MFA

Master of Fine Arts

The MFA in Fine Arts/Kinetic Imaging expands the field of video art, experimental animation, sound art and emerging media through the production of works of art that explore the artist’s relationship to culture and society. Potential works will include media projects that take such forms as the poem, the essay, the video sculpture, and the installation, and that embrace both narrative and experimental approaches. In a world that increasingly uses moving images and sounds to communicate information, influence opinion, and push the boundaries of popular entertainment, our program will enable students to produce creative works that contribute to and challenge the rapidly evolving dialogue in media arts. It is expected that our graduate students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to extend the practice of video/animation/sonic arts into their connections with contemporary issues in visual culture
  • Build an awareness of contemporary and historical definitions of art that will influence their creative work
  • Develop and implement professional practices
  • Take full advantage of the program’s resources

The Kinetic Imaging MFA is a studio-based, fine art program initiated in the Fall of 2007. It is a two-year curriculum of 60 academic credits. The program is designed to support 4-8 graduate students.

Applicants whose lived experiences inform worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status — including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and disability — are encouraged to apply. All applications are evaluated and considered for any available graduate funding awards.

Deadlines for applications are January 15, with Fall semester admissions only. International applicants should apply by December 15.

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MFA Open House — November 10, 2018

We will be hosting an open house for prospective MFA students on Saturday, November 10 at the Fine Arts Building, 1000 West Broad St., Richmond, VA 23284.

If you are able to join us, please email and make a reservation so we know to expect you for a tour and conversation with current graduate students and faculty: kineticimage@vcu.edu. If you cannot attend, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have at kineticimage@vcu.edu.

Our Current Graduate Students:

Sara Bouchard
Brianne Humphreys
Carl Patow
Ruiqi Zhang
Jared Duesterhaus
Yonghun Jung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View past MFA students

MFA students have come from a variety of disciplines, from dance, music composition, to ceramics. The unifying factor is the migration into moving image and audio environments, be it through installation, performance, interaction or projection.

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How To Apply


 

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