Frequently Asked Questions

What types of funding are available?

Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Scholarships in support of tuition may also be available.

Is funding available to support my research?

Once admitted to the program doctoral students will be eligible and encouraged to apply for the following travel and research awards, as available:

VCUarts Graduate Student Travel Grant Award — up to $500 to present at a conference.

VCUarts Graduate Research Grant — up to $3,000 to support a research project.

Graduate School Travel Grant — up to $200 to support presenting at a conference (can be combined with the VCUarts graduate travel grant).

Graduate School Thesis/Dissertation Award — includes a tuition waiver and a $7,500/semester stipend; to support post-candidacy students in the final phases of their thesis/dissertation work.

Art Education Travel/Study Abroad Award — up to $500 for domestic travel and up to $1,500 for study abroad; used to support graduate student travel opportunities.

How do I apply to the program?

Please refer to the School of Education’s website for instructions on how to apply and information about the admissions process and curriculum.

How long does it take to complete the program?

A full-time student may complete the program in 5 or 6 semesters.

Will the program consider applicants who wish to enroll part-time?

While full-time enrollment is preferred, applicants who wish to enroll as part-time status students are welcome to apply.

Does the program offer a path to licensure?

Yes, doctoral students may become eligible for a teaching license (PK-12 Art) by completing the required coursework at the undergraduate level. Students will also need to pass state-required exams. Prospective students need to be aware that their job opportunities in Art Education departments at universities will be limited if they do not have teaching experience in public schools.

For more information about licensure requirements, please contact the advisor and licensure coordinator for the Art Education department:

What is life like in Richmond?

This is an exciting time to live, create, and learn in Richmond–particularly for artists and art educators! The city of Richmond is a hub of creative communities and activity. Home to an ever-growing First Friday artwalk, street art festivals, arts non-profits, and museums, there is no shortage of opportunities with for artists and art educators to engage.

In addition to studying at the #1 public art and design university (U.S. News & World Report), VCU students have the added benefit of learning in an environment that encourages interdisciplinary artistic collaboration. VCUarts, which houses the Department of Art Education, recently celebrated the opening of The Depot, a student-run gallery and interdisciplinary art research space in a renovated train station. VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art, a LEED-designed building by renown architect Steven Holl, is slated to open in 2016 and promises to be “a key center for experimental contemporary practices nationally.”

The Richmond region has received many recent accolades from major national publications. The city has been ranked 3rd among “The Most Creative Mid-Sized Cities in America” (Motovo, 2013) and was voted “Best River Town in America” (Outside Magazine, 2012). In addition, Richmond is known for its affordable housing, historical architecture, pedestrian- and cyclist-friendliness, and up-and-coming restaurant scene.


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