The VCU School of the Arts graduate program offers an affordable opportunity for artists to develop their practice through intensive studio practice, critique, and immersive seminars in theory and criticism. As a top art and design graduate school, we are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community committed to working in an inclusive environment. We strongly encourage MFA applications from all racial, ethnic, gender, and social identities.

VCUarts graduate programs are collaboratively directed by an accomplished faculty whose creative work and pedagogical approaches transcend disciplinary boundaries. The rigor of graduate work is upheld within a supportive environment that allows oneself to fully feel, examine, question, and doubt — while also producing work that variously prompts new insight, challenges perceived proclamations, and/or calls attention to pressing contemporary issues and their deeply historical roots.

Artmaking, scholarly research, and creative performance are simultaneously private endeavors and a means to connect. The school provides a network of an annual roster of acclaimed visiting artists and guest speakers, as well as alumni across the US and around the globe.

We believe artists have prescience, are engaged in displacing the legacy of colonialism, and question how to live and work in the present moment while shifting through the debris of the past and the precarity of the planet. A vital part of the graduate experience at VCU is the city of Richmond, Virginia, our campus’s base and an excellent center for research. It is one of the mid-Atlantic region’s most culturally vibrant cities, being home to the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as well as numerous galleries and performing arts venues. It’s also a quick trip to Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.

Graduate Departments
Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting + Printmaking, Photography + Film, Sculpture + Extended Media, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Art History, Art Education

Learn more and apply by February 1, 2022, at arts.vcu.edu.

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