Curriculum

Each of the four semesters of graduate school our MFA students are expected to take the following courses, plus one 3 credit or 4 credit elective course. Students are additionally eligible to select graduate level elective courses offered in VCUarts studio programs, Art History, or other departments throughout the university.

500 Graduate Sculpture: Studio

4 credits

Degree requirement for graduate students in the Department of Sculpture. Emphasis on individual creative production with periodic exposure of student’s work and ideas to the critical attention of the faculty.


600 Graduate Sculpture: Group Critiques

4 credits

Degree requirement for graduate students in the Department of Sculpture. Regular group critiques with peer group and faculty. Regular individual meetings with faculty.


690 Graduate Sculpture: Seminar

4 credits

Degree requirement for graduate students in the Department of Sculpture. Weekly seminar for exploring recent developments in contemporary art and culture. Students discuss the ideas and attitudes manifest in the art around them.

Elective Courses Include:

500 Graduate Sculpture: Critical Issues

4 credits

Degree requirement for 1st semester graduate students in Departments of Sculpture and Painting. This course examines diverse critical and aesthetic issues as they pertain to a select group of highly innovative, genre-bending international artists. Related readings include canonical art historical texts and contemporary art criticism, fiction and fact. We strongly encourage all of our MFA students to take this in the fall of their first year.


500 Graduate Sculpture: Individual Critiques

4 credits

This elective course involves regular individual meetings with a single faculty member. (This can at times be a semester-long visiting faculty member).


591 Topics in Sculpture

1—4 credits

This elective course delivers technical information on specific subjects, and offerings change each semester. Recent topics include Rhino/3D Printing, 3D Scanning & Printing, CNC Panel Cutting, CNC Plasma Cutting, Professional Practices for Fine Artists, and Web Portfolio. A complete listing of current Topics Courses can be found here.

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