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Take Your Creative Vision to the Next Level with a Degree in the Visual Arts

As a visual arts student, you will have many hands-on opportunities to build your skills in our well-equipped labs and studios, through internships, and in real-world projects in the broader community. While you find and follow the direction of your artistic vision, you’ll be supported by creative, collaborative faculty who will inspire you to produce your best work.

In addition to strengthening your technical abilities, our programs deliver a well-rounded education that helps you develop marketable communication skills through gallery talks and other public presentations as you share your art with the larger community. Whatever program you’re in, you’ll graduate with a portfolio that will help you launch your career.


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Northern Vermont University will join with Castleton University and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University on July 1, 2023. Learn more and apply for fall 2023.

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Collaboration Runs Deep in Everything We Do

In our visual arts programs, critiques and other feedback from faculty, students, and professional artists will allow you to perfect your artistic voice. You’ll be ready for positions at museums and galleries, design and advertising firms, publishing and news media companies, and many other workplaces — or you may decide to start your own business.


Visual Arts

Monique Priestley '08

Making an Impact in her Career and Community

Visual Arts graduate Monique makes use of all the skills she gained at NVU in her latest venture, The Space On Main, a Bradford, Vt, coworking nonprofit she founded in 2016, where she is executive director. The Space provides office amenities for makers and entrepreneurs in various fields and hosts community events.

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