About Us

The Graduate Program in Visual Art offers an experience that will engage you in a rich and stimulating dialogue about contemporary art practices—an experience that will be intense, rewarding, and productive.

Our programs offer many opportunities for studio visits and exchanges with guest artists, curators, and art historians reflecting a diverse range of interests. The artists you will meet will reinforce your motivations for being an artist and you will make lasting friendships and professional connections with your classmates to enrich your ongoing development and life as an artist. Both the MFA and PhD programs have an established history of contributing to the contemporary Canadian art scene. Our students are recipients of numerous awards and a significant number of our alumni continue to achieve national and international success as artists, curators, and educators. Currently, our programs consist of a dynamic community of twenty-five students working in one or more of the following media: video, performance, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and digital media.

The MFA / PhD programs offer candidates the context in which to develop a well-articulated and informed body of work, as well as teaching opportunities and professional exposure. Within the university, our graduate programs are supported by a vibrant intellectual culture that promotes a creative dialogue between disciplines. Working closely with our studio and art history faculty who serve on supervisory committees, you will be engaging with, reflecting upon, and enriching your practice-based research.