Graduate

Required materials specific to your major

If the program you are applying to requires you to submit a portfolio, curriculum vitae/resume, or writing sample you must submit these supplemental materials through the VCUarts website. After your University application has been received and processed by VCU, you will receive an email with a link to the supplemental material and portfolio upload site. Please allow up to four business days to receive the link to submit your supplemental materials to VCUarts. If you haven’t received the supplemental link within four days please check your spam/junk folder.

Acceptable files for supplemental materials:
Documents: .PDF
Images: .JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .TIF, .TIFF, .BMP, .TGA
Videos: .M4V, .MOV, .MP4, .WMV, .TLV, .ASF, .MPEG, .MPG, .MKV
Audio: MP3, MP4, OGG
You may also link media from YouTube and Vimeo
No file can be larger than 10MB

 

MAE in Art Education

Admission decisions expected to be made by March 15th.

Personal Statement
Please submit your statement in both the University Graduate Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account. In approximately 500 words, indicate the applicant’s interest in graduate study and research. Please also indicate your preferred enrollment as either full-time or part-time and explain your previous experiences teaching. There are two tracks in the MAE program. One is designed for practicing art teachers. The other track allows students to earn both the MAE degree and teacher licensure at the same time.

Be sure to indicate in your Statement of Purpose which track you would like to pursue.

GRE Test Scores
All MAE applicants are suggested to submit GRE scores. MAE applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or below are required to submit GRE scores.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume
If applicant has a website, please include a link in your CV / Resume.

Portfolio
10-15 images of personal or student work. Please show both breadth of media competency as well as depth of ability in at least one area.  Write a caption for each work and clearly indicate if it is your work or student work.

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PhD in Education, Art Education Concentration

Admission decisions expected to be made by March 15th.

For general required materials, please view application instructions on the School of Education’s website.

In addition to general requirements, applicants to the Art Education concentration must also submitan academic writing sample (e.g. thesis chapter or scholarly paper) with their application. Applicants may also be asked for an interview with members of the admissions committee. If an applicant is interested in obtaining licensure while working toward the Ph.D., it should be indicated on the application materials.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to speak with the track coordinator (swilsonmckay@vcu.edu) prior to applying. Applications must be submitted to the Graduate School by January 15 for Fall admission to the Art Education Doctoral Program. Earlier applications may increase opportunity and consideration for funding through graduate assistantships.

MA in Art History, Historical Studies

Admission decisions expected to be made by March 15th.

  1. Personal Statement
    Please upload your statement in both the University Graduate Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account. The applicant should outline reasons for seeking a graduate degree, area of intended specialization in art history and professional goals. The statement of purpose may also include professional experience relevant to the pursuit of a graduate degree in art history.
  2. B.A. or B.F.A in art history or a related field with a minimum of 21 credits of art history
  3. GPA of 3.2 or higher on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  4. GRE scores
  5. Writing Sample: Undergraduate research paper in art history.
  6. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  7. There is no language requirement for admission, although students should have some language background to prepare them to pass the department language exam. The department does not provide language instruction.

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MA in Art History, Museum Studies

Admission decisions expected to be made by March 15th.

Same as above except a minimum of 15 credit hours of undergraduate courses are required and the following letter of reference requirements:

References: In the University Graduate Application, provide the names and contact information for two references from college instructors and one reference from a museum professional who has supervised the applicant’s work as a museum intern, employee or volunteer.

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PhD in Art History (Historical Studies, Curatorial)

Admission decisions expected to be made by March 15th.

  1. Personal Statement
    Please upload your statement in both the University Graduate Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account. The applicant should outline reasons for seeking a PhD, area of intended specialization, prospective major adviser and professional goals. The statement of purpose may also include professional experience relevant to the pursuit of a graduate degree in art history.
  2. GPA of 3.8 on all graduate work
  3. GRE Scores
  4. Writing Sample: Completed MA thesis or other academic writing sample.
  5. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  6. PhD applicants are advised to initially correspond via email with faculty members with whom they wish to work.  Faculty contact information may be found here.

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MFA in Design, Interior Environments

Admission decisions expected to be made by March 15th.

Personal Statement
Please submit your statement in both the University Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume
If applicant has a website, please include a link in your CV / Resume.

Writing Sample
This should be a 3-5 page (minimum) sample of academic writing.

Portfolio
Only required for students who already have art-related degrees. If you do not have an art-related degree, please email artsgrad@vcu.edu so we may update your application.
15 submissions – portfolio should contain images of design projects that exemplify awareness, understanding and competency in creative design, graphic skills and technical ability.

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MFA in Design, Visual Communications

Admission decisions expected to be made by March 1st.

Personal Statement
Please submit your statement in both the University Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume
If applicant has a website, please include a link in your CV / Resume.

Portfolio
20 submissions. Please include the year, client or class for which this work was created and the type of project.

Interview
The department will contact selected applicants regarding the interview (may be via telephone or Skype).

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MFA in Fine Arts (Ceramics, Fiber, Furniture Design, Glassworking, Jewelry/Metalworking)

Admission decisions expected to be made by March 1st.

Personal Statement
Please submit your statement in both the University Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume
If applicant has a website, please include a link in your CV / Resume.

Portfolio
20 still and/or moving images. Present your work chronologically with the newest work first and the oldest work last. Images are reviewed one at a time. Please include any additional information to help us understand the image.

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MFA in Fine Arts, Kinetic Imaging

Admission decisions expected to be made by March 1st.

Personal Statement
Please submit your statement in both the University Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume
If applicant has a website, please include a link in your CV / Resume.

Portfolio
12-20 images/videos of representative work

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MFA in Fine Arts (Painting, Printmaking)

Admission decisions expected to be made by the end of March.

Artist Statement
Please submit your Artist Statement in both the personal statement section of the University Graduate Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account.

 

Curriculum Vitae / Resume
If applicant has a website, please include a link in your CV / Resume.

 

Portfolio
20 images of representative work.  Present work chronologically with newest work first and oldest work last. You may submit still and / or moving images. Each video clip will count as a single image. Please include any pertinent information that will assist the jury in understanding the work.

 

Interview
Applicants selected by the jury as finalists will be interviewed by members of the faculty in February.

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MFA in Fine Arts, Photography and Film

Artist Statement
Please submit your artist statement to both the personal statement section of the University Graduate Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account.  This should be a three or four paragraph artist statement that directly places the work being reviewed within the context of contemporary art practice, art history, and critical theory.

 

Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Please include education, exhibitions, curatorial activity, residencies/fellowships, honors and awards, organization membership. If you have a website, please include a link in your CV / Resume.

 

Interview
The admissions process is highly selective. If you are shortlisted by the faculty review committee for acceptance consideration, you will be contacted in late February for a mandatory personal interview on campus or by phone. During the personal interview, graduate faculty will determine if your interests, experience, and abilities would be best served by the Photography and Film MFA program and faculty. In this regard, you will also have an opportunity to ask questions to assess the program’s suitability in relation to your personal artistic and educational goals.

 

Other
Acceptance decisions are made in early April. The graduate program requires 36 term hour credits in studio art at the undergraduate level with a minimum of 9 term hour credits concentrating in photography or cinematography. However, applicants who do not meet these requirements will be considered.

 

Portfolio
20 still images; or a minimum of three recent films or videos for which the applicant has had primary responsibility in production; or a combination of still images and short video clips, not to exceed 20. Single media, as well as mixed-media and multimedia works, may be submitted.

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MFA in Fine Arts, Sculpture

Admission decisions expected to be made by the end of March.

Undergraduate Preparation
Applicants must have earned an undergraduate bachelor’s degree. Visual Arts applicants should have completed a minimum of 36 semester hour credits in art and 20 credits of sculpture or related course work at the undergraduate level.

Artist Statement
Please submit your artist statement in both the personal statement section of the University Graduate Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume
If applicant has a website, please include a link in your CV / Resume.

Portfolio
20 still and/or moving images. Present your work chronologically with the newest work first and the oldest work last. Images are reviewed one at a time. Please include any additional information to help us understand the image.

Campus Visits: Students wishing to make a campus visit can attend the annual MFA Open House: Learn More

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MFA in Theatre (Costume Design, Stage Design/Technical Theatre)

Personal Statement
Please submit your statement in both the University Graduate Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume
If applicant has a website, please include a link in your CV / Resume.

Writing Sample
This requirement is usually a research paper (preferably in Theatre) from previous undergraduate or MA coursework who can comment on the applicant’s ability to succeed in a graduate program will be submitted electronically by recommenders. 

Portfolio
The portfolio should include representative work from studio studies, as well as, realized designs for production. Examples of work demonstrating rendering techniques, as well as, scene painting (for scene designers) should be included.

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MFA in Theatre (Pedagogy/Literature, Pedagogy/Performance)

Personal Statement
Please submit your statement in both the University Graduate Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume
If applicant has a website, please include a link in your CV / Resume. 

Writing Sample
This requirement is usually a research paper (preferably in Theatre) from previous undergraduate or MA coursework.

Interview
Required

Audition Type
Required for Performance Pedagogy students.

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MM in Music (Music Education)

Entrance Requirements
– Baccalaureate degree in Music or Music Education from an accredited institution
– Virginia Teaching Certification in PK-12 Music Education (or from a reciprocal state)

Personal Statement
Please submit your statement in both the University Graduate Application and in your School of the Arts supplemental material account. In your personal statement, address the applicant’s personal philosophy of Music Education – this is used to assess thoughtful reflection on larger issues of the profession, ability to express thought in clearly written English and as diagnosis for specific deficiencies in this area.

References
In the University Graduate Application, provide the names and contact information for three references – must include a letter from someone who has directly observed applicant’s teaching.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume
Please include a cover letter with your resume.

Interview
Interview with the Director of Music Education.

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