The MFA Program in Painting + Printmaking is highly selective and is presently limited to fifteen participants; it fosters intensive studio practice in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, and digital media. The program is ranked among the top ten best graduate painting programs in the country by US News and World Report.

Scheduling a Visit

Due to an increasing number of requests to visit our program, we are no longer able to accommodate individual tours or meetings. Instead, we welcome prospective applicants to join us for a VCUarts Open HouseĀ during which they may tour the facilities, speak with faculty and graduate students, and develop a sense of what our graduate program has to offer.

VCUarts Graduate Open House

The 2018 VCUarts Graduate Open House will be held on Saturday, November 10. Please check back in August for detailed information about the schedule of events.

*** Please contact Cara Benedetto, Graduate Program Director, at prior to your visit so that we know to expect you.

National Graduate Portfolio Days

Representatives from VCUarts will be available at the National Graduate Portfolio Days scheduled for fall 2018. Further information can be found atĀ

Thesis Exhibition

Click below to view the catalogue for the 2017 MFA thesis exhibition:

For More Information


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the MFA program, the application process, and graduate funding.