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Program Name: Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Degree: Master of Fine Arts
Division: Craft
Program Description

The Master of Fine Arts in Craft degree may be a discipline-based or interdisciplinary, depending on research needs. Applicants are expected to have in-depth background and experience in one or more of these practices: Ceramics, Jewellery Design/Metalsmithing, Textiles/Fashion.

The MFA Degree is internationally recognized as a standard qualification required to teach visual arts and craft at postsecondary educational institutions such as colleges and universities. NSCAD’s MFA Program, in existence since 1973, provides students with the opportunity to develop their work in a context of intense critical discussion. Academic research in art and craft history and other relevant subjects form an integral part of the program. NSCAD’s MFA Program addresses the main areas of study offered at NSCAD in Fine and Media Arts and Craft.

MFA students are selected for their capability as artists or craft persons, their understanding of related critical information, and the personal qualities and interests that might be expected to contribute to their success as artists, teachers and scholars. The selection process also takes into account the suitability of students to the MFA program and to NSCAD’s academic and physical resources.

The MFA program is 20 to 24 months in duration, beginning in the Fall semester.
 

Program Requirements:

General credit requirements are the same for Craft, Fine Arts and Media Arts:

42 credits of course work are required in the program:

  • 30 graduate studio credits
  • 12 graduate LAS credits of which 9 are mandatory and 3 are elective


Each regular semester, MFA students enroll for 9 to 15 credits. MFA students maintain full access to their studios and facilities throughout the summer semesters, reargless of whether they are registered for summer courses. MFA students may choose to take more than 42 credits required for the MFA degree. In some cases, additional or make-up and supplemental courses are taken at the students expense.

  • Graduate Studio MFAR 6003/6006/6009/ 6012 (3-12 credits): In Graduate Studio, students pursue studio research toward their Final Thesis Exhibition requirement for the MFA degree. Each semester, MFA students, after consulting with their Program Advisor, will register for 6 or 9 credits in Graduate Studio with a selected Studio Advisor. MFA students must accumulate 30 credits of Graduate Studio. If at any time an MFA student receives a grade of “No Credit” for a semester of Graduate Studio, the student may lose her/his “good standing” in the program (see Definition of Good Standing)
  • Pedagogy Seminar MFAR 6100 (3 credits): MFA students enroll in Pedagogy Seminar during their first semester (see Graduate Course Descriptions)
  • MFA Seminar: [topic] MFAR 6200 (3 credits): MFA students enroll in MFA Seminar during their first semester, and may take the course a second time, with a different topic, in the Fall of their second year (see Graduate Course Descriptions)
  • MFA Research/Creation (MFAR 6600) (3 credits): MFA students enroll in MFA Seminar during their first semester.

It is recommended that MFA students complete most of their liberal arts and social science requirements during their first year in the program. In addition to the three mandatory LAS courses (Pedagogy, Research/Creation and Graduate Seminar), a minimum of 3 credits of graduate-level LAS work is required and integral to the MFA Program. The following courses will meet the elective LAS requirement of the MFA degree:

  • Independent Study in Art History (AHIS 4700) 3 credits: (see Undergraduate Course Descriptions)
  • Independent Research in Contemporary Culture (CULT 6110) 3 credits: (see Undergraduate Course Descriptions)
  • Independent Research in Film History, Theory and Criticism (FHIS 6200) 3 credits: (see Undergraduate Course Descriptions)
  • NSCAD undergraduate LAS courses 3500-level or higher (LAS) 3 credits, whose requirements have been adjusted as graduate-level research credits (see Undergraduate Course Descriptions)
  • Graduate liberal arts and science courses offered at another local university


Non-credit Requirements

  • Graduate Forum (MFAR 6501) No credit is awarded for Graduate Forum, but successful completion of Graduate Forum during each semester of full-time enrolment in the MFA Program is required. 
  • First-Semester Review approved by the Advisory Committee
  • First-Year Review approved by the Advisory Committee
  • Final Thesis Exhibition, Thesis Statement and Thesis Review approved by the Advisory Committee

 

Faculty:

An MFA student may approach any full-time faculty member, prorated faculty member, or regualr part-time faculty member to be their Studio Advisor for the course Graduate Studio. Further information on the distinctions of faculty contracts and the availibility of faculty members for such study is available through consultation with the Director of the MFA Program.

Visitors to the MFA program are selected by the MFA students and the Director of the MFA Program or via an elected subcommittee. MFA students help to organize these visits and host visitors.


Admission from University or College: Applicants to the Master of Fine Arts Program should possess either a BFA degree or the equivalent qualifications from a four-year university or college degree program, ability as an artist or craftsperson; an interest in teaching; and academic competency. Normally applicants to the MFA Program will be expected to have completed the equivalent of NSCAD’s undergraduate art history and liberal arts and science requirements and to have maintained an overall “B” average in relevant academic course work. Applicants to the MFA Program who have a four-year diploma (but not a degree) will be required to take a qualifying semester to supplement liberal arts requirements. This study will be undertaken at the applicant’s own expense, and does not guarantee admission to the MFA Program. Such applicants must register for a minimum of three courses (9 semester credits). The courses required in a qualifying semester will be determined by the MFA Director in consultation with the Craft Division Chair (or designate) and the Registrar. A minimum grade of “B” must be earned. study will be undertaken at the applicant’s own expense, and does not guarantee admission to the MFA Program. Such applicants must register for a minimum of three courses (nine semester credits). The courses required in a qualifying semester will be determined by the MFA Director in consultation with the appropriate Division Chair (or designate) and the Registrar. A minimum grade of “B” must be earned.