December 1, 2011

MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University

School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University

The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies is an innovative program within a comprehensive university in a new state-of-the-art facility in downtown Vancouver. Our program offers the rare opportunity for artists from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds to develop their work in shared studio and theory forums. Both disciplinary and hybrid practices are welcomed. In addition to a strong portfolio and an astute articulation of practice the applicant should communicate their enthusiasm for cross disciplinary conversations and how their work would benefit from such an environment.


Several kinds of artist thrive in this program: those who have a strong background in a single discipline and value the stimulation of an interdisciplinary environment; those whose studio practice fuses two or more disciplines; and those who want to develop the theoretical or scholarly context of their practice.




The program provides advanced professional training for artists across the fields of music, dance, theatre, film, video and visual art. The focus is on developing the student’s individual artistic practice, creativity, interdisciplinary research, technical skill and critical awareness of art’s relationship to contemporary society. MFA students normally pursue a five-semester program of original research and studio work, culminating in a graduate artistic project. The program is full-time, usually taking two years, and requires students to be in the Vancouver area. 




MFA students work closely with faculty members. Our faculty consists of over twenty-five nationally and internationally recognized practitioners of dance, choreography, film, video, screenwriting, music composition, directing, dramaturgy, visual arts, history and theory.


Our School and Location


Our new 125,000 sq. foot location in downtown Vancouver puts students steps away from a host of galleries and cultural venues. Vancouver is known for its commitment to rigorous artistic discourse and practice; our MFA students find opportunities to engage in many initiatives. A constant series of cultural events is produced on our site, in our Audain Gallery, Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Fay and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre and within other school venues. Additionally, School for the Contemporary Arts offers vibrant undergraduate programs.




For more information contact our Graduate Assistant: [email protected]



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