University of Toronto - School of Graduate Studies

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Visual Studies

University of Toronto - School of Graduate Studies

Faculty:School of Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $8,370
Careers:Library, Archive, Museum and Art Gallery ManagersArtists


The Master of Visual Studies (MVS) is a two-year, full-time professional program with two fields: Curatorial Studies: prepares students for contemporary curatorial practice in the visual arts; Studio: prepares students to further their visual art practice. The program normally begins in September.

The MVS Curatorial Studies experience evolves within a rich environment structured around historical and contemporary approaches to curatorial practices, in conjunction with developments in the visual art, theory, and critical writing. In particular, MVS Curatorial Studies students will focus on the presentational challenges arising from complex modes of visual expression—from object to installation, from text and image combination, temporal as well as audio and new electronic media—within the increasingly dominant forces of the culture industry. The course of study is designed to offer students ample opportunity for the in-depth development of the subject and contents of the Graduating Exhibition, its full realization for public presentation, and the Qualifying Paper in the form of a Catalogue Essay.

The MVS Studio experience evolves within a rich environment structured around new approaches to visual art production, art theory, critical writing, and professional practice. The MVS Studio is concerned with the increasingly complex modes of visual expression through combinations of text, image, movement, sound, and dynamic new electronic media. Accordingly, the participants will examine contemporary art practice and theory through core courses that will give them ample opportunity to develop skills in a variety of projects and media. MVS Studio students pursue a highly focused investigation within studio practice along with research into contemporary theories exploring the visual and spatial relationships within art and cultural production.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*78
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 237] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 93] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 85]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
An appropriate bachelor's degree with significant coursework in humanities and cultural theory from a recognized university, or an appropriate BFA degree from a recognized university is required. Overall average of at least a B+.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* 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 May 09, 2023