Visiting Campus

VCUarts will be hosting a Graduate Open House on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

Come learn about the Department of Craft/Material Studies graduate programs in Metal, Fiber, Clay, Glass and Wood.  See our facilities.  Meet faculty and students.  Check out other departments too:

Art Education
Craft/Material Studies
Interior Design
Graphic Design
Kinetic Imaging
Painting + Printmaking
Photography & Film
Sculpture + Extended Media

11 a.m. Coffee and pastries at the Depot, 814 W. Broad Street
11:30 a.m. Welcome
12-2 p.m. Department visits

2-3:00 p.m. Open Studios

To learn more about Craft/Material Studies, visit our website.

Please RSVP via e-mail ( or phone (804-827-0981) if you plan to attend the Craft/Material Studies Department Visit.

VCUarts Graduate Studies will have a Fine Arts representative at the following upcoming 2015 Graduate Portfolio Days.

10/25/15 New York, Parsons The New School for Design
10/31/15 San Francisco, San Francisco Art Institute
11/8/15 Chicago, School of the Art Institute of Chicago



Prospective graduate students are welcome to visit VCUarts Department of Craft/Material Studies for an OPEN HOUSE to tour our facilities, meet faculty and graduate students, and get a general sense of the program.

If you are able to join us, please call and make a reservation so we know to expect you (804)827-0981. Note that you will be best served by planning to visit on this date. If you cannot, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have at:


The Department of Craft/Material Studies offers graduate course work leading to an MFA in Fine Arts with concentrations in five disciplines: ceramics, fiber, woodworking/furniture design, glassworking and jewelry/metal working.

Within the studio concentration, emphasis is placed on self-motivation, individual investigation, and the development of professional attitudes and skills. Graduate students are expected to demonstrate a serious commitment to their work and develop mature ideas and forms of expression. Admission to the graduate program and the awarding of Graduate Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Scholarships is highly selective and competitive.

The Department of Craft/Material Studies is housed in a Fine Arts Building that includes private and semi-private graduate studios. These new facilities provide a safe and excellent physical environment in which to work. Graduate students have access to well-equipped studios in each of the five media areas along with a computer lab and wood shop. The building also houses the Department of Sculpture and the Department of Painting & Printmaking. Interaction between departments is encouraged.

The MFA Program, which requires 60 credits, is usually completed in two years of full-time study. The majority of credits are taken in the student’s area of specialization. Graduate seminars, art history courses and other studio/academic electives round out the graduate student’s individualized program. Studio visits and critiques with visiting artists and critics are an important aspect of the program. Graduate students interact formally and informally with the faculty in their areas and with other faculty in the department and in the School of the Arts. Each graduate student works closely with a faculty committee that meets at least twice a semester for critiques and discussions. At the end of the first year students present their work to the departmental faculty in a candidacy review. At the successful completion of the 60 credits a thesis exhibition is mounted at the university’s Anderson Gallery or at an alternative venue.

The MFA is the terminal degree in the studio areas and is a requirement for most university teaching positions. Every effort is made to assist students in gaining valuable teaching experience while they are in our program. The department aids students financially through a variety of scholarships and graduate assistantships. Opportunities exist for qualified students to teach courses during the academic year and in summer school.

Please refer to the VCU Course Bulletin for detailed curriculum information

MFAguidlines 2015

Studios – 42 credits

Media Area Studio – 30 credits

CRAF 681 Candidacy Studio 6 credits

CRAF 682 Thesis Studio 6 credits

Electives – 6 credits (500 level or higher course work)

Graduate Art History – 3 credits

Seminars – 9 credits

Total: 60 credits

Suggested Course Sequence

1st semester (15 credits)
3crs CRAF 681 Candidacy
9crs CRAF 601, 621, 641, 651, or 661 Studio Credits
3crs CRAF 690 Graduate Seminar

2nd semester (15 credits)
3crs CRAF 681 Candidacy
6crs CRAF 601, 621, 641, 651, or 661 Studio Credits
3crs CRAF 690 graduate Seminar
3crs Graduate Open elective

3rd semester (15 credits)
3crs CRAF 682 Thesis
6crs CRAF 601, 621, 641, 651, or 661 Studio Credits
3crs CRAF 690 Graduate Seminar
3crs Graduate Art History

4th semester (15 credits)
3crs CRAF 682 Thesis
9crs CRAF 601, 621, 641, 651, or 661 Studio Credits
3crs Graduate Open elective