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 this two-year program, you will cultivate a thesis project comprised of both a creative and written component, 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.

Iteration and critique act as the backbone of the degree with opportunities for exhibitions and public critiques. Throughout, you will learn to identify relevant contexts for your own practice – artist-run centres, galleries, community organizations, public spaces – and work to situate your research within broader fields of theoretical and material inquiry.

The program encourages the identification of relevant contexts for your 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.