A student practicing in one of the Practice Rooms in the H. F. Johnson Center for the Arts.
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Did you know that Carthage offers scholarships to incoming students in the visual and performing arts?

Carthage provides scholarships up to $10,000 per year, and each scholarship is renewable for all four years at Carthage. Each year, the visual and performing arts award nearly half a million dollars in aid.

The arts are alive at Carthage! Over a thousand students participate in the visual and performing arts at Carthage each year, with over 400 students in our performing arts ensembles. The visual and performing arts at Carthage include music, theatre, dance, graphic design, and more — anyone who wants to continue to perform and create!

Visual and performing arts students who will start at Carthage in fall 2023 are invited to apply for scholarships in as many programs as they plan to study. Scholarships are awarded based on a portfolio review or an audition. The links to the scholarships available and their deadlines are listed below:


Acrylic painting in the painting and drawing studio. (Spring 2016) The Art Department offers scholarships for students in the areas of studio art, art education (K-12), and art history. The program also has scholarships for the photography minor as well as the film and new media minor. A portfolio review is required.

Apply for art scholarships


Students perform during a dance concert.


Students interested in continuing to grow as dancers are encouraged to audition for the dance minor program and scholarship opportunities.

Apply for dance scholarships


Sara McGann works on her video art in class in fall 2018. Film and New Media

Students can apply for scholarships to minor in film and new media.

Apply for film and new media scholarships


Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design students critiquing artwork in David A Straz, Jr. computer... Graphic Design

Students interested in studying graphic design can apply for scholarships through an interview and portfolio review.

Apply for graphic design scholarships



In 2021-22, Carthage launched a Bachelor of Music in Music Education program.

Students can choose to earn a Bachelor of Arts in music or a Bachelor of Music in music education (vocal and instrumental) or piano performance and collaborative piano. Students who are interested in advanced study can add an emphasis in vocal performance, instrumental performance, piano pedagogy, and music composition. The Music Department offers an interdisciplinary program in music theatre, and minors in music and music theatre. Scholarship auditions are open to music majors, music minors, and non-music majors who are interested in participating in ensembles. 

Apply for music scholarships


Carthage music theatre students performed the musical ?She Loves Me? in fall 2021.

Music Theatre

Students can apply for scholarships to major or minor in music theatre

Apply for music theatre scholarships


Darkroom Photography, Fall 2019, Kristina Hull ?23 Photography

Students can apply for scholarships to minor in photography.

Apply for photography scholarships



The Cast of Carthage College's production of Patience and Fortitude in 2021. The Theatre Department welcomes well-rounded theatre artists to audition or participate in portfolio reviews. Students in the program can choose to major in theatre performance, technical theatre (scenic design, costume design, stage management), theatre education (K-12), or a general major option. Carthage also has an option for a self-designed theatre directing Track. Scholarships are available for both theatre majors and minors.

Apply for theatre scholarships

Applications are open and students are invited to apply as soon as possible in order to select a date for an audition or portfolio review/interview. Students can send an email to finearts@carthage.edu to schedule their audition/interview.