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The graduate program is based on intensive studio practice at an advanced level in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, and digital media. The program is highly selective and is presently limited to fifteen participants. Our graduate program was recently ranked among the top ten best graduate painting programs in the country by US News and World Report. This ranking is based on the professional reputation of our faculty and on the outstanding accomplishments of the Department’s alumni and alumnae.
The MFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting and Printmaking requires the successful completion of sixty credits and is usually undertaken in two years of full-time study. Most of the credits are earned in studio areas and are augmented by related courses, including Art and Critical Theory and a graduate seminar that meets weekly to address topics related to contemporary art practice. In addition, we support an active and ambitious program of visiting artists and lecturers; leading figures in the world of contemporary art visit throughout the year to present lectures about their work, conduct workshops, and meet with students.
Each graduate student works in one of fifteen spacious, individual painting studios that are housed in the Fine Arts Building.
Scheduling a Visit
We welcome prospective applicants to the Department so that they may tour the facilities, speak with faculty and graduate students, and develop a sense of what our graduate program has to offer. However, due to the increasing number of prospective applicants visiting our program, we are no longer able to accommodate requests for individual tours or meetings. During the 2013-2014 academic year we have set aside the following dates/times to meet with applicants; please plan your visit accordingly.
*** Please contact Hilary Wilder, at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your visit so that we know to expect you.
- Monday, November 18 at 12:00 noon
- Monday, December 2 at 12:00 noon
National Graduate Portfolio Days
Representatives from VCUarts will be available at the following National Graduate Portfolio Days. Please see the National Graduate Portfolio Day website for more information about each event: http://www.portfolioday.net/graduate-events
- Sat, Oct 26: Los Angeles, California GRADUATE Portfolio Day, CalArts, Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
- Sun, Oct 27: San Francisco, California GRADUATE Portfolio Day, San Francisco Art Institute, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
- Sun, Nov 10: Chicago GRADUATE Portfolio Day, School of the Art Institute of Chicago,10:00am-2:00pm
- Sat, Nov 23: New York City GRADUATE Portfolio Day, Pratt Institute, Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm
- Sun, Nov 24: Boston, MA GRADUATE Portfolio Day, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Hosted by: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Time: TBA
Click below to see thesis exhibitions for the 5 VCU MFA programs including Painting + Printmaking:
The VCU School of the Arts believes that art is inclusive.
Therefore, this diversity policy establishes that the
School of the Arts accepts and welcomes all people by
maintaining and celebrating diversity within our student
body, faculty and staff. The School of the Arts provides
equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination according
to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age,
and sexual orientation in accord with University Policy.
To support this policy and to stimulate understanding,
the School of the Arts will establish forums to explore
diversity in education, arts and design. We believe that
to achieve educational excellence, we must value and
Student Learning Outcomes
There are established Student Learning Outcomes for the M.F.A. in Fine Arts. It is expected that during the course of study, students will:
- Define work in relation to history and practice
- Engage fully in critical discourse
- Enlarge knowledge of materials and techniques
- Develop professional practice and engage in opportunities that develop the experience required to manage a creative professional career
More information about graduate study at VCU can be found on the Graduate School website http://www.graduate.vcu.edu/ and in the Graduate School Bulletin http://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/Bulletins/graduate/ .
For More Information…
Please continue on to our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the MFA program, the application process, and graduate funding.