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The University of Waterloo
Master of Fine Arts
Application Deadline February 1, 2018

Intense and intimate—pursue your MFA at the University of Waterloo. Our fully funded Keith and Win Shantz International Research Scholarships let you study with professional artists anywhere in the world for six weeks. With a generous funding package ($34,000 in 2017), plenty of access to faculty and resources, a solo exhibition in our nationally renowned gallery UWAG, a robust visiting artist program, and teaching placements, the University of Waterloo is a real gem.

A key feature of our program are the Keith and Win Shantz International Research Scholarships, which enable all MFA candidates to travel and study alongside a professional artist during their summer term. Our students have been to the Netherlands, England, Germany, Spain, Scotland, Denmark, Brazil, China, and the United States. To find out more from our 2017 scholarship recipients see this year’s Shantz Shorts: Tait Wilman, Eryn O'Neill, Aaron Maclean and Tess Martens. We also have an annual fall MFA field trip paid for by the Keith and Win Shantz endowment fund. This past October we went to the Venice Biennale.


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Denise St Marie & Timothy Walker, The Re-examined Life, installation view UWAG, 2017.

The University of Waterloo is one of the leading comprehensive universities in the country and has been recognized by Maclean’s magazine as Canada’s top university for innovation for the 24th consecutive year.

Our MFA is an intimate program built around studio research, practice, professional development, and pedagogical training. Studio work culminates in a solo exhibition at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG); see past thesis exhibitions here. The pedagogical component includes a seminar in course development, two teaching assistantships and the opportunity to teach an introductory, studio-based course.


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Denise St Marie & Timothy Walker, The Re-examined Life, installation view UWAG, 2017.

Due to our size, teaching assistantships and the Shantz International Research Scholarships, we offer one of the most generous funding packages in the country.

The application deadline for our MFA program is February 1, 2018.

For more information, contact Cora Cluett, Associate Chair, Graduate Studies at ccluett@uwaterloo.ca or visit finearts.uwaterloo.ca.