What will I learn?

The 120-credit B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking curriculum enables students to adopt a specialized focus within the discipline and use elective options to pursue other areas of interest in the School of the Arts, the university and the community. It also permits students to tailor a course of study suited to their professional and personal ambitions. The undergraduate program provides students with opportunities for concentrated experiences in both practice and theory as a foundation for independent exploration and artistic development. Classroom discussions invite students to examine a range of contemporary critical issues, which enable them to understand their own studio work in relation to historical continuum. As students develop their skills in critical analysis they are challenged to articulate and justify their ideas both visually and verbally. Successful completion of the Art Foundation Program is a prerequisite for entry into the department. This degree is also offered by VCUarts in Qatar.

PROGRAM

The Department of Painting + Printmaking is a large, diverse and vibrant community of artists, scholars and students. When you choose this major, your part of an academic studio program that’s like a working lab, where you’ll investigate and redefine your personal visual culture.

You’ll adopt a specialized focus within the disciplines and use elective options to pursue other areas of interest. You’ll discover your own aesthetic and technical choices, and better understand the issues and criteria informing artmaking today.

You’ll develop skills in critical analysis and learn how to articulate and justify your ideas both visually and verbally. You’ll have access to leading figures in the contemporary art world as they visit to discuss their work, critique your work and conduct workshops.

Some classes you might take in this major:

  • Painting from Observation
  • Experiments in Drawing
  • Print Practice and Theory
  • Colour
  • Beyond the Gap: Art into Life

Our alumni are:

  • Artists
  • Gallerists
  • Teachers
  • Printers
  • Designers

Which department am I in?

School of the Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$32,742.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 June 2022

Start date

18 January 2022, 23 August 2022

Venue

School of the Arts

325 North Harrison Street,

RICHMOND,

Virginia,

23284, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a Virginia Commonwealth University undergraduate degree program requires graduation from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which typically consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten. Your secondary education should be the type that would prepare you for entrance to a recognized university in your home country.

For international students

Admission to a Virginia Commonwealth University undergraduate degree program requires graduation from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which typically consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten. Your secondary education should be the type that would prepare you for entrance to a recognized university in your home country. English Language Scores: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 70 IBT for undergraduates; International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 for undergraduates; Pearson Test of English: 53 for undergraduates. Application Deadlines - Fall semester: June 1; Spring semester: Oct 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond