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    Faculty/School

    • School of Art

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    Degree

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Diploma in Art

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    Expected duration

    • 3+ years

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    Program options

    • Honours

  • 1913

    Year the School of Art was established

  • 70,000

    Size of the brand new ARTLab building, in square feet

  • 9

    Medium options you can focus on, including ceramics, graphic design and video

  • 24/7

    Hours many studios are open for student use

Program details

The School of Art offers three and four year Bachelor of Fine Art studio options, as well as a four year diploma in Fine Art.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Expected duration: 3 years

The Bachelor of Fine Arts General is designed to provide a balanced learning of theory and practice. Studio courses focus on the production of art and design, though studio practice, related theory, and the technical education necessary to become an educator, or a professional creative artist in fine art or applied fields.

All undergraduate students take first and second-year studios in experimental and foundation studies, followed by more intensive study in specific fine art and design disciplines beginning third year. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and deep disciplinary knowledge along with strong critical thinking skills and the agility to problem solve and connect the dots across a wide range of fields.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours

Expected duration: 4 years

The BFA Honours degree allows you to complete an additional year of study including electives, as well as self-directed studio work and research.

Diploma in Art

Expected duration: 4 years

The Diploma in Art is essentially technical in nature. The interdisciplinary studio-based learning experience gives students a hands-on training in an art studio setting and introduces them to possible careers and education pathways in the arts and culture sector. Building a diverse set of technical skills while gaining practical experience.

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First year field trip

This required course for students in the School of Art provides an opportunity to directly experience many of the art works that they will study during their first year at the School. The course allows students to focus on key works of historical importance on exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Weisman Art Museum (designed by Frank Gehry) and the Walker Art Center.

Please note that the first-year field trip has been postponed for 2020 due to COVID-19.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the BFA and Art Diploma programs. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the programs.

Degree program admission requirements

If you do not meet the requirements for direct or advanced entry into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, you can apply for admission to University 1, the Faculty of Arts, or another program.

Direct Entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college. Direct entry applicants require the following:

  • Manitoba high school graduation including 5 full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated S,G, or U
  • A minimum average of 70% over three Grade 12 40S credits
  • One credit of Grade 12 40S English with a minimum grade of 60%
  • A digital portfolio with a supporting written statement

Advanced entry is for applicants who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution. A digital portfolio with a supporting written statement is required.

Diploma program admission requirements

The Fine Arts diploma program does not have a prior education requirement. High school graduation, including completion of Grade 12 Art, is recommended. A digital portfolio with a supporting written statement is required.

How to apply

Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120

Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the Start or continue your application button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.

All applicants must upload a portfolio of work as part of the online application.

Portfolio requirements

Written statement

Please limit your answers to 50 words for each question.

  1. Why do you want to study at the School of Art?
  2. Tell us about an experience that inspired you to pursue studies in art.
  3. What will you be able to contribute to the School of Art?
  4. What will you gain through studying at the School of Art?
  5. Which piece in your portfolio is your favourite? Why so?
  6. List your education, volunteer service, and work experiences.

Digital portfolio

A portfolio typically includes a selection of work completed within the past two years (10-15 artworks, maximum 15) that has examples selected from the following:

  • journals, sketchbooks or notebooks
  • drawing, painting, printmaking (2D)
  • collage or mixed media (2D or 3D)
  • sculpture, installation or assemblage (3D)
  • photographic work
  • ceramics, glass, metal work, textiles
  • time-based work: animation, video, audio art, web sites, performance art

Portfolio workshops

Register for a portfolio workshop to learn more about preparing and submitting your portfolio. Online workshops will take place:

  • January 21, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (CST)

Apply now

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October August 1
Winter (January) Direct entry Early May December 1
Summer (May) Direct entry Early October April 1

Apply for Winter or Summer 2021 or Continue your Winter or Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

Bachelor of Fine Art application and portfolio deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application and portfolio deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

Diploma in Fine Art application and portfolio deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application and portfolio deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

Start or continue your application for the BFA and diploma programs

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the winter term is on a space available basis only.

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Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

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To apply to the Inner City Social Work program, attend an information session at the William Norrie Centre. You will receive an application form at the information session. All information sessions are held in Room 126, William Norrie Centre.

Room 126 William Norrie Centre
485 Selkirk Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R2W 2M6 Canada
204-668-8160
Fax: 204-663-8857

All applicants need approval from the Faculty of Social Work – Inner City Selection Coordinator, Debra Diubaldo who can be reached at debra.diubaldo@umanitoba.ca or 204-668-8160.

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Application deadline
Summer (May, part-time) Advanced entry Please contact the Inner City Social Work program to determine the next available session and any applicable deadline dates.
Fall (September) Advanced entry Please contact the Inner City Social Work program to determine the next available session and any applicable deadline dates.

Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October January 15
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November January 15

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November February 15

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the winter term is on a space available basis only.

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November May 1

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 15

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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November February 1

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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November August 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May December 1
Summer (May/July) Advanced entry Early November June 1

Students who wish to enrol in Summer courses that start in May should apply by April 1.

Apply for Winter or Summer 2021 or Continue your Winter or Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

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Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

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Applicants must seek permission from the Faculty representative, Jennifer Mitchell, prior to applying.

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November August 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May November 1
Summer (May) Advanced entry Early November April 1

Apply for Winter or Summer 2021 or Continue your Winter or Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

Annual application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early November August 1
Winter (January) Early May November 1 (extended to November 15)
Summer (June) Early November April 1

Apply for Winter or Summer 2021 or Continue your Winter or Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

Annual direct entry application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early October March 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early October March 1

Annual advanced entry application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early November July 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early November March 1

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Apply for Summer 2021 or Continue your Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

The following documents must be completed as part of your application:

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

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The following documents must be completed as part of your application:

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November June 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 15

Apply for Winter 2021 or Continue your Winter 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

The following documents must be completed as part of your application:

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November January 15

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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Summer (May) Advanced entry – Track A Early November April 15
Summer (May) Advanced entry – Track B Early November August 1

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Fall (September) Advanced entry Late August October 1

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Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

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Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

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Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May September 1
Summer (May) Advanced entry Early November January 15

Apply for Summer 2021 or Continue your Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the Winter term is on a space available basis only.

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadline

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November April 1

Start or continue your application

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November May 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May October 1

Admission to the Winter term is available on a space available basis only.

Start or continue your application

Annual direct entry application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early October March 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early October March 1

Annual advanced entry application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early November June 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early November February 1

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Apply for Summer 2021 or Continue your Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

Annual application deadlines

Type of applicant Type of entry Term Applications open Application deadline
First year applicants Advanced entry Fall (September) Early September December 1
Upper year applicants Advanced entry Fall (September) Early November June 30

Start or continue your application 

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November August 1
Winter (January) Advanced entry Early May December 15
Summer (May) Advanced entry Early November July 1

Applicants are encouraged to apply early and check their course availability prior to applying.

Applicants applying to the Summer term are recommended to apply a minimum of one month prior to the start of their classes. Summer session offers a number of different start dates based on course offerings. July 1 is the final deadline for August classes.

Apply for Winter or Summer 2021 or Continue your Winter or Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

Annual application deadlines

Term Type of entry Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Direct entry Early October March 1
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November June 1
Winter (January) Direct or advanced entry Early May October 1
Summer (May) Direct entry Early October March 1
Summer (May) Advanced entry Early November February 1

Start or continue your application

Apply for Summer 2021 or Continue your Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

Annual application deadlines

Term Applications open Application deadline
Fall (September) Early November June 1
Winter (January) Early May October 1
Summer (May) Early November February 1

Start or continue your application

Apply for Summer 2021 or Continue your Summer 2021 application

Start or continue your application for Fall 2021 onward

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Access students

Annual application deadline
Term Type of entry Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry March 1

Application form for Access students (PDF)

External students

Annual application deadline
Term Type of entry Application opens Application deadline
Fall (September) Advanced entry Early November March 1

Start or continue your external student application

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Mailing address
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
University of Manitoba 
66 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
 
Office location
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

admissions@umanitoba.ca 
Phone: 204-474-8808
Toll-free: 1-800-224-7713 ext. 8808
Fax: 204-474-7554

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

School of Art
Room 313 ARTlab Building
180 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

soadvise@umanitoba.ca