How to Apply – Graduate Studies

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Find all the information for applying to our MFA programs here

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All applicants must apply online using the University Graduate Application and are required to submit a $65 application fee. Applicants applying to more than one program must submit a separate application and application fee for each program.

School of the Arts applicants are asked to submit their personal statement/artist statement through both the University Graduate Application and through the School of the Arts supplemental material website.

Three letters of reference are required for each program and should be submitted online by your recommenders. In your University Graduate Application you will enter the recommender names and email addresses to send a message requesting the reference. Letters of recommendation from professional associates such as instructors, supervisors, or colleagues should address the applicant’s ability to succeed in a graduate program.

Our deadlines are:
January 15, fall entry only

International Applicants should apply one month before the following deadlines to ensure that application materials are received by the deadline.


transcripts

You must submit one official copy of all final transcripts from each institution you have attended to the below address. Each final transcript should indicate the degree conferred from the institution and should be sent to VCU in envelopes sealed by the institution issuing the documents. Transcripts stamped with “Issued to Student” are accepted if the sealed envelope has not been opened. Please note that a transcript from every institution you have attended is required.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 843051
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3051

You may upload unofficial transcripts to your online application; however, official transcripts will be required if you are admitted to the university.

Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official WES or ECE external credential evaluation as a required part of the admissions process. This report should be sealed and unopened, and sent directly to the Office of Admissions. All official transcripts and relevant credentials (e.g., diplomas and marksheets) will be required if admitted. All external credential evaluations should be no older than two years as of the official date received by the Office of Admissions. Once credentials and/or credential evaluations are sent to VCU, they will not be returned to the prospective student or sent to a third party.


materials

MFA in 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.

MFA in Performance (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.

Please allow up to 4 business days to receive the link to submit your supplemental materials to VCUarts.

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


Please contact Dr. Keith Byron Kirk, Director of Graduate Studies, for specific questions about our MFA programs and the admission process – kbkirkc@vcu.edu or (804) 827-1677