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Graduate Program in Visual Arts

How to Apply

 

MFA Admission Requirements:

Applicants to the Master or Fine Arts (MFA) program should hold an Honours degree in Visual Arts, or equivalent, from a recognized university with a minimum of 'B' standing to be considered for admission. Artists lacking formal academic qualifications, but showing exceptional promise and accomplishment through their portfolios, may be recommended for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

In addition to meeting the regular requirements for admission to the University, an applicant must successfully pass an evaluation based on a portfolio.

The MFA program is designed to assist students in developing individualized art practice. Candidates are selected on the strength of their work as artists: their maturity, creative achievement, and indication of an ability to deal with critical and creative challenges with insight and clarity. The applicant's work and other documents are examined by two faculty in the graduate program and one graduate student representing the studio area of the applicant's primary choice. On the advice of this committee, recommendations for admission are forwarded to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Total MFA program enrolment is limited to 18 students, with only 8-10 candidates admitted into the the first year of the program (fall intake only). On average, about 125 students qualify to compete for these positions each year.

 

PhD Admission Requirements:

Application to the PhD program requires an MFA with a minimum 'B' average, or an MA with studio concentration, as well as presentation of a portfolio of works and a writing sample (MFA thesis paper or comparable peer-reviewed article). Selection committees to adjudicate the submissions are composed of graduate faculty.

The PhD in Visual Arts is a program for advancing artists who already have a significant body of work. These terms refer to their level of interest in and commitment to the development of research methods for exploring questions related to their practice. We treat the visual arts as a broad field of study and practice that has various specializations within it. Applicants to the PhD program identify the specializations most pertinent to their work.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

 

Application Procedures:

 

An application to the MFA and PhD Visual Arts program at York University includes several components:

In addition to meeting the regular requirements for admission to the University, an applicant must successfully pass an evaluation based on a portfolio.

The MFA program is designed to assist students in developing individualized art practice. Candidates are selected on the strength of their work as artists: their maturity, creative achievement, and indication of an ability to deal with critical and creative challenges with insight and clarity. The applicant's work and other documents are examined by two faculty in the graduate program and one graduate student representing the studio area of the applicant's primary choice. On the advice of this committee, recommendations for admission are forwarded to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Total MFA program enrolment is limited to 18 students, with only 8-10 candidates admitted into the the first year of the program (fall intake only). On average, about 125 students qualify to compete for these positions each year.

PhD Admission Requirements:

Application to the PhD program requires an MFA with a minimum 'B' average, or an MA with studio concentration, as well as presentation of a portfolio of works and a writing sample (MFA thesis paper or comparable peer-reviewed article). Selection committees to adjudicate the submissions are composed of graduate faculty.

The PhD in Visual Arts is a program for advancing artists who already have a significant body of work. These terms refer to their level of interest in and commitment to the development of research methods for exploring questions related to their practice. We treat the visual arts as a broad field of study and practice that has various specializations within it. Applicants to the PhD program identify the specializations most pertinent to their work.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

Steps to Applying:

The deadline to apply is: Jan. 11, 2017.

apply-now Submit the initial application (this portion will time out in 30 minutes) which includes the following:

1 - Name & Identity
2 - Goal of Study
3 - Citizenship & Language
4 - Address & Contact
5 - Previous Education
6 - Demographic Information
7 - Declaration & Consent

Pay the required application fee.

 48 - 72 hours after the initial application process is completed, (the process will take longer if you apply over the weekend or during the break) you will receive an e-mail from York containing a York reference number which is needed in order to track the progress of the application on MyFILE. Through MyFile applicant's can upload all the documents that are required to complete the supplementary application (listed below):

MyFile

Supplementary Application:

-20 digital images of recent work, uploaded electronically, identified with the applicant’s name and accompanied by an information sheet corresponding to the works presented which gives the title, medium, size and date of each work. Clarify whether/how the works are kinetic, installation, performative, computational, etc.. Video, film and electronic media may require a written synopsis for long works, and the role of the applicant in the production should be clear. Include a link to your Website, if applicable.

-Writing sample—only PhD applicants are required to provide a writing sample.

-A statement of intent (approx. 500-750 words) which includes a final paragraph on the applicant’s proposed studio research if admitted to the program. This statement is a significant aspect of the application since applicants need to be able to express themselves in a coherent written form, and demonstrate an interest in contextualizing their personal research within contemporary critical debates on art.

-Curriculum vitae (CV).

-Two academic letters of recommendation—referees will receive an e-mail link to the form.

-Academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Once the application is complete (all documentation such as transcripts, supplementary application information, language proficiency scores (if applicable) and references are uploaded electronically), the file is sent to the program for review. The program's admission committee reviews your application material and makes an admission decision. The program forwards decisions to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
The Office of Graduate Admissions informs students of the admission decision via MyFile and with mailed confirmation. If you're offered admission, you will receive a package outlining your next steps. You may also receive information from your program directly. The processing time of your application depends on when you apply, when your file is complete and when the program admission committee meets.

The Office of Admission, York University, sends official communication about application and admission via e-mail. You will receive acknowledgement of your application as well as information about financial aid, on-campus events, offers of admission and your next steps after acceptance. It is important that you open, read and take action (if required) upon receipt of an e-mail.

See Faculty of Graduate Studies website http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/graduate

Requests for further information should be addressed to bemmanue@yorku.ca.

Test your material before submission to ensure that it is formatted correctly.  It is your responsibility to ensure that all material reaches the Admissions office intact and in a readable format.

http://www.yorku.ca/web/futurestudents/graduate/apply_now/

 

 

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