Master of Visual Studies — in studio art or curatorial studies

The MVS is a 2 year, full-time professional program featuring study in two distinct but related fields – Studio Art and Curatorial Studies. MVS Studio and Curatorial Studies students share core seminars in the theory and history of contemporary visual art in both years of study, but otherwise pursue their separate fields through focused studio/practicum sessions under the supervision of MVS studio and curatorial studies faculty respectively. In the curatorial studies field, students also work with professional curators and critics, as well as faculty from disciplines related to their course of study (see below).  Students in both fields take a number of electives in other graduate units of the University and complete an internship placement aimed to further the participant's research and forge connections to outside institutions. 

The MVS students will be a group of artists and curators whose work will advance knowledge within visual culture and strengthen the connections between the visual arts and other fields of study at the University and beyond.  The MVS offers participants a unique opportunity to rigorously investigate the interdisciplinary components inherent in contemporary art and curatorial practice, as well as in critical writing, art theory, art history and related areas requiring a high degree of visual literacy.

The MVS produces graduates well equipped to meet the numerous overlapping skills currently demanded within professional studio art or curatorial practice, as well as critical writing, and theoretical discourse.

This program is especially suited to the city of Toronto, which offers a rich and varied cultural environment along with the potential for specific links with the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Power Plant, MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) and the professional and artist-run alternative gallery systems and art-centred publications. Indeed, this program's location in Toronto provides an intellectual and artistic context for advanced study unequalled in Canada. Located in the culturally diverse city of Toronto, the MVS will be of interest to participants with backgrounds in humanities and social science disciplines: Studio Art,Visual Studies, Art History, Museum Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, Comparative Literature, Cinema Studies, Environmental Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and Drama.

MVS Visiting Artists and Scholars
The MVS Visiting Artists and Scholars program insures contact with the latest developments in contemporary art and critical practice, inviting Canadian and international visitors to conduct individual and group critiques with MVS participants. The bi-weekly non-credit MVS Proseminar brings artists, curators, writers, architects and scholars from other research areas at the University into a lively discussion of current works-in-progress with all the MVS students.

Between the first and second year of the MVS program, all students complete an Internship placement that complements their research in either studio OR curatorial practice. Placements can be within institutions and organizations or can be directed towards work with individual arts professionals and can be located in Toronto or in other Canadian or international locations.

For information on admissions, how to apply, and our Graduate Open House, please visit the Prospective Students section of this website.