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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
3 years
60 credits
Start term
Experiential learning

Program overview

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, 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.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits.

Please see the Studio Arts Courses page for course descriptions.

Studio Arts MFA (60 credits)


credits chosen from the Studio Concentration



DISP 615 Directed Studio Practice (3.00)


credits chosen from the following courses:

ASEM 620 Art: Ideas and Practices (3.00)
ASEM 641 Seminar in Contemporary Art (6.00)
ASEM 642 Seminar in Contemporary Art (3.00)
ASEM 643 Special Topics in Art and Ideology (6.00)
ASEM 644 Special Topics In Art and Ideology (3.00)
ASEM 645 Special Topics in Art and Culture (6.00)
ASEM 646 Special Topics in Art and Culture (3.00)
ASEM 651 Special Topics in Media Arts (6.00)
ASEM 652 Special Topics in Media Arts (3.00)
ASEM 653 Aspects of Contemporary Cinema (6.00)
ASEM 654 Aspects of Contemporary Cinema (3.00)
INTP 660 Professional Internship (6.00)
INTP 661 Professional Internship I (3.00)
INTP 662 Professional Internship II (3.00)
INDS 670 Independent Study (6.00)
INDS 671 Independent Study I (3.00)
INDS 672 Independent Study II (3.00)



PROJ 691 Studio Project (9.00)
PROJ 692 Exhibition (3.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.

Application process

Application deadlines


January 20





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

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

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.

Out-of-province students

Get $15,000 in special funding for 60-credit master's programs. Learn more

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