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Visual Arts (MFA)

In our two-year MFA program, you’ll expand your studio practice and sharpen your creative edge. You’ll be able to push the edges of your creativity in your own private studio, engage in critical seminar discussions and receive feedback from our faculty. This program focuses on drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and digital multimedia.

Our program prepares you to be a professional artist, with a focus on both traditional and experimental expression. In the tradition of contemporary practice, we recognize and encourage work that doesn't fit into singular categories. You'll receive regular feedback from your supervisor and have the opportunity to teach an undergraduate course during one of your program terms. Your final project will be a solo exhibition.

Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Students in this program will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of artistic methodology and research
  • gain practical experience in the teaching of contemporary art
  • demonstrate self-efficacy within an artistic practice
  • acquire language and a collection of strategies to participate in contemporary art discourse
  • craft critical thinking, research and oratory skills for the analysis and interpretation of culture as it pertains to their practice
  • stage high quality exhibitions of their work and fully articulate both the intentions of the exhibitions and the wider context within which the work sits

Find a supervisor

Visual Arts MFA applicants do not need to choose a supervisor before admission. We'll work with you to determine your supervisor and committee members early on in the program.

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