Checklist of items that need to be completed as part of the application process:
Official college transcripts sent from each previously attended institution directly to: MFA in Visual Art, Office of Admissions, Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.
You submit the following materials online by signing up on the VCFA online application service. It is important to sign up for the service early in the process to identify and email people providing letters of reference.
The applicant must submit the following:
1. Provide a resume of education, work experience, art exhibitions, prizes, awards, and publications.
2. Identify 2 references to provide letters of recommendation. These letters should discuss your qualifications as an artist for independent graduate study in art and the ability to interact productively with others in an intensive living/learning environment. If possible, one of these recommendations should be from a teacher who can reflect on your artistic potential from an academic perspecti
3. The portfolio should represent work that has been completed within the last five years and demonstrate a sustained, focused studio practice that suggests common threads, content, and processes in addition to showing technical skill.
4. An essay, maximum 1000 words, responding to all of the following:
o A brief statement describing the formal, conceptual, and technical aspects of the applicant’s current artistic practice. Be as specific as possible about motivations and methodologies.
o Discussion of the social, historical, and/or cultural context in which the applicant’s work exists.
o Discussion of the influence, if any, that reading and research has on the applicant’s practice.
o The strengths, in comparison to the applicant’s limitations, as an artist, including a sense of both studio work and academic research and writing skills.
o What the applicant hopes to achieve in the program and how this achievement serve his or larger goals as an artist.