Call for Applications: 2024 MFA in Visual Arts, University of Windsor

Date Posted
October 27, 2023
Opportunity with
University of Windsor
Application Deadline
January 15, 2024 at 12:00 am
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Windsor’s School of Creative Arts has one of the longest-running MFA programs in Canada, founded in 1979. University of Windsor MFA graduates have gone on to establish significant careers as visual artists, educators, curators, filmmakers, and arts professionals.

Our faculty have established national and international reputations, exhibiting, performing, and screening films regularly in Canada and abroad. Currently, School of Creative Arts faculty members are working on a range of externally funded projects that explore multimedia performance, the intersection of art and biotechnology, ecology, architecture, and urban culture. We encourage applications from artists working in a wide variety of contemporary practices.

The Master of Fine Arts Program in Visual Arts at the University of Windsor is a two-year, studio-centered program geared towards creative exploration, innovative experimentation, and the development of sustainable artistic practice. The program provides graduate students with a critical and theoretical framework that enables the independent development of artistic research and studio production that is supported by a range of dynamic faculty, visiting artists, curators, and critics.

Our program is distinguished for its focus on intensive graduate supervision, spacious facilities, and openness to unconventional practices. We encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to art that enables students to experiment with a variety of media and methods to discover those best suited to realizing their creative projects. Recently these have ranged from video installation, audio responsive installation, performance, social practice, bio art, and urban interventions.

The MFA Visual Arts program at the University of Windsor is an intensively studio-based program that stresses individual attention and the development of professional practice in contemporary visual art. Our program provides a critical and theoretical framework that fosters dialogue and experimentation through providing a challenging environment to expand definitions of contemporary creative practice. Students spend twenty months (five semesters) in full time study, taking graduate level coursework leading to the thesis exhibition and oral defense at the end of the program.

The MFA Visual Arts program provides two years of advanced education and creative development in the student’s chosen area of research. The curriculum consists of a series of seminars and concentrated studio work. These are supported by critical dialogue among students, faculty, visiting artists, lectures, and conferences. Students are required to complete the following courses: four semesters of independent studio practice, four semesters of graduate seminars, one seminar on contemporary issues, and one seminar on graduate research and writing. After the completion of the above, students prepare for their final support paper and individual thesis exhibition which is examined through oral defense.

The University of Windsor is a diverse and inclusive comprehensive university in Windsor, Ontario on the Canada-U.S. border across from Detroit, Michigan. Our campus sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa and the Potawatomi.

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