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We believe the arts are central to the human experience.

Our Mission & Values

VCFA is a global community of artists continuously redefining what it means to be an arts college. We measure our success by our ability to foster the excellence of emerging and established practitioners.

Our Programs

VCFA’s unparalleled programs and highly individualized curriculum will help you refine your craft and develop a meaningful body of work.

By the Numbers

VCFA’s six widely acclaimed programs offer graduate degrees in a wide range of arts disciplines. A few other notable numbers:

alumnx across the US and around the world
maximum student-to-faculty ratio
in scholarships awarded annually
Artists, whether they’re practicing in the visual arts or the narrative arts, are storytellers and sense-makers. I think it’s the artists who propel us to envision a more perfect world.
Leslie Ward | President

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At VCFA, we are committed to collaborating with our full community to build and sustain a welcoming, inclusive environment.


(featured work by Ross Sheehan, ’20 VA)

What Is Low-Residency?

VCFA offers low-residency study options for all kinds of learners. Read on to learn more about this individualized, empowering learning structure!

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Does art matter? We think so.

As VCFA sets new standards for graduate education in the 21st-century, we ask for your support.