MFA Admissions Requirements
Deadline for Fall 2013: January 10, 2013
Fall notification date: mid March
Application fee: $91.80 CN $153.00 International
Annual enrollment limit: No limit, but typically 6 students.
The application to Faculty of Graduate Studies can be done online. Portfolio and supporting documents must be sent by mail to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory; attention: Graduate Secretary
Applicants to the MFA in Visual Art normally hold a BFA, BA or BEd degree with a major in Studio Arts. This Bachelor degree normally requires four years of study with a B+ average in third and fourth year-level coursework. From Quebec, a three-year Bachelors degree is acceptable provided the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (D.E.C.) has been previously awarded. It is strongly advised that, at a minimum, an applicant have 18 academic credits (i.e. non-studio courses) at the 300 level or above, with at least a B+(76%) standing in each. This is to ensure that, if admitted, the student will benefit from the academic components of the program.
Please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies website at www.grad.ubc.ca to confirm the minimum admission requirements if you are an international student. These standards constitute a minimum, and admission remains at the discretion of the department.
If you do not meet these requirements, please contact the Department's Graduate Secretary.
Important consideration governing the admission process is the assessment of the portfolio submitted as evidence of artistic standing. Assessment is also based on the Statement of Intent, letters of reference, academic record, published writing or other evidence of achievement.
Please submit directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies:
Please submit directly to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory:
- Two official sets of transcripts (or certified copies) from all universities/colleges previously and currently attended. Transcripts issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations. To be considered official, all academic records must be received in envelopes which have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution.
- Three letters of reference from referees who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. Please download the Graduate Studies Reference Form from the Faculty of Graduate Studies website http://www.grad.ubc.ca/forms. References must be mailed directly from the referee to the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory.
- Full Curriculum Vitae giving your academic and professional background including publications and exhibitions.
- Statement of Intent - A plan of study and research, i.e. what you plan to do if you are accepted into the program.
- Portfolio documentation of your recent work. Please refer to the MFA Applicant Portfolio Information form on the department website at http://www.ahva.ubc.ca/formsDisplay.cfm.
- International Students: Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Applicants are required to submit an official TOEFL score, of at least 600 on the paper version, 250 on the computer version, or 100 on the internet version, taken within the past 2 years.
Students are advised that the deadline for receipt of complete applications is January 10th. All supporting material must be received by the deadline, please send to:
403 - 6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
You will be notified in mid-to-late March as to whether you have been accepted into the program.
For detailed admissions requirements, please see the MFA in Visual Art Program brochure » 12_121411_022453.pdf
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