Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education

Professional Development

The department of Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education offers non-matriculated enrollment opportunities for licensed art and design educators, artist teachers, classroom teachers, and other subject area educators. Our innovative and contemporary practice focused courses and workshops are offered during our on-campus summer residency. Broaden your horizons while staying local!

Our curriculum is specific to the needs of creative educators in the 21st century. We offer a rigorous course of study that connects students with leading educators and mentors in the field. Our courses are focused on innovative pedagogic approaches, contemporary art and design practice, the exploration of new materials and techniques, the inclusion of social justice and diversity into a contemporary curriculum, special needs inclusion, effective utilization of the new National Core Arts Standards, innovative methodology, and developing a reflective practice. Our workshops can be taken in conjunction with our courses, or as stand alone experiences.

Tuition and Fees

Non-Degree seeking students pay a per-credit rate for courses, workshops, and independent study. VCFA has followed state-mandated professional development standards for teachers, with a per-credit rate of $660. There will be a $12 materials fee per workshop.

Application Process

Educators looking to enroll in our Graduate courses as non-degree seeking students should submit the following directly to the program director via email: [email protected]:

  • CV/Resume
  • title of courses or workshops you want to enroll in

Administrative Staff:

Jennifer Skinder

Program Director
866-934-8232, ext. 8553
[email protected]

Summer 2018 Courses & Workshop (opens a PDF)