Critical Studies in Improvisation, M.A. | University of Guelph | Guelph, Canada
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Critical Studies in Improvisation

24 months
15332 CAD/year
6412 CAD/year
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The Critical Studes in Improvisation program of University of Guelph offers a MA degree incorporating foundations in critical inquiry, multidisciplinary improvisatory practices, performative agency, and community engagement, built on years of award-winning, arts-based research and training by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI).


Key facts

During the Critical Studies in Improvisation program of University of Guelph students will complete three core courses together in Core Concepts, Research Methods, and Arts-Based Community-Making. In conjunction with faculty mentors, students will develop their individual program of study, customized to their research and practice interests. Through courses, project work and optional paid internships, students will have many opportunities to engage with fellow students, scholars, artists, improvisers-in-residence, and community organizations. Candidates will gain broadly applicable practical skills in research and project development, management and implementation, leadership, and collaboration.

Are you interested in:

  • Improvisation
  • Community engagement
  • Interdisciplinary approaches 
  • Arts-based practices for social change 
  • Practice-based research / Research-creation

Career opportunities

  • Research and writing
  • Public administration
  • Communications
  • Government, non-government organizations and not-for-profits
  • Community leadership
  • Arts programming and administration

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Core Concepts in Critical Studies in Improvisation
  • Arts-Based Community Making
  • Foundational Research Methods in Critical Studies in Improvisation
  • Pedagogy Lab
  • Major Research Project in Critical Studies in Improvisation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should hold a four-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of  75%, in a field related totheir proposed study. 
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of reference
  • CV
  • Research Proposal with rationale
  • Writing Sample
  • Portfolio of creative, professional, community-engaged, and/or research practice, in relationship to IMPR and to their proposed area of research. Portfolios can include music, artwork, digital files, writings, and must be linked to the candidate’s rationale for admission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15332 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7666 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    6412 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3206 CAD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Guelph

1157 - 1804 CAD /month
Living costs

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


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