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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Criticism & Curatorial Practice combines history, theory and criticism with professional practice to explore and experiment with the breadth and depth of contemporary art and design.


The objectives of the MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice are:

  • To ensure that students acquire advanced research skills for visual and academic investigations in the areas of art, media, design practice and critical theory.
  • To contribute new knowledge in the areas of art, media and design research methodologies and curatorial practices.
  • To promote the development of practices that facilitate sustainability, social responsibility, and diverse social and cultural perspectives.
  • To develop and advance curatorial and critical practices in design.
  • To promote contemporary art, media and design practices within public contexts.
  • To contribute to the development of the field of Canadian art, media and design criticism.
  • To contribute to the development of the field of curatorial practice in galleries and museums.

Required Courses

Curriculum: 60 credit-hours

*Note: Students must take either GGRA 6B01 or CADN 6B08. Students must meet with the Graduate Program Director for advising on this and other elective choices.


Students may choose from:

  1. Approved graduate-level courses in other OCAD U graduate programs.
  2. A 300- or 400-level undergraduate course in any discipline with the approval of the instructor and the Graduate Program Director.
  3. A graduate course at another Ontario university. Students should consult the Graduate Student Handbook for information on the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Plan (OVGS).

Students should consult the Graduate Program Director for advising on the selection of elective courses.

Summer Options

The MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice is a year-round, five-semester program, including one summer term. Students must make plans for their summer program in consultation with their Supervisory Committee and the Program Director. Among the options available to students in this program are:

Summer Internship (3-6 credit-hours)
With the assistance of the Graduate Program Director, students will arrange either a curatorial or criticism internship of three to five weeks in duration with a local, national or international gallery, museum or journal.

Summer International Directed Study (3-6 credit-hours)
If appropriate to their thesis project, students may arrange international directed study or research for the summer between years one and two.

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