How to Apply - Graduate

We offer a two-year program leading to a Master of Fine Arts degree. The core of the program emphasizes rigorous and intensive studio work combined with critical discussions taking place in regular seminars. Candidates will also teach an undergraduate course during one semester of their studies.

The program focuses on the areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, digital media arts, and video art. The Department of Visual Arts recognizes and encourages work that does not fit singularly into these categories.

Please apply via the Graduate Studies Admissions page.

If you have initial questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page

Course Calendar

For information about the specific course requirements of our MFA program, please see the UVic Calendar for required courses for the Visual Arts MFA.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a 4-year BFA in Visual Arts with a B average or better. Students with qualifications other than a BFA in Visual Arts should contact the department.

Students who have not previously completed the equivalent of 12 units (8 courses) of Art History, 6 units (4 courses) of these at the 300- or 400-level, will be required to take additional courses at the University of Victoria before being granted an MFA.

How to Apply (FAQ)

References and Transcripts

Two assessment reports or letters of reference must be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office. Applicants must also ensure that their undergraduate institution sends an official transcript directly to the Graduate Admissions and Records Office.

Mail assessment reports or letters of reference and transcripts to:

Office of the Registrar
University of Victoria
PO Box 3025 STN CSC
Victoria BC  V8W 3P2

Portfolio Submission and Statement of Intent

Applicants to the MFA program must submit a portfolio of work and a statement of intent describing the applicant's conceptual approach to art making and stating why the applicant is applying to the University of Victoria MFA program.

application submission form



Financial Aid (FAQ)

UVic offers two kind of financial assistance:

University of Victoria Fellowships ($12,400)
All new applicants are evaluated for UVic Fellowships. The minimum grade required for consideration is an A-. Competition for University of Victoria Fellowships is very difficult, and meeting the minimum standard for consideration does not guarantee that a student will be granted a Fellowship.

University Teaching or Research Assistantship
Graduate students may apply, through the Department of Visual Arts, for paid employment as Academic Assistants. Such employment is negotiated through the Department of Visual Arts (not through the Faculty of Graduate Studies) at rates of pay determined by UVic. Students appointed as Academic Assistants may also be recommended by their department to the Faculty of Graduate Studies for a supplement.

See the University Calendar and the Student Financial Aid Office for information on scholarships and bursaries. The Faculty of Graduate Study has more links to funding resources. Please also see the Canada Council for the Arts to find out if you are eligible for grants.

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