Master's Degrees in Fine Arts

Our Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program promotes critical and material inquiry and creative research, in a practice-based, studio environment.

Offered through two delivery platforms — as a two-year full-residency program, or a three-year low-residency model — the MFA provides a rigorous and innovative approach to contemporary art production, supporting students who are interested in a single field of specialization, or intent on a more interdisciplinary practice.

Through a predominantly critique-based environment, with emphasis on public engagement and exhibition, you will be encouraged to take risks, to challenge, and to grow your established material processes and critical perspectives. A host of technological resources, integrated studios, labs and workshops are available to facilitate this by encouraging material exploration and play.

Graduate students work closely with a diverse range of faculty affiliated with Emily Carr University. Our approach to critical making actively integrates praxis with research, and is intended to expand theoretical and experimental frameworks. A series of lectures and studio visits from renowned visiting artists and curators inform and supplement your practice, and deepen your professional development.

Throughout the degree, you will participate in courses in research, theory and studio practice, and develop a significant creative research or thesis project. Topics of inquiry are wide-reaching and generative and emerge from creative practice. Recent projects have responded to contemporary issues regarding the land, sustainability and social innovation, processes of decolonization, new materials and technologies, and perceptual processes.