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Criticism and Curatorial Practice

OCAD University

Master
24 months
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10254 CAD/year
3348 CAD/year
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About

The Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice program from OCAD University offers graduate students an exceptional opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary art, media and design through engagement with history, theory and criticism within curatorial practice.

Overview

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intro to Curatorial Practices 
  • Inside Curatorial Practice
  • Contemporary Research Methods 
  • Critical Theory Seminar 
  • Art History Methods & Theory 
  • Intro to Criticism and Critical Writing 

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Credits

10 alternative credits

Delivered

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.
B+

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.
90
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).
7

Other requirements

General requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10254 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10254 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    3348 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3348 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.

Funding

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