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Program Name: Master of Fine Arts (Studio)
Degree: Master of Fine Arts
Division: Art History and Contemporary Culture
Fine Arts
Media Arts
Program Description

The Master of Fine Arts degree is internationally recognized as a standard qualification required to teach visual arts and craft at postsecondary educational institutions such as colleges and universities. The NSCAD MFA Program provides students with the opportunity to develop their work in a context of intense critical discussion. Pedagogy, Research/Creation and other integral academic courses enhance the studio focus. Students are selected for their capability as artists and craftspersons, their critical abilities, and the personal qualities and interests that might contribute to their success as teachers and scholars.

Applicants normally have in-depth training and experience in ceramics, digital media, drawing, film, installation, jewellery/metalsmithing, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, sound, textiles/fashion, or video.

Program Requirements:

Over a 20-to-24-month period, or 4 to 6 semesters, full-time MFA students accumulate 60 required credits towards the MFA degree. Full-time MFA students take a minimum of 30 credits per academic year, with a minimum of 9 in fall and winter semesters. MFA students pay tuition per credit. Full-time students should normally register for at least 15 credits each semester in the first year to ensure that the LAS requirements are met.



During their first semester, all MFA students select a Program Advisor from among full-time and prorated faculty members in any Division. MFA Program Advisors are full-time or prorated faculty members of NSCAD University and must be in residence at NSCAD during the residency of any MFA student for whom they are acting as a Program Advisor. The Program Advisor remains with the student throughout the duration of the program and performs the following tasks on behalf of the student:

  • Advises the student on course selection in respect to degree requirements and the student’s particular interests
  • Helps the student prepare for all Reviews, including selecting members for their Thesis Committee
  • Acts as Chair of the Thesis Committee
  • Summarizes and distributes commentary from the Reviews
  • Reviews drafts of the Thesis Statement
  • Oversees required revisions to the Thesis Statement
  • Reports to the MFA Director on the student’s eligibility to graduate


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 appropriate Division Chair (or designate) and the Registrar. A minimum grade of “B” must be earned.
Sample Study Guide:

MFA Handbook 2018-2020

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