The Department of Studio Arts has a long-standing international reputation for excellence and innovation in contemporary art.
Studio Arts offers programs that emphasize the importance of studio practice learned alongside a faculty of practicing artists. Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, just blocks from three major museums, students are able to combine directed study in the technical and theoretical requirements of their chosen areas of expertise, while surrounded by the best the city has to offer.
Cutting edge facilities run by a technical staff unparalleled in their experience increases the sense of what is possible in our students.
From this foundation of people and places, Studio Arts succeeds in incorporating digital technologies into many program areas, while continuing to offer solid instruction in classical methods. The department's Undergraduate Program offers nine distinct majors to ensure students are able to develop the level of expertise that best suits their own intention. From material matters to digital expressions, to the intersection of of ideas and activities, Studio Arts supports a pluralistic approach to art-making that best reflects the complex world in which live.
At the graduate level, the MFA in Studio Arts program provides a challenging and supportive environment in which students are engaged in intensive studio production that acknowledges the diverse cultural and theoretical framework of contemporary visual art. Students work closely with faculty in their chosen area of concentration. Recognizing the importance of critical inquiry, an important aspect of the program are seminar courses that enable students to develop their understanding of conceptual, historical and theoretical subjects.
The Studio Arts & MFA Visiting Artist Program (SAVAP) annually invites a range of nationally and internationally recognized artists and theorists to present public lectures. Recent visiting artists have included William Kentridge, Mona Hatoum, Janet Cardiff and Stephen Shore.