MFA in Visual Art

The first low-residency program in visual art in the country, the MFA in Visual Art at VCFA is a vibrant, local, national, and international community of artists and critical thinkers. The program’s precedent-setting pedagogy is based on the understanding that art does not exist in a void, but within a social context. Students emerge from the program with a dynamic new vision of themselves, their art, and the world around them.

G. Roy Levin, founder of the MFA in Visual Art program at VCFA, sought a new standard of graduate arts education, one in which students would pursue their MFA degrees while remaining within the context of the communities in which they live, work, and make art. To this day, the pioneering methodology Levin and his collaborators designed endures. The program’s bi-annual residencies, artistic community, and innovative structure encourages a focus on the relationship between art and societal values, which in turn helps students recognize the inevitable conflicts and contradictions of being an artist/cultural producer in today’s world.

Since 1991, the MFA in Visual Art program has based its educational success on the principle of individualized learning. In the program, students complete a series of interdisciplinary writing projects with a faculty member and pursue their studio work with a local artist chosen in collaboration with the program. This system encourages artists to develop their own mentor system and determine educational values and expectations according to self-initiated ideas of progress and professionalism.

The program places emphasis not on the particular medium, but on the content of each artwork. The result is a unique, interdisciplinary program in which students examine self and art simultaneously, emerging from the program with a dynamic new vision of themselves, their work, and the world around them.

Program Faculty

Artists-in-Residence

Salome Chasnoff

Salome Chasnoff

Artist-in-Residence

Suné Woods

Suné Woods

Artist-in-Residence

Events

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.

MAT for BFA Summer Residency

Students enroll and participate in their first VCFA MAT summer residency between their junior and senior years. They complete their Fieldwork/Observation cycle and Pre-Thesis work at their undergraduate school location while completing their undergraduate degree. They come back to VCFA for their second summer residency after they have earned their BA or BFA.

MAT in Art & Design Education 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.

News

MFA in Visual Art Announces Guest Artists and Public Events for Summer 2015 Residency

The first low-residency program in visual art in the country, the MFA in Visual Art at Vermont...

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