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McMaster University, School of the Arts

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McMaster University, School of the Arts

The McMaster Studio Arts BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) is an intensive, student-centred program with a focus on professional development, interdisciplinary collaboration, integration of theory and practice, and material-based, experiential learning. Our program offers rigorous explorations in a wide range of media, including sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, painting, drawing, installation, digital technologies, and hybrid practices. It combines these material investigations with courses in studio research, professional practice, art history, contemporary art, and open electives. This challenging curriculum prepares students for career success as artists, while also building the capacities in critical thinking, cross-cultural sensitivity, visual literacy, and entrepreneurial innovation that are required of creative professionals in today’s diverse and challenging job market.



Unique Features

  • a focus on environmentally responsible studio practice
  • new studio and exhibition facilities
  • small cohorts, mentorship, collegial atmosphere supporting student-directed learning
  • student exhibitions on campus and in the larger community
  • internships and teaching assistant opportunities
  • interdisciplinary collaborations with other faculties
  • high level of community engagement
  • graduating group exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art

Levels of studies offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree


Four-year studio art program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Admission / Portfolio requirements

We invite you to examine our progressive BFA at: Students must apply through OUAC using the special program code for BFA Studio Art at McMaster: MHS.

The Studio Art program is a limited enrolment program which requires the permission of the School of the Arts and a successful portfolio interview. The portfolio should contain a variety of works in different media that represent the applicant’s creative abilities and interests. Aptitude in art, academic ability, and demonstrated commitment to the discipline are considered in the selection process.

All interested students who wish to be considered for admission must make arrangements to come to McMaster for a portfolio interview. Please contact us for accommodation if significant travel distance prohibits a visit. Full details of the portfolio requirements, how to book an interview, and interview dates are available at:

Facilities and Resources

Studio Facilities

  • fully-equipped, professional print studio focusing on sustainable practice
  • bronze and aluminum casting foundry
  • wood and metal shops
  • ceramics studio
  • painting and drawing studios
  • professional gallery setting for student critiques
  • student and community gallery for public exhibitions 

Other Resources

  • engaged faculty of contemporary artists with national and international connections
  • burgeoning local art scene
  • annual Visiting Artist series
  • McMaster Museum of Art
  • access to Health Sciences Anatomy Lab
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Hamilton Artists Inc.
  • monthly Art Crawl on James St. North
  • annual Super Crawl on James St. North
  • attractive campus situated in a safe and friendly neighbourhood
  • GO Transit stop on campus for easy access to Toronto’s art galleries and museums
  • extensive network of nature trails on the edge of campus