All first year students must successfully complete three half courses in contemporary theory and criticism: Visual Arts 5600 3.0: Contemporary Theory in the Visual Arts in term one (fall), Visual Arts 5610 3.0: Theoretical Issues in Contemporary Art in term two (winter), and Visual Arts 6020 3.0: Contemporary Visual Arts Summer Institute in term three (summer).

All first and second year students must complete: a combined PhD/MFA Graduate Seminar: Visual Arts 5620/5640 3.0 (the seminar is taken twice, as 5620 in term one and 5640 in term four); and Visual Arts 5650 3.0 Methods in Practice-Based Research in term two.

In the second year of the program, MFA students in Visual Arts engage in independent studio research and work with a supervisory committee composed of two faculty members from the program who are most able to address the students’ research needs, concerns and goals, as well as an outside member. This second year supervisory committee supervises the preparation of the thesis exhibition and thesis support paper and acts as part of the committee for the final oral examination.

Students are given a private studio at York during the five terms of the degree.

Thesis Exhibition and Support Paper:

To graduate, each student must present a final solo thesis exhibition and a support paper 20 to 50 pages in length. At the final oral examination, both the art works and the written paper are defended.

Minimum Time to Completion:

Fall intake only - Five full-time terms

Year 1: fall, winter and summer

Year 2: fall and winter

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