The MATX program at Virginia Commonwealth University is designed for those who hold a master’s degree (MA, MFA or MS) in a relevant field and who wish to expand their research and creative or professional practice. Emphasizing innovative, original scholarship and cross-disciplinary interaction, the program trains students in both traditional and new research methods.
Course work and research expectations are rigorously academic, and there is a strong emphasis on writing throughout the curriculum. For those whose backgrounds are primarily creative or professional, the MATX program provides the opportunity to add scholarly, historical and/or theoretical dimensions to established practice.
Although there are opportunities for studio work and professional development, the degree requirements are those of a traditional research PhD in the humanities or communications. MATX is not a studio program, and it does not provide studio or exhibition space. Students are encouraged to seek out opportunities for collaboration at VCU and in the wider Richmond arts community.