MFA in Graphic Design

Develop your skills in form, content, and craft. Deepen your critical abilities. Build fluency in your contemporary design discourse. Expand your ability to drive content in your work.

With the Master of Fine Arts Graphic Design program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, you can join our faculty and students in continuously rethinking graphic design by considering the role of design in the larger culture, the relationships between designers and their work, and the nature of education in design.

The MFA in Graphic Design at VCFA is a pioneering low-residency program built around students’ particular interests, values, and goals.

How it works:

Both our two-year and three-year track offerings combine two on-campus residencies per year, with six-month semesters of faculty mentorship and independent study. You’ll join students, faculty, and guest designers for a weeklong residency on our historic campus in Montpelier, Vermont to begin each semester. You’ll then return home and continue to work from an individually crafted study plan with your faculty advisor for the remainder of each semester. You’ll have the opportunity to study with a range of brilliant and diverse faculty as you ask the hard questions: How can design change the world? How does the process of designing change you?

The Takeaway:

Earning a world-class MFA in Graphic Design is possible through VCFA’s pioneering low-residency model of education. Our graduates emerge with new research methods, critical expertise, and a body of design work that is personal and relevant to the next stage in their design careers and creative lives. Take this next step with us!

Program Faculty

Anne West

Anne West

Thesis Instructor

David Peacock, VCFA Graphic Design Program

David Peacock

Faculty Co-Chair

Matthew Monk, VCFA Graphic Design Program

Matthew Monk


Guest Designers

Chris Ro

Chris Ro

Guest Designer

Stephan Bucher

Stephan Bucher

Guest Designer

Eddie Opara

Eddie Opara

Guest Designer


MFA in Writing Residency

The ten-day residency is a vibrant time of workshops, seminars, lectures, discussions, and readings by faculty, graduating students, and visiting writers from all over the country.

MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Residency

The ten-day residency is a vibrant whirlwind of workshops, lectures, panels, discussions, and readings by faculty, graduating students, and visiting writers and illustrators.

Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education Summer Residency

Our Art Education programs offer month-long summer residencies on VCFA’s beautiful Montpelier campus, along with ongoing coursework and mentorship throughout the year. The low-residency model allows students to earn advanced degrees without leaving the communities where they live and work.

Master of Arts in Art & Design Education (MAADE) Summer Residency

Students converge on our Vermont campus for a 4-week summer residency. This offers each cohort a chance to meet, collaborate, and create the kind of community that’s so important for educators. Summer residencies include coursework, workshops, symposia, and research opportunities.


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