What is a Project?

A project is a vision, an aspiration, an avocation. A project is your opportunity to express yourself, to work professionally and to expand your portfolio or resume. A project is an excuse to dream. A chance to collaborate. A statement of “ I AM.”  And, realistically, this project is the execution of your creative idea within the time constraints and budgets provided.

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My Application

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the quality and clarity of the writing and how the project addresses the items that follow:

Project description
How will you plan to implement this project? Is this a solo project? If you are involving others, in what capacity?

The purpose and scope of your project
(Include how you will grow personally and how the project relates to your academic goals) 

Goal(s) for the project
What do you hope to achieve? What is your desired outcome?  Be succinct. 

Detailed budget
Provide a detailed list of expenses. In bullet points, list all materials or services/labor you will need, not to exceed $1000.  

Demonstrate the following (include all that apply): 
How the project will help you achieve your long or short-term goals? 
How the project will benefit CSUN, the College of Arts, Media, and Communication, your department, the community, and/or your target population? 

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How do I apply?

Click on the "I'M READY TO APPLY" button on the Main Awards Page.

Complete and submit your application.

Ask a faculty member in your department to recommend you at www.csunartscouncil.org/faculty-recommendation. All faculty recommendations will be verified.

Ask the Chair of your department to verify your enrollment status and GPA requirement by at www.csunartscouncil/department-chair-recommendation. These, too, will be verified.

You will receive a confirmation email from the Arts Council acknowledging the receipt of your application.

We may contact you if we have any questions. The winner will be notified by May 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking the "I HAVE A QUESTION" button on the Main Awards Page.

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The Arts Council for CSUN will provide a $1,000 Award to one full-time student in good standing with a GPA of 2.5 or better.  Applicant must be enrolled in the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication majoring in Art, CTVA, Music or Theatre in the Spring semester of 2017.  The funds are to be used for a student project which must be completed prior to the beginning of the Fall semester of 2017.  An oral presentation may be required before a finalist is chosen.

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Application Deadline:
March 28, 2017
(including verifications from faculty member and Department Chair.)

Arts Council notification to awardee:
May 1, 2017

Presentation of $500 at Annual Awards Luncheon:
May 19, 2017, 11am-2pm
Location to be determined.

Student project completed:
First day of Fall 2017 semester

Presentation to Arts Council, balance of funds awarded:
September 2017, day TBD

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About Matadors Community Credit Union

Matadors Community Credit Union (MCCU), a not-for-profit full-service financial institution, has been serving the San Fernando Valley since 1963, offering a full array of affordable financial products and services – everything from Free Checking accounts and Mobile Banking to home loans, auto loans and IRAs. MCCU is federally insured by NCUA.

MCCU began serving employees and students at Cal State, Northridge in 1963, but has since grown to open up its membership to anyone who lives, works or worships in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita or Simi Valleys, as well as family members.  MCCU has branches in Northridge and Chatsworth. 

The Arts Council for CSUN is grateful to Matadors Community Credit Union for their generous sponsorship of this Award.

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About The Arts Council for CSUN

Founded in 1971, The Arts Council for CSUN serves as a community resource for California State University, Northridge in its sponsorship and presentation of the arts and its educational arts programs.  The Arts Council provides funding for annual student awards and additional gifts to the departments. Funds are derived from membership dues and donations.

Supporting the Departments of Art, Cinema and Television Arts, Music and Theatre in the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, The Arts Council for CSUN provides ushering assistance during music and theatre performances as well as staffing for the Gallery Store and conducting tours in the main Art Gallery.  The Arts Council also manages and operates the Music Shoppe, located on campus in Cypress Hall, with proceeds going directly to the Music Department.

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What will help me win?

A winning project is one that is achievable within the time frame and budget.

Really want to stand out? Include answers to these in your application:

Does your project satisfy an unmet need? (cite an example) 

Can your project be recreated on a larger scale, for a different audience, or in a different medium? (For example, a novel may be turned into an audiobook, a movie, a play or even a graphic novel.) 

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