Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education

MA Admissions

The MA in Art and Design Education at VCFA is intended for practicing art educators who want to earn an MA in their field.

Admission to the MA in Art & Design Education program at Vermont College of Fine Arts is highly selective. We seek candidates with strong and distinctive visual portfolios, a commitment to reflective practice, and who hold an alignment with the program's core philosophy. See below for application requirements and instructions. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you have prior to submitting.

Admissions Requirements

Please complete the application form and submit all of your materials (except transcripts) online through Slideroom along with a $75 application fee.

College Transcripts

College transcripts should be sent either electronically or by mail directly from your undergraduate institution. Electronically submitted transcripts can be sent to [email protected]. Mailed transcripts should be sent to:

Vermont College of Fine Arts
MA in Art & Design Education
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602 

Statement of Purpose

We'd like to understand more about you and your interest in pursuing an MA in Art and Design Education.  In your statement, please describe the settings in which you currently teach visual art and/or design education.  Discuss any issues and/or problems you are interested in investigating and why. Describe how you imagine this investigation would impact your teaching--whether in a school or community setting.


Please upload 12-15 images of work that represents a combination of both your work and the work of your students.

Each image description should contain:

  • Attribution (yourself or your student)
  • Size
  • Medium
  • Approximate Date of Completion

Identify 2 references from artists, colleagues, business superiors, former professors, or others who can speak to your potential as a student and ability to undertake graduate level work.  

  • Work/Teaching Experience
  • Professional certifications and/or awards

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Jennifer Skinder
Program Director, Art & Design Education
[email protected]
866.934.8232, ext. 8553

Admissions Deadlines

  • Final Deadline: March 29, 2019

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 2019: July 21-August 3, 2019

Mail application materials to:

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