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Program Overview

The University of Regina's (UR) Faculty of Fine Arts offers two programs for students wishing to pursue Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts at the graduate level. The Master of Arts (MA) in Interdisciplinary Studies is a studies-based program requiring 36 credit hours and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interdisciplinary Studies is a professional, practice-based program requiring 60 hours.
   The Faculty of Fine Arts consists of the Departments of Media Production & Studies, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts and is affiliated with the Department of Indian Art at the First Nations University of Canada. The faculty is committed to interdisciplinary activities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has designed the new graduate programs to meet the demand for further interdisciplinary training. Objectives for the programs include fostering an interdisciplinary environment in Fine Arts, emphasizing innovative areas of examination and attracting highly motivated students capable of connecting the role of Fine Arts to modern information culture.
   Students entering the interdisciplinary graduate program have the choice of two streams: the MFA, which requires completion of a graduate project and is considered a terminal degree; and the MA, which requires a thesis and is not considered a terminal degree. Three interdisciplinary theory and methodology courses, designed to provide a theoretical foundation for creative practice or academic inquiry, are the core courses anchoring the program.
   Students are encouraged to develop programs that combine two to three disciplines (one of which is a Fine Arts discipline) drawn from the full breadth of UR's offerings. These programs are designed to attract students whose interests span traditional disciplinary boundaries and wish to engage with Fine Arts, either creatively or academically, from an interdisciplinary perspective.


Applicants to the Interdisciplinary MA program must hold a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university or a similar recognized qualification from a comparable institution. Students entering the Interdisciplinary MFA program should in most cases hold a BFA or BMus. As with any graduate program, acceptance is dependent on the approval of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
   Qualified applicants will be considered for admission to the program on the basis of academic standing (75%) and a proposal leading to an MA thesis or an MFA project. This proposal must clearly demonstrate the need for supervision in more than one area of knowledge and must indicate the availability of resources and supervision in these areas. In addition to the proposed program, applicants should submit appropriate supporting material and a proposed format for the graduation project. An audition or interview may be required. Once students have begun coursework a more detailed and formal proposal will be submitted to the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Graduate Committee for approval.
   International students whose first language is not English will need a minimum score of 580 on the paper-based TOEFL or 237 on the computer-based version, a Michigan English Language Assessment 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). Documents not originally in English must be accompanied by official translations.


  • Interdisciplinary approach encourages expansion beyond traditional boundaries
  • Dr. William Riddell Centre offers extensive array of equipment and facilities
  • Emphasizes areas of examination that expand the role of Fine Arts

Program Facts

Program Founded 2002
Program Start Dates September/January
Expected Length Master 1-1½ yrs (MA), 2-2½ yrs (MFA)
Expected Length PhD -
# of Faculty 38
Annual Research Funding -

Study Options


Student Profile Masters

Students Applied/yr
Students Accepted/yr
Students Enrolled/yr 3
Total Program Enrolment
# of International Students

Student Profile - Doctorate

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

Admissions at a Glance

Application fee
$85 domestic
$100 international

Domestic Student Application Deadlines:
February 15

International Student Application Deadlines:
January 15

Minimum Academic Requirements:
Four-year undergraduate degree (usually BFA or BMus for MFA applicants)

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

The Faculty of Fine Arts is located in the Dr. William Riddell Centre, which houses exceptional teaching, resource and training facilities. These include a 425-seat proscenium theatre and the Shumiatcher Open Stage, an environmental theatre with flexible stage and seating for up to 150 people. Other performance spaces include the Darke Hall, Education Auditorium and Conservatory of Performing Arts Recital Hall.
   The Department of Media Production and Studies has 16 mm film, digital video and audio production facilities including 16 mm cameras and flatbeds, digital video camera packages, field audio records and audio mixing stations. Production is supported by nine Avid and Final Cut Pro workstations, a new media lab shared with computer science, traditional animation and optical printing facilities and traditional wet photography darkroom. The department recently constructed an electro-acoustic composition and creation lab in collaboration with the Music Department. Faculty and graduate research facilities include the New Media Studio Laboratory that houses high-definition production and post-production facilities, a surround-sound recording studio, a 3-D scanner and Maya animation workstations. The department also has an extensive 16 mm print, videotape and DVD collection.
   The Department of Visual Arts has fully equipped wood and metal shops and extensive equipment for ceramics, drawing, intermedia, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Specialized equipment includes a 36" slab roller, 11' diameter hydraulic extruder, three gas and eight electric kilns, a complete litho and etching area, papermaking and bronze casting facilities. The Visual Resource Centre has approximately 100,000 slides, plus videotapes, videodiscs and a growing digital archive of more than 3,000 images.
   The John Archer Library, which houses Fine Arts collections, contains 2.4 million items and holds approximately 900,000 monographs and periodicals. It also has listening facilities, recordings, microfilms and a broad spectrum of scores and music texts. It provides course reserve services, microreaders/printers and other specialized multimedia resources.

Expenses and Financial Support

Domestic students in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies program can expect to pay approximately $2,318 per year in tuition fees and international students pay approximately $2,518.00 per year based on twelve credit hours per year.
   The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) funds a limited number of graduate scholarships, teaching assistantships and teaching fellowships each year in each academic unit. Teaching assistantships and fellowships give students the opportunity to gain teaching experience while earning income that can be used for tuition and living expenses. Each student is eligible for a maximum of four semesters of funding.
   Scholarships are available from a variety of external funders and most are awarded on a competitive basis. Contact the department or the FGSR for more information on funding opportunities.

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. The adviser also refers international students to ethnic professionals, organizations and service clubs.
   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.

Showcase Opportunities

• Fifth Parallel Gallery (on-campus, student-run)
• Film and Video productions
• MacKenzie Art Gallery (solo exhibition)
• Theatre productions

Research Areas

Many areas including: Theatre & Media Production & Studies; Visual Arts & Computer Science; Indian Art & Theatre; Canadian Art & Theatre; Art & Anthropology; Fine Arts & Religious Studies; Queer Theory & Visual Arts; Media Studies and History, and others.


  • Anderson, M. PhD, California. Interdisciplinary
  • Blackstone, M. PhD, New Brunswick. Dramaturgy
  • Bracht, K. MFA, Alberta. Theatre Performance
  • Cavanagh, L. PhD, British Columbia. Music Theory
  • Chambers, R. MFA, Regina. Ceramics
  • Channing, L. Opera Diploma, London. Voice
  • Chin, G. PhD, California. Art of Asia
  • Finnsson, K. MMus, North Texas. Applied Saxophone
  • Fox, C. MFA, Regina. Film, Audio Art
  • Garneau, D. MA, Calgary. Painting
  • Groenveld, L. PhD, Alberta. Theatre Studies
  • Hales, W. MFA, Calgary. Technical Theatre/Stage Management
  • Handerek, K. MFA, Alberta. Directing
  • Irwin, K. MA, London. Scenography
  • Lenton-Young, G. PhD, Toronto. Acting
  • MacDonald, R. MFA, Alfred. Moldmaking for Sculpture
  • Mather, P. Dè sL. Sorbonne. Art of Motion Pictures
  • Minevich, P. PhD, Western Ontario. Clarinet Studio
  • Mitchell, A. MMus, Temple.
  • Pain, E. MFA, British Columbia. Film Production
  • Pearce, W. MFA, Calgary. Theatre Design
  • Perron, A. PhD, Krakow. Music Composition
  • Petty, S. Dè sL, Sorbonne. Narrative and Aesthetic Theory
  • Ramsay, C. PhD, York. Canadian Cinema
  • Raum, J. MMus, New England. Trombone
  • Robertson, C. PhD, Calgary. Modern and Contemporary Art History
  • Rogers, R. PhD, Concordia. Art History
  • Saul, G. MFA, York. Film, Video Production
  • Streifler, L. MFA, Hunter College. Painting
  • Tite, C. PhD, Manchester. Art History
  • Vanderkooy, C. DMA, McGill.
  • Viader Knowles, R. MFA, Windsor. Intermedia
  • Whalley, S. MFA, Ceramics
  • Wihak, M. MFA, Concordia. Film, Video Production
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