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Graduate programs

The MFA in Studio Arts represents the culmination of academic training in the visual arts. Alongside exemplary production skills within a given medium, our graduate students develop sophisticated understandings of the conceptual underpinnings of their work; of the social significance of their activities; and of the historical lineage and antecedents of their ideas.

Tristan Matheson
Students beginning paintings
Processing a stone in the Lithography studio
Painting class in VA 317

MFA programs  

The MFA in Studio Arts is a three-year disciplinary program within the context of a pluralist theoretical framework. Challenge yourself in a studio-oriented environment of rigorous critical inquiry.

Residency requirement & facilities

The residency requirement consists of five consecutive terms of full-time study:

  • Fall, Winter and Summer terms in the first year
  • Fall and Winter terms in the second year

Your residency will straddle seminar courses and individual studio experimentation in the first two years. In the final year, you will focus on the development and defense of your thesis project, a mature body of work produced under the mentorship of a faculty advisor. You may also apply for a limited number of teaching assignments reserved for graduate students in your final year of study.

As a Studio Arts graduate student, you will have access to Concordia’s many state-of-the-art facilities.

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