Master's Degree Program

Visual Arts (MFA)

The Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts focuses on the practice and production of studio art and its contextualization within contemporary practices and critical discourse.

The Master of Fine Arts offers the following areas of concentration:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photo-based media
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Students can also opt to work between these areas.

The Department of Visual Arts consists of artists and art historians with national and international reputations. Faculty have studios on campus, facilitating student access to their instructors’ professional art practices. The department is also complemented by faculty from the First Nations University of Canada, Luther College and by other members of the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance.

The MFA program is intentionally small (a maximum of five students are accepted each year) in order to allow for intensive interaction between students and faculty. 

Graduates are skilled artists, highly educated about contemporary art, and have developed research and writing skills in the field of Visual Arts. Many of our graduates are self-employed as artists and have received significant recognition as practicing visual artists.

The MFA is a terminal degree in the field of Visual Arts. Our graduates are fully qualified to teach at the University level and many go on to careers as professors. Others enter a range of professions within the field of visual arts and culture such as museum and gallery directors, curators, and educators.

The Department of Visual Arts, originally the Regina School of Art, dates back to 1914 when the newly established Regina College introduced an art program.

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Program: Visual Arts (MFA)
Length: 2 years
Offered Through: University of Regina
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Why Study Visual Arts at the University of Regina?

MFA students are provided with 24-hour access to shared studio spaces.

The MFA program is enriched by visiting artists who share ideas and concepts of their art through workshops and lectures and by local galleries and community cultural events.

On-one-on studio courses with faculty are complimented by small weekly seminars that allow students to discuss art theory and criticism and to develop and clarify their individual research projects.

Visual Arts Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admission requirements?

Applicants for the MFA program must hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or equivalent. Applicants must submit a portfolio, artist statement, letter of intent, transcripts, references, and language proficiency (if applicable.)

For more information about portfolio requirements, please refer to supplementary material required for admission.

For more information about admission requirements, refer to the graduate calendar.

Are additional costs other than tuition associated with this program?
Students are responsible for purchasing most of their art materials.
What are some of the courses that MFA Visual Arts students take?

ART 820AA-ZZ Intermedia

Studio course in areas including installation, performance, audio, video, book works and electronic media. 

ART 830AA-ZZ Drawing

Studio course in the area of drawing. 

ART 840AA-ZZ Painting

Studio course in the area of painting.

ART 850AA-ZZ Sculpture

Studio course in the area of sculpture.

ART 860AA-ZZ Ceramics

Studio course in the area of ceramics.

ART 870AA-ZZ Printmaking

Studio course in the area of printmaking.

ART 884AA-ZZ Selected Topics in Photo-based Imaging

Studio course in the area of photo based imaging.

Studio courses are chosen by students in consultation with their supervisor.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! Once you have been accepted as a fully-qualified graduate student with no conditions or holds on your admission, then you are eligible to apply for our scholarships, awards, graduate teaching assistant positions, or research assistantships.

Visual Arts Scholarship

  • The Donald Stuart Richan Research Award 

Apply for this scholarship and more by visiting our Graduate Awards Portal (GAP), the U of R online graduate scholarship application system.

All Graduate Funding Opportunities

Visit our Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website to learn about all graduate funding opportunities including:

  • National Scholarships (including Tri Council funding)
  • Awards to Study Abroad
  • FGSR Funding/Special Awards
  • Funding for Indigenous Students
  • Funding for International Students
  • Other Awards and Scholarships
  • External Scholarship Opportunities
  • External Student and Faculty Awards
What clubs, campus events, and networking opportunities can students participate in as part of this program?
  • Visual Arts Student Association (VASA)
  • 5th Parallel Gallery (exhibition, gallery management, and curating opportunities)
  • University of Regina Ceramics Student Society (URCSS)
  • MAP Presentation Series
  • DRS Doctoral Research Showcase
  • Art for Lunch - Visiting Artist Lecture and Residency Committee (VALARC)
  • Living Skies Student Film Festival
  • Theatre Productions
  • Music Clubs
  • Humanities Research Institute events, seminars and conferences
  • Living Heritage Speaking Series
  • Conferences and symposia on contemporary themes organized regularly by faculty
Can I study abroad?
Yes! Mitacs Globalink is a student mobility and research funding program in Canada with many options for travel for graduate students for the purpose of conducting research. Some programs are open to all countries and applications are accepted throughout the year, while other programs are limited to partner countries and are call-based.

What Can You Do With a Visual Arts Degree?

Upon successfully completing your MFA in visual arts, you will be ready for the next step of your career. Some of our graduates have participated in international artist residencies. Our graduates have also found employment at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre, Art Gallery of Regina, the Dunlop Art Gallery, SK Arts, and the University of Regina.

  • Practicing professional artist
  • University professor
  • Gallery or museum director
  • Curator
  • Visual arts educator
  • Cultural policy maker
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