2024 Graduate Programs in Art and Architectural History & Fine Art at University of Manitoba

2nd Year MFA Student Hamideh Behgar presenting at the 2nd Year MFA Summer Research Presentations in the School of Art Student Gallery, 2022

Call for Applications: 2024 Master of Arts in Art and Architectural History (MAAH) and Master of Fine Art (MFA) at University of Manitoba

The School of Art (SoA) at the University of Manitoba (UM) in Winnipeg, is a thriving hub for artistic exploration, offering two distinct graduate degrees: the Master of Arts in Art and Architectural History (MAAH) and the Master of Fine Art (MFA). In these programs, a blend of theory, research, studio arts, and art history ignites students’ creative and scholarly pursuits. Our seminars provide a nurturing environment where students can hone their research skills, while our cutting-edge facilities, private studios, and technical guidance empower them to embark on diverse journeys in artistic creation and historical scholarship.

The new Master of Arts in Art and Architectural History (MAAH) is a two-year research-intensive, course and thesis-based degree program. It covers a diverse range of subjects, including Western and Indigenous traditions of art and architecture, art in new/digital media, and moving image studies. This unique amalgam provides students with a foundation in the histories and theories of art and architecture. It prepares them for studies at the PhD level and careers within galleries, museums, and the broader art world.

The two-year Master of Fine Art (MFA) program emphasizes studio work based on original research and allows MFA students to pursue a medium-specific or multidisciplinary approach. Through intensive seminars and studio-based instruction, the program fosters an environment conducive for students to nurture their research and studio practice. It culminates in a professional-level thesis exhibition in the SoA Gallery, accompanied by a hard-cover catalogue.

Research and Studio Facilities
The SoA covers an impressive 14,000 m² of the UM, Fort Garry campus—most visibly in the award-winning ARTlab (Art Research Technology lab) and Taché Hall, which boast purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities and high-calibre equipment providing everything students need to produce work in various media, including printmaking, papermaking, and photography (analogue and digital). There are bright and spacious painting, design and drawing studios, a MAC lab, private editing suites, a large-format digital print shop, a substantial sound stage/recording booth, and even a microscopy lab. Additional satellite locations on campus offer a ceramics area and extensive sculpture fabrication facilities.

The UM Architecture/Fine Arts Library houses one of the largest collections on art, architecture, design and planning in Canada. The SoA Art History Resource Room has its own rich collection of journals and books and is a hub for art history students. The UM Special Collections houses an extensive collection of rare books and archival material relevant to art and architectural research.

All facilities are accessible. Each graduate student has 24-hour card-swipe access to facilities and locked private studios of approximately 35 m² each.

ARTlab, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus.

Mentorship and Community
The MAAH and MFA programs at SoA emphasize intensive research under close mentorship and peer engagement. As a graduate student, you’ll work closely with acclaimed professional artists and art historians who share a wide range of knowledge and know-how – including Indigenous and Métis knowledge – along with a commitment to working with students to meet their individual needs.

Enriching the graduate experience, we offer:

  • our Visiting Speaker lecture series, with opportunities to engage with professional Canadian and international artists, curators, critics, and art historians.
  • access to the SoA Gallery collection of some 5000 historical and contemporary artworks and the UM art collection of over 1500 works.
  • multiple exhibition spaces, creating unique opportunities for curation, exhibition, collaboration, and dialogue.
  • a thriving art history program enhancing the intellectual depth and breadth of the community.
  • an active program of frequent studio visits by local and national artists, curators, and critics.
  • the chance for professional practitioners from the Winnipeg art and design community to join your advisory committee.
  • access to the extensive course offerings and resources of a U-15 university, including in the Desaultels Faculty of Music, the Faculty of Architecture, and the programs in Indigenous Studies, Classics, Film, and Theatre within the Faculty of Arts.

The SoA is committed to providing students with generous financial support. Our funding package starts with a yearly stipend and the opportunity to receive a $14,000/year University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship. Second-year students are eligible for internal awards/scholarships ranging in value from $1300-$11000. Teaching and research assistantships are guaranteed.

A thriving and welcoming city, Winnipeg is known nationally and internationally as a cultural powerhouse. This vibrant, human-scaled metropolis offers a supportive and diverse environment encouraging artistic expression and intellectual engagement.

The city boasts numerous gallery venues, including Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, aceartinc., C2 Centre for Craft, Maison des artistes visuels francophones, Graffiti Gallery, Gallery 1C03 (University of Winnipeg), Martha Street Studio (Manitoba Printmakers Association), Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Platform Centre for Photographic & Digital Arts, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, the Costume Museum of Canada, the Manitoba Museum, The Pavilion Gallery in Assiniboine Park, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery–Qaumajuq.

Winnipeg is home to p cultural institutions such as Border Crossings Magazine, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Forks National Historic Site, First Fridays in the Exchange, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Le Cercle Molière, Dave Barber Cinematheque, Winnipeg Symphony and its renowned New Music Festival, Manitoba Opera, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, GroundSwell New Music Series, and various events, including Cluster Festival, Nuit Blanche, Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, send + receive: a festival of sound, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, Winnipeg Design Festival, Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, and a range of winter activities, including the world’s longest river-skating trail and the cutting-edge Warming Huts architectural competition. SoA is at the centre of the city’s art scene, with faculty and alumni connections providing you with many networking opportunities.

The UM campuses are located on the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Honoured to be chosen as the host of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the UM is dedicated to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship and to becoming a centre of excellence for this work.

Fall 2024 Application Deadlines:
Master of Fine Art (MFA): January 15, 2024
Master of Arts in Art and Architectural History (MAAH): February 15, 2024

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