Students in the FCCS/IGS MFA can focus on the Visual Arts, Media Arts, Creative Writing, or Performance (Theatre). They can also combine those disciplines and other academic disciplines to form an individualized program of study. The IGS MFA program is unique in Canada and is designed to encourage an exchange of ideas and influences from non-studio and other academic disciplines reflecting the complex nature of contemporary art and literary practice. It is designed to address and accomodate the specific needs and interests of each candidate as they pursue their MFA degress at UBC Okanagan. The FCCS faculty offers a diverse range of practical and theoretical approaches and areas of expertise as well as an openness and willingness to explore new approaches in contemporary arts practice.
Visual and Media Arts encourages and supports research and exploration in a variety of traditional and non-traditional visual media and allows for students to maintain a specific focus or to work in a cross-disciplinary manner. Creative Writing focuses on a writer's development in his or her preferred literary genre with opportunities for expanded creation and research offered by an interdisciplinary setting. In Performance (Theatre) students will have the opportunity to explore performance-based practices and theories across disciplinary categories and cultural boundaries.
Direct Studies and Special Topics Courses are offered in the following areas:
Students are also expected to complete 3 credits in either Cultural Theory (IGS 501Y-001) or Critical Theory (IGS 501X-001) as well as 6 credits directly related to their creative practice.
Admission to the FCCS/IGS MFA requires support material in addition to the IGS application forms. The Department of Creative Studies evaluates the support material separately in order to make recommendations to the College of Graduate Studies. Applications, which pass through the portfolio screening, are forwarded for recommendation to the College of Graduate Studies for final approval after all other admission criteria is met.
All application material including support material must be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies by the January deadline.
** Please note you must also fill out the Supplemental Application for the MFA in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies. [Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Supplemental Application (Part B).]
Requires an exhibition of a body of work completed during residency in the program, a written thesis of 8,000-10,000 words, and an oral defense of both exhibition and written thesis.
Requires a full-length work of publishable quality (book-length poetry, fiction, or non-fiction manuscript, full-length stage play, libretto or screenplay) with a 2500- 5000 word introductory support paper, and an oral defense.
Requires a publicized public event equivalent in scope and profile to a full-length evening performance; documentation of the creation, development and the theoretical context of the work; oral defense of both performance and documentation. Documentation of the work may be realized in different formats in consultation with the supervising faculty member.
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