Graduate Studies










Program Components: 

Coursework + Thesis Project

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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree program offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate study majoring in Art, New Media and Theatre & Dramatic Arts. Each MFA degree program combines research, theory, and practice relevant to the discipline. Faculty, comprised of artists and scholars, foster an environment of active engagement with material and conceptual investigations in production and performance. The MFA allows graduate students to concentrate in their chosen disciplines and to synthesize their research into a Thesis.

Located a short drive from Calgary, the United States border, and the 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 art collectives and a number of contemporary art galleries including the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Casa, Trianon Gallery, Parlour, and the nationally acclaimed Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Several sites for exhibitions are available to graduate students, including the University of Lethbridge Penny Building, which provides a strong downtown presence. The Drama Department’s activities are supported by its outstanding theatre facilities, shops, and studios. The Faculty of Fine Arts produces a robust season of mainstage productions, a student-run season of studio productions, and numerous other theatre events.

The University of Lethbridge is committed to creativity, inquiry, and discovery. It values and supports research, scholarship, and creative work, and encourages students at all levels to become involved.

1. Prepare requirements

Master of Fine Arts Application Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in a related discipline
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university-level semester courses
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Required documents

  • Academic transcripts
  • Three academic references
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent (maximum length is 1500 words)
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)
  • Additional Fine Arts Application Requirements

Program Capacity

As program capacity is limited, student admitted will meet the following criteria:

  • Academic record and letters of recommendation
  • Additional Fine Arts submission requirements
  • Resources available for proposed project
  • Financial support available
2. Submit University application 

Submit online application by midnight (MST/MDT) on the deadline date.


Items submitted as part of University Application 

  • Unofficial Academic transcripts
  •  Three references
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Intent
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)


Applicants who have attended or are currently attending an institution participating in ApplyAlberta do not need to arrange for official transcripts to be sent to uLethbridge from the issuing institution. A list of participating institutions is available at

3. Provide official academic documents

Arrange for official documents to be submitted directly by the host institution unless covered through ApplyAlberta. This may include:

  • Official academic transcripts, including proof of graduation for the baccalaureate degree and transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work
  • ELP test scores
4. Submit additional requirements

Additional creative documents are required as part of the MFA application and need to be submitted with the University application by the deadline.

MFA – Art

Submit a portfolio including representative samples of your work/research to date. Submission should include 20 images or 10 images and one 5-minute video compilation. Image and/or video submission should be accompanied with the date, title, and media of each image and/or video piece, as descriptions of work if relevant, e.g. video/audio, performance, web-based, etc.

An interview may be required.

MFA – New Media

Submit a portfolio including representative samples of your most current work. Portfolio samples should be with a New Media major based on digital media in any individual areas enumerated below or any cross between these areas:

  • Design for Digital Media
  • Interactive Media, Web, and Video games
  • 3D Art and Animation
  • Digital Video/Film
  • New Media Theory and Culture

An interview may be required.

MFA – Theatre & Dramatic Arts

Applicants may be invited to attend an audition/interview. Alternate arrangements may be possible if you are required to travel from a great distance. Additional requirements pertaining to your specific area of study may apply may be requested after application.

A design applicant must submit a portfolio of a maximum of 20 images that effectively represents the applicant’s body of work/research to date.

5. Admission decision process

No application will receive formal consideration until all documents are received.

The departmental committee reviews each application and makes a recommendation on admission to the program committee. You will be notified of your official admission status by the Registrar’s Office no later than April 1 (February 1 deadline).

All information can be found in the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue, which is the official guide agreement to be used if any discrepancies exist between this site and the document.

For more details please see the Graduate Studies Calendar and Course Catalogue

Finding a Supervisor

Applicants to the MFA do not need to find a supervisor in advance of applying. Supervisors are not identified until after an application has been assessed by the departmental graduate education committee. Applicants can contact available faculty to discuss supervision prior to application, but it is not a requirement of the application.

Student Story: 

Learn More: 

My MFA journey has expanded my perspective and ability to create meaningful and engaging works. Research as an artist looks different for each of us. As a graduate student in the Fine Arts, I get to shape the outcomes of my program based on my interests and critical inquiry. I have had several opportunities to exhibit my work in progress and speak about my research, which has helped to refine my thesis project.
Tyler Heaton, MFA student


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