Windsor’s School of Creative Arts has one of the longest running MFA programs in Canada, founded in 1979. University of Windsor MFA graduates have gone on to establish significant careers as visual artists, educators, curators and arts professionals.
Our faculty have established national and international reputations, exhibiting, performing, and screening films regularly in Canada and abroad. Currently, School of Creative Arts faculty members are working on a range of externally funded projects that explore multimedia performance, the intersection of art and biotechnology, ecology, architecture, documentary film, and urban culture. We encourage applications from artists working in a wide variety of contemporary practices.
The University of Windsor offers two distinct Master of Fine Arts programs:
MFA Film and Media Arts
The MFA in Film and Media Arts is a two-year course/ thesis-based program. The curriculum balances a theoretical framework with practice-based courses that enable the independent production of a short film project with the support of an academic advisor. Graduate students create films and/or multimedia works over the course of their studies, culminating in a thesis film and written support document.
Our award-winning School of Creative Arts film production faculty screen films regularly at Academy award-qualifying festivals across the globe. University of Windsor Film MFA graduates have gone on to rewarding careers in film production and post-production and have accepted positions as full members of IATSE and the Directors Guild of Canada.
MFA Visual Arts
The Master of Fine Arts Program in Visual Arts at the University of Windsor is a two-year, studio-centered program geared towards creative exploration, innovative experimentation and the development of a sustainable artistic practice. The program provides graduate students with a critical and theoretical framework that enables the independent development of artistic research and studio production that is supported by a range of dynamic faculty, visiting artists, curators and critics.
We encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to art that enables students to experiment with a variety of media and methods to discover those best suited to realizing their creative projects. Recently these have ranged from video installation, audio responsive installation, performance, social practice, bio art, and urban interventions.
Calum Hotchkiss, MFA, Film & Media Arts 2021, is one of five university students across Canada awarded the Canadian Cinema Editors’ Student Award of Merit for his thesis film Continuum.