Painting and Drawing (MFA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Why pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing?
The MFA in Studio Arts is a terminal degree. The MFA program appeals to practicing artists who wish to refine personal content and forms through critical inquiry. Alumni are recognized as multidisciplinary artist-researchers working at the vanguard of their respective practices.
The three-year, full-time Painting and Drawing concentration champions an intensive, studio-based approach to learning and research.
The concentration supports student work through a broad range of material and conceptual approaches to studio practices in both painting and drawing. In the past, students have experimented and extended traditional pictorial research through process-oriented installations that include time-based approaches, new media and digital technologies.
The MFA Program values the importance of critical inquiry and relies heavily on intellectual exchange. Traditional and innovative approaches are discussed through lively debate surrounding art and culture. Theory and studio seminars provide an important forum for students to investigate other issues and concerns.
At the end of each term, students formally present their studio work to a review committees composed of faculty, studio arts graduates and invited artist-critics. Committee members provide a focused response to this work and prepare students for their concluding exhibition and defense.
Read more: why do your master's at Concordia.
24 credits – Studio Concentration
3 credits – Directed Studio Practice
DISP 615 - Directed Studio Practice (3 credits)
21 credits – Chosen from
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.
For application instructions, including directions for your letter of intent and what to include in your portfolio, please visit our how to apply section.
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The MFA in Studio Arts is composed of discipline-specific studio classes and academic seminars in art criticism, history and theory, which are augmented by workshops, visiting artist lectures and special projects.
Core studio projects form the backbone of the program, offering an opportunity for rigorous disciplinary investigation and a forum to debate issues relevant to the student’s personal practice. Core classes meet weekly during the first two years of the program under the supervision of faculty who are engaged in a diverse range of studio art practices and research activities. At the end of each term students present their work to a review committee composed of faculty, invited artists, curators and critics.
Practice-led inquiry is contextualized by critical seminars that provide an interdisciplinary conceptual framework for the development of ideas in relation to creative practice. Seminar topics vary regularly to reflect the shifting nature of contemporary art and culture.