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Fine Arts, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Sackville, Canada
The foundation year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University includes introductory courses in Drawing, Photography/Printmaking, Painting/Sculpture and Elements of Art. 
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What will you study in the Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University?

You will also study Art History and elective courses. This year is meant to expose students to a broad range of material and conceptual options available in contemporary art practice, as well as providing a solid base of skills for later years.

Second year courses allow students to explore particular media in greater depth, with more emphasis on the development of your individual artistic voice. We encourage students to create a dialogue between the studio areas that they are working in and to begin considering the cultural context of art-making activities. Making connections to disciplines outside of Fine Arts through elective courses is an opportunity to enrich and deepen your understanding of this context.

Third year presents challenging intermediate level courses designed to foster an independent line of investigation in your studio work.  The focus is on developing students' relationships to process, idea generation and disciplined studio practice, while also introducing sustained discussion of theoretical issues in contemporary art. This year is designed to prepare you for the demands of the fourth year and is a transition from more structured, project-based coursework to the development and pursuit of your own artistic interests.

Students in the final year of their BFA program take two Advanced Studio courses with two faculty per semester, and are also involved in several other activities and workshops referred to as the Fourth Year Program. Studio courses are not media-based and course criteria are developed between individual students and faculty at the beginning of each semester.  All BFA students in Fourth Year participate in major critiques at mid-term each semester with each student making a formal, public presentation of their work to Fine Arts faculty and peers. Fourth Years also attend workshops on practical topics such as documentation and grant writing. In the winter semester, students focus on organizing and hanging a BFA graduating student exhibition at the Owens Art Gallery as the culmination of their degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Our goal is to provide students with a deepened awareness of themselves and their place in their environment, community and culture, through study and production of the visual arts. 
  • Our curriculum balances intellectual and hands-on exploration of the visual arts, training students to become professional artists in a rigorous, student-centered learning environment. Fine Arts courses are instructed by practicing Artists and Art Historians whose courses are designed and coordinated to establish a strong foundation in all facets of the visual arts. 
  • Research and production in the visual arts is integral to the development and expression of cultural identities that can both reflect and challenge the values and norms of our pluralistic society. In a rapidly changing environment we prepare students with skills and abilities in Fine Arts that will enable them to find a place in the diverse cultures and values of Canada and the world.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

To be considered for admission, a university-preparatory language arts course and generally a minimum of four additional university-preparatory courses are required. A university-preparatory math (pre-calculus) is required for students applying to the Bachelor of Science or Commerce programs.

Documents required:

  • Official transcripts
  • Regular admission - To be considered for admission, a minimum final grade of 65% or the equivalent is required in all university-preparatory courses reviewed.
  • Early admission - Applicants may be considered for early admission based on their final grade 11 transcripts. A minimum admissions average of 80% is required for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18130 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18130 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    8770 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8770 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Sackville

  • 1000 - 1600 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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