Fine Arts

drawing + intermedia + painting + printmaking + sculpture

Lindsay Knox, The Inside World of the Outside World of the Inside World, 2010, detail of intermedia installation

The MFA program at UAlberta is a flexible, practice-based program that offers students opportunities to develop a media-based studio practice, as well as to work across multiple media. Students work with faculty versed in artistic-research methodologies and draw on expertise from across the university for interdisciplinary experiences.

Past research topics include:

  • Reconstructing Landscape
  • Guardians: Urban Totems
  • Cafe Mnemosyne
  • Hidden Crimes
  • Mixed Blessings
  • Punctured Romance
  • This Modern Love
  • Fluid Bodies
  • Pharmakon
  • Click Here To Meet Me
  • Mind Body Phone
  • The Seven Deadly Sins and a Murder of Crows
  • Our Anaerobic Future
  • Science = Magik
  • The Falling Doll

Successful applicants to the MFA program generally have a BFA degree with advanced courses in the studio area they are applying to, a demonstrated interest in continuing their studies at the graduate level and in professional art practice, a well-developed idea of a direction for their visual thesis, and an exceptional portfolio that demonstrates an advanced level of work in their area of interest.

After all program requirements have been satisfactorily met, candidates present an exhibition of their creative work. Such a presentation will be considered the equivalent of a master's thesis. The Department of Art and Design reserves the right to select and retain up to two works from the final thesis presentation.

The minimum period of residence is two years of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

TJ Mclachlan, Pinned Down, 2016, intermedia, 78 x 72 x 48 inches

Justin Ogilvie, Shared Flats in Vermillion, 2012, oil and mixed media on canvas, 60 x 84 inches

Grace Sippy, Schism, 2012, digital inkjet, silkscreen, and chine-collé, 41 x 31 inches