Visual Arts

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

The MFA in Visual Arts is a five term studio-centred program in which students independently develop an art practice, guided by faculty advisors who share their practice/theory interests. Seminars, guest lectures and critiques provide an environment of critical and theoretical enquiry that reflects contemporary debates in art and culture. No emphasis is placed on any one medium.

The combined MBA/MFA is offered by the Schulich School of Business and the Graduate Program in Visual Arts. Graduates of this highly challenging program will follow career paths in which knowledge of the arts and of management and business are required.

The PhD in Visual Arts is a four year full-time program of study in which individually defined conceptual foci are materialized and disseminated through an integration of art works, research and writing. This advanced practice-based degree will prepare mature artist-researchers with the highest qualifications to teach studio and theory courses, supervise graduate students within a university context, and have significant professional careers as artists.

MFA

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Course work AND
  • Thesis exhibition AND
  • Support paper
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 5 term(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    January 10, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    2
    Other Requirement(s)
    • MFA
      • Curriculum vitae
      • Statement of interest
      • 20 images of work and/or 10 minutes of time-based work (on CD or DVD)
      • Resumé or CV

    • Statement of interest
    • 20 images of work (on CD or DVD)
    • Time-based Art applicants are encouraged to submit their portfolio on videotape, CD or DVD
    • Photography applicants can also submit a portfolio
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  • PhD
    • MFA required
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Statement of interest
    • Qualifying research paper
    • 20 images of work and/or 10 minutes of time-based work (on CD or DVD)
    • MFA required

  • Resumé or CV
  • Statement of interest
  • Written work
  • Portfolio
  • -->

    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    PhD

    Program Description

    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Comprehensive examination exhibition AND
    • Dissertation proposal AND
    • Dissertation exhibition
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 4 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    January 10, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    2
    Other Requirement(s)
    • MFA
      • Curriculum vitae
      • Statement of interest
      • 20 images of work and/or 10 minutes of time-based work (on CD or DVD)
      • Resumé or CV

    • Statement of interest
    • 20 images of work (on CD or DVD)
    • Time-based Art applicants are encouraged to submit their portfolio on videotape, CD or DVD
    • Photography applicants can also submit a portfolio
    • -->

  • PhD
    • MFA required
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Statement of interest
    • Qualifying research paper
    • 20 images of work and/or 10 minutes of time-based work (on CD or DVD)
    • MFA required

  • Resumé or CV
  • Statement of interest
  • Written work
  • Portfolio
  • -->

    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3