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Studio Art

Professors and students interact in the Fitzhenry Studio


Welcome to Art at McMaster

McMaster Studio Arts offers an intensive BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree program that will prepare you for career success as an artist while developing skills in critical thinking, visual literacy, and entrepreneurial innovation.

About the Program

Our program emphasizes faculty mentorship, small class sizes, and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing in a tight-knit, creative learning community.

Unique features of our program include:

  • environmentally responsible studio practice
  • foundry for casting sculptures in metal
  • professional opportunities in the vibrant Hamilton art scene

Students in-class in the Fitzhenry Studio classroomCourses offer rigorous exploration of a wide range of media including sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, installation art, digital technologies and hybrid practices. Material-based learning combines with courses in art history, contemporary art, studio research, professional practice and open electives. You may use your electives to complete a Minor, including a Minor in Sustainability.

You are encouraged to identify your own personal interests and goals early in the program and work towards an individualized plan of study in your third and fourth years.

Future Careers

Our program prepares you for a wide variety of career options. Throughout the program, you will learn skills in self-motivation, problem solving, entrepreneurship, flexibility under pressure, emotional intelligence and visual literacy which today’s workplace environment demands. After graduation, our students have continued their studies at the graduate level or they have gone on to become artists, designers, stage and costume designers, conservators, teachers, arts administrators and more.

More Program Information

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply through OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) at Use the special program code for BFA Studio Art at McMaster: MHS.

(Your grades must meet the minimum average required for entry into McMaster’s Faculty of Humanities.)

Step 2: Book a portfolio interview.

Your portfolio should contain approximately 20 works in different media that represent your creative abilities and interests. The interview consists of a one-on-one conversation with a studio faculty member. You will also be able to tour the studios, chat with current students and explore the campus.

More details about portfolio requirements and interview dates are here.


To book your portfolio interview, contact the School of the Arts by email or phone today.

  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27671

Note: please let us know if you have any questions, or if significant travel distance prohibits a visit.