VCUarts students studying in the Department of Craft and Material Studies receive a unique education gaining deep transferable technical skills while honing conceptual development. Our department has 5 main areas of study: glass, fiber, clay, metal, and wood. Hands-on active learning incorporates contemporary modes of thinking and making with long-standing techniques from all over the world. Students learn to create work along the broad spectrum of our field from functional design to conceptual work that propels culture and challenges the age we live in. Students refine communication skills through writing, presenting, and discussing their work with vast audiences. After school, our students pursue a wide range professional careers or graduate study.