University of Calgary - Department of Art and Art History - Graduate Studies

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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

University of Calgary - Department of Art and Art History - Graduate Studies

Faculty:Department of Art and Art History
Field of Study:Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies, General
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Commercial Photography
Design and Applied Arts, Other
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Interior Design
Metal and Jewellery Arts
Digital Arts
Game and Interactive Media Design
Length:2 Year(s)
Careers:Library, Archive, Museum and Art Gallery ManagersArtistsCinematographers


Work with a range of media or focus on a specific medium. Enjoy your own studio space with access to department resources like silkscreen and lithographic presses, large-format digital printers, and photo and sculpting studios. Our program emphasizes practice-based creative research and culminates in a thesis exhibition. You will develop a strong understanding of critical, theoretical and historical issues relevant to research in support of your exhibition.

Students applying for the MFA degree offered by the Department of Art may choose to identify one of the following formal specializations: Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Painting, Drawing, Media art and technology. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. Students applying for scholarships must submit their applications to the Department of Art and Art History by January 15.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Department of Art and Art History requires that you submit:
    Application Notes : See our English Language Proficiency page for more details on English language requirements.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Portfolio
    a) A four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or equivalent qualification.
    b) A portfolio of 20 images of recent work submitted as a single PDF file. Up to five minutes of video documentation may be submitted as links within this document.
    c) A written statement (no more than 1000 words) of research intent.
    d) Two reference letters.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 18, 2023