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Criticism and Curatorial Practice

OCAD University

24 months
10845 CAD/year
3348 CAD/year
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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.


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 and 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.

Key facts:

  • 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:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

January 12, 2021 is the deadline to apply to receive priority consideration for funding. 


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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. 
  • Research Proposal: Applicants should clearly outline their background in their area of concentration and describe their research interest or theme for their graduate work in the program. Appendices including bibliography and examples of visual work may be included if appropriate. It is strongly suggested that applicants identify at least one graduate faculty member they would like to work with during their studies. The proposal must be typed and should not exceed 500 words.
  • CV: Applicants should include an updated copy of their curriculum vitae.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10845 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10845 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    3348 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3348 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 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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