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The Essential Art Department (TEAD) Scholarship Program provides emerging professionals within the Location-Based Experience industry with a 50% scholarship for TEAD courses.


One scholarship will be awarded per course. 

What Is The Essential Art Department®?

The Essential Art Department® is a specialized Entertainment Industry Art Department learning platform, taught by industry professionals passionate about their work. Entertainment creation, inspiration and resources at your fingertips.


To learn more, visit

What Are Location-Based Experiences?

The industry at large has various names, including Themed Entertainment, Location-Based Entertainment, Attractions, and Travel & Leisure. Big Break Foundation identifies amusement and theme parks, museums, water parks, zoos, aquariums, science centers, family entertainment centers, live events, performing arts, immersive experiences, and industry vendors/suppliers as the Location-Based Experience Industry.​

What Is an Emerging Professional?

Big Break Foundation defines "emerging professionals" as students, early career professionals, and those who are pivoting from another career or re-entering the workforce after a long absence. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

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Scholarship Details

One 50% scholarship for the base course tuition will be awarded per course.

Summer Courses, 2024 | Pt. 2:


More coming soon!

Scholarship Eligibility

Any person—regardless of gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, faith or other identity or characteristic—is welcome to apply. 

  • Applicants must be available to complete the course content and assignments within the designated period.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Selection Process

Selection Process

Big Break Foundation is committed to creating a transparent and fair selection process that aligns with our values of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility.​

Anonymized applications are used whenever possible to ensure an unbiased assessment.

Outlined here are key considerations of our scholarship selection process:

  • Priority will be given to first-time TEAD students, with the exception of courses with prerequisites.

  • Priority will be given to applicants from non-traditional educational backgrounds, as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics.

  • As part of our mission to amplify and foster diverse talent, we consider an applicant's background/identities as part of our evaluation criteria.

  • Additional factors considered include: academic and or/work accomplishments, financial need, extracurricular activities, transferable experiences/skills, community involvement/volunteerism, and commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility.

We are continuously reviewing and updating our processes to ensure fairness, equity and inclusiveness for all.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact

Dates & Accessibility

Important Dates

Workshop: Performing

for Immersive & Themed Entertainment 

Application Opens

Thursday, May 30, 2024


Friday, June 7, 2024

11:59 PM Eastern Time

Scholarship Notification Period

Week of June 10, 2024

SketchUp (Level 2)*

for Storytellers

Application Opens

Thursday, May 30, 2024


Friday, June 14, 2024

11:59 PM Eastern Time

Scholarship Notification Period

Week of June 24, 2024

*Please see The Essential Art Department's website for course prerequisites

Workshop: AVC 101

Application Opens

Thursday, May 30, 2024


Friday, June 14, 2024

11:59 PM Eastern Time

Scholarship Notification Period

Week of June 24, 2024


We strive to make our opportunities and experiences accessible to all. For questions, requests for accommodation, or suggestions on how to make our application process more accessible, please contact


The Essential Art Department®
Scholarship Application

At Big Break Foundation, we deeply respect your privacy and the trust you place in us when you provide information during the application process. Any information shared by applicants will be used for evaluation purposes only. If you have questions or concerns, please contact

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Thanks for applying! We'll be in touch.

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