November 15, 2014

Fall 2014 graduate programs

School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University

MFA students Avery Nabata and Nathaniel Wong, Rough Soaring, 2014.

Simon Fraser University welcomes applications to its MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies and MA in Comparative Media Arts. With its intimate scale, interdisciplinary design, and faculty of international reputation, the School for the Contemporary Arts provides a rich environment for artists and scholars in the fine and performing arts.

Our state-of-the-art 125,000 square-foot location in downtown Vancouver puts our students steps away from a host of galleries and cultural venues. Vancouver is known for its commitment to rigorous artistic discourse and practice. Graduate students have ample opportunities to engage with the community through exhibitions, placements, performances, and other public events. The Audain Visual Artists-in-Residence Program gives students extended exposure to international artists, including Andres Bunte, Ricardo Basbaum, Duane Linklater, Hito Steyerl, Antoni Muntadas, Claire Fontaine, Elke Krasny, Marjetica Potrč, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.

The MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies is an innovative program that offers the rare opportunity for artists from across the fields of dance, film, music, theatre, video, and visual art to develop work in shared studio and theory forums. Both disciplinary and hybrid practices are welcomed. MFA students pursue a program of original research and studio work, culminating in a graduate artistic project. The two-year program is full-time, requiring students to be in the Vancouver area.

The MA in Comparative Media Arts is at the forefront of an emergent inter-medial approach to the arts. Seminars give students a strong grounding in interdisciplinary research methods and new developments across moving-image media, performance studies, visual culture, and digital art. Students also have access to graduate courses across the university and the opportunity to pursue a practical placement. The four-semester program prepares students for careers in the arts and for doctoral studies.

More information on the program, faculty, curriculum and application guidelines are available at, or contact our Graduate Assistant.

Fall 2014 graduate programs at School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University

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