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, and 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.
Housed 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 postsecondary 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.
Empower students to act as engaged global citizens who contribute to the transformative roles of the arts in society.
To offer niche programs in Art, Art History, Music and Theater & Film Studies is an interdisciplinary School of the Arts supported by staff and faculty dedicated to high-quality teaching and research. Through a close connection with faculty, we promote excellence in artistic production in all its diverse forms, as well as critical, theoretical analysis and study in historical and contemporary contexts.
Through creative arts practices, critical analysis, and experiential learning we ignite curiosity and inspire students to question and engage as contributors in their immediate communities and broader society. Our values are rooted in a commitment to diversity and multi-faceted learning experiences.
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Careers for majors in Studio Art
Curatorial work in museums and galleries
Arts and Culture and Heritage administrator
Teachers at all levels
Metal fabricator, Foundry work
Working in television, film and theatre industry (props, sets, costumes)
Print Pulse 30 showcases just some of the types of work that students in our Studio Art program have created.
About the School
McMaster University is located in the city of Hamilton, in the province of Ontario, Canada. We are one of the top 75 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World Rankings 2019), ranked 2nd ... Read More