Fine Arts

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

24 months
506 CAD/credit
506 CAD/credit
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Our Master of Fine Arts program offered by Emily Carr University of Art + Design promotes critical and material inquiry and creative research, in a practice-based, studio environment.


Master's Degrees in Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Offered through two delivery platforms — as a two-year full-residency program, or a three-year low-residency model — the MFA provides a rigorous and innovative approach to contemporary art production, supporting students who are interested in a single field of specialization, or intent on a more interdisciplinary practice.

Through a predominantly critique-based environment, with emphasis on public engagement and exhibition, you will be encouraged to take risks, to challenge, and to grow your established material processes and critical perspectives. A host of technological resources, integrated studios, labs and workshops are available to facilitate this by encouraging material exploration and play.

Graduate students work closely with a diverse range of faculty affiliated with Emily Carr University. Our approach to critical making actively integrates praxis with research, and is intended to expand theoretical and experimental frameworks. A series of lectures and studio visits from renowned visiting artists and curators inform and supplement your practice, and deepen your professional development.

Throughout the degree, you will participate in courses in research, theory and studio practice, and develop a significant creative research or thesis project. Topics of inquiry are wide-reaching and generative and emerge from creative practice. Recent projects have responded to contemporary issues regarding the land, sustainability and social innovation, processes of decolonization, new materials and technologies, and perceptual processes.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Studio I
  • Seminar in Research I
  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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60 alternative credits


On Campus

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

Admission requirements

  • If you are applying to the Master of Fine Arts degree (including the Low Residency program,) you must hold a recognized 4 year Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Media Arts, or Bachelor of Architecture degree.
  • Applicants holding a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field may apply. Applicants holding a three-year bachelor's degree may apply if it is equivalent to a four-year Canadian degree. Please contact us for more information.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    506 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 506 CAD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    506 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 506 CAD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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