete online application. Partial applications will not be assessed

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

Please visit Supporting documentation for more information.

You will also need:

  • A selection of three examples of your own original artistic work uploaded as part of your application (.jpeg, .mkv or mp3/mp4).
    • Ensure your artistic work demonstrates your approach to traditional materials or techniques.


  • A selection of three examples of your own original artistic sound works uploaded to Soundcloud. You will need to provide the web link(s) so that the selection panel can assess your work.
    • Ensure your artistic work demonstrates your approach to traditional materials or techniques.

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers prior to starting the online application.

  • Describe the materials you are currently using in your art and identify how you consider these to be traditional and innovative.
  • Discuss why art is important for society and why you have chosen to study art.
  • Discuss any difficult circumstances you have faced that have affected your education.

Applications are expected to open in early August 2022.

Applications for 2023 are expected to close 11:59PM Sunday 29 January 2023 (date to be confirmed). No late applications will be accepted.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.

The Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) degree supports innovative, creative and independent art practice. Our specialisations emerge from long art traditions in painting, drawing, print, gold and silversmithing, ceramics, sculpture and photography and moving image. As a contemporary art degree we are interested in how traditional practices and techniques are not something of the past but part of a living present and offer an explorative and expansive view of art across different cultural histories and traditions.

This scholarship supports traditional techniques in the creation of art. It is open to applicants who demonstrate innovative approaches to traditional materials or techniques.

Find out how to contact the Coursework Scholarships Office.

Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.

For information about other financial assistance available to RMIT students, please speak to one of our Student Welfare Advisors.

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