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Visual Arts

MFA in Studio Art

In our two-year MFA program, you’ll expand your studio practice and sharpen your creative edge. By working in your own private studio, you’ll be able to explore your art and push the edges of your creativity. You’ll engage in critical discussions in seminars and receive feedback from our faculty.

Our program prepares you to be a professional artist. We 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.  

Degree programs offered

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

Quick facts

Program options:
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Digital multimedia
  • Mixed media

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 in your program.

Research and teaching faculty

Beth Stuart

Assistant Professor Painting, ceramic, performance, textiles, and sculptural installation

Carey Newman

Impact Chair in Indigenous Art Practices Sculpture

Cedric Bomford

Associate Professor, Department Chair Photography and installation

Daniel Laskarin

Professor Sculpture

Jennifer Stillwell

Associate Professor Sculpture and video

Kelly Richardson

Professor Video installation, digital prints

Laura Dutton

Assistant Teaching Professor Video and photography

Megan Dickie

Associate Professor, Grad Advisor Sculpture, Video, Printmedia

Paul Walde

Associate Professor Painting, media practices

Rick Leong

Assistant Professor Drawing and painting

Funding & aid

We offer all our graduate students a one-term paid teaching position in their second year.

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian students: apply by January 15.
  • International students: apply by December 15.
  • All portfolios are due by January 15.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Faculties & departments

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-8011.

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