University of Calgary

24 months
12696 CAD/year
5594 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Fine Arts from University of Calgary engages students in a deep exploration of visual art as practice-based creative research, drawing together the technical and interpretive skills required of a professional arts practice. 


 Students work with a range of media or focus on a specific medium, and are given studio space and full access to the resources of the department. This includes full-scale silkscreen and lithographic presses, large-format digital printers, and photo and sculpting studios. The MA of Fine Arts offered by University of Calgary culminates in a final exhibition and a comprehensive written support paper reflecting your understanding of related critical and historical issues. A photographic record of your exhibition remains in the Art Department’s archives. The Master of Fine Arts is widely recognized as the pathway to becoming an artist-teacher at institutions of higher learning in North America.


  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Media Art and Technology

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Art I
  • Critical Study and Research
  • Research Methods in Art

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
  • A four year baccalaureate degree, or equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • A portfolio of 20 images of recent work submitted as a single PDF. Up to five minutes of video documentation may be submitted as links within this document.Please ensure the images are in jpeg format/300dpi/no larger than 1280 pixels in any dimension, and include their title, dimensions, medium and year
  • A three-to-five page statement of intent
  • Two reference letters
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      12696 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 12696 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      5594 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 5594 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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