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What will I learn?

The MFA in Studio Arts is a professional, terminal degree. MFA programs appeal to practicing artists who wish to refine personal content and forms through critical inquiry. Alumni are recognized as multidisciplinary artist-researchers working at the vanguard of their respective disciplines.

The three-year, full-time Painting and Drawing concentration champions an intensive, studio-based approach to learning and research.

The concentration supports student work through a broad range of material and conceptual approaches to studio practices in both these disciplines. In the past, students have experimented and extended traditional pictorial research through process-oriented installations that include time-based approaches, new media and digital technologies.

The MFA program values the importance of critical inquiry and relies heavily on intellectual exchange. Traditional and innovative approaches are discussed through lively debate surrounding art and culture. Weekly meetings supervised by faculty provide an important forum for students to investigate other issues and concerns.

At the end of each term, students formally present their studio work to a review committees composed of faculty, studio arts graduates and invited artist-critics. Committee members provide a focused response to this work and prepare students for their concluding exhibition and defense.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Fine Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Tuition fee: CAN $31,141 - CAN $43,423 for 45 credits
Start date

Expected September 2021


Faculty of Fine Arts

1515 Ste. Catherine Street. West.,


Quebec (QC),

H3G 2W1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants may required to have a 4 year Bachelor Degree. Other English language requirements: TOEFL (paper-based) score 577 or higher; MELAB min. score: 85, 3 on speaking test; CAEL min. score: 70; CAE min. score: A; CPE (advanced qualification for proficient users only) min. score: C.

For international students

A Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts with Fine Arts or Fine Arts and Art History major, or an approved equivalent, from a recognized institution and with at least a B average in the major area is required. Applicants to the Film Production concentration are expected to have a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Arts degree in cinema or an approved equivalent with at least a B average in the major area. In all cases the students’ undergraduate experience and proficiency must be relevant to the area in which they plan to specialize at the graduate level.

Note: Students with a BFA from Concordia University must wait two (2) years before being considered for admission into the MFA program.