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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

Focus on your visual art practice in a graduate program taught by leading faculty members in our state-of-the-art facilities—a thriving landscape for creative experimentation, exploration, and learning. 

Admission Requirements

Find out what you need in order to apply to our program.

How to Apply

Preparing your application requires research and planning. Let us guide you through a successful application process.

York Graduate Funding

Information on funding graduate education at York University.

Scholarships and Awards

Information on awards and scholarships offered to graduate students at York University. 

MFA student receives an individual studio for five terms of the program. Doctoral students receive a shared office space during the first two terms, and an individual studio for the remaining nine terms (to the spring of year four). Studios are housed in the Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, many in a common area, with several located in the sculpture area. 

All students have access to the Department of Visual Art and Art History’s media-specific studio facilities including a state-of-the-art sculpture area for ceramics, woodworking, metalworking, welding, and bronze casting capabilities; a digital lab for rapid prototyping; printmaking studios including lithography, etching, and screen printing; photography lighting studios, black and white darkrooms and a digital print production lab; time-based digital lab and video production facilities. For more information visit the Visual Art & Art History Facilities page. 

The Joan Goldfarb Visual Art Study Centre
The Joan Goldfarb Visual Art Study Centre is a newly established study gallery located in the Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts. Servicing undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and the general public, the Study Centre houses a selection of artwork including 20th-century American, and Inuit drawings, and Canadian modernist painters. The work is available for study and research purposes. The Centre also provides a site for work in the Curatorial Studies course.

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)
The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is a public, university-affiliated gallery. The AGYU houses a permanent collection and is noted for its year-round exhibition program which features the work of significant Canadian and international artists. In keeping with its educational focus, the AGYU hosts lectures and film screenings, in addition to acting as a distribution centre for ABC Artbooks.

Your Graduate Studies Advantages


The chance to engage with and learn from a community that is as passionate about your field as you are.


People with graduate degrees have the lowest level of unemployment, the most stable employment rate, and the best employment prospects


The potential to contribute to scholarly dialogue and community building through attending conferences and publishing.

Learn More

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.