A culture of creativity in the heart of a dynamic city

Based in a city that's known for embracing the 艺术, our graduate 艺术 program is ranked 顶尖之一 通过U.S. News and World Report. But artists aren't the only ones who think creatively.

Our business school has an artist-in-residence. Our medical residents take sculpture classes to better understand the body. 的 Institute for Contemporary Art tackles current social conversations. And each year we offer hundreds of 表演, exhibits and screenings to the community. It’s no wonder our graduates are prepared for a rapidly changing world.


New ideas can take root and grow with the help of programs that foster innovation and entrepreneurship.


An 艺术 and engineering team is exploring the potential relationship between robotics and dance.

A woman dancing next to a robot


在一年一度的CreateAthon上, 艺术, 广告, business and other students spend 24 hours providing free creative work to area nonprofits.

Students at the VCU CreateAthon


Students explore their artistic side in Spanish class, while delving into family politics, mental health and personal passions.

A collage with a red patterned background with black and white cut-outs from photos on top.


A VCU social work professor connects with his Ghanaian ancestors through clothing design.

Three people standing next to each other.


Institute for Contemporary Art is on a mission to spark discussion, trigger emotion and promote collaboration with provocative art, lectures and 表演 from local, national and international artists.

Photo of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU building at night


Small, quirky galleries. Historic recital halls. 的 walls of the library. 的re are countless places on campus to see the visual and performing 艺术. Here are a few of our favorites.


  • 100+ visiting artists and 艺术 professionals hosted per year
  • 311 students at VCU艺术’ branch campus in Doha, Qatar


Where VCU’s campus ends, Richmond’s 艺术 district begins. Here are a few of the galleries, museums and festivals — many just steps away — that make the city’s 艺术 scene so vibrant.