Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions and we have answers.

What is low-residency?

Low-residency study is a mix of intensive on-campus activities and off-campus projects allowing you the flexibility of completing an MFA from your home base. The on-campus residency occurs twice a year for a week at a time. Students take part in class discussions, presentations, one-on-one faculty meetings and more.

Students then return home for off-campus study with a faculty mentor to help guide them on their individual study. To find out if a low-residency program might work for you, click here.

Which masters programs do you offer?

We a wide variety of arts degrees to choose from:

  • International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation
  • MFA in Film
  • MFA in Graphic Design
  • MFA in Music Composition
  • MFA in Visual Art
  • MFA in Writing & Publishing
  • MFA in Writing
  • MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults
  • MA in Art & Design Education

What are do you offer for postgraduate and your non-degree programs? 

We have a number of postgraduate semesters, conferences and retreats geared towards nearly all of our masters arts programs. To see the different options available, click here.

Do you have residential programs? 

At this time, we have one traditional residential opportunity — our MFA in Writing & Publishing program. It is a two-year program based at our Montpelier campus. To learn more, click here.

Can I enroll in more than one program?

While students typically enroll in one discipline, some students are able to study in two genres in our writing programs (fiction, nonfiction and poetry). Dual-genre candidates must complete a five-semester course of study and creative theses in both genres. Dual-genre study may include study in the Writing for Children and Young Adults Program.

Students may also apply for a Cross-Discipline Semester that allows them to explore another genre for a term without completing an additional thesis. Cross-Discipline studies can include study in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program.

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition costs vary in our programs, but generally costs range between $10,900 and 12,700 per semester for our low-residency programs (more for the MFA Writing & Publishing). These semester costs include room, board and equipment rental. Other fees may also apply. Please check each program’s page for more details.

What are financial aid options? 

We have a number of financial assistance options available, including grants, loans, scholarships and fellowships. In order to receive financial aid from federal and most state sources, a student must establish eligibility by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There are also financial aid opportunities for international students. For more information, click here.

What are my career options with an MFA?

Many of our students go on to have successful careers as authors, designers, filmmakers, teachers and professors. Earning an MFA can open up career opportunities that you may have never considered. Visit our program pages to get the latest news on recent alumni successes. 

Why Vermont?

Vermont and its Green Mountains are home to many high-profile writers, artists, musicians and filmmakers even though it’s one of the smallest states in the country. Vermont College of Fine Arts is located in Montpelier, the state’s small capital. Despite its size, Montpelier is a hub for the arts in Vermont with its colorful bookstores, cafes and theaters. Vermont’s natural beauty and laid-back vibe lends itself to creativity, and many of current students and alumni can attest to this.

What is the history of the school?

Vermont College of Fine Arts can track its history back more than 175 years. The school traces its roots the Montpelier Seminary, which would become Vermont Junior College in 1941, and then Vermont College in 1958. The school went through several more incarnations until 2008, when it grew to become the Vermont College of Fine Arts. For a full history, click here.