24 months
15520 CAD/year
13094 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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Our Master of Fine Arts program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design promotes critical and material inquiry and creative research, in a practice-based, studio environment.


About the Master's Degree 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 
  • Seminar in Research 
  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum
  • Seminar in Dialogues and Interactions
  • Visual Arts Thesis Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • If you are applying to the Master of Fine Arts degrees you must hold a recognized four-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
  • Your minimum grade point average must be 3.0 (B) or higher from an accredited university or institute.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15520 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7760 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    13094 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6547 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • National Year 2 Fall: $8,115
  • International Year 2 Fall: $9,631
  • National Spring: $6,272 + $4,704 (Year 2)
  • International Spring: $7,485 + $5,613 (Year 2)

Living costs for Vancouver

1590 - 2686 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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