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Welcome to the Graduate Program in Visual Art

Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Combined MFA/MBA, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

At York, the Visual Arts MFA / PhD programs are supported by a vibrant university culture that promotes a creative dialogue between the disciplines. This dialogue is sustained by an emphasis on team teaching approaches and faculty support for divergent views, which is reflected in the diversity of the art practices of our students. Currently, our programs consist of a dynamic community of twenty-five students working in one or more of the following media: video, performance, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and digital media.


We are unable to accept any international graduate students who cannot fund their own tuition and all other costs. International applicants are not eligible for York funding opportunities or teaching positions.

If you are an international applicant and wish to discuss this, please contact

Visual Art at a Glance

Well-articulated and informed body of work

Exchanges with guest artists, curators, and art historians

Teaching opportunities

Professional exposure

Studio visits

Featured Faculty

MFA'22 alumna and artist, Michelle Peraza, discusses her research and exhibition with AMPD Professor, Tammer El-Sheikh. Learn more about her story and experience as a LatinX painter and drawer. Profile:

Hannah Doucet’s (MFA 2021) artwork explores fantasy, illness and the body won the prestigious “New Generation Photography Award,” 2023, from the National Gallery of Canada to support the careers of emerging artists.

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The Graduate Program in Visual Art at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.