Print Media (MFA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Why pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, Print Media?
Today’s print culture integrates both traditional and contemporary tools and techniques for artists to explore their ideas through print media. Our students incorporate the spatial understandings of reproduction, as well as the multiple and digital media in expanded print practices. We need artist-researchers to investigate the meaningful relationships that exist between the technologies of reproduction, individual expression and society through this contemporary lens.
The MFA in Studio Arts, Print Media concentration, provides you with a forum to articulate your artistic vision as an artist/printmaker. Our celebrated faculty members are deeply steeped in the expertise of traditional and expanded print practices and will supply you with regular feedback on your artwork in preparation for your concluding exhibition and defense.
You’ll benefit from some of the best facilities in Canada dedicated to lithography, intaglio, screen printing, relief, book arts and digital printing. Montreal’s rich print culture history will inform your work, with its concentration of galleries, collections and archives. The city is also home to significant print studios where many of our students do residencies, become members and serve on their boards of directors.
Since our department is comprised of seven disciplinary programs, you’ll be in the company of students working in fibres and material practices, film production, intermedia, painting and drawing, photography, and sculpture. This vibrant learning environment 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
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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.
Courses typically offered include:
- Print Making 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 the faculty’s research centres.
Our facilities are fully equipped, spacious and located in sunlit studios on the 9th floor of the EV building. You’ll have access to:
- The Lithography studio
- The Intaglio studio
- Exposure rooms
- The Screenprint studio
- The Digital lab
- The Relief / Letterpress
- The Curation room
Graduate students have access to various other research centres, including the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology.
Many of our alumni have gone on to successful careers in teaching at postsecondary levels. Graduates also pursue a variety of careers in the arts. Our graduates are independent artists, gallerists, board members of artist run centres, printers, bookbinders, animators, and involved with the do-it-yourself ‘zine and maker scene.