How to apply to the MFA

Welcome to the first step in your journey to becoming an MFA candidate at AUArts. The MFA Program accepts applications on a rolling basis, for a fall semester start. You will find everything you need to complete your application here.

Jessie Fraser, Her Voice, 2019
MFA Thesis Exhibition

Application deadline for Fall 2020 admission: January 15, 2020. 

Step 1: Application
Step 2: Transcripts and other official documents
Step 3: Letters of Recommendation
Step 4: Portfolio
Apply online through Apply Alberta by January 15 
Request your official transcripts, submit your statement of intent, CV, and if applicable your English proficiency documents 
Request your letters of recommendation 
Submit portfolio 
Step 1: Application and fee
Apply online and pay your $110 application fee via Apply Alberta.
Application deadline: January 15. The following documents must be received by this date: online application, official transcripts, reference forms, statement of intent, CV, and if applicable, English Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS) - please submit your statement of intent, referee forms and CV through Slideroom
Note: The application for the MFA Program opens in June, with the application and portfolio evaluation taking place after January 15, all complete applications that meet the minimum requirement will be considered. Program start is September of each year.
Step 2: Transcripts and English Proficiency Documents
Request your official transcripts at the start of your application process to avoid delays. Transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope directly from the institution. If applicable, request an official English proficiency score to be sent to us directly from the institution.
You may have all official documents mailed to:
Attention: Coordinator, Research and Graduate Studies
Office of Research and Academic Affairs
Alberta University of the Arts
522 - 1407 14 Ave NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 4R3
Step 3: Reference Forms
Request your reference form as early as possible to allow your referees sufficient time to submit them (via slideroom). It is the responsibility of the applicant and the referee to ensure that the referee form and letters are submitted by the application deadline date. 
Step 4: Portfolio
Submit a portfolio of your work via Slideroom.
Deadline: January 15, 2020. 

MFA admission requirements

Admission to the AUArts graduate program is competitive and is based on academic standing, demonstration of an active studio practice and a commitment to take on a rigorous program of study.

MFA awards and scholarships

All MFA in Craft Media applicants will automatically be considered for entrance scholarships, based on the merit of their applications. You do not need to apply for these awards.

Tuition and Fees