The York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) is one of the most comprehensive schools of arts, design and culture in Canada. AMPD is home to 30+ competitive degree programs, 5 football fields worth of premier facilities, 3,000 diverse and socially engaged students, and 18,000 alumni leading in industries around the world.
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Apply for undergraduate programs through OUAC or York University.
Complete your supplementary application.
In addition to submitting an application, some programs require a supplementary application to be considered for admission.
Programs that require supplementary application:
Cinema & Media Arts – Production (BFA)
Cinema & Media Arts – Screenwriting (BFA)
Dance (BFA | BA)
Music (BFA | BA)
Theatre (BA | BFA)
Visual Arts – Studio (BFA)
See for yourself why AMPD is right for you.
Your dream career starts here.
AMPD bridges the gap between the classroom and the world of work with experiential education. With exclusive opportunities to apply textbook theory to hands-on professional experiences, you will begin building your dream career on day one.
Internships Showcasing at Festivals Exhibiting at Galleries
Stage Performances Field Trips Across campus collaboration
Summer Placements at industry-defining companies
Learning by doing is the hallmark of our programs.
Over 200+ scholarships and 60+ awards available.
Students of AMPD
Learn more about why our students love AMPD
Amir Bahador Rostami
“…learning the technical skills that are part of computer sciences gave me the backbone to create. I’m able to express my creative ideas in new ways, it’s opened many doors for me in academia and personal projects.”
“The skills that a student acquires throughout their music education are transferable to other aspects of their life, jobs, projects, community service.”
“The openness of York’s theatre [and preperformance] department is what’s most special about the program. While the department strives to create well rounded and well-trained theatre professionals, it doesn’t do so with a cookie cutter mould.”
“We developed critical thinking skills, looking at the physical things we’re working on, researching and planning and trying to figure out how to bring them to life”
Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford
“[My professors’] constant encouragement and a genuine excitement towards my personal achievements made me feel supported during my academic career. Every opportunity and word of advice, I can’t quantify what it means to me.”
CINEMA & MEDIA ARTS – PRODUCTION
“I was able to screen the rough cuts in class and get feedback from my peers and professors, and if it weren’t for the criticism and advice I received, the film wouldn’t be what it is.”
“It’s figuring out your limits and seeing where you can go, where you can push further, in a safe environment.”
Student Gallery of Work
Discover featured work by emerging creatives
DANCETitle: Language of Landscape
DIGITAL MEDIATitle: Choco
By: Alexandro Di Nunzio, Cindy Vu, Ramisha Wasim
DESIGNTitle: You are here: Discovering the magic of the present moment
Designer: Luxvna Uthayakumar
By: Sara Ruhl
Directed by: Lindsay Bell
Photo by: Jeremy Mimnagh
CINEMA AND MEDIA ARTSFilm title: Sharmila Bozo
Directed by: Gautam Shapiro
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CINEMA AND MEDIA ARTS – MEDIA ARTSTitle: Project Apocalypse
By: Kurdish Maghsoudi
VISUAL ARTSSculpture: Horse Chestnut
By: Asha Cabaca
Find your people at AMPD.
Why the School of AMPD
5 ways we prepare you for success.
Stay on track with tailoured academic advising.
Academic advising encompasses degree-related support tailored to your AMPD journey with specialized academic advisors offering guidance ranging from degree progress and program changes to academic growth. At AMPD, you’ll never feel rushed with the most extensive advising appointments on campus at 45 minutes each.
Interdisciplinary learning in the arts.
At AMPD, you’re encouraged to explore across styles, artforms and industries. Take lessons in acting or music composition while pursuing a film degree. Minor in gender studies or philosophy while majoring in design. Collaborate with visual artists on your virtual reality video game.
You’ll be prepared to enter any industry as solve complex problem solver who understands the unique intersections of industry and art.
Space to create, whenever the feeling strikes.
Clustered in a 457-acre campus, a short subway ride from the heart of Canada’s art community, enjoy an artist’s refuge with space to leap farther, build higher, and imagine greater.
Make, move and mould without limits in:
- Canada’s largest sculpture studio
- 35,000 sq ft of sprung floors
- 4,000 sq ft sound stage
- 2,000 sq ft of carpentry studio
- 300+ seat theatres
Industry experience starting day one.
What you create outside the classroom is just as important as what you learn inside it. Students who take on experiential education opportunities – placements, creative projects, and networking – start building their careers before graduation.
With a global reputation for success, an extensive network of alumni and an AMPD-dedicated experiential education coordinator, you’ll build your network, polish your portfolio, and gain valuable job skills.
Creative community, not competition.
AMPD’s core is its community, a network of collaboration-minded contemporaries excited to create beyond their imagination. You’ll be pushed by professors and classmates alike to create bigger and bolder. Still, you’ll never be alone in your pursuit of authentic expression.
Creativity as a communal activity is a founding principal of AMPD – artists don’t exist in vacuums, so neither should their work. At AMPD, you’ll be encouraged to connect with peers inside and outside the classroom with the next generation of arts.