Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education

MAT Admissions

The MAT in Art and Design Education at VCFA is a Master of Art in Teaching degree program that leads to teaching licensure.

Admission to the MAT in Art & Design Education program at Vermont College of Fine Arts is highly selective. We seek candidates with strong and distinctive visual portfolios, developed analytic and critical skills, 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

  • BFA, MFA, or Design Degree (Arch, ID, Graphic Design etc.), or a BA with at least 30 credit hours of studio art.*

    * If you will not have 30 credit hours of studio art completed prior to enrollment, please contact the program director to discuss possible alternative academic plans to fulfill this licensing requirement.

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators, or alternative: SAT, ACT or GRE (see minimum score table in the Full Admissions Requirements PDF)
    Score report sent using VCFA Code #
    GRE: Code 3334
    SAT: 4208
    Praxis: 2709
    ACT: 7082
  • Portfolio of own creative work
  • Statement of purpose

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: 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 expectations.

If you'd like to mail in the application, please include a $75 non-refundable application fee (made payable to Vermont College of Fine Arts).

Part III

Submit the following materials online by signing up on Slideroom. 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. If possible, one letter should be from a former instructor and the other should be from a recent employer. Alternately, it is acceptable for both letters to come from either employers or instructors.
  3. Portfolio of own creative work. Portfolio of 10-15 images of your 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. Please title the files: your name_image number_program. ie: 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?

We are not accepting applications for the MAT program at this time.


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