Our Mission & Values

We are a global community of artists continuously redefining what it means to be an arts college. We measure success by our ability to foster the excellence of emerging and established practitioners.


We believe in collaborative leadership that considers and values all the voices in our global community.

Land Acknowledgment

Vermont College of Fine Arts sits in N’dakinna, the ancestral and unceded land of the traditional caretakers of Vermont lands and waters, the Western Abenaki people.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At VCFA, we are committed to working in partnership with all members of our college and the external community to build and sustain a welcoming and inclusive environment.


(featured work by Ross Sheehan, ’20 VA)

VCFA at a Glance

General information about our degree programs, scholarships, student population, tuition costs, graduation and retention rates, student success, and more.


Vermont College of Fine Arts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Honorary Degrees

Honorary degrees at VCFA are awarded to formally recognize and honor living, distinguished artists, arts educators, and patrons of the arts, as well as exemplary service to the college. Learn more about our process and recipients.


(featured work by Mary Hanrahan, ’13 GD)

Our History

For the last 175 years, VCFA’s campus has been a pillar institution in Vermont, serving thousands of students from across the country.

founding of Newbury Seminary, our predecessor
campus moves to Montpelier
VCFA purchases campus and 3 MFA programs
The arts bring understanding and empathy and connection into a world that seems to be committed to sound bites, reductionism, and separatism.
Leslie Ward | President

Faculty & Staff

Diverse and accomplished, our faculty are working professionals who provide one-on-one mentorship, helping students refine their craft, create a body of work, and develop a distinctive artistic vision.

Jobs at VCFA

Named one of the “Best Places To Work in Vermont” for the past six years, VCFA prides itself on being the arts hub of central Vermont and one of the biggest and best employers in this remarkable small city.

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To learn more about the VCFA experience and our commitment to transforming arts education, reach out to our team.

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