Accreditation is an evaluation process that schools and degree programs may choose to go through to demonstrate that they meet acceptable higher education standards. They are evaluated by independent agencies on the merits of their curricula, faculty, research programs, student resources, and more. Attending an accredited school can help you feel confident that you'll be receiving a quality education and that your degree will be valued by future employers; employers typically look upon candidates with degrees from accredited schools and programs more favorably than those without. Students who plan to apply for federal financial aid or transfer credits to other higher education institutions are required to attend accredited program in most cases.
The Graham Foundation does not require individuals to have a fiscal agent. However, in the event that an organization requires an individual employee working on an independent project to apply for and receive funding under the aegis of the organization (., a faculty member of an academic institution), the organization may serve as a fiscal agent. Individuals that require a fiscal agent must follow all guidelines, eligibility requirements, and deadlines for Grants to Individuals. Applicants must indicate on the Inquiry Form that they have a fiscal agent.
Where portfolios are required, these will initially take the form of an online portfolio of up to 10 pages. In a few cases, a more detailed portfolio may be requested for presentation at interview. Portfolios should be seen as an opportunity to demonstrate a range of relevant skills, areas of knowledge and interest of relevance to the criteria outlined above. Students without a background in art and design may provide evidence of suitability through: written reports, summaries of research, annotated photography or drawing to demonstrate observation and understanding of places and landscapes, or technical drawings and specifications. Evidence of software skills or communication techniques is valuable but should be complemented by other types of media and presentation. We look for a range of skills and evidence of aptitude rather than polished pieces of finished art or design work.