Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art (MFA)
The MFA program is dedicated to helping students understand both the making and theorizing of art against the background of the diverse intellectual environment of a major university, and within the context of local and international art communities. The MFA degree is also the standard qualifying degree for teaching visual arts at the post-secondary level. Most students are given the opportunity to teach foundation courses as Teaching Assistants, thus providing them valuable experience in visual arts instruction.
Students in the program may work in any area of contemporary art production including painting, drawing, printmaking, three-dimensional and installation work, photography, digital art, intermedia, video, performance, sound, or in any interdisciplinary form. The program does not include training in applied art, commercial art and design, graphic design, film or television.
Each MFA student receives his/her own private studio (approximately 250 square feet) and access to the department's extensive facilities including a state-of-the art Photo/Digital lab, Printmaking unit, and Workshop. MFAs participate in an intensive weekly studio seminar that is also a forum for critical discussions about leading issues in contemporary art, visual culture, and cultural theory. Students take additional academic coursework to enrich their particular focus, and present their Major Paper research and artwork to peers, faculty, and the public at their final oral presentation (occurring in the spring of their final year) and at a final critique (occurring during their graduation exhibition). Open Studios, interdepartmental critiques, and organised exhibitions showcase the students' art production and broaden their exposure to the local art scene and beyond.
TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement
IELTS Overall Score Requirement
Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,569.22||$2,756.86|
|Tuition per year||$4,707.66||$8,270.58|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$857.00 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $13,561.00 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Affiliated Faculty Members
Gu, Xiong (Fine Art. Transcultural identity and hybridity. Through the critical angle of visual art, my work encompasses other elements such as sociology, geography, economics, politics, literature; and finally, the dynamics of globalisation, local culture and individual identity shifts. These shifts do not merely constitute a simple amalgamation of two original subjects, but instead, seek to create an entirely new space., Installation, painting, drawing, photography, contemporary art theory)
Monteyne, Joseph (Contemporary art, independent magazine culture)
O'Brian, John (Modern art; modernism; Canadian art and photography; American art and photography; nuclear art and photography; nuclear threat; Dr. Strangelove; nuclear postcards; art controversies; museums and collectors; Group of Seven; David Milne; James Wilson Morrice; Emily Carr; Henri Matisse; Barnett Newman; Roy Kiyooka; Greg Curnoe; Robert Del Tredici; Ishiuchi Miyako; Mark Ruwedel. , Modern era, Canadian Studies)
Pina, Manuel (Images)
Prince, Richard (contemporary Canadian art; sculpture; 20th-century art (European, North American); contemporary Canadian art; British Columbia art, Assumptions about conventional images of the landscape and proposes unique, often mechanical or electronic solutions for its representation)
Roy, Marina (Intersection between materials, history, language, and ideology)
Ryan, Maureen (18th and 19th century Europe and Noth America History Politics of culture issues, colionalism, national identity, gender and race)
Soussloff, Catherine (Art, Art History, European Art, Performance Art, Performance Studies, Art Theory, Aesthetics, Philosophy of art, historiography and theory of European art)
Watson, D (Contemporary Canadian art, art issues and art theory)
Zeigler, Barbara (Visual Art (Print Media, Printmaking, Drawing, Installation Art, Video, and Collaborative/Public Art), Environmental Politics, Animal Studies, BC Salmon Populations )
Further Program Information
September 2017 Intake
The University of British Columbia
Room 403 - 6333 Memorial Road
British Columbia, V6T 1Z2