OCAD University’s distinctive program focuses uniquely on the practices of curating and criticism, leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. Our graduate faculty and adjunct faculty include practising curators and critics who bring deep intellectual and professional expertise to the studies of criticism and curatorial practice.
OCAD University’s reputation for excellence entices internationally renowned authorities to its annual Artist-in-Residence program, and assists students to establish programmatic internships in Canada and abroad.
The MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice is a full-time, 60-credit program normally completed within two academic years or five sequential semesters. With the Program Director’s approval, some part-time students may be admitted with a more flexible completion schedule.
The Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice program from OCAD University comprises the following:
- Five core seminars (critical theory, research methods, issues in exhibitions, critical writing, and issues in criticism and curatorial studies)
- Two core practice and issues-based studio/seminars
- An institutionally embedded theory and practice-based course,"Inside Curatorial Practice", which including a collaborative group exhibition
- Two elective seminars or studios
- Individual research
- Summer internship or study abroad
- Thesis: curatorial exhibition and critical essay, or criticism thesis
Students entering the program will have an honours-equivalent four-year bachelor’s degree in studio art or design, or art history/visual culture, or a related discipline, and several years of practical experience. They will be interested in augmenting their existing knowledge base through a program of study that facilitates exploration of and experimentation with the full range of contemporary art and/or design curatorial and critical practices, and that provides the historical, theoretical and critical armature required.
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- Intro to Curatorial Practices
- Inside Curatorial Practice
- Contemporary Research Methods
- Critical Theory Seminar
- Art History Methods & Theory
- Intro to Criticism and Critical Writing
- 24 months
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DisciplinesDesign Visual Arts Art History View 18 other Masters in Art History in Canada
Application for admission into the MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD U is a highly competitive process. Applicants must hold a BA, BFA, BDes, or comparable honours degree/certification with an average of 75 per cent (B+) or better during the last two years of study, or must demonstrate exceptional experience/expertise as a practising artist, designer, critic or curator. All applicants must demonstrate creative and conceptual competence at a high level.
International10254 CAD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 10254 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
National3348 CAD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 3348 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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