The VCFA Experience

The Vermont College of Fine Arts acclaimed graduate programs offer a transformative and progressive educational experience.

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 students seeking full immersion

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 pioneering 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 new two-year residential MFA in Writing and Publishing in Vermont offers the perfect place to practice writing. 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 students develop the tools to write books as well as survive in their cultural scene with longevity.

After my first residency, I had an insatiable hunger to absorb and write as much music as I possibly could.” 

– Keisha Slaughter, ‘13 MC


"It's impossible to describe what happens in Vermont. But a deep debt of gratitude keeps me trying."

-Juliet Davis, '04 VA

Read the 2017 Alumni Magazine, in residence

2016 VCFA Alumni Magazine cover