Dean Shawn Brixey
Welcome to Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.
We are a vibrant and engaged community of accomplished artists, designers, performers, and scholars uniquely dedicated to the pursuit of creative excellence and expanding the frontiers of artistic discovery. As a student in the School of the Arts, you have direct access to inspired faculty, enthusiastic mentors, unsurpassed professional expertise, vast resources and the infinite collaborative possibilities that can only happen in an extraordinary public research university like VCU.
University-bound students who choose to study the arts at VCU arrive with impressive skills, flourishing imaginations, and a dream of a new kind of school—a school that invests deeply in them. VCU and the School of the Arts are eager to challenge you, grow with you and help you learn, lead and engage deeply in the arts as you endeavor to redefine the possible. Our curriculum is designed to ground you in relevant, innovative and entrepreneurial activities that electrify the imagination, fuel the engines of curiosity, and promote a culture that inspires an industry of creative daring in every community member.
We believe that creators are the heart of thriving societies, and creativity has become the most important skill in a global culture of innovation—pushing us to reconsider entire industries, reshape our histories and invent entirely new art forms. At VCUarts, we believe that advancing your skills, and developing a critical and entrepreneurial mindset will provide the competitive advantage you need in a world of accelerating change and limitless possibility.
I have spent my career combining the creative space between the arts, media and engineering. Interdisciplinary arts research is a vanguard of 21st-century innovation. We are empowering the next generation of artists, designers, performers and scholars by fostering collaboration across disciplines to shape the frontiers of research and discovery at the boundaries of what the arts mean today and how they will be inspired, sustained and lived tomorrow.
I am honored to lead this pioneering arts institution into a new and exciting era with you, and together, we will continue to build VCUarts into the peerless 21st century leader that it so it boldly aspires to, and a school that is fully invested in you and your future.
Dean | School of the Arts
Special Assistant to the Provost for the School of the Arts in Qatar
Professor | School of the Arts
Affiliate Professor | College of Engineering