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. Housed in the Faculty of Fine Arts—one of North America’s largest and most respected schools for graduate fine arts study—the MFA program appeals to practicing artists who wish to refine personal content and forms through critical inquiry. Challenge yourself in a studio-oriented environment in the three-year disciplinary program, distributed among seven concentrations: Fibres and Materials Practices, Film Production, Intermedia, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, and Sculptures and Ceramics. You will be encouraged to reflect on tradition, experiment with new materials and technologies, develop interdisciplinary collaborations, and explore shifting modes of exhibition and intervention. Your position as a professional artist will be strengthened in a self-directed process that will also prepare you for the multiple roles in contemporary art practice including teaching, curating, criticism, publishing and research.
BFA or BA with a Fine Arts or Fine Arts and Art History major, or an approved equivalent, from a recognized institution and with a minimum B average in the major area.
Undergraduate experience and proficiency relevant to the area of specialization.
Applicants to the Film Production concentration are expected to have a BFA or BA degree in cinema or an approved equivalent with at least a B average in the major area.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.
Additional Admission Requirements
Students with a BFA from Concordia University must wait two years before being considered for admission into the MFA program.
Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Tuition & funding
The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.
Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.
Develop the tools and visual literacy necessary for aesthetic, historical and cultural analysis of cinema and audiovisual media alongside a dynamic group of students. Research and create from your own areas of interest in film.