This program, leading to a master of fine arts (MFA) in interdisciplinary studies, provides advanced training in music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts. It furthers cross-disciplinary research, technical skill and artistic creativity, and the development of critical awareness of the relatedness of the arts both in contemporary society and in an historical perspective. The MFA degree is the standard qualifying degree for teaching at the post-secondary level. Courses provide flexibility to accommodate individual differences in background and artistic goals, with emphasis on the production of creative interdisciplinary work. The program is full time and two years in duration. It cannot be pursued part-time and has a residency requirement due to the nature of the artistic practice.
Applicants must hold a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree, or a bachelor of arts (BA) degree, or a bachelor of music (BMus) degree, or a bachelor of education (BEd) degree in one or more of the art disciplines, with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) or better. In special cases, a candidate may be admitted who does not satisfy this requirement but who either possesses comparable certification (an art school or conservatory diploma) or has exceptional experience as a practising artist.
Applicants must demonstrate creative competence with a high standing in music, dance, theatre, film, or visual art undergraduate courses, or substantial experience in these fields outside the university. For consideration by the admissions committee, applicants submit a work portfolio of audio or video tapes, scores, slides, films, plays or academic papers. Performing artists may be asked to audition.
English Language Competence
English is the language of instruction and communication at the University. Accordingly, an applicant whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in the chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate General Regulations (1.3.12 English Language Competence) for minimum language requirements and further information.
MFA candidates complete a minimum of 35 units, including 25 of course work, and a project which is the equivalent of 10 units. Normally, this project is an art presentation accompanied by appropriate documentation with an oral defence.
Students complete all of
Critical study of contemporary issues in the fine and performing arts, with emphasis on concerns common to diverse artistic disciplines and the interaction between art and society. Students with credit for FPA 811 may not take this course for further credit.
Tu 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
GCA 2205, GOLDCORP
Continuation of CA (or FPA) 811. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 811. Students with credit for FPA 812 may not take this course for further credit.
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
GCA 4390, GOLDCORP
A selected topics studio course with an emphasis on interdisciplinary artistic projects. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 811 or 812. Students with credit for FPA 813 may not take this course for further credit.
Intensive studio work, concentrated in a particular art discipline, but with opportunity to involve interdisciplinary materials and techniques. Students with credit for FPA 883 may not take this course for further credit.
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
DT DTVSAR, DT VSAR
Students with credit for FPA 898 may not take this course for further credit.
and one of
Continuation of CA (or FPA) 883. Prerequisite: CA (or FPA) 883. Students with credit for FPA 885 may not take this course for further credit.
Study of particular artistic techniques or issues. The topic varies from term to term. Students with credit for FPA 887 may not take this course for further credit.
Students with credit for FPA 889 may not take this course for further credit.
Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations
All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.