Apply to the School of Art’s MFA program at the University of Manitoba

January 15 Submission Deadline


About the Program
The School of Art MFA program is a two-year, full-time, practice-led program in contemporary art. Develop your practice in a vibrant studio environment with state-of-the-art facilities, private studios, focused instruction and technical support for a diversity of approaches to contemporary art production.

Our Philosophy—Visual learning through an interdisciplinary lens
Our MFA program welcomes experimentation, and students are encouraged to study within a focused discipline or across traditional and experimental boundaries in the realization of impactful work.


ARTlab, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus. Image courtesy of the School of Art

The School of Art covers an impressive 150,000 sq. ft. of the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus—most visibly, in the award-winning ARTlab (Art Research Technology lab) which boasts state-of-the-art facilities and technology for intensive studio production.

The purpose-built facility and high calibre equipment provide everything students need to hone work in various mediums, including print media, papermaking, and photography (both darkrooms and digital), along with bright and spacious painting and drawing studios, ceramics, extensive sculpture fabrication facilities, a MAC lab and private editing suites, a large-format digital print shop, large sound stage, and recording booth. All of our facilities are accessible. All graduate students have 24-hour card-swipe access to all facilities and to locked private studios with full internet and studio furniture (approx. 380 sq.ft. each).

2021 COVID-19 Considerations
As the pandemic continues, the health and safety of our community remains top priority, while still aiming to fulfill our mission of academic excellence. During the pandemic, graduate students have continued to have special access to School of Art facilities, equipment, and private studios.


Undergraduate painting studio, ARTlab, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus. Image courtesy of the School of Art

Mentorship and Community
The MFA program at the School of Art emphasizes intensive studio research under close mentorship and peer engagement. As a graduate student, you’ll work closely with acclaimed professional artists and designers who teach at the School of Art and share an extraordinary range of knowledge along with a true commitment to working with students in individualized ways.

Beyond the studio and enriching the MFA experience, we offer:

  • our exceptional Visiting Artist lecture series, with opportunities to engage with professional Canadian and international artists, curators, critics, designers, and art historians
  • multiple exhibition spaces and galleries, creating unique opportunities for exhibition, collaboration, and dialogue within our vibrant cultural community
  • publication opportunities in School of Art print and digital catalogues and periodicals
  • group critiques, seminars, and University-wide electives
  • the chance for professional artists from the Winnipeg community to join your advisory committee
  • access to the many resources of a large U15 university

The School of Art is committed to providing students with generous financial support. Our competitive funding package starts with a substantial yearly stipend from the School of Art and the opportunity to receive one of the $14,000/year University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships. Our second-year students can also apply for one of our large ($1,300-$11,000) internal awards and scholarships. Additional paid teaching assistantships are provided for the duration of our program.

Approachable and culturally rich, Winnipeg is a supportive, notably affordable, and vibrant place to be as an artist. Art is everywhere – literally, from wall murals to modern architecture, Winnipeg has become a well-known cultural hub: Plug In ICA, Urban Shaman, aceartinc., PLATFORM Gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Qaumajuq (opening 2021) are among its many exciting gallery venues. Border Crossings, the Manitoba Museum, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet are some of the “brick and mortar” cultural institutions; these are complemented by innovative events and festivals such as send + receive, Wall-to-Wall Mural & Culture Festival, Winnipeg Design Festival, and a whole host of positive winter activities, such as the Warming Huts architectural competition, and the longest river-skating trail in the world.

The School of Art is at the center of the city’s art and design scene, with faculty and alumni connections providing you with a multitude of networking opportunities.

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of 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 University of Manitoba is dedicated to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship, and to becoming a centre of excellence for this work.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

  • Term of Admission: Fall 2021
  • Applications and accompanying documents must be received by the deadline.

For More Information
Learn more about the MFA program, apply or find information about admission and tuition.
Learn more about the School of Art, our facilities, faculty and staff, as well as student opportunities.

Contact Us
School of Art Graduate Program
Room 313 ARTlab Building
180 Dafoe Road, University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2
Phone: 204-474-9310

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