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Master of Fine Arts in Art

Master of Fine Arts in Art

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
The department offers the master of fine arts (MFA) degree in art with concentrations in ceramics, digital arts, fibers, metalsmithing and jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The graduate program seeks to prepare students for serious artistic practice. The objectives for students are not only to arrive at an accomplished body of work, but also to develop the practices and critical-thinking skills necessary to develop and sustain the work beyond school. The program focuses on individual studio practice, the cultivation of a visual language, material process, and conceptual approach relevant to each student’s intentions and sensibility. Students are challenged to devise strategies of experimentation and research and to cultivate an ability to articulate ideas and critical responses to work. As part of a larger community, students are expected to have a significant understanding of the historical frameworks and the contemporary discourse of art. The MFA curriculum is designed to provide both interdisciplinary discourse and disciplinary depth. MFA students have much of their course work in common through classes such as Graduate Critique (ART 612), theory and history seminars, and special topics courses. Graduate review and thesis committees are made up of faculty members across the range of media concentrations. Through media-centered Issues and Practices seminars and independent studies, students also have opportunities to concentrate on particular areas of specialization. Specialized facilities and equipment are available in the eight media areas that compose the department—digital arts, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewellery and metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, and fibers.