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Painting and Drawing (MFA)

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Why pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing?

The MFA in Studio Arts is a professional, terminal degree. The MFA program appeals to practicing artists who wish to refine personal content and forms through critical inquiry. Alumni are recognized as multidisciplinary artist-researchers working at the vanguard of their respective practices.

The three-year, full-time Painting and Drawing concentration champions an intensive, studio-based approach to learning and research.

The concentration supports student work through a broad range of material and conceptual approaches to studio practices in both painting and drawing. In the past, students have experimented and extended traditional pictorial research through process-oriented installations that include time-based approaches, new media and digital technologies.

The MFA Program values the importance of critical inquiry and relies heavily on intellectual exchange. Traditional and innovative approaches are discussed through lively debate surrounding art and culture. Theory and studio seminars provide an important forum for students to investigate other issues and concerns.

At the end of each term, students formally present their studio work to a review committees composed of faculty, studio arts graduates and invited artist-critics. Committee members provide a focused response to this work and prepare students for their concluding exhibition and defense.

Read more: why do your master's at Concordia.


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