Admission requirements summary
Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Indicate specialization: ceramics, fibers, furniture design, glassworking and jewelry/metalworking; kinetic imaging; painting or printmaking; photography and film; or sculpture
Please see www.vcu.edu/arts/prospective_students/graduate_studies for details on the application process.
Students may be admitted to one of the following School of the Arts Master of Fine Arts degree tracks: ceramics, fibers, furniture design, glassworking, jewelry/metalworking, painting, photography and film, printmaking or sculpture. Students completing the M.F.A. in Fine Arts will be prepared for professional artistic practice directed toward the creation of works of art, the application and transmission of knowledge about works of art and their interrelationships with each other and with other aspects of culture. The graduate program advances the development of:
- Individual studio and scholarly talents, interests and philosophies, used creatively to both expand and preserve our cultural heritage
- Professional studio competence as exemplified by a significant body of work
- Individuals with the potential to solve contemporary problems in all aspects of the visual arts and to explore and address new questions and issues
- Professional competence in the dissemination of knowledge, including logical, clear verbal and written presentation of aesthetic ideas in teaching and other contexts
- Scholarly competence in the organization, evaluation and interpretation of knowledge
For general department information, visit www.vcu.edu/arts/areas_of_study/graduate_programs.html.
Student learning outcomes for concentration in ceramics, fiber, furniture design, glassworking and jewelry/metalworking
- The students will demonstrate an understanding and proficiency in craft, design and art.
- The students will demonstrate and understand the symbolic relationship and potential impact of contemporary craft and art on culture. Students will be able to contextualize individual artistic research within art history and contemporary art.
- The students will be able to use knowledge gained from critique to improve creative work. The students will demonstrate proficiency in critiquing peers creative work. The students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking about one’s own work and that of others.
- The students will demonstrate proficiency of basic, intermediate and advanced craft techniques within their specific field media.
- The students will demonstrate an understanding of the career demands of a contemporary craft artist, and how to pursue a career through multiple paths.
- The students will be able to develop comprehensive and unique portfolios. Students will be able to develop and articulate one’s own ideas conceptual and formal via conversation, presentation skills and writing.
- The students will develop an understanding in their ability to interpret their individual motivation in their artwork and studio practice. Students will be able to maintain a self-motivated and self-directed mode of research/studio practice.
Student learning outcomes for concentration in kinetic imaging
Through studio reviews, seminars and research, the students are expected to build an awareness of contemporary and historical definitions of art that will influence their creative work.
Student learning outcomes for concentration in painting and printmaking
- Define work in relation to history and practice
- Engage fully in critical discourse
- Enlarge of knowledge of materials and techniques
- Develop professional practice: engage in opportunities that develop the experience required to manage a creative professional career
Student learning outcomes for concentration in photography and film
- Students will demonstrate a familiarity with contemporary critical theory and an ability to apply and investigate those ideas in their work.
- Students will gain and display advanced skills in conceptual and technical use of the medium.
- Students will be able to create photographs and films that display an advanced level of intelligence and artistic vision.
Student learning outcomes for concentration in sculpture
- Define work in relation to history
- Take full advantage of program resources
- Develop knowledge of equipment and techniques
- Develop professional practices