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.
ASEM 620 - Art: Ideas and Practices (3 credits)
ASEM 641 - Seminar in Contemporary Art (6 credits)
ASEM 642 - Seminar in Contemporary Art (3 credits)
ASEM 643 - Special Topics in Art and Ideology (6 credits)
ASEM 644 - Special Topics In Art and Ideology (3 credits)
ASEM 645 - Special Topics in Art and Culture (6 credits)
ASEM 646 - Special Topics in Art and Culture (3 credits)
ASEM 651 - Special Topics in Media Arts (6 credits)
ASEM 652 - Special Topics in Media Arts (3 credits)
ASEM 653 - Aspects of Contemporary Cinema (6 credits)
ASEM 654 - Aspects of Contemporary Cinema (3 credits)
INTP 660 - Professional Internship (6 credits)
INTP 661 - Professional Internship I (3 credits)
INTP 662 - Professional Internship II (3 credits)
INDS 670 - Independent Study (6 credits)
INDS 671 - Independent Study I (3 credits)
INDS 672 - Independent Study II (3 credits)
12 credits – Project and Exhibition
PROJ 691 - Studio Project (9 credits)
PROJ 692 - Exhibition or Film Project (3 credits)
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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Note: Students with a BFA from Concordia
University must wait two (2) years before being considered for
admission into the MFA program.
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.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
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 are 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.