The VCU Department of Sculpture + Extended Media’s highly competitive two-year MFA program has been the top ranked Sculpture program in the United States for over a decade. VCU Sculpture attracts challenging, talented and curious students from around the globe, drawn by the ever-increasing visibility of the department’s alumni and the reputation of its celebrated faculty.
Students are provided with large studio spaces, state-of-the-art equipment, and the time to pursue their independently determined goals. Students receive full tuition support, paid assistantships, research travel grants, and major exhibition opportunities. With 24-hour access to a media lab, extensive fabrication shops, and a foundry, students have the ability to indulge in the widest possible range of making.
The VCU Sculpture department offers close contact with its faculty and an active program of visiting artists, curators, and writers, designed to address the evolving cultural conversation of our time. Through studio visits, seminars, critiques, and research, students build a complex understanding of their creative work. All of this takes place in a supportive environment where self-motivation and intellectual rigor are expected.
VCU Sculpture alumni include three MacArthur Fellows and numerous Guggenheim Fellows. They have won Joan Mitchell Grants, Tiffany Fellowships, and other major awards. Alumni attend prestigious residency programs, hold teaching positions in top schools and maintain active studio careers throughout the world.