Master On Campus

Visual Studies

University of Toronto

20 months
43990 CAD/year
8370 CAD/year
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The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto offers the Master of Visual Studies (MVS) degree program.


This two-year, full-time professional program has two fields:

  • Curatorial Studies
  • Studio.

The Visual Studies MVS Curatorial Studies experience evolves within a rich environment structured around historical and contemporary approaches to curatorial practices, in conjunction with developments in the visual art, theory, and critical writing. In particular, MVS Curatorial Studies students will focus on the presentational challenges arising from complex modes of visual expression—from object to installation, from text and image combination, temporal as well as audio and new electronic media—within the increasingly dominant forces of the culture industry. The course of study is designed to offer students ample opportunity for the in-depth development of the subject and contents of the Graduating Exhibition, its full realization for public presentation, and the Qualifying Paper in the form of a Catalogue Essay.

The MVS Studio experience evolves within a rich environment structured around new approaches to visual art production, art theory, critical writing, and professional practice. The MVS Studio is concerned with the increasingly complex modes of visual expression through combinations of text, image, movement, sound, and dynamic new electronic media. Accordingly, the participants will examine contemporary art practice and theory through core courses that will give them ample opportunity to develop skills in a variety of projects and media. MVS Studio students at the University of Toronto pursue a highly focused investigation within studio practice along with research into contemporary theories exploring the visual and spatial relationships within art and cultural production.

Programme Structure

  • 4.5 FCEs from the approved course list for curatorial studies

  • 1.5 FCEs in electives. Elective courses are selected in consultation with the student's advisor and are subject to the approval of the Program Director.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 20 months

Start dates & application deadlines


6 alternative credits

6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs)


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design's additional admission requirements stated below.
  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with significant coursework in humanities and cultural theory from a recognized university, or an appropriate BFA degree from a recognized university.
  • Overall average of at least a B+.
  • artist's statement that includes a description of the proposed body of work in curatorial to be undertaken during the two-year program;
  • full curriculum vitae (CV) with details of exhibition, professional activity, and education;
  • documentation of recent curatorial work;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • a critical writing sample;
  • transcripts;
  • a portfolio of previous work dependent on the field of future study.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43990 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 43990 CAD per year during 20 months.
  • National

    8370 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8370 CAD per year during 20 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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