M.F.A. Studio Arts

Take Your Career to the Next Level with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Arts from Northern Vermont University

Refine your artistic vision, enhance your practice, and work with artists from around the country and the world in Northern Vermont University-Johnson's M.F.A. in studio arts program. This unique 60-credit graduate degree in studio arts is offered in two formats:

1) A campus-based program conducted on the NVU-Johnson campus

2) A low-residency program in conjunction with the renowned Vermont Studio Center, located just beyond the NVU-Johnson campus. Students complete four one-month residencies (six credits each) at the Studio Center, where they have a haven to create while they connect with a community of resident artists and visiting artists from around the world. In addition, there are two independent month-long residencies, where students can choose alternative sites to complete the remaining 12 residency credits. With these residency credits and an additional six credits in contemporary art issues, six two-credit packets of images documenting art work completed, and the six-credit thesis preparation and exhibition credits, a total of sixty credits are earned for the MFA degree. Students typically finish their studies in three to four years.

Both formats prepare serious artists ready to take the next step in their careers. You'll work with accomplished faculty and motivated peers while you focus on making connections in the art world and immersing yourself in Vermont’s diverse and multifaceted artistic communities.

We also offer a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio arts at our Johnson campus. 

Learn more about the M.F.A. low-residency and on-campus options below.