Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

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The Virginia Commonwealth Unviersity School of the Arts is comprised of over 3,000 students and 16 nationally recognized programs in design, visual and performing arts. US News & World Report ranks VCUarts as the top public university art and design school in the nation. Located in Richmond, the capital of Virginia, VCU is an ethnically and culturally diverse urban institution composed of three campuses. More than 30,000 students attend VCU; each year the university awards approximately 4,000 degrees. The 75-acre Monroe Park Campus is situated in Richmond’s historic Fan District. The school’s newest facility, the recently renovated Depot Building, houses a state of the art sound studio with motion capture capabilities, a 6,000 sq. ft. interdisciplinary research space and the new student art gallery. The new VCU Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl, is poised to open in 2017, and will be dedicated to flexible and responsive exhibitions and performances that examine art, design, and performance from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives. VCUarts is within walking distance to the Richmond Arts District and the nationally-recognized Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one mile from campus. VCUQatar, the university’s first international branch campus, is located in Doha, Qatar and serves students from more than 25 nationalities in design, visual arts, and art history. The 51-acre Medical College of Virginia Campus is located two miles east in the financial, commercial and governmental district of downtown Richmond.

Virginia Commonwealth University receives more than $250 million in annual research funding and is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/Research University-Extensive institution. It is one of the nation’s top research universities, and is one of only three such universities in Virginia. VCU’s teaching, research, public service and patient care mission supports full-time and part-time students and faculty of diverse backgrounds.

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