Chair, Department of Crafts
Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)Indicate specialization: ceramics, fibers, furniture design, glassworking and jewelry/metalworking
Please see www.vcu.edu/arts/prospective_students/graduate_studies for details on the application process.
The M.F.A. program requires 60 credits, which students usually complete in two years of full-time study. The majority of credits are taken in the student’s area of specialization. Graduate seminars, art history courses and other studio/academic electives round out the graduate student’s individualized program. Studio visits and critiques with visiting artists are an important aspect of the program.
Within the studio concentration, emphasis is placed on self-motivation, individual investigation, and the development of professional attitudes and skills. Graduate students are expected to demonstrate a serious commitment to their work and to develop mature ideas and forms of expression. Admission to the graduate program is highly selective and competitive.
Graduate students interact formally and informally with the faculty in their areas and with other faculty in the School of the Arts. Each graduate student works closely with a faculty committee that meets twice a semester for critiques and discussions. At the end of the first year, students present their work to their committee and departmental faculty in a candidacy review. At the successful completion of the 60 credits, a thesis exhibition is mounted at the university’s Anderson Gallery or at an alternative venue.