Program

Apply by January 20th if you wish to begin studies in September

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.F.A.2 years

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.

Faculty

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the artistic interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Keith BellSpivak, mapping, photography, settlement, western Canada
Lynne Bell19th Century, Canadian education, colonial theory, culture, performance art, postcolonial, visual culture
Joan BorsaActivist art, community, contemporary, curatorial, museum, social space
Jennifer CraneArchival practice, memory, narrative, photography, technology
Graham FowlerLandscape, light, nature, painting, photography, social construction
Allyson GlennArtist, Associate Professor, Conceptual, Contemporary, Drawing, Figurative, On Sabbatical, Painting, Process, Visual
John David GrahamDream aesthetics, expressionism, magic realism, mythological imagery, safer printmaking, surrealism
Mary LongmanAboriginal, Digital Media, Indigenous, Interdisciplinary Arts, Sculpture, Studio, art history, drawing
Alison Norlen2D/3D Drawing and Sculpture, Cultural Spectacle, Fantasy, Landscape/Architecture, Utopias, drawing, sculpture, themed sites
Tim Nowlin20th Century, Digital imaging, Digital memory, cinema, digital, painting, phenomenology
Susan Shantz3D printing, culture, extended media, modelling, ritual, sculpture

Tuition and funding

Funding

The Department of Art and Art History offers a variety of scholarships to students in their program. After you've been accepted, the department may also nominate you for a university wide competition for awards.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

Master of Fine Arts

  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you’ve completed an online application, you will need to upload the following documents:

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript should be a copy of a transcript issued by the university or college.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate Studies and Research
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • The English-language proficiency test must be taken within the last two years of receipt of your application.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate Studies and Research
Room C180, 105 Administration Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • Statement of intent (a 1-2 page statement about your artistic work and what you are interested in exploring during your graduate studies)
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a brief written description of previous relevant course work, grades, employment, and relevant training and life experience
  • Portfolio of 20 images combined as one document, including a list that provides information about each image (media, size, title, and the year the work was done) 

Contact

Graduate Admissions
Department of Art and Art History
9 Campus Drive, Arts Room 515
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A4

Graduate Program Assistant
Nadine Penner
Email: asg.graduateprograms@usask.ca

Graduate Chair
Alison Norlen
Email: alison.norlen@usask.ca

Graduate Chair
Graham Fowler
Email: grahamfowler@shaw.ca