At VCUarts, you create your own journey.

We’re ranked first in the country as a public university art school — and second in the country overall. That means you’ll graduate with credibility as an artist and a professional, with a degree that’s respected in the world of galleries, design and advertising firms, graduate schools, artistic directors and employers.

Ranking Among All U.S. Programs U.S. Public Programs
Fiber Arts
Graphic Design
#3 #2
#7 #2
#9 #6
#10 #5
#10 #7
VCUarts Graduate Program Ranking Among All U.S. Programs (Public and Private) Ranking Among U.S. Public Programs
Graphic Design #7
Glass #3 #2
Painting #7 #2
Ceramics #9 #6
Printmaking #10 #7

The rankings come from U.S. News & World Report’s evaluation of graduate school programs, 2017.


Shawn Brixey
Dean, School of the Arts

Welcome to VCUarts—a living, breathing place of artistic diversity.

When you’re a student here, you’ll meet people just like you, and people who are completely different from you — and you’ll grow from every encounter. You’ll have full access to faculty members who are celebrated working professionals changing the creative landscape. You’ll have the resources to work with teams all across VCU, through programs like the da Vinci Center and the Creative Disruption Lab. You can study abroad for a semester, a summer or an entire year, and take on research projects and creative entrepreneurship opportunities.

In all, you’ll create your own journey, and along that journey, you will hone your talents and explore creative thought at every step.

I invite you to learn more about this dynamic place. Let’s start your journey now.


Shawn Brixey
Dean, School of the Arts


We believe that when shopping for an art school, it’s imperative to know which are accredited and by whom.

Accreditation ensures that academic programs provided by institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting associations develop rigorous evaluation criteria and conduct peer reviews on a regular basis.

VCU is an accredited institutional member of:

Contact information for NASAD, NASD, NASM and NAST:

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
(703) 437-0700