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.

Our approach to critical making actively integrates praxis with research, and is intended to expand the theoretical and experimental frameworks in which your studio production is situated. Through a predominantly critique-based environment, you will be encouraged to take risks, to challenge, and to grow your established material processes and critical perspectives. Research seminars, studio classes and a series of lectures and studio visits from renowned visiting artists and curators are intended to inform and supplement your practice, and deepen your professional development.

Throughout the course of your degree you will develop a significant creative research project. Your engagement in a diverse range of industries and professional opportunities will aid in the formation of your Master's thesis project, an integral creative product comprised of both a practical and written component.

A faculty mentor will supervise your research and assist you in developing your thesis, including during a period of independent research and professional outreach.

Faculty and staff are available to respond to your research initiatives, both through the curriculum and beyond. Our students – your peers – are engaged in contemporary issues, regarding the land, sustainability and social innovation, processes of de-colonization, new materials and technologies, and perceptual processes.

Offered as a two-year Full Residency program or a three-year Low Residency program, our MFA programs provide a rigorous and innovative approach to contemporary art production with the flexibility to support your established professional practice.

As a multidisciplinary artist, being able to try new materials and methods is an essential part of my praxis. I cannot think of a space or time that better allowed for that than at Emily Carr. With access to a multitude of studios and workshops, I am able to create freely and organically, while being supported by faculty, staff and colleagues who genuinely care for my success.

Rebecca Bair, MFA 2020 Candidate