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Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) with a concentration in printmaking

Program accreditation
National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Graduate program director
Holly Morrison
Associate professor and graduate program director
hjmorrison@vcu.edu
(804) 827-1697

Additional contact
Ron B. Johnson
Assistant professor and administrative director
johnsonrb@vcu.edu
(804) 828-2787

Program website: arts.vcu.edu/paintingprintmaking

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Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

Admission requirements

Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) with a concentration in printmaking
Degree:
M.F.A.
Semester(s) of entry:
Fall
Deadline dates:

Jan 15
Test requirements:
None
Special requirements:
See arts.vcu.edu/admissions/how-to-apply for details on the application process.

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants must meet the requirements listed on the website above.

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university.  These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU

Program goals

The graduate program advances the development of:

  1. Individual studio and scholarly talents, interests and philosophies, used creatively to both expand and preserve our cultural heritage
  2. Professional studio competence as exemplified by a significant body of work
  3. Individuals with the potential to solve contemporary problems in all aspects of the visual arts and to explore and address new questions and issues
  4. Professional competence in the dissemination of knowledge, including logical, clear verbal and written presentation of aesthetic ideas in teaching and other contexts
  5. Scholarly competence in the organization, evaluation and interpretation of knowledge
  6. Students will achieve technical proficiency in relation to the tools, techniques and materials used in their field and the expertise to visually articulate their ideas.
  7. Students will achieve proficiency regarding critical thinking and conceptual problem-solving with particular focus on the context and practice of painting and printmaking.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Define work in relation to history and practice
  2. Engage fully in critical discourse
  3. Increase knowledge of materials and techniques
  4. Develop professional practice: engage in opportunities that develop the experience required to manage a creative professional career

Degree requirements

In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, the M.F.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting or printmaking requires 60 credit hours and is usually completed in two years of full-time study. Most of these credit hours are in studio areas and are augmented by related courses in specialized academic fields. A graduate seminar meets weekly and addresses topics related to contemporary art and theory. Two required semesters of art and critical theory are presented in a course that surveys the major themes of contemporary art criticism.

Graduate students meet with individual committees composed of three faculty members. Each committee and student conducts an ongoing dialogue and critique. At the end of the second semester students discuss their work at a candidacy critique comprising their committee and additional faculty members. M.F.A. recipients mount a comprehensive exhibition of their work at the university’s Anderson Gallery at the successful conclusion of the program’s second year.

The Master of Fine Arts program is based on intensive studio practice at an advanced level in the areas of painting and printmaking. The program is highly selective and is presently limited to 15 participants.

Curriculum requirements

Courses Credit hours
   
PAPR 527-528 Art and Critical Theory 6
PAPR 591 Topics in Painting and Printmaking (critical issues) 3
PAPR 591 Topics in Painting and Printmaking (professional practices for fine artists) 3
PAPR 605 Graduate Painting or PAPR 615 Graduate Printmaking 24
PAPR 690 Graduate Seminar 12
Electives (see list below) 12
   
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 60
   
Recommended elective courses:  
   
ARTH 591 Special Topics in Art History  
ARTS 591 Special Topics  
ARTS 592 Individual Projects/Fieldwork  
KINE 690 Graduate Seminar (with permission of graduate adviser)  
KINE 695 Advanced Sound (with permission of instructor)  
PAPR 615 Graduate Printmaking  
PHTO 690 Seminar in Photography and Film (with permission of instructor)  

Typical plan of study

Courses Credit hours
   
First semester  
PAPR 527 Art and Critical Theory 3
PAPR 591 Topics in Painting and Printmaking (critical issues) 3
PAPR 605 Graduate Painting or PAPR 615 Graduate Printmaking 6
PAPR 690 Graduate Seminar 3
   
Second semester  
PAPR 528 Art and Critical Theory 3
PAPR 605 Graduate Painting or PAPR 615 Graduate Printmaking 6
PAPR 690 Graduate Seminar 3
Elective 3
   
Third semester  
PAPR 591 Topics in Painting and Printmaking (professional practices for fine artists) 3
PAPR 605 Graduate Painting or PAPR 615 Graduate Printmaking 6
PAPR 690 Graduate Seminar 3
Elective 3
   
Fourth semester  
PAPR 605 Graduate Painting or PAPR 615 Graduate Printmaking 6
PAPR 690 Graduate Seminar 3
Academic elective 3
Studio elective 3
   
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 60

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Degree candidacy requirements

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Graduation requirements

 

 

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