Art (MFA)

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Length of program

Full-time: 24 months

Mode of delivery

In person

Program consists of:

  • Thesis
  • Coursework





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Program description

The MFA Art program provides graduate students the opportunity to pursue contemporary art production through theoretical and practical scholarship. Encompassing material, critical, and conceptual investigations, students work with an open studio context with faculty who are active artists and scholars. Indigenous knowledge and cultural perspectives are supported, while an extensive Visiting Speakers in the Art Program enriches the MFA experience by creating weekly opportunities for discussion with a spectrum of practicing artist, architects, curators, critics, and historians. Resourced with excellent studios and technical facilities, and bolstered by nationally renowned galleries and arts organizations, the program offers students unique opportunities for exhibition and dialogue within a vibrant cultural community.

The University of Lethbridge possesses one of the largest and most accessible art collections in Canada, fostering direct student access to 19th, 20th, and 21st century national and international artwork. A lively and extensive Visiting Speakers in the Arts Program enhances communication with national and international artists, writers, critics, and curators. MFA students are encouraged to augment their studio practice through interactions with our strong Art History/Museum Studies Program, and other graduate programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts (New Media, Music, and Drama). The University’s liberal arts focus offers opportunities to take courses and explore collaborations with the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Located in the University Centre for the Arts, the Art Department is supported by excellent studio and resourced with a wide range of outstanding technical workshops and digital facilities.

  • Metal shop with foundry and forge
  • Individual studios for senior students
  • Modern woodshop, ceramic, plaster and textile studios
  • Bronze and aluminum foundry
  • Digital fabrication lab with CNC router, 3D printers, and Glowforge laser engraver
  • Printmaking studios
  • Digital media studio with 3D and large format printer
  • Photography & camera obscura studio with full wet darkroom
  • Painting and drawing studios
  • Exhibition, installation and experimental spaces
  • Sewing studio with 3 basic model sewing machines and one industrial sewing machine
  • Weaving equipment including 45” Leclerc Nilus 4-shaft floor loom, 24” Leclerc Dorothy 4-shaft table loom, and 2 rigid heddle looms
  • Excellent technical support and mentorship

The program supports areas of study in a range of creative practices including:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Performance art
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Media and electronic art

Program of Study

During the first year of the M.F.A. program, students complete course work. In the second year of the program, M.F.A. students focus on the research and production of the Thesis. The Thesis will be defended in the Final Oral Examination.The required courses for M.F.A. - Art majors are:

  • Art 5148 - Graduate Studio I (6.0 credit hours)
  • Art 5149 - Graduate Studio II (6.0 credit hours)
  • Art 5160 - Theory in Art Studio (3.0 credit hours)
  • Fine Arts 5020 - Information Literacy for the Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)
  • Two electives at the 5000 level, at least one of which must be in Art, Art History, or Museum Studies (6.0 credit hours)

For more information, please see the "Master of Fine Arts" section of the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue.

See examples of Faculty & Staff artwork.

Finding a supervisor

Applicants to the MFA do not need to find a supervisor in advance of applying. Supervisors are not identified until after an application has been assessed by the departmental graduate education committee. Applicants can contact available faculty to discuss supervision prior to application, but it is not a requirement of the application.