How to Apply

For entry into Fall 2023, our application is available October 15–January 15.

Application Procedures

Submit the initial application (this portion will time out in 30 minutes) which includes the following:

  1. Name & Identity
  2. Goal of Study
  3. Citizenship & Language
  4. Address & Contact
  5. Previous Education
  6. Demographic Information
  7.  Declaration & Consent

Pay the required application fee.

48 - 72 hours after the initial application process is completed, (the process will take longer if you apply over the weekend or during the holiday break) you will receive an e-mail from York containing a York reference number which is needed in order to track the progress of the application on MyFILE.  Through MyFile applicant's can upload all the documents that are required to complete the supplementary application (listed below):

Supplementary Application

  1. 20 digital images of recent work, uploaded electronically (all images must be uploaded as one single PDF max size 2.5 MB), identified with the applicant’s name and accompanied by an information sheet corresponding to the works presented which gives the title, medium, size and date of each work. Clarify whether/how the works are kinetic, installation, performative, computational, etc.. Video, film and electronic media may require a written synopsis for long works, and the role of the applicant in the production should be clear. Include a link to your Website, if applicable.
  2. Writing sample - only PhD applicants are required to provide a writing sample.
  3. A statement of intent (approx. 500-750 words) which includes a final paragraph on the applicant’s proposed studio research if admitted to the program. This statement is a significant aspect of the application since applicants need to be able to express themselves in a coherent written form, and demonstrate an interest in contextualizing their personal research within contemporary critical debates on art.
  4. Curriculum vitae (CV).
  5. Two academic letters of recommendation - as part of the supplementary application, referees will receive an e-mail which includes a link to the form.
  6. Academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Once the application is complete (all documentation such as transcripts, supplementary application information, language proficiency scores (if applicable) and references are uploaded electronically), the file is sent to the program for review.  The program's admission committee reviews your application material and makes an admission decision. The program forwards decisions to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
The Office of Graduate Admissions informs students of the admission decision via MyFile. If you are offered admission, you will receive a detailed e-mail and offer letter outlining your next steps. You may also receive information from your program directly. The processing time of your application depends on when you apply, when your file is complete and when the program admission committee meets.

Guidelines for Submitting Digital Support Material

File size limited to 2.5MB

For Video Files: Submit file that can be accessed with one of the following plug-ins: QuickTime, RealPlayer, Shockwave, Windows Media Player or Flash

Note: The program cannot accept responsibility for materials lost or damaged.

The Office of Admission, York University, sends official communication about application and admission via e-mail. You will receive acknowledgement of your application as well as information about financial aid, on-campus events, offers of admission and your next steps after acceptance. It is important that you open, read and take action (if required) upon receipt of an e-mail.

Note: The program cannot accept responsibility for materials lost or damaged.
See Graduate Admissions website

Requests for further information should be addressed to

Test your material before submission to ensure that it is formatted correctly.  It is your responsibility to ensure that all material reaches the Admissions office intact and in a readable format.