About VCFA

The study and practice of art-making at VCFA is an immersive, constantly evolving process. Aspiring, emerging or established, our filmmakers, writers, composers, and visual artists grow individually through intensive engagement with their craft and lively, often profound exchanges of ideas and work.

As the only college devoted exclusively to graduate fine arts education, Vermont College of Fine Arts, nestled on a hill overlooking picturesque Montpelier, offers artists and writers a transformative and progressive educational experience through its acclaimed MFA programs and a unique MA graduate program in Art & Design Education.

VCFA’s rigorous educational model, based on individualized study plans and one-on-one mentoring with nationally recognized faculty, propels you into unexplored artistic territory. Whatever your choice of study, you’ll emerge with a dynamic new vision of yourself, your work and the world around you.

To learn how our acclaimed graduate arts programs can help you reimagine your potential and your career, view our programs section or contact admissions.

Graduate Education…Reimagined

Students come to Vermont College of Fine Arts for our rigorous course of study, our emphasis on the creative process, and to work closely with our award-winning faculty members who advance and inspire their work. Nationally acclaimed and built on an integrated approach, VCFA offers seven low-residency programs and a new residential program.

Our unique low-residency programs bring students and faculty together on our historic campus for intense and invigorating residencies. During the ensuing six months of faculty-guided, self-designed individualized study at home, students submit new creative work, revisions and critical responses, deepening the ongoing dialogue between student and faculty advisor. The result is an incorporation of discipline and focus that fuels an outpouring of creative work.

Our two-year residential MFA in Writing and Publishing offers the perfect place to practice your craft. Versatile course offerings include a classroom model combining the best of workshop and studio-art traditions and modular scheduling where faculty collaborate to teach one course in short-intense blocks of time. It offers a space where pioneers develop the tools to write books as well as survive in their cultural scene with longevity.

The Vermont College of Fine Arts Experience

  • Self-designed study fueled by rigorous close collaboration with faculty
  • Low-residency programs integrate artistic immersion with personal and professional commitments
  • Two-year on-campus writing program for those seeking full immersion


Anchored on its historic campus in Montpelier, Vermont, VCFA is a global community of artists continuously redefining what it means to be an arts college. We measure our success by our ability to foster the excellence of emerging and established practitioners. We believe that the arts are central to the human experience and have the ability not only to reflect reality but also to create it.


Vermont College of Fine Arts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions
of Higher Education

New England Association
of Schools and Colleges

209 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730-1433
Phone: 781-271-0022
E-mail: [email protected]

Web address: http://www.neasc.org/

In addition, the programs in Graphic Design, Visual Art, and Art & Design Education are accredited by:

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

11250 Roger Bacon Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: 703-437-0700

Web address: https://nasad.arts-accredit.org

NASAD is a specialized accrediting agency for programs in art and design and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Artists Development Fund

Vermont College of Fine Arts created the Artists Development Fund to help financially support artists from diverse backgrounds by providing them access to the highest level of graduate arts education. Artists can only continue to work and thrive if we continue providing them with opportunities to expand their practice, broaden their experience, and strengthen their support network.

The Artists Development Fund is an important step in building a successful and sustainable arts college and alumni community. Learn more about the Artists Development Fund here and how you can donate: http://vcfa.edu/support-vcfa/artists-development-fund

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