Fibres and Materials Practices (MFA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Why pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, Fibres and Material Practices?
Textiles have always played a role in social and cultural history, from quotidian uses to labour movements to the first computer. Likewise, any material, whether found or constructed, contains embedded meanings. From a platform of material-based critical inquiry, graduate students in this program investigate, respond, interpret, and expand the field of contemporary fibres.
The MFA in Studio Arts, Fibres and Material Practices concentration, is an inherently interdisciplinary program of study that will allow you to cultivate your individual research focus or conceptual framework. You will be free to draw from traditional textile methods, modern tools and technologies, performance or time-based media, or invent new creative strategies. You will work under the supervision of our acclaimed faculty to thoroughly investigate materiality and form while analyzing issues and ideas relevant to your research.
Our state-of-the-art facilities are divided into three technical areas dedicated to printing and dyeing, paper-making, and structures, as well as a fibres computer lab. You may also choose to engage with researchers at Concordia’s Milieux Institute: Textiles and Materiality Research Cluster. Montreal’s vibrant arts scene also offers opportunities for you to be involved with artist-run centres committed to the medium of fibres as a material or concept.
Since our department is comprised of seven disciplinary programs, you’ll be in the company of students working in film production, intermedia, painting and drawing, photography, print media and sculpture. This dynamic learning environment, as well as the larger university community, will encourage you to consider interdisciplinary approaches as you develop your artwork.
- 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.
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
credits chosen from the following courses:
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During the first two years of the program, students combine seminar courses with independent, supervised studio practice. The third year is devoted to studio practice and production.
- Fibres I-IV
- Directed Studio Practice
- Studio Project
Our graduate students are currently automatically granted a three-credit Teaching Assistantship in their first year of study and a six-credit Assistantship in their second year.
MFA students can apply to teach a select number of undergraduate courses in their third year of study. These positions are awarded on a competitive basis. These opportunities also provide valuable experience for our graduate students, many of whom are interested in pursuing teaching careers.
Employment opportunities also exist as Research Assistants in university and faculty research centres such as the Milieux Insitute for Arts, Culture and Technology or the Milieux Institute: Textiles and Materiality Research Cluster.
Graduate students work in individual studios in the VA and EV buildings and have access to various other research centres. They also have access to a variety of installation spaces, specialized equipment, and the Core Technical Centres.
The Fibres & Material Practices facilities are fully equipped, spacious and located in sunlit studios on the 9th floor of the EV building. You’ll have access to:
- The Structures studio
- The Printing and Dyeing studio
- The Paper-Making studio
- The Fibres computer lab
Our alumni find success in a wide range of professional art careers. Many operate independent studios, exhibit and sell their work around the world, participate in artist residencies, and earn significant grants and international awards. Graduates also pursue careers as educators, curators, writers, entrepreneurs, and gallery arts administrators.