Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research.
Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls nearly 31,000 students in 223 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.
Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts (VCUarts) is one of the leading visual arts and design programs in the country, serving nearly 3,200 undergraduates and more than 200 graduate students annually. VCUarts is known for hands-on learning and experimentation and for encouraging students to push the boundaries of their creativity while working alongside some of the most acclaimed artist-faculty in the nation. Its curriculum focuses on cross-disciplinary collaborations with scholars from divergent fields, taking advantage of its role as part of a major urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. VCUarts has been ranked the #1 public university visual arts and design graduate program in the country by U.S. News & World Report since 2003.
VCUarts offers undergraduate and graduate degrees at its campuses in Richmond, VA and Doha, Qatar (VCUQatar). The 16 departments and areas of study offered in Richmond include Art History, Craft/Material Studies, Dance and Choreography, Graphic Design, Music, Painting and Printmaking, Photography and Film, Sculpture + Extended Media, and Theatre. VCUQatar was the inaugural campus in Qatar’s Education City, established in 1998, which has since grown to include campuses of Weill Cornell, Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon, Georgetown and Northwestern Universities, and the London School of Economics. VCUQatar offers degrees in Graphic, Interior and Fashion Design, as well as Painting and Printmaking, Art History and a master’s degree in Design Studies.
VCUarts’ distinguished faculty and alumni are celebrated artists whose work has been exhibited at and collected by major U.S. museums, shown in major film festivals, and debuted at some of the nation’s most well-known opera houses and stages. Prominent faculty and alumni include Kendall Buster, Corin Hewitt and Elizabeth King (Sculpture + Extended Media), Sonya Clark (Craft/Material Studies), Robert Hobbs (Art History), Toni-Leslie James and David Leong (Theatre), Richard Roth and Hilary Wilder (Painting and Printmaking), Rex Richardson (Music), Stephen Vitiello (Kinetic Imaging), sculptor Tara Donovan (MFA, 1999), sculptor Teresita Fernández (MFA, 1992), actor Jason Butler Harner (BFA, 1992), production designer Dan Bishop (BFA, 1980), jazz musician Victor Goines (MM, 1990), fashion entrepreneur Donwan T. Harrell (BFA, 1992), illustrator and painter Sterling Hundley (BFA, 1998), dancer Jason Akira Somma (BFA, ’03) and glass artist Kazue Taguchi (MFA, ’07).