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The award
MFA

How long you will study
2 - 3 years

Domestic course fees
CAD 20000 per total

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
find out

International course fees
CAD 40000 per total

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About Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University

The Master of Fine Arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practice program offers graduate students an exceptional opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary art, media and design through engagement with history, theory and criticism within curatorial practice.

OCAD University’s distinctive program focuses uniquely on the practices of curating and criticism, leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. Our graduate faculty and adjunct faculty include practising curators and critics who bring deep intellectual and professional expertise to the studies of criticism and curatorial practice.

OCAD University’s reputation for excellence entices internationally renowned authorities to its annual Artist-in-Residence program, and assists students to establish programmatic internships in Canada and abroad.

The MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice is a full-time, 60-credit program normally completed within two academic years or five sequential semesters. With the Program Director’s approval, some part-time students may be admitted with a more flexible completion schedule.

Students entering the program will have an honours-equivalent four-year bachelor’s degree in studio art or design, or art history/visual culture, or a related discipline, and several years of practical experience. They will be interested in augmenting their existing knowledge base through a program of study that facilitates exploration of and experimentation with the full range of contemporary art and/or design curatorial and critical practices, and that provides the historical, theoretical and critical armature required.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMFAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 - 3 years
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesCAD 20000 per totalInternational course feesCAD 40000 per total

Notes about fees for this course

Depending on which course you choose to study, fees for domestic students can range from $20,000 CAD to $35,000 CAD. Fees for international students can range from $40,000 CAD to $75,000 CAD.

The instituion will be able to provide you with more detailed information about fees for specific programs.

Entry requirements

Application for admission into the MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD U is a highly competitive process. Applicants must hold a BA, BFA, BDes, or comparable honours degree/certification with an average of 75 per cent (B+) or better during the last two years of study, or must demonstrate exceptional experience/expertise as a practising artist, designer, critic or curator. All applicants must demonstrate creative and conceptual competence at a high level.

For consideration by the admissions committee, and in addition to the basic application requirements outlined below, applicants need to complete and submit the following through SlideRoom:

  • Research Proposal: Applicants should clearly outline their background in their area of concentration and describe their research interest or theme for their graduate work in the program. The proposal must be typed and should not exceed 500 words. Appendices including bibliography and examples of visual work may be included if appropriate.
  • CV: Applicants should include an updated copy of their curriculum vitae.
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