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Master of Fine Arts

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Clockwise from top: Kajill Aujla , Deepali Raiththa , Rosalina Libertad Cerritos.

Expand your practice and perspective.

For critical thinkers and artists who want to take their creative practice to the next level, an MFA at Emily Carr will allow you to experiment, research, and explore in a unique studio environment.

What You Will Learn

Our curriculum is designed to encourage a rigorous and innovative approach to contemporary art production — with the flexibility to support your established practice and research initiatives.

Our programs bridge disciplines and methodologies in a practice and research-based studio setting. Flexible and intersectional, an MFA at ECU provides a concentrated, challenging, and supportive experience that will further your artistic practice and encourage important critical inquiry.

There two distinct paths available to you at Emily Carr:


A two-year degree that includes coursework, creative research, and material exploration in an on-campus delivery model. As a student, you will participate in innovative and generative coursework during the Fall and Spring terms, and develop your independent thesis over the Summer term.

Why choose this option?

The full-residency MFA is perfect for artists seeking an on-campus, concentrated academic experience where they can enjoy year-round access to our expansive labs, studios, facilities , and research centres .

The Fall and Spring terms provide periods of intense studio-practice development, allowing you to focus on material exploration and engage deeply with theoretical frameworks. Through a predominantly critique-based environment, you will be encouraged to take risks, challenge yourself, and grow your established material processes and critical perspectives.

Throughout the degree, you will develop your thesis project with guidance from a faculty mentor. This is an integral creative endeavour comprising both a practical and written component.

Research seminars, studio classes, public exhibitions, and studio visits from renowned artists and curators will inform and supplement your practice, and deepen your professional development.


The low-residency MFA takes two years to complete, with a hybrid delivery model of online coursework and on-campus summer residencies. As a student, you will attend and contribute to innovative and interactive online coursework during the fall and spring terms, and intensive on-campus residencies in the summer terms.

The low-residency MFA was created for artists who want to continue to learn in their home communities while deepening their practice and building new professional connections.

You'll leverage remote learning technologies in a flexible delivery model that includes a concentrated summer schedule. You'll work both online and independently, delving into research and practice for your chosen area of fine arts or media arts.

Designed to provide the best of both worlds, the low-residency degree includes on-campus summer residencies where you can focus on your studio practice, allowing you to deepen your creative research and material exploration in Vancouver.

There are many opportunities for low-residency students to connect with their full-residency peers and the wider ECU community by participating in year-round professional development activities and other programming.

Explore our curriculum.

Want to learn more about the specifics of our MFA program? You can find detailed course descriptions and curriculum pathways here .

“The opportunity to be a graduate student at Emily Carr not only helped me realize further my potential as an artist, but it also gave me the best community of friends and peers along the way. Being a part of such a diverse cohort of artists expanded my perspectives of the potential that visual art has and has inspired me in ways beyond words. I am thankful to have been among such wonderful individuals and artists in my cohort and to learn from such wonderful faculty and researchers as well.” Kajill Auijla, MFA 2021

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"As a multidisciplinary artist, being able to try new materials and methods is an essential part of my praxis. I cannot think of a space or time that better allowed for that than at Emily Carr University. With access to a multitude of studios and workshops, I am able to create freely and organically, while being supported by faculty, staff and colleagues who genuinely care for my success." Rebecca Bair, MFA 2020

Our Studios + Facilities


Above: MFA students in their personal studios. Below: MFA candidate prOphecy sun in the Motion Capture Studio.

Graduate programs at Emily Carr University have a strong focus on studio practice with rigorous individual and group critiques that aim to balance the integration of theory, practice, and production.

As a graduate student, you will have your own studio space at your disposal throughout the program, and to shared, dedicated work areas. Graduate students work with Technical Services Coordinators who help with their various studio needs.

A wealth of resources and integrated studios, labs, and workshops housing a wide range of media, analogue and new digital technologies will be available to you. Find detailed descriptions of our shops and studios on our website .

Beyond the Studio

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We are invested in racial equality within ECU and beyond. All MFA and MDes students who self-identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color are welcome to join the student-led Grad Studies BIPOC Caucus.

This Caucus wishes to serve as a voice for the Grad BIPOC community. Caucus members meet regularly to discuss advocacy goals, programming and much more. Members of the Grad Studies BIPOC Caucus organize and facilitate various events at the University such as lecture series, artist talks and more.

In Touch, a Grad Studies Symposium | 2020 Fall Reading Week:

The student-led October 2020 week-long symposium focused on exploring research, creative activity, and collective community actions that unfold in the midst of and beyond the COVID-19 health crisis.

Student Research Assistants led on organizing and facilitating the activities with support from staff and faculty, in discussing various topics like virtual modes of sharing and the ways digital technologies are integrated in our practice, and mobilizing art and design in the service of social and political transformation.

Through panel discussion, professional development workshops, and guest lectures, this symposium provided a common site of dialogue and inquiry across all graduate programs at Emily Carr University.

CAGS Virtual Symposia | Innovation in Research Creation in Art and Design

Grad students from Emily Carr University presented their thought-provoking work in the 2nd CAGS Virtual Symposia in Spring 2021. The free, week-long event featured unique webinars addressing various challenges, opportunities, and inflection points in Canadian graduate education.

This online event was hosted by CAGS and chaired by the ECU’s AVP Research + Dean, Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies, and featured six grad student panelists. The panelists presented their research process and creative practice in connection to innovation and research-creation.

Collaborative 4 Minute Thesis Pitch Online Event

ECU grad students in the MFA and MDes programs participated in the joint ECU + OCAD + AUArts + NSCAD virtual forum in Spring 2021. This cross-school professional development exercise allowed students to present their thesis projects to a wide audience.

Students had the chance to present their thesis pitch, and hear from other master's students across disciplines and institutions. All enrolled students were eligible to participate in this collaborative, non-competitive event.

Griffin Art Projects and ECU partnership

A non-profit art residency and gallery located in North Vancouver, GRIFFIN supports artists in the production of new work through its residency program, and in creating new research on contemporary Canadian and international art, artists and art collections from around the world in its exhibition program. GRIFFIN hosts visiting artists from the region and the world, who receive temporary studio space or accommodation.

In 2022, three recent ECU MFA alumni have been the recipients of Griffin Art Projects' Studio Residency Award, Education and Outreach Fellowship award and the Graduate Studio Award at Similkameen Artist Residency. Learn more about these annual awards and other opportunities here .



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OCAD U has a long standing tradition of contemporary thinking and practice in art and design. Our graduate degree programs offer the next generation of artists, designers and industry leaders a level of scholarship that is virtually unmatched in Canada.

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MBA | Master of Fine Arts

MBA / Master of Fine Arts / Master of Arts

The Schulich School of Business – together with the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) Graduate Studies at York University – offer a three-year, full-time, program leading to both a Master of Business Administration and either a Master of Fine Arts or Master of Arts degree.  With its almost 50 year history, it is acknowledged as one of the most established and respected programs of its kind in Canada.

The program offers a combined MBA/MFA degree in the programs in Visual Arts, Theatre, Film, and Dance and a combined MBA/MA degree program in Art History, Dance, Music, Film (Cinema and Media Studies) and Theatre Studies.

The program provides a deep and current understanding of management issues and practices across a spectrum from broadcasting, digital and social media industries to not-for-profit arts and social enterprise organizations. Students will achieve a thorough and current understanding of the business of creative industries, enabling them to support and advance their careers.

This is an intensive, multidisciplinary Masters program for those interested in management careers in the arts and cultural sectors. Combined MBA/MFA programs are offered in the areas of Film Production and Screenwriting, Visual Arts and Dance. Combined MBA/MA programs are offered in: Art History and Curatorial Studies; Cinema & Media Studies; Dance, Music and Theatre, and Performance Studies.

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“The Schulich Arts and Media MBA gave me the tools that I needed to apply my background in film and to pursue a career about which I am deeply passionate. The experience allowed me to launch my career in a competitive field at a time when jobs were scarce -- I have no doubt the Arts and Media MBA made the difference.” Christina Kubacki (MBA/MA ‘10) Director, Acquisitions, Entertainment One

Career Opportunities

This highly challenging combined program offers excellent preparation for those interested in management careers in the arts and cultural sector. Graduates follow public and private sector career paths in which knowledge of both the arts and of management and business are required, holding titles that include Theatre Director, Corporate Communications Manager and VP of Strategy.

Throughout the MBA/MFA/MA program, you will have access to Schulich’s Centre for Career Design (CCD), offering a wealth of innovative programs, resources and individualized mentoring and coaching to help you launch your career. Meet alumni, recruiters and industry leaders at corporate information sessions and other CCD events, and receive online access to the very best career tools available.

Our MBA/MFA/MA could lead you to an exciting career in an organization such as...

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Choose your competitive career advantage. *

At Schulich, our expertise in various specialized areas of study will help you meet your unique career objectives and give you a competitive career advantage.

  • Arts, Media & Entertainment Management
  • Sustainability
  • Business Consulting
  • Digital Transformation
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Financial Services
  • Global Metals and Minerals Management
  • Global Retail Management
  • Health Industry Management
  • Operations Management & Information Systems
  • Organization Studies
  • Real Estate & Infrastructure
  • Strategic Management

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Mba/mfa/ma program details by category, admission requirements, master of business administration / master of fine arts / master of arts (mba / mfa / ma).

Available combined programs:

MBA/MFA in: Film Production & Screenwriting; Visual Arts or Dance

MBA/MA in: Art History & Curatorial Studies; Cinema & Media Studies; Dance; Music or Theatre & Performance Studies

Combined applicants must apply separately to the MBA program and their MFA or MA program of choice indicating on each application their interest in the combined program.

MFA and MA program and admission information can be found at: http://ampd.yorku.ca/current-students/graduate/

The general admission requirements for the MBA/MFA/MA are listed below. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission, as space in each program is limited. A holistic approach is taken during the application review process and all components of the application are thoroughly reviewed.

MBA Application Requirement Checklist

  • Applicants with 3-year degrees may be considered for admission with an additional year of work experience (beyond the minimum required by program)
  • Acceptable scores on all measures of the GMAT or GRE
  • GMAT: Use the search function within your GMAT/GMAC account to search for the Schulich School of Business when selecting your score recipients. – Example of how our name appears: York University, Schulich School of Business, Program Name (ie. Master of Business Administration, Master of Finance, Master of Supply Chain Management, etc.)
  • GRE: Send your score using the following code: 5697
  • Relevant full-time work experience within the arts or cultural industries is strongly recommended.
  • Essays ( 2 written, 1 timed written , 2 video )
  • An up-to-date resume
  • Two references
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions.*
  • Unofficial copies of GMAT or GRE scores.*

*Official copies of these documents will be required if an applicant receives an offer to the program.

5. Proof of English language proficiency if studies were not completed in English.

Accepted Tests                               Minimum Score

Applicants with English as a second language have the opportunity to enroll in the  MBA/Specialized Master’s Preparation Program prior to beginning their studies.

Applicants who have completed at least two years of full-time study at an accredited university in a country (or institution) where English is the official language of instruction are not required to submit an English proficiency test.

Those who have graduated from a Schulich degree-granting program within the last five years are eligible for the following:

  • if the student achieved a B+ or better GPA during their last two years of undergraduate studies at Schulich, or cumulatively across the Master of Management (MMgt) program
  • A $150 application fee waiver

For more information please see our Application Tips.

The MBA/MFA/MA program is offered on a full-time basis only. We recommend speaking with the program director or coordinator to discuss the program in more detail.

Applicants must apply to both Schulich and the Faculty of Graduate Studies in order to be considered for admission to the program. 

The 2024 MBA/MFA/MA application portal will open on August 16th, 2023 .

*Please refer to Graduate Studies at York for the exact deadline for the MA or MFA program that you are interested in.

**International students are strongly encouraged to apply by Round 2 to allow for sufficient study permit processing time.

*** Round 4 is for Domestic applicants only. Late domestic applications may be accepted pending space availability.

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Please note: Your GMAT/GRE score and responses from your referees can be completed after your application has been submitted. A preliminary review of your application will still be done prior to receiving these items.

Tuition & Fees

Mba / mfa / ma program fees (schulich only).

Students in the full-time MBA/MFA or MBA/MA pay three terms of full-time tuition to Schulich and three terms of full-time tuition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Fees below are based on the Fall 2023-2024 fee framework , and are subject to change.

*Fees are rounded to the nearest dollar and include supplementary fees. For full details on all current tuition, supplementary fees, and student health plans refer to the Student Financial Services website: https://sfs.yorku.ca/fees/courses .

Study Options

This is a full-time program. Students who enrol in the combined program should be able to complete it over a three-year period, from date of entry.

Available delivery options

  • Full-time 36 months


  • Schulich School of Business - Keele Campus Toronto
  • York University - Keele Campus Toronto
  • Miles S. Nadal Management Centre Toronto
  • 33.00 credits of Required Foundations of Management Core Courses
  • 9.00 credits of Schulich Electives plus  SB/ARTM 6301 3.00 or 12.00 credits of Schulich Electives and GS/ARTM 6301 3.00 (must by approved by program director)
  • overall grade point average (GPA) of 5.00 (B) in the MBA
  • Meet the degree requirements for combined students in their respective MFA/MA programs

Curriculum Overview

Students in the combined program may choose either of the following two options. However, most students will find that Option 1 most easily facilitates progress through the combined program within three years of study.

MBA/MFA/MA Program – Option 1

Year 1: mfa/ma core requirements.

Students take the core course requirements in their Fine Arts area. In addition, students will take GS/ARTM 6301 3.00 during the Winter Term of their first year of study for degree credit in Fine Arts. They may also take ARTM 6300 3.00.

Year 1 Required Course:

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  • ARTM 6301 3.00 ISSUES IN ARTS & CULTURAL MANAGEMENT This course will explore the dynamics of different perspectives on the human and economic resources involved in the production, distribution and support of the arts and cultural products in Canada. The central question of this course concerns the management issues that arise from these dynamics. This is a prerequisite course for the MBA Program in Arts and Media Administration. It is intended to service those students who have a real interest in managing in the arts and cultural sector. However, for those students who wish to discover the sector and to test their interest, this is also a useful course.

Year 1 Recommended Elective:

  • ARTM 6300 3.00 CULTURAL POLICY This course examines Canadian arts and cultural policy. Topics include the historical development of cultural policy; the formulation and execution of municipal, provincial and federal policies; and current issues and strategies for the future in the arts and cultural industries. The course has a research focus. Where appropriate, policy models in the UK, the US, Europe and Asia will also be analyzed. Prerequisite: ARTM 6301 3.00 or permission of the instructor

Year 2: MBA 1 Requirements

  • MBA 1 Core Courses (27.00 credits of the Required Foundations of Management 5000 level Core Courses)
  • 3.00 credits of Schulich electives
  • Students may also take a course in their Fine Arts field for degree requirement in the MFA or MA

Year 2 Summer (optional)

  • Students generally undertake an internship after completing their second year in the program, (and having fulfilled their 5000 level core MBA requirements).

Year 3: MFA/MA and MBA Requirements

Students will complete the requirements in both programs during this final year of study.

  • MBA 2 Core Courses (6.00 credits)
  • 6.00 to 9.00 credits of Schulich electives
  • The balance of required courses in the student’s fine arts specialization in either the MFA or MA streams in the Arts, Media, Performance & Design in the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Students will also complete their Master’s Research Paper (MRP) or thesis and the balance of their course requirements in each program over the two terms

MBA/MFA/MA Program Option 2: Schulich Start

Year 1: mba 1 requirements.

  • MBA 1 Core Courses (27.00 credits of Required Foundations of Management 5000-level core courses)
  • SB/ARTM 6301 3.00: Issues in Arts and Cultural Management

Year 1 Summer: optional

Students may choose to undertake an internship after completing their first year in the program.

Year 2: MFA/MA Core Requirements

  • Students will take the core course requirements in their Fine Arts area.
  • In some cases, students may take Strategic Management (SB/SGMT 6000 3.00)  and may complete their Strategy Field Study (MGMT 6090 0.00 and MGMT 6100 3.00) in this year of study

Students may choose to undertake an internship in this term, if not already completed.

  • Students should take MBA 2 Core Courses (6.00 credits) in the Fall term, if not already completed

Faculty members are well known for their work in arts, entertainment and media. Their expertise spans a wide range of related issues, including strategic management, policy development and entrepreneurship. All faculty members continue to play a vital role in the field of arts and culture.

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Program faculty members

Senior Scholar; University Professor Emerita

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of the School of the Arts Media Performance and Design; Co-Director of the Arts, Media & Entertainment Management Program

Sessional Lecturer

Adjunct Professor

MBA Specialization

As an alternate study option, students may complete the MBA with a specialization in the Arts, Media and Entertainment Management (ARTM). The program is particularly designed for students who have work experience and/or educational backgrounds in the arts and cultural industries. Learn more

Student Clubs

Engage with your Graduate Business Council (GBC) to connect with fellow Schulich students taking the Schulich MBA or other master’s level program, and join one or several of over 30 student clubs and committees, including the Arts and Media Management Club.

Arts and Media Management Club (AMMC)

AMMC is a networking gateway and social platform that links Schulich MBA students with the arts industry, media industry and related fields. The club plans social opportunities to meet and hear from professionals in these industries, including managers, administrators, consultants and entrepreneurs.

For details, visit the GBC website .

Co-Curricular Activities

Participate on a sports team, attend a conference, or compete in case competitions. At Schulich, you’ll have numerous opportunities to make new friends and enrich your formal, in-class learning with co-curricular activities, both on and off campus.

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External partners.

Forté Foundation

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Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. In partnership with the Forté Foundation, Schulich provides support to women applying for, and enrolling in their MBA through entrance awards, fellowships, professional development and networking events. Our goal is to create an environment that supports women and enables them to gain a competitive advantage in their careers.

To be considered as a Forté Fellow , you must submit an MBA application – no additional application is required. If you are interested in learning more about the Forté Fellowship program, please contact [email protected] .

Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA)


Reaching Out MBA ‘s mission is to increase the influence of the LGBT+ community in business by educating, inspiring, and connecting MBA students and alumni. The ROMBA LGBT+ Fellowship Program is a joint effort between prominent business schools and Reaching Out to develop the out LGBT+ and active ally business leaders of tomorrow. As a ROMBA partner school, Schulich is dedicated to award up to two fellowships to eligible incoming MBA students. Each Fellow will receive a minimum $20,000 scholarship and access to exclusive leadership programming including an all-expenses-paid retreat by ROMBA.

To be considered as a ROMBA Fellow, you must submit an MBA application for the Fall (September) intake and indicate your interest of being considered as a ROMBA Fellow to your admission officer. If you are interested in learning more about the ROMBA Fellowship program, please contact [email protected] .

Access to Success

Access to Success

Access to Success Organization is a Toronto-based not-for-profit that supports the development of future leaders with disabilities and assistive tech. It manages several unprecedented initiatives, including up to $90,000 in annual Access to Success Fellowships for MBA students with disabilities at four of Canada’s top business schools, the world’s first study on disability inclusion in MBA programs, and ATS Labs – Canada’s first accelerator for accessibility startups. As an Access to Success partner school, Schulich is dedicated to award up to three fellowships to eligible incoming MBA students. Each Fellow will receive a $5,000 fellowship along with personalized recruiting support, networking, mentorship, and other exclusive opportunities provided by the Access to Success Organization.

The Access to Success Fellowship is established and managed by the Access to Success Organization, a not-for-profit that supports the development of future leaders with disabilities. This merit-based Fellowship celebrates outstanding students who identify as having a disability and have demonstrated excellence in academic, professional or extracurricular areas.

To be considered as an Access to Success fellowship, you must submit an MBA application and indicate your interest of being considered for the fellowship to your admission officer. To learn more about the Access to Success Fellowship program, please contact [email protected] .

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MFA in Film

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As a core member of Toronto’s vibrant film community, our Graduate Program offers in-depth instruction in four interrelating areas:

1. Expanded Documentary

Encompassing essay and vérité films, interactive and transmedia works, community and social justice docs, digital activism and autoethnography. Recent thesis docs include Sofia Bohdanowicz’ Point and Line to Plane , Sophy Romvari’s Still Processing , Alejandro Coronado’s Dr. B. , Shabnam Sukhdev’s Unfinished , lee williams boudakian’s VR work I am your ghost .

2. Alternative Cinema

Embracing experimental and structural hybrids, hand-processing, future cinema and process methods, 16mm and AR/VR, installation and intermedia projects. Recent alternative thesis films include Nada El Omari’s In the jasmine vines , Tamara Segura’s Father Figures , Federica Foglia’s Currents , and Samuel Lee’s 360 project Hallway .

3. Screenwriting

Creating dynamic idioms for shorts, features, television, and transmedia storytelling, from experimental narrative and naturalism to a full spectrum of genre scripts. Recent thesis screenplays include Mary Lewis’s Butterfly Jump (optioned by Roger Frappier Films), James Dunnison’s Lipko Park , and Nicole Alexander ( Who is your Guru? ) and Morgan Fics ( Put to Rights ), the first mother-son MFA screenwriting team.

4. Independent Fiction

Including new narrative, hybrid fiction, micro-budget cinema, new neo-realism, transmedia storytelling, magic realism. Recent thesis fiction films include Sabrian Zhao’s A Collage Barbarous (Berlinade 2021), Cailleah Scott Grimes’ Between Us , Salar Pashtoonyar’s Bad Omen (Student Academy Award nominee), and Mehrtash Mohit’s Retributive Minds .

Our faculty of award-winning filmmakers, theorists, screenwriters, curators, film historians and new media artists teach courses across a wide range of disciplines and methodologies, with particular specializations in new narrative, social change media, national cinemas, documentary, and transmedia platforms. Faculty maintain active careers as thinkers and makers internationally, and are recognized as leaders in Toronto’s dynamic cultural communities, serving on the boards of such organizations as Pleasure Dome, Vtape, the Toronto Arts Council, CFMDC, founding, contributing to and editing the film journals Public and CineAction, and premiering their films and new media works at such international festivals as TIFF, Berlin, Sundance, Hot Docs and Images. Several faculty members regularly provide content to broadcasters like the CBC or TVOntario.

Main faculty members who supervise MFA students are: Tereza Barta , Manfred Becker, Moussa Djigo , Barbara Evans , Caitlin Fisher , Laurence Green , John Greyson , Ali Kazimi, Brenda Longfellow , Janine Marchessault , Taien Ng-Chan , Ingrid Veninger and Michael Zryd .

Students commence their MFA with a fall-term core courses, where they actively workshop thesis ideas in our three production studios, exploring a wide range of technologies and techniques (green screen, improv for the camera, 16mm hand processing, run ‘n gun agit-prop, long takes, junk culture collage, neo-realism). Hands-on electives in Screenwriting , Documentary Workshop , Directing Short Narratives , Process Cinema , Directing Actors and Hybrid Fiction are offered annually, while additional courses in Digital Activism or Art of Events may be offered every other year. Students are also encouraged to take graduate courses in our Studies stream, like Future Cinema, and consider courses offered throughout AMPD and York University. In addition, we offer annual intensive Summer Institutes on special themes, often in collaboration with our AMPD partners (Art History & Visual Culture, Dance, Design, Digital Media, Music, Theatre & Performance Studies, Visual Art).

Throughout the semester, up to a dozen half-day workshops are offered on practices as diverse as 16mm hand processing, editing in Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere, sound recording and design, music composition, digital cameras, blocking for the camera, colour grading etc.

Special Masterclasses with visiting artists and scholars (Deepa Mehta, Sarah Polley, Alanis Obamsawin) are held at Cinespace , a top-of-the-line multiple studios off-campus.

The Grad program often hosts a weekly screening and lecture series in a campus cinema. We have an ongoing partnership with Cinema Politica, to screen politically engaged films. campus cinema. We have an ongoing partnership with Cinema Politica, to screen politically engaged films.

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The Graduate Program in Film at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.

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Documentary Media (MFA)

Part of  The Creative School

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Fine Arts

Bridging the traditions of documentary practice with emerging approaches to non-fiction storytelling, this interdisciplinary program brings together students to explore documentary forms and strategies in the making of new documentary work. Working alongside artists, scholars and media professionals, students engage with the histories and theories of documentary, while working with the tools needed to complete their own major creative projects.

Our graduates may be found in diverse occupations including film and television production companies, arts administration, and freelance careers as filmmakers, photographers and new media producers. Other graduates have pursued studies at the PhD level and careers in education.

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At a Glance

Admissions information.

  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate (or equivalent) degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Statement of interest
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency requirement

More information on  admission requirements . Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program. 

Program-specific requirements

Check Application Deadline

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

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Financing Your Studies

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit  Fees by Program .

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit  Financing Your Studies.

Program Resources

  • 24/7 access to graduate labs/equipment
  • Extensive camera, sound and studio resources
  • Digital editing, printing and scanning facilities
  • Analogue resources

Sample Courses

Documentary Media (MFA) graduate program calendar

Curricular Highlights

Professional experience.

The DocNow Festival presents the thesis work of students in the program. Students collaborate on a citywide festival featuring screenings, exhibitions and events exploring a wide range of subjects and celebrating their creative achievements.

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office 11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON Telephone:  416-979-5150 Email:  [email protected] For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. Owen Lyons Graduate Program Director Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 556874 Email:  [email protected]

Joaney Cole-Abdul  Graduate Program Administrator Email: [email protected]

“The collaborative nature of the program provided the space and creative community I needed to develop my ideas, and to critique and challenge my growing narrative. The master classes and guest lectures also provided industry dialogue, while acting as a hub for creative approaches to storytelling.” Jordan Kawai, MFA graduate

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Conor DeVries' (documentary media MFA student) documentary explores the real-world effects of increasing tuition in Canada.

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Program Information

Since September 2006, the University of Guelph has offered an exciting Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program in Creative Writing, located in the University of Guelph-Humber building on the north campus of Humber College in Toronto. Our stellar faculty includes Catherine Bush , Carianne Leung , Canisia Lubrin , and Judith Thompson , and associated faculty Kevin Connolly , Kyo Maclear , and Michael Winter , among others. We offer workshops in the following genres: creative nonfiction, drama, fiction and poetry. Defining characteristics of the program include the innovative plenary courses “Writers on Writing” and “Writers in the World,” a semester-long mentorship with a professional writer, the participation of a wide range of well-established writers from Canada and abroad as associated faculty, mentors and visitors, and alliances with a variety of cultural organizations in the Toronto area. We emphasize reading as essential to the art of writing and promote the idea of an engaged writing practice. We offer students such pedagogical initiatives as the Parkdale Project, the opportunity to design and teach creative writing workshops in downtown Toronto schools. We attract a diverse student body and are proud of the trail-blazing publication and production accomplishments of our growing number of alumni. Through the program, we aim to offer students stimulating, challenging, and engaging ways to shape a writing life.

The Creative Writing MFA takes full advantage of its location in Toronto, an international literary and cultural centre. The program has been designed to provide students with a wide range of opportunities to interact with the community, and especially to connect students with well-established writers from across Canada and abroad as workshop instructors, mentors, and visitors. Our partnership with Harbourfront’s International Festival of Authors is a distinctive feature of the program. Through the IFOA we offer annual Master Classes with authors visiting the festival. We offer additional winter Master Classes and panels on such topics as structuring the novel, teaching writing, and writers and money. Our partnership with the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival offers MFA students annual reading spots at the Festival. We host a monthly program reading series, Speakeasy , in downtown Toronto. We also offer a teaching practicuum, the Parkdale Project : MFA students co-teach six once-a-week writing workshops to Grade Seven and Eight students at Parkdale Public School, or act as solo instructors for two high school level workshop sessions with Parkdale Collegiate students. We offer play reading opportunities for our playwriting students and intensive voice workshops to train students in how to read their work. Additional partnerships with the Humber School for Writers , Humber College , and Toronto theatres provide extraordinary extracurricular, volunteer, and work opportunities for our MFA students.

Program Design

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Required courses include three intensive semester-long workshops, two plenary courses (“Writers on Writing” and “Writers in the World”), an individual study course, and a thesis.

Normally, students take one workshop and one plenary course in the first (fall) semester of study; one workshop, or two, in the second (winter) semester; the individual study course in the third (summer) semester; and the other plenary course and a final workshop, if necessary, in the fourth (fall) semester. The remaining two semesters of the two-year program are devoted to the thesis.

NOTE: With permission, MFA students may take one or two courses at the University of Guelph—e.g., MA courses in the School of English and Theatre Studies in which the student has a strong interest and the subject material feeds into work being done within the MFA program.  Normal course requirements for the MFA program may be modified to accommodate this.

About the Courses

(0.5 credits each).

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We admit 12-13 students in each cohort. The average workshop size will be between 8 and 12 students.

Generally students take one and sometimes two workshops in their primary genre. Students are required to take at least one workshop outside their area of primary interest. The admissions process is used to identify areas of interest and to ensure a reasonable level of balance within the program.

In making workshop assignments to faculty, we try to ensure that a student working in the same genre twice will do so with different instructors. (The requirement that workshops be taken in at least two genres is important because sustained exposure to and practice in another genre may reveal or develop new creative strengths.)

The workshops are strongly focused on writing, but each also involves a substantial reading component. It is worth noting here that the most consistent and urgent advice given to new writers by established professionals is to read—widely, voraciously, and well. Through the reading component of the workshops, students learn to read as writers. They grow in an understanding of the writer’s craft; they will be able to discuss technique knowledgably and to incorporate insights gained from their reading into the writing they produce for the workshop.

A very important part of the workshops is the interaction between students and the responses they provide to one another’s work; attendance is therefore mandatory. Please note that these are intensive courses. The writing requirement of the workshops is substantial, as is the workload overall. 

Plenary Courses

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Plenary courses meet once a week. Student presentations on selected readings make up a significant part of the course.  Student participation is paramount.  There will also be written assignments.  


This plenary course allows students to acquaint themselves with and vigorously debate the varied ways in which writers describe their art and practice, and includes readings from such writers as Italo Calvino, Anne Carson, Sheila Heti, Dennis Lee, Harold Pinter, and David Shields, among others. We will examine how writers understand and describe their creative processes, techniques, and aims, and engage with a range of subjects including the competing roles of experience and imagination, the place of theft and influence in creativity, the usefulness of the idea of perfection, questions of representation, including the nature of realism, and the use of formal structures in poetry and prose.


This plenary course involves students in significant, often highly contentious debates on the role of writing in the world—debates that form a context within which the solitary writer creates his or her own imaginative worlds. Issues to be considered include varying conceptions of the writer’s role and responsibilities, the idea of a national literature, the way value is assigned to a work of literature, transgression in writing, the changing copyright climate, and the impact of the internet on writers’ professional lives. Work by writers including Chinua Achebe, Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand, J.M. Coetzee, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie among others will be examined.

Individual Study Course Mentorship Semester 

(0.5 credits).

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Great care will be taken to achieve a good match between student and mentor. The mentorship is designed to accommodate the variable learning needs of individual students.  The design and schedule of the individual study course will be arrived at through consultation between the Coordinator, the student, and the mentor. Students work closely with their mentors and have regular contact with them through whatever combination of face-to-face meeting, telephone, mail, e-mail, and/or Skype consultation works best for the individuals concerned. 


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Each student will have a thesis advisor and a two-person advisory committee made up of the advisor and one additional faculty member. When it has been determined by the advisory committee that the thesis is ready for examination, the thesis will be evaluated by a three-person examining committee. An oral examination is the final phase of the thesis requirement. The examining committee, whose first and most crucial task is to assess the merits of the thesis itself, will conduct this examination.

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Best MFA colleges in Canada you need to know

Best MFA colleges in Canada you need to know

One of the best ways to advance your artistic practice to the next level is by pursuing a master’s degree in fine arts. continue reading this blog to know about the top master in fine arts colleges in canada., table of contents, what is an mfa (master of fine arts), emily carr university of art & design, ocad university, columbia college, university of toronto, the university of waterloo, the university of lethbridge, strong job market, work permit, networking opportunities, pathway to permanent residency, competitive salaries and benefits, key takeaways.

If you want to return to school and become a professional artist or designer, you’ve come to the right place. Indeed, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree can help you hone your craft and prepare for an exciting career in the arts. Choosing an institution that will give you the most opportunities for growth is important. Now, let’s understand what a Master in Fine Arts is and look at some of the best MFA colleges in Canada.

Best MFA colleges in Canada

MFA is a two-year postgraduate course in visual and performing arts with specializations.

Regardless of whether it’s a technologically demanding field like graphic design or film editing, or a technology-free art form like drawing, an MFA degree indicates that a professional artist has completed a series of demanding courses in their art form. Notably, an MFA is a graduate-level credential, so you usually need a college degree before you can apply for one.

MFA graduates from the best MFA colleges in Canada claim that their graduate education enabled them to hone their artistic principles and inventive methods. Consequently, this elevated the standard of their work, making it more distinctive, polished, and fascinating. Additionally, MFA holders assert that possessing such a degree has provided them the credentials to instruct courses in their art form at academic institutions and the expertise to offer insightful criticism.

Candidates have a selection of MFA specializations from which to choose. 

  • Creative writing
  • Photography
  • Drawing and Illustration
  • Graphic design
  • Applied Arts
  • Computer animation

Subsequently, a Master of Fine Arts course helps candidates refine their skills and become an artist in their chosen field. Given the diversity of the field, candidates holding an MFA degree have a plethora of career opportunities. Specifically, in sectors ranging from advertising and clothing to digital media and publishing houses.

Here are some of the best MFA colleges in Canada.

Emily Carr University of Art & Design is a public university in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded in 1925, the institution offers Bachelor’s programs and two Master’s degrees: the Master of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) and the Master of International Sustainable Development.

The program is full-time, two years long, and covers a wide range of topics within visual art: drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, and installation also have access to various studios where they can develop their skills further by working with professional artists or practicing independently.

OCAD University is a public university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is one of Canada’s largest and oldest educational institutions for art and design. OCAD offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has six academic schools.

The Faculty of Fine Art (formerly known as the Faculty of Fine Arts) offers BFA, MFA, and Honours programs in Studio Art (Visual Studies) and Graphic Design; Honours BA Programs in Art History/History of Art & Visual Culture; History; Critical Theory/Theory Studies; Creative Writing/Writing Studio. 

The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has five departments: Architecture & Environmental Design; Building Science (formerly Architectural Science); Civil Engineering; Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry; Urbanism has both undergraduate programs with an option to specialize after graduation or pursue an Honours degree program.

Columbia College Chicago is a private, four-year institution located in the heart of downtown Chicago. The college was founded in 1890 and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees through its seven schools.

Furthermore, Columbia College Chicago offers various programs such as Communication, School of Culinary Arts, School of Education and Social Policy Studies, School of Film + Television (SFTT), School of Music Performance/Composition (MPC), and the Theater Department at Columbia College Chicago’s Professional Actors Training Program (PATP).

It has several international partnerships with universities abroad and off-campus degree completion programs that can be completed anywhere in the world. In addition, its full-time programs are available on campus or online across North America.

Best MFA colleges in Canada

The University of Toronto is a leading research university, one of the top universities in Canada, ranked as the best MFA colleges in Canada, the best university in North America, and the second-best university in the world. It’s also consistently placed among the top 20 worldwide.

Sprawling across the city, the University of Toronto has two campuses: St George downtown and Scarborough, south of Steeles Avenue East. Meanwhile, the St George campus is home to most faculties and schools, including arts & humanities; science & engineering; social sciences & law; management & professional development; medicine & dentistry.

If you’re looking for a program that will give you the skills to become a leader in your field, then the University of Waterloo might be your best bet. Founded in 1957, the university has developed a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation that has helped it launch many successful businesses. 

The school offers programs in engineering, mathematics, business administration and economics, science—including biology and chemistry—and computer science, as well as environmental studies. They have faculty members who are recognized experts in their fields; many also teach at other universities across Canada or abroad.

Since its founding in 1967, the University of Lethbridge has become integral to the city. Its main campus is perched on a hill overlooking Lethbridge, where you can take advantage of breathtaking views from your dorm room window or stroll along the river valley in the great outdoors.

Moreover, there are plenty of extracurricular activities available for students, including intramural sports teams for all sorts of interests (basketball, soccer), student clubs (including one that helps you plan your future career), and even a student newspaper called The Gateway.

Students will need to submit their high school transcripts as part of their application package; they should also have good grades in any previous courses they’ve taken at the university level or above. You’ll also need a personal statement outlining why you want to attend this program at this particular school.

The admission staff ensures that every applicant gets personalized feedback on their essay. Once accepted into the program, many courses are available with specializations such as creative writing or fiction studies. Each class may consist of only two hours per week but still gives students plenty of time outside classwork to pursue other interests too (such as volunteering). 

Tuition fees vary depending on what degree program you choose—but no matter which option sounds best to each student’s needs, there will always be something affordable within reach.

Job Opportunities After Pursuing an MFA in Canada

Indeed, Canada boasts a robust job market abundant with opportunities for skilled professionals. Armed with a Master’s degree, you can access diverse job prospects across various sectors.

Upon concluding your studies in Canada, you might qualify for a three-year post-graduation work permit (PGWP).

Pursuing education in Canada paves the way for unparalleled networking avenues. Moreover, this allows you to establish connections with esteemed professors, fellow classmates, and prominent figures in the industry.

Canada offers an array of immigration programs that cater specifically to international students and graduates. If you’re contemplating a permanent stay in Canada, the experience and insights acquired during your MS program, followed by relevant work exposure, can bolster your eligibility for Canadian permanent residency.

Canadian employers are renowned for proffering competitive salaries complemented by an exhaustive benefits package. This often encompasses healthcare, retirement plans, and paid vacations. For context, to put it in perspective, an average graduate student in Canada earns approximately $55,826 annually. Consequently, such perks culminate in an enriching work-life balance and an elevated standard of living.

  • Canada is home to some of the best MFA programs in the world and has an incredible selection of international and homegrown talent. 
  • There are no tuition fees at public universities, and the average cost of living is about $4,000 per year for international students. 
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  • Each school offers something different worth exploring if you want to get the best MFA colleges in Canada.

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Q1. How difficult is it to enroll in an MFA program?

Ans – Admission to an MFA program is challenging. MFA programs prefer to accept applicants who have been out of school for some time, have demonstrated their ability to write on their own time, and may even have a publication or two or have contributed to the writing/literary community.

Q2. What’s the value of an MFA in fine arts in Canada?

Ans – The MFA in Canada, the final professional degree in fine arts and qualifies you to instruct at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, not only aids in your artistic development but also ensures financial security.

Q3. MA or MFA, which is superior?

Ans – The MA degree stands for Master of Arts and typically entails 120-course credits that take two or more years (when taken full-time) (or part-time). An MFA, or Master of Fine Art, usually takes longer to complete than an MA because it typically requires 150 credits.

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Fully Funded MFA Programs Canada

Are you an aspiring artist seeking to enhance your skills and knowledge in the field of fine arts? Pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program can be a transformative experience that allows you to refine your craft and explore new artistic horizons.

Canada, with its vibrant arts scene and renowned institutions, offers numerous fully funded MFA programs that can help you unlock your creative potential.

In this article, we will delve into the world of fully funded MFA programs in Canada, providing you with valuable insights, eligibility criteria, the application process, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Fully Funded MFA Programs Canada: Exploring Your Options

1. university of british columbia.

The University of British Columbia offers a fully funded MFA program that attracts aspiring artists from around the world. This highly esteemed program provides students with a supportive and collaborative environment to hone their artistic skills.

2. Concordia University

Concordia University, located in Montreal, is renowned for its exceptional MFA program. With a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, students have the opportunity to engage with a diverse community of artists and push the boundaries of their artistic practice.

3. University of Guelph

The University of Guelph's MFA program provides a unique blend of studio-based practice and critical inquiry. With access to state-of-the-art facilities and mentorship from accomplished faculty, students can immerse themselves in a dynamic artistic community.

4. OCAD University

OCAD University, located in the vibrant city of Toronto, offers a fully funded MFA program that encourages experimentation and innovation. Students benefit from a wide range of research opportunities and interdisciplinary approaches to art-making.

5. York University

York University's MFA program provides a rigorous curriculum that combines studio practice, theoretical inquiry, and professional development. With access to renowned faculty and resources, students can refine their artistic voice and expand their creative networks.

Eligibility Criteria: Are You a Good Fit?

To be eligible for fully funded MFA programs in Canada, aspiring artists need to fulfill certain criteria. While specific requirements may vary between institutions, here are some general guidelines to consider:

1. Bachelor's Degree

Most MFA programs require applicants to hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study. This could include fine arts, visual arts, or a related discipline. However, some programs may consider applicants with exceptional artistic abilities and relevant experience, even without a formal degree.

2. Portfolio Submission

A strong portfolio is a crucial component of the MFA application process. It showcases your artistic skills, creativity, and potential. Be prepared to submit a portfolio that demonstrates your artistic range and the evolution of your practice.

3. Letters of Recommendation

MFA programs typically require letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your artistic abilities and potential. These recommendations can come from former professors, mentors, or professional artists who are familiar with your work.

4. Statement of Intent

A well-crafted statement of intent is your opportunity to articulate your artistic goals, motivations, and the specific area of focus you wish to pursue during your MFA studies. It should reflect your passion, creativity, and potential for artistic growth.

Application Process: Taking the First Steps

Now that you are familiar with the eligibility criteria, let's explore the application process for fully funded MFA programs in Canada:

1. Research

Thoroughly research different MFA programs in Canada to find the ones that align with your artistic interests and career aspirations. Consider factors such as faculty expertise, facilities, curriculum, and funding opportunities.

2. Prepare Your Portfolio

Take the time to curate a compelling portfolio that showcases your artistic abilities and vision. Select a diverse range of your best work and ensure that it reflects your artistic growth and potential.

3. Request Letters of Recommendation

Reach out to individuals who can provide strong letters of recommendation on your behalf. Make sure to give them ample time to write the letters and provide them with any necessary information about the programs you are applying to.

4. Craft Your Statement of Intent

Devote ample time to writing your statement of intent. Clearly articulate your artistic vision, goals, and why you are interested in pursuing an MFA program in Canada. Tailor your statement to each program you are applying to, highlighting how their specific offerings align with your aspirations.

5. Submit Your Application

Follow the application guidelines provided by each institution. Ensure that you submit all the required documents, including your portfolio, letters of recommendation, and statement of intent, by the specified deadline.

6. Interviews and Admissions

If shortlisted, you may be invited for an interview or additional evaluation. This is an opportunity for the program faculty to assess your suitability for the program and for you to ask any questions you may have. Admission decisions will be communicated to successful candidates.

FAQs About Fully Funded MFA Programs in Canada

1. are fully funded mfa programs in canada limited to canadian citizens.

No, many fully funded MFA programs in Canada welcome international students. However, it's essential to check the specific eligibility requirements of each program, as some may have certain restrictions or additional application processes for international applicants.

2. Do fully funded MFA programs cover living expenses?

Fully funded MFA programs typically cover tuition fees and may offer additional financial support, such as fellowships, teaching assistantships, or grants. While some programs may provide stipends to help with living expenses, the amount and availability may vary.

3. Can I work while pursuing a fully funded MFA program?

While some MFA programs allow students to work part-time or engage in freelance opportunities, it's important to consider the intensity of the program and the time commitment required for coursework, studio work, and collaborations. It's advisable to check with the program administrators regarding their policies on outside work.

4. How competitive are fully funded MFA programs in Canada?

Fully funded MFA programs in Canada are highly competitive due to the limited number of spots available and the prestigious reputation of many institutions. It's crucial to submit a strong application that showcases your artistic abilities, potential, and alignment with the program's ethos.

5. Can I apply to multiple fully funded MFA programs in Canada?

Yes, you can apply to multiple fully funded MFA programs in Canada to increase your chances of acceptance. However, keep in mind that each program may have different application deadlines and requirements, so plan your application timeline accordingly.

6. Are there alternative funding options for MFA programs in Canada?

If fully funded MFA programs are not feasible for you, there may be other funding options available, such as scholarships, grants, or student loans. Research local and international funding opportunities and explore collaborations or work-study opportunities within your chosen institution.

Pursuing a fully funded MFA program in Canada can be an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in a vibrant artistic community, refine your skills, and push the boundaries of your creative practice.

With renowned institutions offering world-class faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and ample funding opportunities, Canada provides a fertile ground for artistic growth.

Remember to carefully research and select the programs that align with your artistic goals, prepare a compelling application, and take the first step towards realizing your artistic dreams. Embrace the journey, and let your creativity soar!

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Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art (MFA)

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The MFA program is dedicated to helping students understand both the making and theorizing of art against the background of the diverse intellectual environment of a major university, and within the context of local and international art communities. The MFA degree is also the standard qualifying degree for teaching visual arts at the post-secondary level. Most students are given the opportunity to teach foundation courses as Teaching Assistants, thus providing them valuable experience in visual arts instruction.

For specific program requirements, please refer to the departmental program website

What makes the program unique?

Each MFA student receives his/her own private studio (approximately 250 square feet) and access to the department's extensive facilities including a state-of-the art Photo/Digital lab, Printmaking unit, and Workshop. MFAs participate in an intensive weekly studio seminar that is also a forum for critical discussions about leading issues in contemporary art, visual culture, and cultural theory. Students take additional academic coursework to enrich their particular focus, and present their Major Paper research and artwork to peers, faculty, and the public at their final oral presentation (occurring in the summer of their final year) and at a final critique (occurring during their graduation exhibition). Open Studios, interdepartmental critiques, and organised exhibitions showcase the students' art production and broaden their exposure to the local art scene and beyond.

Program Structure

The MFA Program requires two academic years of course work with completion of requirements occurring in no less than two calendar years and no more than five calendar years after initial registration in the program. The MFA Program can only be pursued on a full-time basis.

Students in the program may work in any area of contemporary art production including painting, drawing, printmaking, three-dimensional and installation work, photography, digital art, intermedia, video, performance, sound, or in any interdisciplinary form.

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Program enquiries, admission information & requirements, 1) check eligibility, minimum academic requirements.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

  • Canada or the United States
  • International countries other than the United States

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based

Overall score requirement : 100

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Overall score requirement : 7.0

Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Prior degree, course and other requirements

Prior degree requirements.

Applicants to the MFA in visual art normally hold a BFA, BA, or BEd degree with a major in studio arts.

2) Meet Deadlines

September 2024 intake, application open date, canadian applicants, international applicants, deadline explanations.

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

3) Prepare Application


All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest , sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.


Course-based programs do not have a thesis component. While they may assign academic advisors to students, they do not require applicants to reach out to individual professors / faculty members to seek commitment as their thesis supervisor. Please do not contact faculty members for the purposes of thesis supervision if you are applying to this program.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

4) Apply Online

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Tuition & Financial Support

Financial support.

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.

Employer support

Organizations may provide their employees with tuition benefits as part of an employment package to support lifelong learning of their workforce.

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

Professional / course-based programs usually do not provide merit-based funding. Some programs may offer bursaries.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans .

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement .

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

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Enrolment, Duration & Other Stats

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The program provides a period of intensive conceptual and technical development for those students wishing to pursue a professional career in advanced contemporary art. The M.F.A. degree is also the standard qualifying degree for teaching visual arts at the post-secondary level. The M.F.A. program is dedicated to helping students understand both the making and theorizing of the art object against the background of the diverse intellectual environment of a major university. Students in the program may work in any area of contemporary art production including painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, three-dimensional and installation work, photography, digital, multimedia, or in any interdisciplinary form.

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The Department of English at the University of Toronto launched the MA Program in English in the Field of Creative Writing (MA CRW) in 2004-05. The program draws both on the expertise of faculty at the University of Toronto and on the extraordinary vitality of Toronto’s writing community. Internationally acclaimed writers, a multiplicity of cultural traditions, and an energetic publishing industry provide the environment for nurturing new talent. Students have at their disposal the academic and creative resources of the English Department, including its strengths in historical research and traditional scholarship, numerous interdisciplinary collaborations, its acknowledged expertise in world literature, and a faculty engaged in new theoretical studies in culture, race, and gender. Students also have access to one of the world’s great library systems, including the manuscript collections at the Fisher Rare Book library. While the program is designed to prepare participants for careers as professional writers, it will also qualify those wishing to pursue further graduate studies.

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The MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing requires students to attend graduate-level English courses. The degree can lead to a PhD in English. Therefore, students must have at least seven full-year undergraduate courses in English or the equivalent in half-year courses (i.e., fourteen), or any combination of full- and half-year courses that add up to the equivalent of seven full-year courses .  It is not necessary to have an English major, as long as you have the seven undergraduate English courses. Students who do not meet this requirement cannot be admitted into the program.

A B+ average (GPA of 3.3) is the minimum requirement for entry into the program. Once this is met, the primary basis for the selection of candidates is the quality of the portfolio submission. It is not expected that students will have publication credits. Applicants do not need to provide GRE results.

Applications must be submitted online and are considered complete only when the following documentation has been received by the Department of English:

  • Two academic letters of reference submitted online by referees, each addressing your performance in university English and/or Creative Writing coursework. At least one letter must discuss your performance in English coursework. Do not use editors, publishers, or fellow writers as referees.
  • A statement of purpose, submitted electronically
  • Official transcripts from each post-seconday institution attended, submitted electronically and sent by mail to the department
  • Maximum 25 pages of drama, fiction, or creative non-fiction (Double-spaced, 12-point font)
  • OR maximum 25 pages of poetry
  • OR a combination of the above (maximum 25 pages; all prose must be double-spaced and 12-point font)
  • Portfolio pages exceeding this length will not be read
  • Do not submit academic essays
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The MA program in English in the Field of Creative Writing usually requires 18-24 months to complete. Applicants must have an overall average of B+ or better and evidence of first-class work in English for admission to the program. The program requires the completion of two FCE’s (full course equivalents) in English; ENG6950Y Writing Workshop; and a supervised Writing Project (the equivalent of a thesis) completed under the direction of a mentor.

All candidates must complete the Writing Workshop in the first year of their program. Some sessions may feature on-campus visits from editors, publishers, professional archivists, researchers, and agents so that students can learn the pragmatics of the publishing industry. In their second year, students undertake a book-length Writing Project in a genre of choice – poetry, drama, fiction, or creative non-fiction. Each student is assigned a faculty member or adjunct faculty member with whom to consult on a regular basis about the Project. All advisors are published writers.

Writing Workshop

English 6950Y: All candidates for the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing must complete this workshop in the first year of their program. Students will also submit creative work in order to receive feedback from the instructor and fellow students, and this will allow them to develop their portfolios.

Writing Project

In the second year of the program, students will undertake a book-length Writing Project in a genre of choice (poetry, drama, fiction, or creative non-fiction). Each student will be assigned a faculty member or adjunct faculty member with whom to consult on a regular basis about the Project. All mentors will be published writers. The completed Project should normally be submitted before the beginning of April of the second year. The Department will then arrange an oral defense, to be chaired by the Director of the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing. The Writing Project can be designated as Pass, Fail, or Distinction.

Student Funding

Students accepted into the MA Program in English in the Field of Creative Writing are eligible for teaching assistantships, including a number in Creative Writing courses. All incoming students are considered for incoming scholarships.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. For more information visit the Department of English Application Deadlines webpage.

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How many students are admitted each year?

We admit seven students each year.

I do not have 7 full-year (or equivalent) undergraduate courses in English. Can I still apply?

Because the program is an MA in English, students must have a strong background in English literature. Students who do not have sufficient undergraduate training may wish to take additional courses in English in order to qualify for admission.

My average is less than a B+. Can I still apply?

The academic requirements for admission to the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing are very strict. The B+ minimum must be met or a student’s portfolio will not be considered. Students who do not have an adequate GPA may wish to take additional courses in order to improve their academic standing and qualify for admission.

I have taken courses in literature in a language other than English. Can I apply?

Unless the texts were studied in English translation, courses in literature in a language other than English do not qualify students for admission to the program.

How should I choose what to submit?

Choose your best writing.

Can I apply to enrol in January?

There is only one entry point for students in the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing, which is September. Students may not begin the program in January.

Can I enrol in the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing part-time?

Students must enrol full-time.

How much Financial Support can I expect?

Currently we are able to offer students in the Creative Writing program a TAship each year (number of hours TBA at the start of the program), to a maximum of two years. Successful applicants for the SSHRC CGS-M award can expect $17,500. OGS award holders can expect up to $15,000. All incoming students are considered for incoming scholarships.

For more information please contact us by e-mail, phone or by mail.

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MFA stands for Master of Fine Arts. It is a graduate level degree awarded in fields such as creative writing, visual arts, photography, film-making, dance, theatre, and other performing arts. MFA programs often require a combination of coursework, a creative thesis project, and often an exhibit or performance. This degree is often sought by individuals looking to enhance their skills and knowledge in a specific artistic discipline. MFA can also refer to Multi-Factor Authentication in the field of information technology, a security system that requires multiple methods of authentication from independent categories of credentials to verify the user's identity.

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A Master of Fine Arts is a graduate degree typically requiring 2–3 years of postgraduate study beyond the bachelor's degree, although the term of study will vary by country or by university. The MFA is a creative degree usually awarded as a terminal degree in visual arts, creative writing, filmmaking, dance, or theatre and other performing arts. Coursework is primarily of an applied or performing nature with the program often culminating in a major work or performance. Master of Fine Arts programs have generally required a bachelor's degree prior to admission, but many do not require that the undergraduate major be the same as the MFA field of study. The most important admissions requirement has often been a sample portfolio or a performance audition. The Master of Fine Arts differs from the Master of Arts in that the MFA, while an academic program, centers around practice in the particular field, whereas programs leading to the MA usually center on the scholarly, academic, or critical study of the field. Additionally, in the United States, an MFA is recognized as a terminal degree for practitioners of Visual Art, Design, Dance, Theatre, Film/Video, New Media, and Creative Writing - meaning that it is considered to be the highest degree in its field, and is used as a minimum qualification to be able to apply to become a Full-Time Professor teaching at the University level in these disciplines. There are exceptions to this standard in the Arts, notably in the case of music performance, where the MFA is not seen as a terminal degree in the context of the more standardized DMA degree.

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