The wood concentration MFA program at VCU has reopened and is currently accepting graduate applications!
The deadline to apply is January 15, 2024.
The MFA program in the Department of Craft and Material Studies at VCUarts is a diverse and vibrant community that fosters rigorous individual research. With a strong emphasis on critical and creative thinking, academic programming is designed to cultivate curiosity and encourage exploration of the multidisciplinary language of clay, glass, wood, fiber, and metals.
Our cross media approach encourages material exploration and graduate students are encouraged and empowered to engage with craft through historical and contemporary discourse. They explore materials rooted in craft while pursuing a deep investigation of their practice and contemporary critical issues through fearless innovation and transformative creativity.
The department is housed in a state-of-the-art facility that provides both analog and digital equipment and resources. Students have access to well- equipped studios to stretch the limits of their practice within an immersive learning environment ranging from the traditional to the most experimental approaches in art making. The department shares the facilities with the departments of Sculpture + Extended Media, Painting + Printmaking, and Kinetic Imaging.
Recognized by its peer institutions, the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts) is among the top schools of art and design in the country, a ranking that is based on graduate programming. VCUarts lives within a public, urban research university that offers a range of areas of study. Boasting a stellar roster of faculty members and visiting artists, the school attracts students of the highest caliber from across the country and around the world.
- Highly competitive 2‑year MFA program providing students time to pursue independently determined goals
- Generous funding opportunities to receive full tuition support + stipend, paid assistantships, research and travel grants
- Access to distinguished visiting artists through presentations and one-on-one studio visits
- Opportunities to teach undergraduate courses
- 4‑hour studio access and state-of-the-art facilities
“The energy of this interdisciplinary department housed in the building with sculpture, painting, and printmaking departments is palpable. I have only been here a short time, but I have seen a student body that is talented, kind, and curious. A faculty, staff, and community that are generous with their time and energy and willing to share their knowledge. Our department emphasizes the development of individual voice supported by strong technical skills, academic rigor, critical thinking, and experimentation. I welcome and encourage all types of diversity in my classes and attempt to live my life in a way that promotes the equality of all people. I create a nurturing environment and foster camaraderie, not competition. I want to help my students take the next step in knowing themselves and what they make. To achieve this, I get to know each student individually, tailoring my guidance to meet their needs. And I make sure there is as much joy and laughter as possible along the way.” — Annie Evelyn, Assistant Professor in Wood
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