Art & Design

Graduate Application

Deadlines

  • Application deadline: January 15th, for all of our programs, for September admission.
  • Fall is the only admission term.
  • The online application portal will open on October 1, 2017 for application to the January 15, 2018 deadline. APPLY BY 11:59 PM ON JANUARY 14. If your application is not complete, including all documents and referee letters, your application will not be considered. 

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Fulbright Canada is the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America and awards are intended for American citizens who are graduate students, prospective graduate students, or promising young professionals who wish to study and/or conduct research in Canada. Awards may be held at any university, research center, think tank, or government agency in Canada. The award is valued at US$15,000 for one academic year beginning September. The 2018-19 competition deadline is October 6, 2017 at 5:00pm EST. Applications available as of February 1, 2017.

Requirements

You require a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale (B average or 75%) in the last two years of study.

You do not need to contact a potential thesis supervisor before you apply.

Please read all of the information below before you go to the 'APPLY NOW' button at the bottom of this page.

Master of Design and Master of Fine Arts Applicants

Applicants to the Master of Design (MDes) or Master of Fine Arts (MFA) studio programs must hold a four-year Bachelor's degree, normally a BDes or BFA degree, respectively, from a university or another recognized academic institution. Applicants who have completed university degree programs, other than the four-year BDes or BFA (for example, a four year BA), must provide evidence of work related to the student's intended area of study that is representative of a level of development equivalent to advanced study in a university program, and a transcript showing completion of senior level coursework in the History of Art & Design. Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation, or those who have a three year degree, may be required to take a qualifying year prior to formal entry into the program.

Master of Arts (MA) History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture Applicants

Applicants to the Master of Arts (MA) History of Art, Design and Visual Culture program must normally hold a degree in the History of Art (or its equivalent) from a recognized institution. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree other than History of Art will be considered for admission provided that an adequate background in the History of Art can be demonstrated. Applicants are advised to have reading ability and course credits in a language other than English at a level satisfactory to the department. Applicants will be required to submit current samples of writing and documentation of previous education and work experience to the department by January 15 for admission in September of the year of application.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) History of Art, Design and Visual Culture Applicants

Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) History of Art, Design and Visual Culture program will normally hold a Master’s degree in art history, visual culture or a related discipline. Applicants with deficiencies in their Master's preparation may be required to take a qualifying year prior to formal entry into the program.

Application Materials

The web-based application system allows you to upload all supporting documents. Here are the documents you need to submit electronically by

January 15:

  • OFFICIAL Transcripts (Canada and US), Mark Sheets and Degree Certificate (international): You will be required to up-load your official transcripts to the electronic application system. PLEASE DO NO SEND your official transcripts or Mark Sheets and Degree Certificate in hard copy until after you have received the conditional offer of admission letter from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. AFTER you have been accepted, arrange to have 1 official transcript (domestic) or Mark Sheets and Degree Certificate (international) sent to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and 1 sent to the Department of Art & Design. Documents must be sent directly, in a sealed envelope, from the post-secondary institution to the following addresses:
     
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research
      Killam Centre for Advanced Studies
      2-29 Triffo Hall, University of Alberta
      Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
      T6G 2E1

    • Art & Design Department (Graduate)
      3-98 Fine Arts Building
      University of Alberta
      Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
      T6G 2C9

  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (if applicable): TOEFL: minimum score of 580 (paper-based) or a total score of 95 (internet-based), IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7, with at least 6 on each band. Exemptions  University of Alberta Institutional Code: 0963
  • Statement of intent: Up to 2 pages which describe your current work, a detailed description of your research interests and what you hope to accomplish during the program.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Recommendation Letters: You require 3. Once you submit the email addresses of your referees, they will receive an automated message with instructions on how to submit their letters.
  • Writing Sample: Up to 25 pages for MA and PhD applicants only.
  • Portfolio: Applicants to the MDes and MFA programs must also submit a portfolio of 12 to 15 good quality images to the Department of Art & Design. Portfolio images are viewed by the Assessment Committee using a projection system.
    • MDes and MFA applicants submit your portfolio on the application system as a PDF document (5MB maximum file size) in Department Check 4.
    • MFA applicants should place image information (title,height,width,depth) within the document under each image.
    • MFA applicants who would prefer to submit their images via Google Drive, please title your shared file with your name and specialization (Printmaking, Drawing/Intermedia, Sculpture, Printmaking) and share your folder with:dmclean@ualberta.ca
    • images should be a minimum of 1920 pixels on the long side
      Highest quality JPEG file format
      RGB colour mode files only
      label each file (image) with a number and title

Track your admission results through the Applicant Portal of the Apply Grad application system. 

Once the Department Review Committee has made their selections, we will notify all accepted and wait-listed applicants by email. Unsuccessful applicants will find their admission result in their Applicant Portal. Once acceptance has been confirmed by the Department, admission recommendations will be forwarded to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research which will, in turn, up-load a letter of official acceptance to the Applicant Portal..

View the Graduate Program Manual from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

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