Applicants interested in a master of arts degree or a doctoral degree in Art on a special case basis should review the program's website to determine any additional requirements or restrictions, and then, if appropriate, contact the graduate program representative. Information on the Faculty of Graduate Studies Special Case Policy can be found at http://grad.ucalgary.ca/prospective/admissions/special-case.
2. Admission Requirements
In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Arts requirements, the Department requires:
a) A four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or equivalent qualification.
b) A portfolio of 20 recent works presented in jpeg format on disk.
c) A three to five page written statement of intent.
d) Two reference letters.
3. Application Deadline
The deadline for the submission of complete applications is January 15 for September admission.
4. Advanced Credit
5. Program/Course Requirements
The program core for all Master of Fine Arts students is a minimum of four full courses. Within the first twelve months of the program each student must complete one full-course equivalent 600-level studio course; one half-course equivalent 600-level graduate seminar, and Art 601 and 605. One half-course equivalent 600-level graduate seminar and one full-course equivalent 600-level studio course must be completed in the second twelve months of the program. In some circumstances, the Department may require a student to complete more than the four mandatory full courses.
6. Additional Requirements
Additional requirements for the Master of Fine Arts degree include an exhibition of the student's work, a supporting paper, and an oral examination.
7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses
8. Time Limit
Expected completion time for the Master of Fine Arts degree is two years. Maximum completion time is four years.
9. Supervisory Assignments
Each new student is assigned an interim advisor to assist in the planning of the academic program and in orienting the student to the Department's physical and academic resources. A permanent supervisor is appointed by January 1 of the first academic year of registration. The approval of a permanent supervisor, by the Graduate Program Director, is made after consultation with the student. Supervisors work closely with students in all phases of the program; they have the principal responsibility in assessing the student's performance, and advising the Department Head of the student's progress.
10. Required Examinations
Final thesis oral examinations are open.
11. Research Proposal Requirements
12. Special Registration Information
The program requires an initial registration as a full-time graduate student for two consecutive years. A minimum of twenty-four months of full-time study is usually necessary to complete the degree requirements.
13. Financial Assistance
Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this calendar.
Students applying for scholarships must submit their applications to the Faculty of Fine Arts by January 15.
14. Other Information
The Department has extensive facilities for drawing, painting, sculpture, digital and silver-based photography, printmaking, and media arts.