Virginia Commonwealth University

School of the Arts

Photography and Film, MFA


PO Box 980149

PO Box 843051

Richmond, VA 23298

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Photography and Film offers students from the School of the Arts and the university at large a wide variety of photography and film classes. The Department of Photography and Film seeks graduate students whose work challenges the common definitions of photography, film, and video while maintaining the disciplinary integrity of traditional practice. The department works to advance the highest standards of photography and film by providing an artistic community for the development and exchange of progressive visual ideas. Our students engage in critical dialogue with a diverse and distinguished faculty of artists, critics, and scholars who stress the importance of experimentation and conceptualization. Our students work in expanding traditional and contemporary genres and processes, including performance imaging, docudramatic filmmaking, and multi-media installation. Most students work in both film/video and photography. US News ranks VCUarts the number two public university program in multimedia. The graduate program’s requirements are flexible — determined by the needs of each student on an individual basis. On completion of the program, each student must have acquired an in-depth understanding of the critical dialogue that connects photography and film with other disciplines. The program culminates in the presentation of a visual body of work, with appropriate written documentation, that coherently reflects two years of intelligent investigation into some aspect of the media.


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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