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Program Overview

The University of Regina's (UR) Department of Visual Arts offers an MFA program in studio art practice. The program features concentrations in ceramics, drawing, intermedia, painting, printmaking and sculpture. It encourages experimentation in the practice and production of studio art, while exploring its contextualization within contemporary practice and critical discourse.
   The MFA program emphasizes the development of students' creativity by offering a stimulating, intensive learning environment. Enrolment is intentionally limited to no more than five students each year to allow each student full access to the resources of the department and to encourage meaningful interaction with faculty members. The program typically requires seven semesters to complete. Studio space is guaranteed for the first six semesters.
   The program structure comprises coursework, weekly seminars, directed studies and studio work. An overriding concern in all coursework within the MFA program is the development and clarification of individual research projects and goals. Students in the program meet with faculty members on an individual basis for guidance, feedback and discussion. A series of weekly seminars engages students in the discussion of their work in relation to art theory and criticism, and helps them initiate individual research projects; current critical issues and contemporary practices are also examined in depth. A variable-credit system allows students to explore alternative systems of representation and the interdisciplinary relationships between modes of production.
   Within each concentration, experimental work is encouraged and supported. By developing the necessary technical, conceptual and self-critical skills required for artistic achievement, the program fosters confidence in its students. Students are assigned a supervisor by the department's graduate committee upon entrance.
   The program culminates in a solo exhibition at the Mackenzie Art Gallery, or alternate venue. In support of the exhibition, students must prepare a support paper and pass an oral defence before an external examiner, a committee of Visual Arts faculty and the dean of Graduate Studies & Research (or a representative). Students begin work on their support paper and thesis exhibition in their fourth semester.
   The visual arts faculty at UR consists of active, practising professional artists and art historians. In addition to the academic support they provide to students, their experience and practical knowledge of the art world ensures that the education each student receives is highly relevant.

Admissions

Applicants to the MFA program must have earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree or equivalent, and must have maintained a minimum average of 70 per cent in their undergraduate studies. All applicants are required to submit a maximum of 20 slides (DVD or VHS video, audio or CD-ROM) of recent work accompanied by a corresponding slide sheet indicating the title of each work, the medium used, the date completed and the dimensions of the work. Other relevant documentation may be included. In addition, a one- to two-page statement of intention and two letters of reference are required, along with a completed application form. Application forms are available from the department office or from the Graduate Studies & Research Office. The application deadline for the MFA program is February 15.
   The department encourages applications from international students. In addition to the above requirements, international students who are not native speakers of English must submit a TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-
based), a Michigan English Language Assess-
ment Battery (MELAB) score of 85, an IELTS minimum score of 6.5, a CAEL score of 70, a MELAB score of 85 or a CANTest overall average of 4.75 (no individual score
of less than 4).

Highlights

  • Dr. William Riddell Centre offers an outstanding array of equipment and facilities
  • Graduating exhibition at a world-class gallery
  • Focus on current and interdisciplinary approaches
  • Highly professional faculty with studios on campus and frequent lectures by visiting artists
  • Outstanding ceramics and intermedia programs

Program Facts

Program Founded 1974
Program Start Dates September
Expected Length Master 7 sem (2.5 yrs)
Expected Length PhD n/a
# of Faculty 10
Annual Research Funding see financial support

Study Options

assistantship

Student Profile Masters

Students Applied/yr
Students Accepted/yr
Students Enrolled/yr 4
Total Program Enrolment
# of International Students

Student Profile - Doctorate

Students Applied/yr n/a
Students Accepted/yr n/a
Students Enrolled/yr n/a
Total Program Enrolment n/a
# of International Students n/a

Admissions at a Glance

Application fee
$85 domestic
$100 international

Domestic Student Application Deadlines:
February 15 (fall semester)
International Student Application Deadlines:
February 15 (fall semester)
Minimum Academic Requirements:
BFA or equivalent, with an average of 70% or higher

Minimum English Requirements:
TOEFL 580 (pbt) or 237 (cbt), MELAB 85%, IELTS min. 6.5, CAEL 70%, or CANTest 4.75 overall

Annual Expenses (in C$)

Domestic Tuition:
Master $2,318
PhD n/a
International Student Tuition:
Master $2,518
PhD n/a

Buildings and Facilities

As part of UR's Faculty of Fine Arts, the Department of Visual Arts is able to offer graduate students extensive resources and services designed to allow students to explore and develop all aspects of their art. Located in the Dr. William Riddell Centre, the department occupies more than 3,000 square metres of studio, workshop and classroom space. MFA students in visual arts share studio spaces (usually two per space) and are given use of a fully equipped wood shop. Specialized equipment includes a 36" slab roller, 11" diameter hydraulic extruder, two clay mixers and three gas kilns (one car kiln), complete photo-etching, litho and etching areas, photomechanical and digital area, ortho camera and photo litho area, paper making and bronze casting facilities, welding and wood shop areas, digital video cameras, Mac computers, still cameras, monitors and other electronic media. The John Archer Library houses 2.4 million items and holds approximately 900,000 monographs and periodicals. The Visual Resources Centre has approximately 100,000 slides plus videotapes and videodisks.
   The Department of Visual Arts has a student-run gallery, the Fifth Parallel, permanently located on campus, as well as an active Visiting Artist Program. In addition to the resources on campus, the city of Regina has several public galleries, including the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, Rosemont Gallery and artist-run centres, Neutral Ground, S.O.I.L. Digital Media Lab and Sakewewak Artists' First Nations Collective as well as commercial galleries.

Expenses and Financial Support

The per-credit tuition for domestic students is approximately $166.66, for a total tuition cost of approximately $2,318, and $2,518 for international students based on twelve credit hours per year.
   Applicants with exceptional portfolios and academic records are eligible for entrance graduate funding in their first year. A limited number of teaching assistantships, teaching fellowships and scholarships are available to qualified students. Teaching assistantships and teaching fellowship allow graduate students to gain valuable teaching experience while earning a stipend that can be used towards tuition and other costs, and are awarded on a merit basis. Each student may obtain a maximum of five semesters of Faculty of Graduate Studies funding. Scholarships are on a competitive basis following the semester-end review. Available scholarships include Canada and US Fulbright Scholarships and Canada Council Scholarships. Students should contact the department or the graduate office for additional funding. Additional financial support may be provided through department-funded assistantships.

International Students

The International Students' Adviser provides assistance to international students on various administrative issues and offers counselling for health insurance, registration, immigration, work permits and personal issues.
   International Student Services offers an airport meet-and-greet program for incoming international students.
   The on-campus International Students' Association promotes international goodwill and organizes many social events, which provide opportunities for international students to experience Canadian culture and life in Saskatchewan.
   UR's English as a Second Language (ESL) Centre offers a range of programs designed to improve students' English language proficiency. Completion of the advanced level satisfies the university's English language admission requirement. The ESL Centre offers four sessions of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Each session takes 200 hours to complete.
   Saskatchewan is one of only three provinces in Canada to provide full health benefits for international students. However, students are still encouraged to purchase additional insurance.

Showcase Opportunities

• Fifth Parallel Gallery (on-campus student-run gallery)
• Mackenzie Art Gallery (solo exhibition)

Research Areas

• Art History and Theory
• Ceramics
• Drawing
• Interdisciplinary
• Intermedia
• Painting
• Photography
• Printmaking
• Sculpture
• Women's Studies

Faculty

  • Chambers, R. MFA, Regina
  • Chin, G.F. PhD, California, Los Angeles
  • Garneau, D. MA, Calgary
  • Kennedy, M. MFA, York
  • MacDonald, R. MFA, New York
  • Noestheden, J. MFA, Tulane
  • Robertson, C. PhD, Calgary
  • Streifler, L.S. MFA, Hunter College
  • Tite, C. PhD, Manchester
  • Viader Knowles, R. MFA, Windsor
  • Whalley, S. MFA, Regina