The university provides numerous opportunities for adult education, off-campus instruction and professional development through the Office of Continuing Studies and Special Programs. Continuing studies programs offer the same course work and academic credit as traditional university courses and are fully degree-applicable within the normal standards of VCU’s college and schools.
The office attempts to address the educational and professional training needs of the community by providing flexible, cost-effective instruction that returns valued and needed knowledge into the community.
Program examples include the Nonprofit Learning Point certificate program, profession-specific and introductory Spanish courses, specialization and recertification programs for teachers, off-campus degree programs including the R.N. to B.S.N. program, the NOVA M.S.W. program, and advanced-study courses for gifted high school students.
For more information, call (804) 828-8819 or visit www.community.vcu.edu.
Since 1993, VCU has offered off-campus graduate art classes in locations from the Washington, D.C., area to Tidewater. Classes are open to all qualified students (persons with undergraduate degrees in art or equivalent experience), but are particularly designed for art teachers interested in license renewal, a graduate degree program or personal enrichment. During the fall and spring semesters, classes meet one evening per week, usually from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. In the summer semester, classes are scheduled for 10 all-day workshops over a two- or three-week period. A degree program, the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Interdisciplinary Art, is offered, but students need not be in a degree program in order to take classes. For more information, call (804) 592-2600 or visit www.community.vcu.edu.
The Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Interdisciplinary Art degree is jointly administered by the School of the Arts and the Division of Community Engagement. It is not the equivalent of a Master of Fine Arts degree, but is an additional option for qualified persons, especially art teachers, who are interested in studio art classes. Classes are offered in public school art rooms from Fairfax County to Virginia Beach, in the late afternoon during the regular school year and in all-day workshops during the summer. The M.I.S. degree requires the completion of 39 graduate credits, including at least nine and no more than 15 credits in each of two focus areas. Focus areas include, but are not limited to, crafts, computers and the arts, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, and sculpture. In addition, the student must complete from three to 15 credits of art electives and six credits of an approved final project, including a graduate exhibition and a final paper. For more information, call (804) 828-8819 or visit www.community.vcu.edu.
Since 1997 the university has been a leading partner in a community collaborative that sponsors Nonprofit Learning Point (formerly the Especially for Nonprofit Organizations Program). In addition to being a sponsoring partner, VCU also manages the program, which provides educational and networking opportunities as well as capacity-building for the vast network of nonprofit organizations in the greater-Richmond area. The program is open to any paid or volunteer staff member of a nonprofit organization and offers the chance to earn both academic credit and a certificate of achievement in nonprofit management (after 12 courses). Classes usually meet for two days, one week apart, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., throughout the city of Richmond. An annual conference and certificate awards ceremony are held each fall. Class and conference topics include, but are not limited to, strategic management, communications, legal issues for nonprofits, and technology skills. For more information, call (804) 827-0246 or visit www.nonprofitlearningpoint.org.