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Master of Fine Arts

Creative Writing | Visual Arts | Interdisciplinary Studies

Admission Requirements | Portfolio Submission | Program Requirements | Thesis Requirements

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree provides students with the theoretical and practical tools involved in obtaining a degree in the Fine Arts. There are three specializations under the M.F.A.: Creative Writing, Visual Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies.


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Admission Requirements

The M.F.A. degree program is governed by the regulations of the College of Graduate Studies, including its standards for admission of students. An applicant’s background must sufficiently prepare them for advanced work in creative practice. For the M.F.A., students need to submit a portfolio of creative work (see Portfolio Submission below) as well as the required applications from the College of Graduate Studies.

DEADLINE TO APPLY

MFA Visual Arts & Creative Writing: January 15 (September start date)

(note this deadline  will qualify applicants for Graduate Entrance Scholarships, however applications and portfolios will still be reviewed after the January 15th deadline.)

MFA Interdisciplinary Studies: October 1 (May start date) | January 15 (September start date)

(note these deadlines will qualify applicants for Graduate Entrance Scholarships, however applications and portfolios will still be reviewed after the posted deadlines.)

Portfolio Submission

Portfolios for any of the areas can be submitted online along with your application to the program (see above for the link to the application system) or via mail to:

Office of Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
University of British Columbia Okanagan
CCS Building, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
Canada

Portfolio Guidelines

All areas of specialization are required to prepare a cohesive portfolio package, which may be submitted along with your application (see College of Graduate Studies) or mailed directly to the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (please refer to addresses above.) All portfolios should include the following:

  1. An Artist/Performer CV or Filmography or list of publications or other writing related accomplishments. Please include participation in or collaboration on any interdisciplinary projects.
  2. An Artistic Statement: A brief generalized description contextualizing your work in relationship to contemporary art/writing/performance practice, including interdisciplinary innovation. (500 word maximum). For Interdisciplinary Studies only, include a description of your secondary area of interest and its relation to your artistic practice. 
  3. Examples of recent work or of work relevant to your thesis proposal (done in the last 5 years) Please refer to your area of specialization listed below:

Creative Writing: 30 pages of published or unpublished work in two genres. The work can be photocopies of published material (providing bibliographical information about the publication) or can be in manuscript format (double-spaced, one side of the page).

Visual and Media Arts:15 – 20 images may be submitted on DVD, submitted online through the application system or by a direct link to a site containing the images. If you are linking to a website, or otherwise posted materials include a one page PDF document which clearly describes the work with title and specifics, and includes the links. Make sure that it is a direct link to the images. The committee WILL NOT search a website for the material.

  • You must also include an accompanying image description document (may be on the PDF)
  • DO NOT send PowerPoint or other presentations.
  • Image files must be:
    • in jpg file format with a maximum resolution of 72dip, 1024 x 768 pixels 
    • RGB or grayscale
    • you can upload individual image files, or save them to a DVD, however it is preferred to have one PDF document that contains one image per page, listing the title, date and medium

File names must be numbered starting with 01 and labeled with your initials and titled to correspondent with their printed descriptions as in this example:

  • 01InitialsTitle.jpg
  • 02InitialsTitle.jpg

Short Video documentation of work may also be submitted if appropriate.

Video/Film:

  • Selection of recent video work on DVD submitted with your application, or provide links to online material in your application. 
  • If you are linking to a website, or otherwise posted materials include a one page PDF document which clearly describes the work with title and specifics, and includes the links. Make sure that it is a direct link to the video. The committee WILL NOT search a website for the material.
  • The department may request additional original work for further evaluation purposes.

Performance Support Material: (Students who plan to work in the area of Performance will be able to do so under the MFA with specialization in Interdisciplinary Studies). Support material will be accepted in the following formats: Video documentation of performance work on DVD, 30 minute maximum or a specific link to an on-line site. If you are linking to a website, or otherwise posted materials include a one page PDF document which clearly describes the work with title and specifics, and includes the links. Make sure that it is a direct link to the video. The committee WILL NOT search a website for the material. Performance texts: maximum 30 pages; 15 - 20 images of performances; digital sound recordings. Applicants may choose to provide support material in more than one format if appropriate.

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    Program Requirements

    Specialization in Creative Writing

    Students selecting the Specialization in Creative Writing must complete the following 30 credits:

    • CCS 506 (3) M.F.A. Graduate Colloquium I;
    • CCS 507 (3) M.F.A. Graduate Colloquium II (including the presentation in this course in their second year);
    • CRWR 580 (3/6) d Graduate Workshop in Creative Writing (taken twice for 3 credits for a total of 6 credits);
    • one additional 3-credit course; and
    • CCS 599 (15) M.F.A. Thesis comprising of a substantial artistic work and a support paper: a full-length work of publishable quality (book-length poetry, fiction or non-fiction manuscript, full-length stage play, or screenplay) with an accompanying support paper or introductory essay (minimum 2,500 words) and an oral defense of both the creative writing work and the support paper. An oral defense will be held normally within six weeks of the Creative Writing thesis submission.

    Specialization in Visual Arts

    Students selecting the Specialization in Visual Arts must complete the following 30 credits:

    • CCS 506 (3) M.F.A. Graduate Colloquium I;
    • CCS 507 (3) M.F.A. Graduate Colloquium II (including the presentation in this course in their second year);
    • VISA 582 (3) Graduate Studio in Visual Arts I;
    • VISA 583 (3) Graduate Studio in Visual Arts II;
    • one additional 3-credit course;
    • CCS 599 (15) M.F.A. Thesis comprising of a substantial artistic work and a support paper: an exhibition of a body of work that appears in a venue suitable for an art exhibition for a minimum of two weeks and that is documented, as well as a written support paper of 8,000 to 10,000 words, and an oral defense of both the exhibition and the written support paper. The oral defense will be held normally within six weeks of the written paper submission.

    Specialization in Interdisciplinary Studies 

    Students selecting the Specialization in Interdisciplinary Studies must complete the following 30 credits:

    • CCS 506 (3) M.F.A. Graduate Colloquium I;
    • CCS 507 (3) M.F.A. Graduate Colloquium II (including the presentation in this course in their second year);
    • 6 credits of creative practice courses in the student’s primary creative discipline (this might include CRWR 580 , VISA 582, 583, or graduate THTR classes);
    • one additional 3-credit course in a field relevant to the secondary discipline (which may be a creative discipline or a discipline from an academic area other than Creative Writing, Visual Arts, or Theatre);
    • CCS 599 (15) M.F.A. Thesis comprising of the creative production of a body of work and a written research paper in a secondary area of study (or occasionally a creative work in a different field from the primary area), length of the paper to be determined by the committee, but generally, the written research paper accompanying the creative component of thesis must be a substantial, scholarly work between 8,000 to 10,000 words in length in the student’s secondary discipline. The written research paper and the creative work should have substantial linkages in theoretical or topical context. An oral defense of both the artistic work and the written support paper is required. The oral defense will be held normally within six weeks of the written paper submission.

    View the Graduate Course offerings in FCCS including course descriptions. 


    Thesis Requirements

    Visual Arts

    Requires an exhibition of a body of work completed during residency in the program, a written thesis of 8,000-10,000 words, and an oral defense of both exhibition and written thesis.

    Creative Writing

    Requires a full-length work of publishable quality (book-length poetry, fiction, or non-fiction manuscript, full-length stage play, libretto or screenplay) with a 2500- 5000 word introductory support paper, and an oral defense.

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    The M.F.A. thesis in Interdisciplinary Studies is comprised of the creative production of a body of work (see below) and a written research paper in a secondary area of study (or occasionally a creative work in a different field from the primary area), length of the paper to be determined by the committee. Generally, the written research paper accompanying the creative component of thesis must be a substantial, scholarly work between 8,000 to 10,000 words in length in the student’s secondary discipline. The written research paper and the creative work should have substantial linkages in theoretical or topical context. An oral defense of both the artistic work and the written support paper is required. The oral defense will be held normally within six weeks of the written paper submission.

    The requirements around what constitutes a creative thesis within each area of specialization are predetermined as follows. Alternate thesis structure and content, such as the completion of two creative works, may be considered if planned ahead, especially in cases where a student’s work is interdisciplinary in nature. The following are the thesis descriptions of the primary creative disciplines for students in the specialization of Interdisciplinary Studies:

    • Primary Discipline in Creative Writing
      Requires a full-length work of publishable quality (book-length poetry, fiction or non-fiction manuscript, full-length stage play, or screenplay).
    • Primary Discipline in Visual Arts
      Requires an exhibition of a body of work that appears in a venue suitable for an art exhibition for a minimum of two weeks and that is documented.
    • Primary Discipline in Performance
      Requires a publicized event equivalent in scope and profile to a full-length evening performance, with documentation of the creation and development of the work. The performance must be shown in public a minimum of three times over a period of two weeks.

    Contact

    Master of Fine Arts Graduate Coordinator
    Renay Egami, BA, MFA
    Associate Professor, Creative Studies
    Office: CCS 164
    T: 250.807.9764
    E: renay.egami@ubc.ca


    Administrative Support
    Shauna Oddleifson

    Assistant to the Associate Deans
    Tel: 250.807.9864
    Fax: 250.807.8543
    Office: CCS 323
    Email: shauna.oddleifson@ubc.ca

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