Today’s print culture integrates both traditional and contemporary tools and techniques for artists to explore their ideas through print media. Our students incorporate the spatial understandings of reproduction, as well as the multiple and digital media in expanded print practices. We need artist-researchers to investigate the meaningful relationships that exist between the technologies of reproduction, individual expression and society through this contemporary lens.
The MFA in Studio Arts, Print Media concentration, provides you with a forum to articulate your artistic vision as an artist/printmaker. Our celebrated faculty members are deeply steeped in the expertise of traditional and expanded print practices and will supply you with regular feedback on your artwork in preparation for your concluding exhibition and defense.
You’ll benefit from some of the best facilities in Canada dedicated to lithography, intaglio, screen printing, relief, book arts and digital printing. Montreal’s rich print culture history will inform your work, with its concentration of galleries, collections and archives. The city is also home to significant print studios where many of our students do residencies, become members and serve on their boards of directors.
Since our department is comprised of seven disciplinary programs, you’ll be in the company of students working in fibres and material practices, film production, intermedia, painting and drawing, photography, and sculpture. This vibrant learning environment will encourage you to consider interdisciplinary approaches as you develop your artwork.
Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 60 credits.
Residence. The minimum residence requirement is 5 terms of full-time study. It should be noted that one of these terms is a summer session. Following the residency, candidates will prepare for their Studio Project and Exhibition or Film Project (see 4 below).
Courses. Candidates for the degree are normally required to complete a minimum of 24 credits in their studio concentration and 3 credits of DISP 615 Directed Studio Practice; 21 credits from ASEM 620, 641, 642, 643, 644, 645, 646, 651, 652, 653, 654, INTP 660, 661, 662, INDS 670, 671, 672; 9 credits in PROJ 691 Studio Project and 3 credits in PROJ 692 Exhibition or Film Project.
Studio Project and Exhibition or Film Project. In the third or fourth year and no less than six (6) months following the successful completion of the second year of course work, students may present their studio project and complete the exhibition or film project. Approval by both the student’s advisor and the graduate program director is required prior to the examination. Students are also required to submit documentation of their exhibition or film project to be kept on file in the office of the graduate program director.
Admission Requirements. A Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts with a Fine Arts or Fine Arts and Art History major, or an approved equivalent, from a recognized institution and with at least a B average in the major area is required. Applicants to the Film Production concentration are expected to have a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree in cinema or an approved equivalent with at least a B average in the major area. In all cases the students’ undergraduate experience and proficiency must be relevant to the area in which they plan to specialize at the graduate level.
Note: Students with a BFA from Concordia University must wait two (2) years before being considered for admission into the MFA program.
A limited number of Teaching Assistantships are automatically assigned to registered students in the 1st and 2nd year of study. Graduate students teach a limited number of undergraduate courses in their third year of study. These positions are awarded on a competitive basis.
Employment opportunities also exist as Research Assistants in the faculty’s research centres.
Many of our alumni have gone on to successful careers in teaching at postsecondary levels. Graduates also pursue a variety of careers in the arts. Our graduates are independent artists, gallerists, board members of artist run centres, printers, bookbinders, animators, and involved with the do-it-yourself ‘zine and maker scene.