MFA (Full-Residency)

A rigorous community of artists and cultural producers

Our Master of Fine Arts degree focuses on material practice and creative research, informed by contemporary issues and developed in studio courses and research seminars through rigorous analysis, iteration, and critique.

Throughout the two-year program, graduate students will cultivate a thesis project, comprised of both a creative and written component, and culminating in a public exhibition. A faculty mentor will supervise your research and assist you in developing your thesis, including during a period of independent research and professional outreach between the first and second year.

Many of our students augment their education by taking part in a range of professional teaching assistantships and fellowships, research assistantships within the university, as well as professional internships within the Vancouver cultural scene.

The program encourages graduate students to identify relevant contexts for their own practice – artist-run centres, galleries, community organizations, public spaces – and work to situate your research within broader fields of theoretical and material inquiry.

Students have access to ECU’s expansive labs, studios, facilities, and research centres and graduates from this program join an influential community of established artists, educators, activists, writers, and cultural producers.