Financial Information & Awards

Visit the links below for information on fees and financial support for graduate students.

Tuition and Fees
Tuition Fees for each academic session.

Fees refunds/credit calculations are based on complete withdrawal from a term, not withdrawal from individual courses. This is because fees are calculated according to a student's program and full-time or part-time enrolment status/activity level. Fees are not calculated on a per course basis.

Financial Support
Ontario Graduate Scholarship – OGS
Deadline to apply is: March 8, 2013

Ontario Student Assistance Program

Financial support for graduate students is made up from a variety of sources such as external and internal scholarships and assistantships. In general, first year M.F.A. students may receive a full or half Graduate Assistantship for a minimum of approximately $8.000 for the Fall and Winter terms. Incoming students who have prior teaching experience may receive a partial Teaching Assistantship.

In addition, the M.F.A. programme is allotted a number of University Entrance Scholarships for incoming students with an 'A' average in their last two years of undergraduate study could receive a scholarship worth $10,000. Students wiith a B+ could receive a scholarship worth $6,000.

In general, second year MFA students receive either a Full or Half Teaching Assistantship, valued at approximately $11,262. Students are guaranteed funding for $10,000 if Teaching Assistantships are not available. All Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Assistantships are dependant on availability.

In addition there are a number of in-course scholarships and bursaries available for first and second year students.

For more information visit the FGS Money Matters pages.

Sarick Purchase Award
Samuel Sarick, a noted philanthropist and longstanding supporter of York University, established the Purchase Award in the Graduate Program in Visual Arts in 1976.This award is given annually to a graduate of the MFA program whose thesis work demonstrates outstanding achievement. The award is valued at $2,500.

Each year, students submit images of work from their thesis exhibition for consideration.The annual award of work from the MFA thesis exhibition is chosen by a selection committee comprised of members of the graduate faculty in the Department of Visual Arts.The Samuel Sarick Purchase Collection is on display throughout the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts and provides an excellent opportunity for members of the community to see a history of works by graduates of the Visual Arts MFA Programals.

W. Lawrence Heisey Graduate
Awards in Fine Arts The W. Lawrence Heisey Graduate Awards in Fine Arts recognize outstanding ability and achievement in scholarly and/or creative work. Five awards valued at $4,000 each are given annually to students entering their second or higher year of study in any Fine Arts graduate program. Eligibility criteria include financial need, Ontario residency and Canadian citizenship or permanent residence status. The Awards were established by W. Lawrence Heisey, Chairman Emeritus of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. and a long-serving member of York University’s Board of Governors.

Art @ Ssuite 500
The graduate programme in Visual Arts in collaboration with the Schulich School of Business, York University jury submissions for art @ suite 500.

The selection committee is comprised of faculty members, York University’s MFA program and the Schulich School of Business and art professionals.

The Miles S. Nadal Management Centre (NMC)
The Miles S. Nadal Management Centre (NMC), located on the fifth floor of the Ernst and Young Tower, is an executive education centre for the Schulich School of business attended by professionals in business and administration. A contemporary corporate facility, the NMC has designated public areas for the display of art. Submissions by alumni and current graduates of the M.F.A. Programme in Visual Arts may be in the form of a proposed artwork for the NMC or work that has already been created.

Each artist whose artwork is chosen will receive an honourarium of $200.00 in accordance with the Canadian Artist Representation (CAR) fee structure for a group exhibition. The work s are on loan for 1 year. Each year, a work from the exhibition is purchased to become part of a permanent collection for the Schulich School of Business.

Visual Art Graduate Bursary
The Visual Arts Graduate Bursary is awarded to each year to students registered in their first year of graduate studies in the MFA Program in Visual Arts. In 2006, 3 students were each awarded $578.60.

Applicants must demonstrate artistic excellence through their portfolio submission.</p?

Recipient will also demonstrate financial need, be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, and be a resident of Ontario.

Applicants must be:

  • in their first year of study in the Graduate Programme in Visual Arts
  • a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who meets OSAP residency requirements