About Us


About Us

York University's Faculty of Fine Arts is one of North America's premier educational and research institutions for the arts, media, performance and design. We're the  largest, most comprehensive program of our kind in Canada, bringing together some 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students and 240 full-time and part-time faculty working at the leading edge of practice and scholarship.

We offer in-depth academic studies (history, theory, criticism) and intensive, hands-on professional training in all the arts: dance, design, digital media, film, music, theatre and visual arts/art history. Degree programs include the BA, BFA, BDes, MA, MFA, MDes and PhD, plus graduate diplomas and joint MA/MBA and MFA/MBA programs with York’s Graduate Program in Arts and Media Administration.

Experiential education is the bedrock of our programs. At all levels of study, our students work with leading artists and scholars who are actively engaged in the professional world, and who bring real-world experience into the classroom and studio, and to the stage and screen. Visiting artists and scholars, workshops, master classes and conferences augment the curriculum, which is also enriched by opportunities for internships and international exchanges.

The scope and nature of our programs reflect what's happening "out there". In all discipline areas, we emphasize contemporary artistic production and processes, including the integration of new and emerging technologies, alongside traditional modes of artistic theory and practice. We're strongly committed to the inclusion of global cultures, collaborative and interdisciplinary work, and intercultural research.

Fine Arts students at York study, create, rehearse, produce, perform and conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities, supported by the extensive scholarly resources of one of Canada’s largest universities. Each year, we present a full season of public events, and students have many opportunties to showcase their work, both on and off campus.

York's location in the heart of Metropolitan Toronto offers students unparalleled opportunities to enrich their learning experience by exploring, experiencing and contributing to the rich, diverse arts scene in Canada's cultural - and multicultural - capital.