Curriculum

MFA Program Curriculum

The MFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting and Printmaking requires the successful completion of sixty credits and is undertaken in two years of full-time study.

First Semester

PAPR 605 Graduate Painting/Printmaking  (6 credits)
PAPR 591 Critical Issues  (3 credits)
PAPR 527 Art and Critical Theory (3 credits)
PAPR 690 Graduate Seminar  (3 credits)

Second Semester
PAPR 605 Graduate Painting/Printmaking  (6 credits)
PAPR 528 Art and Critical Theory (3 credits)
PAPR 690 Graduate Seminar  (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Third Semester
PAPR 605 Graduate Painting/Printmaking (6 credits)
PAPR 690 Graduate Seminar  (3 credits)
PAPR 591 Professional Practices for Fine Artists (3 credits)
Elective (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
PAPR 605 Graduate Painting/Printmaking Studio
PAPR 690 Graduate Seminar  (3 credits)
Academic Elective (3 credits)
Studio Elective (3 credits)

Descriptions of Required Courses

PAPR 690 Graduate Seminar
Bi-weekly seminar led by a visiting faculty member for the purpose of discussing recent artistic developments in painting and printmaking.

PAPR 605 Graduate Painting/Printmaking
Degree requirement for graduate students in the Department of Painting + Printmaking. Emphasis is placed on individual research and studio practice with regular feedback from faculty.

PAPR 591 Critical Issues
Degree requirement for first semester graduate students in the Departments of Painting + Printmaking and Sculpture + Extended Media. This course examines diverse critical and aesthetic issues. Related readings include canonical art historical texts and contemporary art criticism.

PAPR 591 Professional Practices for Fine Artists (open to students in Painting + Printmaking, Sculpture + Extended Media, and Photo/Film)
This course prepares graduate students to manage and maintain a professional art practice. Guest specialists address various dimensions of the art world.

PAPR 527, 528  Art and Critical Theory
Major themes in art criticism and theory from 1940 to the present. This course provides an introduction to the literature of art criticism as well as artists’ writings in relation to studio production.

Diversity

The VCU School of the Arts believes that art is inclusive. Therefore, this diversity policy establishes that the School of the Arts accepts and welcomes all people by maintaining and celebrating diversity within our student body, faculty and staff. The School of the Arts provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination according to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, and sexual orientation in accord with University Policy. To support this policy and to stimulate understanding, the School of the Arts will establish forums to explore diversity in education, arts and design. We believe that to achieve educational excellence, we must value and practice inclusion.

Student Learning Outcomes

There are established Student Learning Outcomes for the M.F.A. in Fine Arts.  It is expected that during the course of study, students will:

  • Define work in relation to history and practice
  • Engage fully in critical discourse
  • Enlarge knowledge of materials and techniques
  • Develop professional practice and engage in opportunities that develop the experience required to manage a creative professional career

More information about graduate study at VCU can be found on the Graduate School website and in the Graduate School Bulletin