Master On Campus

Photography and Film

Virginia Commonwealth University

24 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Photography and Film program at Virginia Commonwealth University is a graduate program built for emerging artists whose work challenges the common definitions of photography, film and video while maintaining the disciplinary integrity of traditional practice.


About the Program

With the Photography and Film program at Virginia Commonwealth University you will engage in critical dialogue with a diverse and distinguished faculty of artists, critics and scholars who stress the importance of experimentation and conceptualization.

You will work in expanding traditional and contemporary genres and processes, including performance imaging, docudramatic filmmaking and multimedia installation. Most students work in both film/video and photography.

Graduate teaching assistantships and scholarships are available and there are opportunities to teach as an adjunct professor. Graduate students have 24/7 access to personal studios, black and white darkrooms and film processing facilities, lighting studios, state-of-the-art printers, computers and camera equipment.

The graduate program’s requirements are flexible and determined by the individual needs of each student. Upon completion of the program, you will have acquired an in-depth understanding of the critical dialogue that connects photography and film with other disciplines. Weekly group and individual studio critiques encourage intense studio production, experimentation and an active scholarly engagement within a community of artists and critics. The program culminates in the presentation of a visual body of work, with appropriate written documentation, that coherently reflects two years of intelligent investigation into some aspect of the media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Photographic Studio
  • Research in Photography and Film
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Seminar in Art
  • Film and Television Scripts
  • Advanced Sound

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Artist Statement: this should be a three or four paragraph artist statement that directly places the work being reviewed within the context of contemporary art practice, art history, and critical theory
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Interview
  • 36 term hour credits in studio art at the undergraduate level with a minimum of 9 term hour credits concentrating in photography or cinematography. However, applicants who do not meet these requirements will be considered
  • Portfolio: 20 still images
  • A personal statement discussing reasons for pursuing graduate study
  • All non-native English-speaking applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency
  • Prospective students who have studied outside of the U.S. must provide an official course-by-course external credential evaluation
  • Proof of adequate funds to live and study full time at VCU by submitting an I-20 DS Request Form accompanied by an original bank verification letter
  • A $70 state-required application fee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    25956 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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