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At VCUarts, you create your own journey.

VCUarts has the highest ranking ever achieved by a public university’s school of arts and design.

We’re ranked first in the country as a public university art school — and fourth in the country overall. That means you’ll graduate with credibility as an artist and a professional, with a degree that’s respected in the world of galleries, design and advertising firms, graduate schools, artistic directors and employers.

Ranking Among All U.S. Programs U.S. Public Programs
Overall
Sculpture
Fiber Arts
#4
Graphic Design
#5
Glass
#5
Painting
#7 #2
Ceramics
#9 #6
Metals/Jewelry
#10 #5
Printmaking
#10 #9
Photography
#13 #4
Multimedia/Visual Communications
#14 #3
VCUarts Graduate Program Ranking Among All U.S. Programs (Public and Private) Ranking Among U.S. Public Programs
Overall
Sculpture
Fiber Arts #4
Graphic Design #5
Glass #5
Painting #7 #2
Ceramics #9 #6
Metals/Jewelry #10 #5
Printmaking #10 #9
Photography #13 #4
Multimedia/Visual Communications #14 #3

The rankings come from U.S. News & World Report’s evaluation of graduate school programs. Our ranking for Fiber Arts, Glass, and Metals/Jewelry are based on the most recent U.S. News & World Report information.

Letter from the Dean

A message from the Dean of the VCU School of the Arts, Joseph H. Seipel.

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Joseph H. Seipel
Dean, School of the Arts

Welcome to VCUarts—a living, breathing place of artistic diversity.

When you’re a student here, you’ll meet people just like you, and people who are completely different from you — and you’ll grow from every encounter. You’ll have full access to faculty members who are celebrated working professionals changing the creative landscape. You’ll have the resources to work with teams all across VCU, through programs like the da Vinci Center and the Creative Disruption Lab. You can study abroad for a semester, a summer or an entire year, and take on research projects and creative entrepreneurship opportunities.

In all, you’ll create your own journey, and along that journey, you will hone your talents and explore creative thought at every step.

I invite you to learn more about this dynamic place. Let’s start your journey now.

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Joe Seipel
Dean, School of the Arts

VCUarts is fully accredited.

We believe that when shopping for an art school, it’s imperative to know which are accredited and by whom. VCUarts is fully accredited.

Accreditation ensures that academic programs provided by institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting associations develop rigorous evaluation criteria and conduct peer reviews on a regular basis.

VCU School of the Arts is accredited by:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Dance
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre
  • Virginia Department of Education
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education

All visual arts degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Music education is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Virginia Department of Education, and the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education.

Theatre education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education.