Master of Fine Arts - Art

Master of Fine Arts - Art

Building on our reputation for excellent undergraduate education in Art Studio (theory and practice) and Art History/Museum Studies, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art offers students the opportunity to join a dynamic community of contemporary visual artists, historians, and scholars.  As a smaller program with high caliber students, the MFA in Art encompasses material, critical, and conceptual investigations in contemporary art through an exceptional level of interaction with faculty, staff, and visiting artists.  The MFA in Art is a two-year, full-time studio program of applied and academic study.  The University of Lethbridge is committed to providing competitive financial support to all graduate students. 

Located a short drive from Calgary, the United States border, and Canadian Rockies, Lethbridge is a growing city that enjoys a diverse geography of prairie, rolling hills, and an expansive natural river valley area.  Lethbridge is home to numerous artist collectives, the Allied Arts Council, Trapdoor artist-run centre, and several contemporary art galleries including the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Casa, Niche Gallery, Trianon Gallery, Parlour, and the nationally acclaimed Southern Alberta Art Gallery.  Several sites for exhibitions are available to graduate students, including in the University of Lethbridge Penny Building, which provides a strong downtown presence.

The University of Lethbridge possesses one of the largest and most accessible art collections in Canada, fostering direct student access to 19th, 20th, and 21st century national and international artwork.  A lively and extensive Visiting Speakers in the Arts Program enhances communication with national and international artists, writers, critics, and curators.  MFA students are encouraged to augment their studio practice through interactions with our strong Art History/Museum Studies Program, and other graduate programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts (New Media, Music, and Drama).  The University‚Äôs liberal arts focus offers opportunities to take courses and explore collaborations with the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.  

During the summer months, a unique studio residency is available to graduate students through the University of Lethbridge Gushul Studio Residency Program, located in the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta.  

Located in the U of L Centre for the Arts, the Art Department is supported by excellent studio and resourced with a wide range of outstanding technical workshops and digital facilities.  Students also have access to an extensive collection of HD and analog cameras, lighting kits, video, and sound equipment.

For more information, including admission requirements and tuition, visit the School of Graduate Studies ( or contact the graduate coordinator, Mary Kavanagh (


Areas of Study 

Applications for the upcoming term will have available supervisors in the following areas:

  • Drawing
  • Installation and Spatial Art
  • Painting
  • Performance
  • Photo Arts (analog and digital)
  • Print Media
  • Media Arts (sound, video, computer, electronics)
  • Sculpture (traditional and experimental fabrication)
  • Social Practice 

See examples of Faculty & Staff artwork in the Faculty & Staff Works Gallery section ( 

Application Deadline

February 1 for intake to the Fall semester    

School of Graduate Studies

Policies & Procedures

Graduate Calendar