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Still from Chaotic Sigh, Ruiqi Zhang, KI MFA Candidacy show (2018). Mixed media installation: TV monitor, LED sign, Smartphone, TV tripod, Smartphone holder.

The VCUarts Kinetic Imaging MFA is a competitive two-year, studio-based program that supports six to eight artists each year. Each student has a private studio and 24-hour access to extensive facilities: media labs, sound studio, motion capture equipment, digital and analog animation studios, production room, green screen space. In addition, we support work with VR/AR, installation, real-time coding, projection mapping, gaming, video production, sound art, electronic music and synthesizers. KI boasts a close relationship to the Dance Department, allowing for exploration of the body, real and virtual.

Students have the freedom to expand their art practices and collaborate across different disciplines with close mentorship of full-time faculty: Stephen Vitiello, Bob Kaputof, Bob Paris, Semi Ryu, Kate Sicchio, Pamela Turner, Stephanie Thulin and Orla Mc Hardy, as well as access to visiting artists for critiques and studio visits. Recent visiting artists have included Peter Burr, Steina Vasulka, Pamela Z, Karen Yasinsky and Shelley Roden.

MFA Open House is on November 10. Application deadline is January 15, 2019. International students are asked to apply at least one month earlier. For information contact Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

VCUarts is one of the nation’s leading arts schools, dedicated to advancing creative expression, supporting new scholarship, sparking innovation and deepening the role of the arts in society. Its visual arts and design graduate program has received top rankings by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit

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