Apply — MFA in Visual Art
We're so glad you've decided to take the next steps toward your MFA in Visual Art at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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At VCFA, we see every applicant as an individual. If your desired starting semester’s application deadline has passed but you’d still like to apply, please contact our Admissions team to inquire about flexibility.
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Here are the steps to apply:
- Fill out the application form
- Request two (2) letters of reference (through system)
- Submit program-specific credentials & upload creative materials
- Click “Submit Your Application”
- Pay the $75 application fee
- Request official transcripts from your undergraduate college(s)
If you need any help along the way, you can contact our Admissions team at [email protected]
Start your application via the button below. The application fee is $75.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate coursework should be sent directly from the institution either electronically via Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, or email to [email protected], or they can be physically mailed to the address below:
Office of Admissions – MFA in Visual Art
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Identify two references to provide letters of recommendation describing your qualifications for master’s level study and your aptitude for independent learning. The recommendations can be submitted directly into your Slate application. Your recommenders can also email their recommendations to us and we can upload them to your file. (You do not have to wait for the recommendations to be submitted to submit your application. However, you should contact references early in the process to avoid delays in reviewing your application.)
Note: Relatives and spouses are not eligible to provide references.
Statement of Purpose
Submit a brief statement (1000 words at most) describing the formal, conceptual, and technical aspects of your current artistic practice. Be as specific as possible about your motivations and methodologies. Discuss the social, historical, and/or cultural context in which your work exists. Discuss the influence, if any, that reading and research has on your practice. Describe your strengths in comparison to your limitations as an artist, including a sense of both studio work and academic research and writing skills. Discuss what you hope to achieve in the program and how this achievement serves your larger goals as an artist.
Submit a portfolio of visual work that demonstrates a sustained, focused body of work over an extended period of time or, if the work is varied, an indication that it has moved beyond or changed from where it was at the start. The portfolio also should show clear ideas behind the production of the work, beyond the desire to make pleasing aesthetic creations, and a sense that the work has a personal quality in addition to technical skill.
Slide/Image Portfolio Specifications:
- Submit 20 images representing work that was completed within the last five years.
- Include with the image presentation the title, medium, dimensions, and date of each image in the title/description spaces.
Video/Performance/Time-based Work Specifications:
- If you are working in video or performance, you may submit up to 20 minutes of video files. You may also embed Vimeo links into your portfolio for viewing.
- If you are working in audio, you may submit up to 10 minutes of audio files. You may also embed Soundcloud links into your portfolio.
- With all time-based mediums, please indicate in the title/description spaces the title, medium, duration, date, and any timeframe you’d like the review committee to focus on with longer pieces (for example, [5.34s-15.54s]).
Submit a resume/CV, including a list of exhibitions.
Domestic applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with their admissions application. The FAFSA is required for access to federal educational loans and is used for consideration of some merit- and need-based scholarships. International applicants should schedule a meeting with the Associate Director of Student Services, Ryan Pontillas, to discuss their financial aid options.
For further information on tuition, scholarships, and financial aid, we encourage interested applicants to attend a financial aid information session.
Undergraduate Degree Requirement
Applicants to Vermont College of Fine Arts must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
In very rare cases, Vermont College of Fine Arts will accept students who have not attained a bachelor’s degree. If you would like to apply and do not have a bachelor’s degree, speak to your program’s admissions counselor to learn more.
Students who are admitted with less than a bachelor’s degree and seek financial aid should contact the Financial Aid office:
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