Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education

MAT for BA/BFA Admissions

The MAT for BA/BFA Dual Degree is an accelerated Master of Art in Teaching degree program that leads to teaching licensure. Students starting the program in the summer between their junior and seniors years can graduate with their Masters and PK-12 Art & Design Teaching Licensure Certification 1 year after completing their undergraduate degree.

Admissions requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least Juniors in good standing in their undergraduate program, with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators or SAT, ACT, GRE (see minimum score table by following the link below)
    Score report sent using VCFA Code #
    GRE: Code 3334
    SAT: 4208
    Praxis: 2709
    ACT: 7082
  • Portfolio of own creative work. Examples of breadth and depth is encouraged. Breadth: evidence of proficiency in a variety of media, if experience is there. Depth: a significant material exploration or body of conceptual work. If you have examples of work created by your students, please include a maximum of 10 additional images.
  • Statement of purpose. Your statement of purpose is a personal reflection on your decision to pursue a teaching degree, and should touch on why the VCFA program is right for you.

Detailed Testing Information (opens a PDF)


Admissions Process

Part I

Submit the following per the instructions below: 

  • Official college transcripts from each previously attended institution by mail to: ATTN: BFA/MAT in Art & Design Education, Office of Admissions, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. (Unofficial transcripts can be submitted/uploaded as an attachment in Part III with official mailed transcripts to follow.)
  • Praxis I or alternative test score results sent by the testing agency using the VCFA college board number: 4208
  • Test results may be submitted after application deadline.

Part II

Applicants may apply to the program using VCFA’s Online Application form or by downloading the application and mailing it in.

The online application facilitates the processing and review of your application. You will be able to save as you go and review all sections prior to final submission. Once your application has been submitted, we will contact you to confirm receipt and inform you of next steps and

Part III

Submit the following materials online by signing up on the VCFA online application service (Use Master of Arts in Teaching in Art & Design Education). It is important to sign up for the service early in the process to identify and email people providing letters of reference.

  1. Resume. Should include education, work experience, exhibitions, prizes, awards, and publications.
  2. (2) Recent letters of recommendation. These letters should discuss your qualifications for master’s level study in art & design education and your aptitude for independent learning. At least one letter should be from a current teacher.
  3. Portfolio of 10-15 images of your own creative work. Examples of breadth and depth are encouraged. Breadth: evidence of proficiency in a variety of media, if experience is there. Depth: a significant material exploration or body of conceptual work. Please title the files: your name_image number_program. i.e.: Joe Smith_01_MAT
  4. Statement of Purpose Essay (maximum 1200 words/8000 characters). Please address the following questions: Why are you applying to the MAT program in Art & Design at VCFA? What is your background and future direction in art education? What are some of your strengths and weaknesses as an artist and/or potential art educator?

Online Application Form

Download Application Form


Jennifer Skinder
Program Director, Art & Design Education
866.934.8232, ext. 8553

Brittany Powell
Assistant Program Director

Admissions Deadlines

  • Priority Scholarship Deadline: March 1
  • Admissions Deadline: April 1

The Department of Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education conducts an intensive admission and scholarship jury of all application materials, beginning after the initial priority scholarship application deadline. Applications submitted on or before the priority deadline will be reviewed for admission and scholarship before other submissions. Candidates applying by March 1 will receive full consideration for merit and need based scholarships. All applications submitted after the priority deadline will be reviewed for both admission and scholarship, should space remain in the program.

Serious applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications even if the priority deadline has passed.

Residency Dates

  • Summer 2018: July 8 - August 4, 2018

Mail application materials to:

Admissions Office
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602