Master of Fine Arts Residency

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Master of Fine Arts Residency

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    The Master of Fine Arts degree offered by the Emily Carr University of Art and Design focuses both on creative research and on material practice. You’ll explore the issues which affect the world of contemporary fine arts, do in-depth, innovative work in studios and at research seminars, as well as developing your skills in rigorous, precise critique, analysis and iteration. 

    You’ll learn about the wider context of your own practice in galleries, public spaces, community organisations and artist-run centres and learn to do unique, meaningful research which will place that practice in a broader cultural context.

    This program is designed to be highly interactive, with a very high staff to student ratio. As a result, only very limited numbers of students are admitted to the program each year. This fosters an atmosphere where each student can really explore their own interests and develop their unique practice, and engage in synergistic collaboration with staff, researchers and other students.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This program can be taken as a 2 year full residency program, or as a 3 year low residency program, in order to better fit around your career, family or other commitments.

    • The full residency program will see students developing a thesis project for the majority of their time. This will have both a written and a creative component, and should be developed with an eye towards public exhibition at the culmination of the program. You will have the full support of a faculty mentor throughout, and will have access to co-operative educational options such as internships within Vancouver’s cultural scene during that time.
    • The low residency program is structured entirely differently. It comprises three separate, consecutive intensive residencies, each taking place over 4 weeks. You need only be present in Vancouver for the month of July each year, though you will do a great deal of interactive online coursework during the terms between residencies.

    Learning And Teaching

    Emily Carr University’s MFA degree program is equally focused on research and praxis. You’ll learn more about your area of the fine arts, but you’ll also learn how to do advanced academic research and learn the theory which underlies critique and understanding of the arts.  

    Recent projects have involved everything from contemporary values about the land and sustainable development to decolonisation and social innovation, as well as ways to use new materials, technologies and processes for artistic purposes.

    Career Possibilities

    The fine arts community is an exciting but competitive one, whether your scope is British Columbia, Canada or the entire world. An MFA degree from Emily Carr can give you the credibility you need to found a successful professional career. Recent graduates of Emily Carr University’s MFA program have become Commissioned Public Artists, Community Arts Programmers, Chief Visual Officers, Associate Creative Directors, Environment Artists, Art Therapists, Educators or Professors and Gallerists.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in an MFA degree.

    To apply, you’ll need to have completed a first degree in Design, Fine Arts, Media Arts or Architecture. You should include your portfolio with your application, as well as the relevant supporting documents. 

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise specified, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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