Call for Applications: University of Waterloo Funded MFA in Studio Art 2024

Sarah Martin. Something to soften the blow, set of two photographic prints on vinyl, 2023. Photo: Robert McNair.

University of Waterloo, Department of Fine Arts
Waterloo, ON

Application Deadline: February 1, 2024

The MFA Studio Art Program
Waterloo has an intimate program built around studio research, practice, professional development, and pedagogical training. Studio work culminates in a solo exhibition at UWAG (University of Waterloo Art Gallery); see past thesis exhibitions here. The pedagogical component includes a seminar in course development, two teaching assistantships and the opportunity to teach an introductory, studio-based course.

Generous Funding Plus
Our funding is $39,850, (which includes the $9,850 Shantz Scholarship), one-on-one mentoring with distinguished faculty, plenty of access to facilities, a solo exhibition in our nationally renowned gallery UWAG, and teaching placements.
The University of Waterloo is a real gem.

Here’s Who You Could Work With

  • Lois Andison, Professor—sculpture and installation
  • Matthew Carver, Assistant Professor—painting, drawing, digital
  • Cora Cluett, Associate Professor—photography and painting
  • Tara Cooper, Associate Professor—print media and video
  • Joan Coutu, Professor—visual culture and art history
  • Ivan Jurakic, Director of UWAG—curator
  • Logan MacDonald, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Art — Indigeneity, painting, installation and curation
  • Bruce Taylor, Professor—ceramics, sculpture and drawing
  • Jessica Thompson, Associate Professor—sound, performance, mobile technologies
  • Bojana Videkanic, Associate Professor—art history, theory, performance art and curation

Come Here, Go Anywhere
A distinctive feature of our program is the Keith and Win Shantz International Research Scholarships, which enable all MFA candidates to travel and study alongside a professional artist during their summer term. Our students have been to Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, and the United States.

Listening Gong by Matthew Goodheart from the RPI Exhibition at Harvestworks, Nolan Park, Governor’s Island. Image taken during Charlie Star’s Shantz Scholarship at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, NY.

“Interning with an artist-run center allowed me to work and meet a range of diverse artists, and it expanded my awareness of the dimensions and possibilities of making art with electronic and digital media. I hadn’t spent such a lengthy time in New York before, and I am very grateful to the Shantz Foundation for their generous scholarship, which also supported my exploration of the city’s creative spaces, people and cultures.” – Matthew Goodheart

Behnaz Fatemi working in Diogo Pimentão’s London, England studio. Image taken during Shantz Scholarship.

“My internship was a transformative chapter in my life. Traveling alone overseas was a leap of faith, but the true magic lay in collaborating with Diogo. We delved into deep discussions about contemporary drawing and its connection with performance and sculpture. Living with Diogo’s family and connecting with his wife Joana was like finding a family. Our conversations blended art, politics, life, and everything in between.” – Behnaz Fatemi

The application deadline for our MFA program is February 1, 2024.
Apply now.

For more information, please contact Professor Lois Andison, Associate Chair of Graduate Studies. You can also check out our website and follow MFA activities on Instagram @waterloomfa.

University of Waterloo
Department of Fine Arts, East Campus Hall
263 Phillip Street, Waterloo, Ontario