Applications open for Fall 2017: October 15, 2016
Deadline for Fall 2017: January 10, 2017
|Fall notification date||mid-March|
|Application fee||$100.00 for Canadians
$162.00 for international students
|Annual enrolment limit||No limit, but typically 6 students|
The application to the Faculty of Graduate Studies can be done online.
Please note that all supporting documents (e.g., writing sample, official transcripts, references) are now uploaded as electronic files to the online application. Applicants will only be required to submit official hard-copy transcripts for verification if they are offered admission. The portfolio, however, must be sent by mail to:
The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, ATTN:
Graduate Program Coordinator
403 – 6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
Applicants to the MFA in visual art normally hold a BFA, BA, or BEd degree with a major in studio arts. This bachelor’s degree normally requires four years of study with a B+ average in third and fourth year-level coursework. From Quebec, a three-year bachelor’s degree is acceptable provided the Diplome d’Etudes Collegiales (D.E.C.) has been previously awarded. It is strongly advised that, at minimum, an applicant have 18 academic credits of non-studio courses at the 300 level or above, with at least a B+ (76%) standing in each. This is to ensure that, if admitted, the student will benefit from the academic components of the program.
The assessment of the portfolio submitted as evidence of artistic standing is given important consideration during the admission process. Assessment is also based on the Statement of Intent, letters of reference, academic record, published writing, or other evidence of achievement.
If you are an international student, please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies website to confirm the minimum admission requirements. These standards constitute the minimum requirement, and admission remains at the discretion of the department. If you do not meet these requirements, please contact the department’s graduate program coordinator.
For detailed admissions requirements, please see the MFA in Visual Art Program brochure.