The Master of Fine Arts engages students in a deep exploration of visual art as practice-based creative research, drawing together the technical and interpretive skills required of a professional arts practice. Students work with a range of media or focus on a specific medium, and are given studio space and full access to the resources of the department. This includes full-scale silkscreen and lithographic presses, large-format digital printers, and photo and sculpting studios. The program culminates in a final exhibition and a comprehensive written support paper reflecting your understanding of related critical and historical issues. A photographic record of your exhibition remains in the Art Department’s archives. The Master of Fine Arts is widely recognized as the pathway to becoming an artist-teacher at institutions of higher learning in North America.
Media Art and Technology
Outcomes and next steps
Development of very competitive Research and Creation Artists in various field of inquiry, active practitioner artist, opportunity to be course instructor
A master’s degree in art will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.
In each term students complete a studio course and graduate seminar.
Students will show their work in an exhibition as a program requirement.
Art History and Critical Study
Students will take courses in research methods, art theory and criticism, critical study and research, and a conference course in Art History.
Supporting Paper and Oral Exam
Students will prepare a paper and undergo a final thesis oral exam.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Art Program
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.
A portfolio of 20 images of recent work submitted as a single PDF. Up to five minutes of video documentation may be submitted as links within this document.
Please ensure the images are in jpeg format/300dpi/no larger than 1280 pixels in any dimension, and include their title, dimensions, medium and year. Add links to the video(s) (via YouTube, Vimeo, personal website,etc) along with one reference image, with title, length and year.
A three-to-five page statement of intent
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
IELTS score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version)
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
12 months of study
First 12 months of study
For first year of studies
General fees and program fees
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Program fees cover standard academic costs. Textbooks and other course material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Domestic Continuing Fees: $1,694 CAD
International Continuing Fees: $3,693 CAD
Continuing fees apply after the first full year of studies.
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) Graduate Scholarships in the Department of Art are awarded to students entering their 2nd year of the M.F.A. program. These awards, worth $7,000, are applied to through the scholarship committee of the Department of Art in early Spring (deadlines change each year). Each year teaching departments have available varying numbers of graduate assistantships awarded on the basis of merit.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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