Master of Fine Arts

Program in Studio Art

MFA Program in Studio Art

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 a regular seminar. Candidates will also teach an undergraduate course during one semester of their studies.

Application Deadline:

  • International Applicant (including USA) Deadline: December 15
  • Canadian Applicant Deadline: January 15
  • Portfolio Submission Deadline: January 15


Our teaching faculty are actively engaged at national and international levels in creative and critical research, with contemporary approaches to studio practice.

Our continuing faculty include Cedric Bomford, Megan Dickie, Daniel Laskarin, Kelly Richardson, Jennifer Stillwell, Paul Walde, and Robert Youds.

We are home to the Audain Professor of Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest, which invites a mid-career artist for a one-year term to work with our students and to further their own practice. Our current Audain Professor of Contemporary Arts is Rande Cook.
Previous Audain Professors include Rebecca Belmore, Nicholas Galanin, Michael Nicol Yahgulanaas, and Jackson 2Bears.


We provide private studio spaces, robust wood & metal shops, extensive digital media facilities and technical support for a diversity of approaches to contemporary art production, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and media art.

We also encourage cross-disciplinary work that doesn’t fit singularly into these categories.

In addition to annual graduate funding, we also provide teaching assistantships as well as a one-term sessional teaching role in the second-year of study.

Program Length

Two years of full-time study including independent studio practice over the summer months between the two academic years.  During the summer term candidates have the opportunity to extend their studio practice into our large classrooms, while having access to our shops and technicians.

Visiting Artists

Each semester we invite leading artists, curators and critics to discuss their work and its relation to contemporary art.

A cornerstone of our MFA Program, Visiting Artists and Orion Visitors in Fine Arts participate in roundtable discussions in our Graduate Seminars and provide individual studio visits.

Course Calendar

Please see the UVic Calendar for required courses for the Visual Arts MFA.

Financial Aid

Please note that funding information is subject to change as it’s administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and/or Student Awards and Financial Aid.

All of our graduate students are awarded Teaching Assistantships, additionally Graduate Funding may be available dependent on grade point average*. For the first year this totals just under $10,000 *. In the second year of the program, our grads are offered teaching roles for one term and this increases the available funding to approximately $13,500*.

Teaching Assistantships are available 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.

See the University Calendar and the Student Financial Aid Office for further 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.

About UVic

We offer innovative programs for over 20,000 students and provide dynamic learning experiences in a diverse and welcoming West Coast environment on Canada’s beautiful Vancouver Island.

About the Faculty of Fine Arts

Home to more than 150 instructors and 1,200 students, we are B.C.’s only stand-alone Fine Arts faculty. Our interdisciplinary research and creative production is recognized worldwide for its high quality, social value and cultural significance.

About Victoria

With a vibrant cultural scene, Victoria offers a wide range of arts opportunities. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Open Space Arts Society often work to partner with Visual Arts to provide further learning opportunities and active cultural engagement.

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