The Department of Art and Art History offers an MFA graduate program (the terminal degree in studio) and special case MA studies in Art History.

The Department has developed its undergraduate and graduate programs in response to the needs of a diverse student body interested in pursuing a wide range of public and private employment opportunities as professional artists, educators, curators, arts and media administrators, architects, graphic communication designers, and conservators, among other careers.

Master of Fine Arts

The Department of Art and Art History offers a Master of Fine Arts Graduate Program. This is an intensive, studio-based program offering artists the opportunity to develop a practical and theoretical understanding of their art practice in the context of a challenging and supportive faculty of studio artists, art historians and art educators. Students may specialize in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and inter-media. The program is normally two years in length. Through seminars, classes, committee meetings and critiques, an environment is created which enables self-examination, change and growth. Artistic experimentation as part of the search to locate one's practice within a wider art historical and critical context is encouraged.

The Master of Fine Arts Degree is offered in studio art. Candidates are required to take 18 credit units of course work in addition to a thesis exhibition and seminar. Candidates should anticipate a minimum of two years to complete the program, taking half of the required course work each year and maintaining an active studio practice throughout the program. Studio facilities are provided for first and second year participants.

Candidates in the University of Saskatchewan MFA Program come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have varying degrees of experience and engagement in the wider arts community. The University of Saskatchewan does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, disability, or sex in any aspects of its operation.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have a BFA degree, or its equivalent, with acceptable standing upon entrance to the program. Please review the Admissions Requirements found on the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (CGPS)

How to Apply

Application Deadline: Applications should be made no later than January 20th for the Fall term of that year.

All applications for admission must include:

  • on-line application for admission

  • a non-refundable application fee of $90 (in Canadian or equivalent US funds), which is payable online through the online application process

  • three letters of reference (the referees whose email addresses you provide in your on-line application will automatically be directed to an on-line form to submit)

  • statement of intent (a 1-2 page statement about your artistic work and what you are interested in exploring during your graduate studies) to be uploaded on your online application

  • CV (resume) to be uploaded on your online application

  • portfolio of 20 images, including an image list providing information as to media, size, title, and the year the work was done to be uploaded on your online application

  • Transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended to be uploaded on your online application

  • test results of proof of English language proficiency from applicants from non-English speaking countries (eg. TOEFL, IELTS). Click here for details to be uploaded on your online application

MA in Art History

The Art History MA program is a Special Case MA program in the Art and Art History Department. This program is administered on a case by case basis. Special Case MA's in Art History are developed in consultation with the faculty of Art History and the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Currently, graduate students in Art History have interdisciplinary advisory committees with faculty members drawn from across campus. Special Case MA thesis programs have been developed on the subjects of “Aboriginal-centred Museology and the Keeping House” and “Art and Radical Politics” among others.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have a BA degree in Art History or its equivalent, with acceptable standing upon entrance to the program. When applying for admission, students must first contact a member of the Art History faculty (well in advance of the application deadline) in order to explore the possibility of setting up a Special Case MA.

Application Deadline

Applications should be made no later than January 20th for the Fall Term of that year.

How to Apply

Students seeking admission in a discipline without a formalized academic program should consult the academic unit to determine if special case admission may be possible.  The requirements for special case applications are indicated in GSR 405: Guidelines for Special Case Admissions.  Completed application packages are considered by the Graduate Academic Affairs Committee.

Contact Information

John David Graham, Graduate Program Chair
Murray Building 64
306 966-4206

Alison Norlen, Graduate Program Chair
Murray Building 290
306 966-4205
Graduate Program Admin Support
Nadine Penner
Arts 518
306 966-5797