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Visual Arts (MFA)

University of Windsor, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 12,418

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree

This is a Research based Program.

The Master of Fine Arts Program in Visual Arts at the University of Windsor is a two-year, studio-centered program geared towards creative exploration, innovative experimentation and the development of a sustainable artistic practice. The program provides graduate students with a critical and theoretical framework that enables the independent development of artistic research and studio production that is supported by a range of dynamic faculty, visiting artists, curators and critics.

Windsor’s School of Creative Arts has one of the longest running MFA programs in Canada, founded in 1979.
University of Windsor MFA graduates have gone on to establish significant careers as visual artists, educators, curators and arts professionals.
Our program is distinguished for its focus on intensive graduate supervision, spacious facilities and openness to unconventional practices. 
We encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to art that enables students to experiment with a variety of media and methods to discover those best suited to realizing their creative projects. 
Sample Creative Project Topics

  • Video Installation
  • Audio Responsive Installation
  • Performance
  • Social Practice
  • Bio art
  • Urban Interventions

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • May 2024

Program Specific Admission Requirements

  • Deadline for Fall: January 15
  • Deadline for Winter: -
  • Deadline for Summer: -
  • 4 Year honours degree in a related field
  • Minimum TOEFL: IBT-83
  • Minimum IELTS: 6.5
  • Minimum Pearson: 65

Additional Requirements

  • Applicants must submit a portfolio of their work
  • Three Referee Assessments
  • Portfolio Checklist

Degree Requirements
1) Ten courses are required:
(a) four courses in Studio Practice (VSAR-8610, VSAR-8620, VSAR-8630, VSAR-8640);
(b) MACS-8600: Contemporary Issues;
(c) MACS-8000: Directed Individual Studies;
(d) Graduate Seminars (VSAR-8596, VSAR-8597, VSAR-8598, VSAR-8599);(e) During their first year, students must participate in a first year MFA. group exhibition. Additionally, students will participate in three end of semester reviews to evaluate studio production in semesters 1, 2, and 3.
2) Thesis (VSAR-8970)

  • Program Type: Graduate
  • Major or Degree: Master of Fine Arts
  • Course Load: Full Time
  • Fee Category: Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Term: Fall
  • Residence: Alumni Hall - Single in a 2 Bedroom Suite
  • Meal Plan: Full Meal Plan - moderate off campus flexibility.
  • Estimated Total $ 9883.36
  • Base Tuition $ 2393.10 Assessed each term

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