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Department of Visual & Media Arts

Arts Foundations

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation
College Television Awards
The College Television Awards is a major Academy competition that recognizes excellence in college student film/video productions. It is national in scope, accepting entries each year from scores of colleges and universities. The Academy Foundation sponsors the entire program, including $24,500 in cash prizes.

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Society Foundation
Provides funding for visual artists who incorporate video and film into their work.

The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation
Established in 1988 to support individuals, institutions, and organizations committed to educational excellence and professional development. It provides scholarships to outstanding U.S. college and university undergraduate students in four-year, degree-granting programs in television and film.

Creative Capital Foundation
Creative Capital funds artist projects in four disciplines: visual arts (includes installation art, painting, fiber art, mixed media works, public art, etc.), film/video arts, performing arts (includes music, dance, theater, puppetry, performance art, etc.), and emerging art fields (includes all forms of digital work and experimental literature). Projects that transcend traditional discipline boundaries are highly encouraged. Creative Capital operates on a two-year grant cycle, funding alternative disciplines each year. The first year of each cycle, it issues grants in visual and film/video arts; the second year, performing and emerging arts.

Film Arts Foundation
Film/Video Arts provides a fertile environment in which emerging and established film, video, and digital media producers of diverse backgrounds can take courses, receive fiscal sponsorship for their projects, and edit their projects affordably.

Flintridge Foundation
The foundation has supported experimental and interdisciplinary media makers for more than 15 years. Focuses on California, Oregon, and Washington.

Jerome Foundation
The Jerome Foundation supports programs in dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, performance art, the visual arts, multidisciplinary work, and arts criticism. It also provides financial assistance to nonprofit, tax-exempt arts organizations that support emerging creative artists who are residents of Minnesota and New York City.

John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.

National Film Preservation Foundation
The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) was created by the U.S. Congress to save America's film heritage. Working with archives and others who appreciate film, the NFPF supports preservation activities nationwide that ensure the physical survival of film and improve access to film for study, education, and exhibition. The foundation provides grants of $4,000 to $10,000 to nonprofit and public archives for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film material. Nonprofit funding only.

Women in Film Foundation
The Women in Film Foundation's purpose is to empower, promote, nurture, and mentor women in the industry through a network of valuable contacts, events, and programs. These include the Women In Film Mentor Program, the award-winning Public Service Announcement Production Program, and the Internship Program in association with the Fulfillment Fund. Additionally, the foundation provides film finishing funds, scholarships, grants, advocacy, community outreach programs, monthly networking breakfasts, seminars, workshops, and a screening series with filmmakers.

Student Films

Innovative Fundraising

At Emerson, when there’s a will, there’s a way. Some inventive Visual and Media Arts students have found a new means to raise funds to film and produce their work. It’s something called crowdfunding, through the online platform Kickstarter.com.

Learn more and watch an MFA film »

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Equipment Distribution Center

The Equipment Distribution Center's State-of-the-Art Equipment

The Emerson College Equipment Distribution Center (EDC) loans professional, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to faculty and students to fulfill class assignments. Professional staff and student employees are available to provide technical support when needed. It includes the Film Equipment Center and the Video, Audio, New Media Equipment Centers.