Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Canadian Programs

Fond of Extra U's has a question about Canadian programs. She also says that the MFA Handbook's list of Canadian Programs is incomplete. I'm not saying she's wrong, but I wish she'd help us all out by proving it with a list. Thanks in advance to her and to anyone who can address her questions.

what do you know about canadian mfa programs? there are some programs listed in the handbook appendix, but from my initial research, i believe the list to be incomplete.

i've also heard that UBC is "the iowa of canadian mfa programs". what other programs are highly regarded? what sort of funding do they tend to offer?

my sense so far has been that the world of mfa programs is less developed in canada than the u.s. and, to be blunt, if you care more about overall quality of experience than residency vs. low-residency, would it be better to do a low-residency program?

finally, do you (or does anyone else) know anything about mfa programs around toronto?


consistently antsy said...

i don't know what you mean by canadian mfa programs being undeveloped. If you mean that there are less mfa degrees offered in canada than in the US, then you would be correct, but the programs themselves--from what i've heard--are great.

UBC has a good solid program (you can check out their literary journal "Prism International" to get a better feel) as does Simon Fraser University. They are both in British Columbia, and about a 45 minutes drive from each other.

i know nothing about mfa programs in toronto, but being a Vancouver native, i can tell you that Vancouver is a city more conducive to writing. We're small but not too small; we have beaches, mountains and lakes as well as affordable food and (relatively) affordable housing.
It's a great city!

hope this helps!

tired parent said...

Consistently Antsy is correct: there are far fewer Canadian MFA programs, but they are certainly not undeveloped. UBC has been offering Creative Writing since 1965, and has probably one of the more innovative and comprehensive (9 genres!) MFA programs in the world. And now has a unique low res program too that's generated some buzz.

Simon Fraser doesn't have an MFA program, though. They have noncredit offerings and a Master of Publishing.

Other MFAs: Concordia in Montreal offers a MFA program that is mixed with English. And there's a new program in Guelph which is a 'pure' MFA. It just started this fall.

UBC is definitely the gorilla though.

Shoilee Khan said...

University of Toronto St. George offers an MA in English in the field of Creative Writing. Started I think, three years ago.

And Guelph offers an MFA in Creative Writing in a few different genres.

Shoilee Khan said...

Just a note--the Guelph program takes place on the Guelph-Humber campus which is located in Toronto.

Unknown said...

There are many very well regarded programs close to Toronto.

Guelph (southern ontario) I've heard is excellent and also Waterloo.

University of Toronto offeres an Masters of Visual Studies, which includes studio. It is not very old.

For the last two years the Ontario College of Art & Design has had an MFA program. OCAD is by far the best Art university in ontario, and one of the best in Canada (largest and oldest) but their Masters is still very young.

York also has a masters program and Western.

American school may be good, but are they 75% better? I don't know how anyone can justify spending $40,000 a year on tuition to learn about art.

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I am an undergraduate student in the states hoping to apply to MFA programs in Canada next year. How competitive are the Canadian programs compared to the ones here? I have a 3.0 GPA and have not been published yet, but hopefully will have an article out by this time next year. So far Guelph is looking good, as I would like to remain as far east as possible. Any tips for enhancing my chance of admission would be greatly appreciated.

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