**Please note the following regarding MFA applications:
Virginia Commonwealth University will be closed on January 15, 2018, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. If you submit your University application by 12 AM EST on January 15th, you will have until January 23rd to submit your portfolio and other supplemental materials.

The MFA Program in Painting + Printmaking is highly selective and is presently limited to fifteen participants; it fosters intensive studio practice in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, and digital media. The program is ranked among the top ten best graduate painting programs in the country by US News and World Report.

Scheduling a Visit

Due to an increasing number of requests to visit our program, we are no longer able to accommodate individual tours or meetings. Instead, we welcome prospective applicants to join us for a VCUarts Open House during which they may tour the facilities, speak with faculty and graduate students, and develop a sense of what our graduate program has to offer.

October 7, 2017

11 am   Coffee and pastries at the Depot, 814 W. Broad Street
11:30 am   Welcome
12:00 – 2:00 pm   Department visits
2:00 – 3:00 pm   Graduate student open studios

*** Please contact Hilary Wilder, Graduate Program Director, at prior to your visit so that we know to expect you.

National Graduate Portfolio Days

Representatives from VCUarts will be available at the National Graduate Portfolio Days scheduled for fall 2017. Further information can be found at

  • Sun, Oct 22: San Francisco, California Graduate Portfolio Day, San Francisco Art Institute
  • Sun, Oct 29: New York City Graduate Portfolio Day, Parsons School of Design
  • Sat, Nov 4: Chicago Graduate Portfolio Day, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Sat, Nov 18: Austin Graduate Portfolio Day, AT&T Hotel and Conference Center
Thesis Exhibition

Click below to view the catalogue for the 2017 MFA thesis exhibition:

For More Information


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the MFA program, the application process, and graduate funding.