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Master of Fine Arts in Craft Media Craft Media

Alberta College of Art and Design

Alberta College of Art and Design
The ACAD Master of Fine Arts in Craft Media (MFA) degree is terminal degree required for teaching craft, design and visual art at post-secondary institutions. This cross-disciplinary program facilitates high-level, creative research in the context of emerging craft discourses. Graduate students undertake practice-led investigations grounded in a comprehensive understanding of research methodologies, current pedagogy and professional practice. Individual student progression in the MFA in Craft Media requires specialized focus, depth of research and learner autonomy throughout. As key participants in creative research culture at ACAD, graduate students will discover, test, and transform knowledge in their chosen field.

Admissions Office
1407 - 14 Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4R3, Canada

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  • Program Type Master
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 3 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
Admission to the ACAD 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.

General Information
  • Applications to be submitted via Apply Alberta
  • Portfolio, statement of intent, CV to be submitted via Slideroom
  • Official transcripts to be submitted to the Research + Graduate Studies Office
  • Two letters of recommendation and recommendation form to be submitted to RGSO
Academic Requirements
A Bachelors degree in Fine Arts or related discipline or equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 from a recognized university, or equivalent institution.

Academic Transcripts
An official transcript is required from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. If you are currently enrolled in classes send an official interim report of grades and follow up with a final transcript showing final grades and degree conferred.

Transcript requests from Alberta post-secondary institutions can be securely processed through Apply Alberta during the application process. Transcripts from institutions outside of Alberta can be mailed to:
Research + Graduate Studies Office
c/o Alberta College of Art + Design
1407 - 14th Ave. NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 4R3

Transcripts from non-English speaking institutions must be sent in the original language and accompanied by an official, notarized English translation of the transcripts. Please familiarize yourself with the ACAD English proficiency requirements.

Portfolio and Supporting Documents
The portfolio portion of your MFA application includes examples of your work, statement of intent and Curriculum Vitae.
1. Portfolio
Up to 20 examples of work (images, video, music), indicating an in-depth understanding of material and critical discourses, and demonstrating a personal direction and potential for future growth. You may include any relevant publications (such as reviews or critical essays) authored by yourself or others as evidence of your professional activity.
2. Statement of Intent
Your statement of intent may briefly address the conceptual, historical and/or theoretical context of your practice. The main purpose of your statement of intent is to help us understand how you anticipate your work evolving during the period of your MFA studies. Suggested length is 750 to 1250 words.
3. Curriculum Vitae
Your CV should concisely outline related professional experience (exhibitions, publications, awards) and activities that convey a sense of commitment to a career in the arts. Maximum length is four (4) pages.

Your portfolio, statement of intent, and CV must be submitted via Slideroom. Please note, articles, letters and other documents must be submitted in PDF format. Learn more about submitting your portfolio.

Letters of Recommendation
We require two letters of recommendation, each written by an independent individual who can provide an objective assessment of your academic and/or professional background, and your capabilities with respect to the MFA program. Unless you’ve been out of school for more than four years, at least one letter (and preferably both) should be written by an academic professional. Letters from non-academics should be written by someone who has supervised you directly in a professional setting.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2018/08/01 to 2019/07/31*.

  • Tuition $18,750.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $6,500.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,535.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated June 21, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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