Graduate students

Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts boasts a long and celebrated history of education in the fields of art and design, music, and communication. Established in 1873, the college offered the first B.F.A. in fine arts, was the first to offer advanced work in photography, and houses one of the oldest departments of communication studies in the nation.

This legacy of innovation and excellence continues as the college continues to house numerous respected and highly ranked programs. We are pleased that you are interested in joining this tradition of excellence and invite you to explore the numerous courses of study available. We also encourage you to consider the many advantages of pursuing your study at Syracuse University, a private research university renowned for its many leading programs in areas like public policy, information studies, architecture, and journalism.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers the following graduate programs:

Department of Art: M.F.A. programs in ceramics, illustration, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture; M.S. in art education
       Apply to the Department of Art

Department of Transmedia: M.F.A. programs in art photography, art video, computer art, and film
       Apply to the Department of Transmedia

Department of Design: M.F.A. in collaborative design; M.A. in museum studies
       Apply to the collaborative design program or Apply to the museum studies program

Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies: M.A. in communication and rhetorical studies
       Apply to the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Setnor School of Music: M.A. in audio arts; M.M. in composition, conducting, and performance (organ, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and wind instruments); M.S. in music education
       Apply to the audio arts program or Apply to the Setnor School of Music composition, conducting, and performance programs

Prospective graduate students in VPA apply to the university through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. If you have any questions about the graduate programs or the application process, feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.