Fine Arts (Concentration in Photography and Film)

Virginia Commonwealth University

24 months
27971 USD/year
14497 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The mission of the M.F.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in photography and film is to facilitate a comprehensive, advanced, intellectual and artistic understanding and use of the mediums of photography and filmmaking.


The specific goals of the program are as follows: to foster a climate that inspires creativity, intellectual curiosity, freedom of expression and critical thinking; to attract and sustain a faculty of the highest quality by providing an environment conducive to their achieving and maintaining national and international stature; and to attract highly artistic and intelligent individuals interested in advanced study of the medium.

Student learning outcomes:
  • Students will demonstrate a familiarity with contemporary critical theory and an ability to apply and investigate those ideas in their work.
  • Students will gain and display advanced skills in conceptual and technical use of the medium.
  • Students will be able to create photographs and films that display an advanced level of intelligence and artistic vision.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Photographic Studio
  • Film and Television Scripts
  • Issues in Contemporary Visual Arts
  • Topics in Painting and Printmaking
  • Art and Critical Theory
  • Dramatic Literature and Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application to graduate study, including the application for Virginia in-state tuition.
  • Personal statement submitted with the online application.
  • $70 application fee.
  • T​​hree reference letters submitted through the online application.
  • Transcripts from each institution you attended are required. 
  • Official test scores, if required by your program.
  • Your resume, if requested by the department to which you are applying.
  • A portfolio is required for admission to this program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27971 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27971 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    14497 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14497 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Fine Arts (Concentration in Photography and Film)
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