Chair, Department of Painting and Printmaking
Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)Indicate specialization: painting or printmaking
Please see www.vcu.edu/arts/prospective_students/graduate_studies for details on the application process.
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.
The Master of Fine Arts degree program in painting or printmaking requires 60 credits and is usually completed in two years of full-time study. Most of these credits 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 semesters of Art and Critical Theory, a course that surveys the major themes of contemporary art criticism, also are required.
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 comprised of their committee and additional faculty. 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.