MFA Program Information


The School of Art at the University of Manitoba offers a vibrant studio program with brand new state-of-the-art facilities, instruction and technical support for a diversity of approaches to contemporary art production, including ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography (wet and digital), print media and video.

An emphasis on studio practice is supported by individual relationships with advisors as well as frequent opportunities for individual and group feedback, culminating in a final solo exhibition.

Our studio culture, shaped by a dynamic faculty, actively encourages research that is rigorous, imaginative, and cross-disciplinary. Students also benefit from critiques and workshops by visiting artists and curators.

As part of a broader research-focused university, the School of Art also encourages interested students to collaborate with scholars and creative producers in faculties within the University.


           Two academic years, full time.


Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree (or equivalent) or a Bachelor of Arts Honours with studio major from a
recognized university, with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 (B) in the last 60 credit hours of study.


The School of Art now occupies ARTlab, a brand new 70,000 square-foot building that provides students with facilities to accommodate traditional studio practices as well as digital technologies for experimentation and research. Outlying buildings house individual studios for students as well as sculpture, ceramics, painting and photography studios.

In the 2015, the newly-renovated Taché Building, next door to ARTlab, will provide new studio spaces for graduate students.

The Architecture/Fine Arts Library contains one of Canada’s richest collections of materials on art, architecture and urban planning, while the University’s network of libraries offers extensive digital resources. The School of Art Gallery presents an active program of exhibitions and has one of the larger Canadian university collections of both historical and contemporary art.


Studio, teaching, and research assistantships as well as scholarships are offered.