Photography and Film

Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

 The Department of Photography and Film seeks graduate students whose work challenges the common definitions of photography, film, and video while maintaining the disciplinary integrity of traditional practice. The department works to advance the highest standards of photography and film by providing an artistic community for the development and exchange of progressive visual ideas.




  • U.S. News & World Report ranked VCU School of the Arts 4th among public programs for photography and film.
  • Graduate alumni Alma Leiva and Richard Robinson have both been featured in Time Magazine’s “Lightbox”.
  • Since 2010, VCU Photo & Film faculty, alumni and students have been awarded VMFA Fellowships: 15 Undergraduate awards, 1 Graduate award, and 4 Professional awards, totalling $98,000.
  • Since 2011 Professor Sonali Gulati’s film, “I Am,” has been screened over 77 times and received 13 film festival awards. Gulati also won the prestigious Creative Capital Grant for $50,000.
  • Since 2011, former Guggenheim Fellow and Professor Brian Ulrich opened a major exhibit at Julie Saul Gallery, NYC and the at the Cleveland Museum of Fine Art.  Ulrich also published a book, “Is This Place Great or What,” as well as having his work featured in many international publications like Artforum and Time.
  • Adjuncts, students and alumni have started galleries; shown their work internationally; been featured in Wired Magazine, Newsweek, and Time Magazine; and shown in local exhibitions.

Please visit the Graduate Program website for more information.

Thesis Exhibitions:


Click below to see thesis exhibitions for the 5 fine arts programs including Photography and Film: