Virginia Commonwealth University

School of the Arts

Painting and Printmaking, MFA


PO Box 980149

PO Box 843051

Richmond, VA 23298

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Fine Arts program is based on intensive studio practice at an advanced level in the areas of painting, drawing and printmaking; the program is highly selective and is presently limited to fifteen participants. Our graduate program was recently ranked among the top ten best graduate painting programs in the country by US News and World Report. This ranking is based on the professional reputation of our faculty and on the outstanding accomplishments of the Department’s alumni and alumnae. Each graduate student works in one of fifteen spacious, individual painting studios that are housed in the new Fine Arts Building; these facilities provide an excellent physical environment for our graduate students while also allowing them convenient access to the other fine arts areas of Sculpture + Extended Media and Craft/Materials Studies. The Master of Fine Arts Degree in Painting + Printmaking requires the successful completion of sixty credits and is usually undertaken in two years of full-time study. Most of the credits are earned in studio areas and are augmented by related courses, including a graduate seminar that meets weekly to address topics related to contemporary art and theory, and two semesters of Art and Critical Theory, a course that surveys the major themes of contemporary art criticism. In addition, we support an active and ambitious program of visiting artists and lecturers. Leading figures in the world of contemporary art visit throughout the year to present lectures about their work, conduct workshops, and meet with students.


National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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