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 first year of the program. 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.
An application to the MFA and PhD Visual Arts program at York University includes several components:
The following are part of the on-line application process (see below):
Note: The program cannot accept responsibility for materials lost or damaged.
The portfolio submission must be post-marked no later than the application deadline specified in the application provided by the Graduate Admissions Office.
Application is on-line. See Faculty of Graduate Studies website http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/graduate
Supplementary documents (e.g. CD/DVDs, writing sample) should be mailed to:
Graduate Admissions Office, P.O. Box GA2300, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3.
Requests for further information should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for 2012 admission are no longer being accepted. Applications for fall 2013 are available online at http://www.yorku.ca/web/futurestudents/graduate/apply_now/
The deadline for applications to the MFA and PhD program is: January 15, 2015.
Guidelines for Submitting Digital Support Material
Submit PC-compatible files only
Submit jpg files only
Submit files at a resolution of 72 dpi only
Submit files of a maximum of 1024 x 768 pixels (height must not exceed 768 pixels)
Submit files of 1MB maximum
Submit RGB, sRGB or grayscale colour mode files only (no CMYK)
Title each file (image) with a number, your initials , the year and title of your work
Save images directly on the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM without creating folders
Mark each CD-ROM or DVD with your name
For Video Files:
Submit file that can be accessed with one of the following plug-ins: QuickTime, RealPlayer, Shockwave, Windows Media Player or Flash
Do not submit slides
Do not submit MAC files that are not fully PC compatible
Do not submit any type of presentation (such as PowerPoint)
Do not submit compressed files
Do not include hyperlinks to Internet sites with your images
Do not submit material that requires software, plug-ins, extensions, or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed
Do not submit any files by email
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.