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Studio Art

Professors and students interact in the Fitzhenry Studio


The McMaster Studio Arts BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) is an intensive program that prepares students for career success as artists while building skills in critical thinking, visual literacy, and entrepreneurial innovation. Our courses offer rigorous exploration of a wide range of media including:

  • sculpture
  • printmaking
  • painting
  • drawing
  • ceramics
  • installation
  • digital technologies
  • hybrid practices

This material-based learning combines with courses in art history, contemporary art, studio research, professional practice and open electives. Students are encouraged to identify their personal interests and goals early in the program and work towards an individualized plan of study in their third and fourth years.

Students in-class in the Fitzhenry Studio classroomHoused within the newly renovated Dr. Robert and Andrée Rhéaume Fitzhenry Studios and Atrium, this intimate program allows for individualized learning and mentorship. Our unique focus on environmentally responsible practice teaches alternatives to toxic media. We are one of only three post-secondary institutions in Ontario that teach foundry. Studio connections with Engineering, Communications Studies and Multimedia and other disciplines facilitate collaborative learning. The university environment provides access to many resources such as the McMaster Museum of Art, the anatomy lab, the library archives and the Royal Botanical Gardens nature reserves. Off campus, Hamilton’s art scene is blossoming, and our students engage actively in this vibrant community. Our central location also provides easy access to other art communities in the region including Buffalo and Toronto.

The BFA is a direct-entry program. This means that students are identified as being art students (rather than general Humanities students) from their very first year. The name of this dedicated level 1 program is Studio Art 1. Applicants are assessed on their academic performance as well as the contents of a creative portfolio.

Art Portfolio Interview

If you intend to study studio art at McMaster, you must meet the general entrance requirements to the Faculty of Humanities and pass our portfolio interview. Find out more information about the Art Portfolio Interview.

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