MFA in Craft Media

MFA in Craft Media

Illingworth Kerr Gallery at Alberta University of the Arts

Peter Sloan, Hinged Crows on Mirrored Root Ball, 2014. Sterling Silver, 6.5 x 4 x 1.2 cm. Courtesy Peter Sloan. © Peter Sloan.

December 19, 2016
MFA in Craft Media

Application deadline: January 15, 2017
Portfolio submission deadline: February 1

Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD)
Research + Graduate Studies Office
522-1407 14 Avenue
N.W. Calgary, AB
Canada T2N 4R3

T +403 284 7661
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Be the voice of contemporary craft
ACAD’s MFA in Craft Media offers students an opportunity to experiment and explore materials, processes, technologies, critical discourse and theory through creative inquiry that will expand and challenge perceptions of contemporary craft. Guided and mentored by internationally acclaimed artists, students experience a rigorous 20-month practice-led program in a supportive, interdisciplinary environment.

Graduate students in the MFA in Craft Media can choose to focus on a specific craft discipline in Ceramics, Fibre, Glass or Jewellery + Metals or develop a customized program of study that engages across craft-based media and/or with other practices such as Drawing, Print Media, Sculpture, Painting and Media Arts.

Seminars on craft history and theory, critical and creative inquiry and professional practice, underpin an overall commitment to foster a personal vision that will position graduates as future practitioners and educators of craft-based inquiry.

Throughout the program, students receive one-on-one mentorship and instruction from ACAD’s community of dedicated artists/scholars. Current MFA faculty includes: Dr. Mark Clintberg, Dr. Alexandra Emberley, Mackenzie Kelly-Frere, Martina Lantin, Charles Lewton-Brain, Mireille Perron, Tyler Rock, Natali Rodrigues, Jennifer Salahub, Laura Vickerson and Dr. Christopher Willard.

MFA students will have access to ACAD’s studio teaching facilities such as the dyeing and weaving studios and the Jacquard and a 16-harness AVL Dobby; a fully equipped ceramics studio which houses multiple kiln technologies, a decal printer and a fully stocked glaze room, the Hot and Cold glass studios including four glory holes with 12- and 20-inch diameters, two 300-pound glass furnaces, six annealers with programmable controllers and seven kilns with GB1 controllers, and the newly renovated Jewellery + Metals studios.

As an ACAD MFA student you will have an unparalleled opportunity to experiment with materials and engage with ideas, to push boundaries and challenge expectations of what contemporary craft can be.

Successful applicants will possess an active studio practice, an exhibition and/or publication record, a BFA degree or equivalent qualifications in a craft discipline from a four-year university or college degree program, and a commitment to undertake a rigorous program of study.

All MFA students will be offered teaching assistantships beginning in their second semester, as well as pedagogy workshops leading to a certificate of completion.

To learn more about this unique program, its faculty and ACAD’s facilities, please visit

The ACAD experience
ACAD received the National Association of Schools of Art and Design’s (NASAD) designation of Substantial Equivalency—their highest designation for a post-secondary institution not located in the United States. With an international reputation as one of the Canada’s leading Art + Design Colleges, students participate in an immersive learning experience both inside and outside of the studio. Students are engaged in a global conversation about art, craft, and design and their impact on the world. Small class sizes encourage interaction with exceptional faculty mentors who are master practitioners and respected scholars. A robust visiting artist program, multiple exhibition spaces, the internationally recognized Illingworth Kerr Gallery and a library that is focused on contemporary art, craft and design, all support intensive and experimental practice.

Studying at ACAD means joining a community of people who are passionate about creativity.

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