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Visual Arts


Graduate Coordinator: Robert Truszkowski, MFA

Faculty Listing


Master of Fine Arts Program (Studio Art Practice)

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program focuses on studio art practice/production and its contextualization within contemporary practice and critical discourse. Students meet with studio faculty on an individual basis. Weekly seminars focus on art theory and criticism, professional issues and the development of individual research projects.

MFA students in Visual Arts are provided with well equipped studio spaces for six consecutive semesters and access to all department equipment and facilities including: the Fifth Parallel Student Gallery, the Dr. John Archer Library, the woodshop, graduate computer lab and the Visual Resource Centre.

The program is intentionally small (maximum of five students are accepted each year) in order to allow for intensive interaction between students and faculty. The department is comprised of eight studio professors and four art historians, all of whom are active, practicing professionals. The department is also complemented by faculty from the First Nations University of Canada, Luther College and by other members of the Fine Arts Faculty.

The MFA program culminates with a solo exhibition at the MacKenzie Art Gallery - or another approved space approved by the supervisor and the Visual Arts graduate committee and is - supported by a comprehensive support paper. An oral defense conducted by an external examiner, a committee of Visual Arts faculty and the Dean of FGSR or designate completes the degree requirements.


Each graduate student in the Department of Visual Arts is provided with a generous studio space, guaranteed for six semesters and use of a fully equipped wood shop, computer lab and extensive equipment in each of the studio areas: ceramics, drawing, intermedia, painting, print media, and sculpture. Specialized equipment includes a 36" slab roller, 11" diameter hydraulic extruder, two clay mixers and 3 gas kilns (one car kiln), complete photo-etching, litho and etching areas, photomechanical and digital area, ortho camera and photo litho area, paper making and bronze casting facilities, welding and wood shop areas, digital video cameras, Mac computers, still cameras, monitors and other electronic media. The Dr. John Archer Library houses more than 30,000 Visual Arts volumes and numerous periodicals. The Visual Resource Centre has approximately 100,000 slides plus videotapes, video/disks, other audio-visual materials and a growing digital database. The City of Regina has several public galleries: the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the Dunlop Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Regina, Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre, Soil Digital Media Suite and Sâkêwêwak Artists’ First Nations Collective as well as commercial galleries.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance such as the FGSR Scholarships, Teaching Assistantships, Research Awards and Teaching Fellowships are based on merit. A student may receive a maximum of five semesters of FGSR funding and the FGSR awards are only available to students in good standing who are registering in formal credit hours. FGSR scholarships etc. are awarded following the Winter semester review. There are also employment opportunities offered by the department.

Entrance Requirements and Application

Candidates for the MFA program must hold a BFA degree or equivalent and must submit documentation (CD, DVD or URL's.) of recent work (20 images or equivalent) accompanied by a corresponding sheet indicating: (a) title of each work; (b) media; (c) date; (d) dimensions (if applicable). Other relevant documentation may be included. A one to two page statement of intention and two letters of reference are also required with the application form, which is available from the Graduate Studies and Research website.

International students and students from art colleges are encouraged to apply. Students may be accepted as qualifying if their undergraduate transcript indicates they lack sufficient credits in any area and particularly in art history and theory and criticism.

The degree Master of Fine Arts offers areas of concentration of students may opt instead to work between the areas of:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Intermedia
  • Painting
  • Print Media
  • Sculpture

Credit Hour Requirement

The MFA program normally requires seven consecutive semesters to complete. This includes two summer semesters. Studios are available to students for the first six consecutive semesters.

MAP 800 3
MAP 803 3
ART 8xx 12
ART 801-804 12
Elective 3
ART 902 9
MAP 903 0
Total Credit Hours

Note: In exceptional circumstances and with the permission of the Supervisor(s) and the Department Head, a maximum of 3 credit hours of senior undergraduate courses (300-400 level) in a discipline of direct relevance to the student's proposed program of study may be taken.

Exhibition Statement and Oral Examination

Students are required to: (a) present an exhibition; (b) prepare a written comprehensive support paper and bibliography of 25 -50 pages; (c) undergo an oral defense in order to complete the degree requirements.

  1. An exhibition is presented in a professional manner in the MacKenzie Art Gallery, or an alternate space approved by the student’s supervisor and the Visual Arts graduate committee.
  2. A comprehensive support paper written by the student defines the intent of their work and refers to the sources, context, historical and theoretical basis of the work presented for the exhibition. The intention of the support paper is to support the exhibition, it is not a thesis.
  3. The examination committee will conduct an oral defense of the exhibition and support paper.. The external examiner, whose expertise is in the candidate's major area, reviews the exhibition and leads the oral examination. Other members of the examination committee are from the Department of Visual Arts and, under special circumstances, from other relevant departments, and the Dean of FGSR, or a representative, who chairs the oral defense proceedings.

Upon successful completion of the exhibition and oral defense students are required to submit the following to the department:

  • Appropriate documentation of their exhibition.
  • An appropriate record of graduation work (digital or other format) as approved by the Department.
  • The revised final comprehensive support paper in digital format.

The MacKenzie Gallery is not guaranteed for students graduating in the winter/spring or summer semesters.

Course Descriptions

ART 801-ART 804 Group Studio (3)
Group seminars led by studio faculty to discuss and write about student's studio practice.

ART 820AA-ZZ Intermedia (Alternate credit 3,6)
Studio course in areas including installation, performance, audio, video, bookworks and electronic media, under the supervision of a faculty member(s), chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor.

ART 830AA-ZZ Drawing (Alternate credit 3,6)
Studio course in the area of drawing, under the supervision of a faculty member(s) chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor.

ART 840AA-ZZ Painting (Alternate credit 3,6)
Studio course in the area of painting, under the supervision of a faculty member(s) chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor.

ART 850AA-ZZ Sculpture (Alternate credit 3,6)
Studio course in the area of sculpture, under the supervision of a faculty member(s) chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor.

ART 860AA-ZZ Ceramics (Alternate credit 3,6)
Studio course in the area of ceramics, under the supervision of a faculty member(s) chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor.

ART 870AA-ZZ Printmaking (Alternate credit 3,6)
Studio course in the area of printmaking, under the supervision of a faculty member(s) chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor.

ART 884AA-ZZ Selected Topics in Photo-based Imaging (Alternate credit 3,6)
Studio course in the area of photo based imaging, under the supervision of a faculty member(s) chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor.

ART 890AA-ZZ Directed Studies (Variable credit 3-9)
Study in any area under the supervision of a faculty member(s) chosen by the student in consultation with their supervisor. . Students should seek advanced permission from the Department Head prior to registration.

ART 902 Research and Exhibition Preparation (Variable credit 1-9)
Research into studio concerns and preparation of exhibition. Students must complete twelve credit hours in total.

MAP 800 Seminar in Theory and Methods (3) (202130)
Seminar exploring and questioning the history, theory and aesthetics of Media, Art, and Performance, and the diverse and shifting conceptions of Media, Art, and Performance disciplines in relation to other social and cultural forms.
Note: Previously FA 800

MAP 803 Seminar in Theory and Methods II (3) (202130)
Seminar exploring diverse approaches to research in the Media, Art, and Performance, including studies-based and practice-based methods.
Note: Previously FA 803

MAP 903 Project Report Course (0) (202130)
The student submits the final project or critical engagment paper.
Note: Previously FA 903