Through its pioneering low-residency model, Vermont College of Fine Arts offers Masters of Fine Arts degrees in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Visual Art, Music Composition, Graphic Design and Film. Its distinguished faculty includes Pulitzer Prize finalists, National Book Award winners, Newbery Medalists, and Sundance Film Festival nominees. Using an immersive model built on unparalleled individual faculty mentorship, programs makes it possible for students to develop lifelong creative practices and gain invaluable insight into their discipline.

The College

  • Historic campus founded in 1868
  • National center for education in the arts, fostering the excellence of emerging and established artists and advancing the arts to create a more humane world.
  • Emphasis on progressive, innovative education
  • Pioneering low-residency model
  • 350 graduate students

Location Highlights

  • VCFA is located in the vibrant capital city of Montpelier, VT.
  • The 31 acre, hilltop campus is an easy walk (less than one mile) from downtown Montpelier.
  • The buildings date back to the 1800s, and house a variety of state offices and local business, including the New England Culinary Institute.
  • Popular bars, restaurants, and movie theaters (including an historic art house cinema) are less than a mile from campus.
  • Nearby downhill ski areas include Bolton Valley, Smugglers’ Notch, Stowe Ski Resort, Jay Peak, Mad River Glen and Sugarbush.
  • Nearby cross country ski areas include Morse Farm, Bolton Valley, and Ole’s Cross Country Ski Center.
  • Natural areas close to campus: Hubbard Park (the city’s beloved park), North Branch Nature Center, Worcester Mountain, and Curtis Pond in Calais, VT.
  • 40 minute drive to Burlington, VT
  • 45 minute drive to scenic Northeast Kingdom

Unique Characteristics

  • Through its pioneering low-residency model, VCFA offers Masters of Fine Arts degrees in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Visual Art, Music Composition, Graphic Design and Film.
  • Its distinguished faculty includes Pulitzer Prize finalists, National Book Award winners, Newbery Medalists, and Sundance Film Festival nominees.
  • Using an immersive model built on unparalleled individual faculty mentorship, programs makes it possible for students to develop lifelong creative practices and gain invaluable insight into their discipline.
  • VCFA’s graduate programs are uniquely suited to professionals, artists, musicians, and teachers seeking to refine their skills, develop a body of work, explore new styles and advance their careers.
  • Residencies take place on VCFA’s campus overlooking lively Montpelier, Vermont’s capital city, a city that becomes a second home to VCFA students.
  • During the twice per year residencies on the Montpelier campus, students immerse themselves in readings, workshops, lectures, panels, performances, exhibits, and discussions.
  • The majority of students’ creative work takes place in their native communities, allowing students to maintain their home, family, and working lives while developing a rigorous academic practice.

Student Life

  • Students live in campus dormitories or choose a local B&B if they prefer.
  • On-campus food services is provided by the New England Culinary Institute.

Facts & Figures

  • Enrollment: 350 graduate students
  • Average student/faculty ratio: 5/ 1
  • Cost: Six Month Semester Tuition
    • Film $ 10,238.00
    • Writing $ 8,783.00
    • Writing for Children & Young Adult $ 8,783.00
    • Visual Art $ 9,267.00
    • Graphic Design $ 9,568.00
    • Music Composition $ 9,750.00
  • Percentage of students on financial aid: 54% of students receive financial aid from institutional, federal, state, and outside sources
  • 36 College Street
    Montpelier, VT 05602
    Phone: 802-828-8600