School of Art - Fine Arts
School of Art

Program description

School of Art offers undergraduate programs that culminate in degrees in studio art and art history within three or four years of full time study, as well as a newly established two-year graduate program. Emphasis is on traditional grounding in skills-based visualization and art historical knowledge connected to contemporary research in creative practices in art, design and art history. Students may focus on art history, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, print media, sculpture and video.


Program options

Degree options

B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts (General) Studio - 3 years
B.F.A. (Hons.) Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Studio - 4 years
B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts Art History - 3 years
B.F.A. Art History (Hons.) Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Art History - 4 years
Diploma in Art - 4 years
M.F.A. Master of Fine Art - 2 years

Program options

  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Print Media
  • Sculpture
  • Video

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Abstract Painting
  • Art of North American Aboriginal Peoples
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Design Theory and Criticism
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Design Technology
  • Materials Studio
  • Mathematics in Art
  • Survey of Asian Art
  • Women and Art

    Professional opportunities

    • Art Teacher
    • Art Historian
    • Art Curator
    • Art Writer
    • Animator
    • Cartoonist
    • Graphic Designer
    • Illustrator
    • Photographer
    • Potter
    • Professional Artist

    Admission requirements

    Visit the Fine Arts Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply. 


    What is unique about this program at the U of M?

    Established in 1913, the School of Art is Western Canada's oldest art institution. Originally known as the Winnipeg School of Art, it has occupied a key role in the development of Canadian artists during the 20th century. More recently, the quality of artists emerging from the School of Art, has put the Winnipeg art community on the international cultural map. In 2011 the School was represented in a high profile exhibition in Paris that explored the cultural milieu of Winnipeg.

    The opening of ART Lab in 2011 provides the School with new state of the art facilities to support studio programs, including a sound stage for video production, a large digital area with work stations for various digital applications. Students may have access to the School's art collection in a new exhibition space and controlled environment study space. Across the various studios in the School, small class sizes encourage hands-on learning and easy communication between instructors and students.
    During the course of their studies, students take field trips to major art centres in North America, to visit art galleries and museums as well as other cultural destinations.


    Important links

    School of Art 
    School of Art Graduate Studies