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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.

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Make Your Mark with a Degree in Art from Northern Vermont University

You’re creative. Collaborative. Curious. You see the interesting, beautiful, and unusual details in the world around you and express them through your creations. Northern Vermont University-Johnson’s studio arts programs can help you expand your perspective and build the skills needed to pursue a successful creative career.

B.A. in Art

All art students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at NVU-Johnson begin in the B.A. program. The bachelor of arts in art program provides a solid foundation of art instruction in a variety of disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital media, and ceramics. You’ll be immersed in our community of creative faculty and staff and exposed to critical and historical perspectives on art that will help you assess your work. You’ll exhibit your work in the Visual Arts Center (VAC) and attend department-wide critiques every month.

Vew Degree Requirements for B.A. in Art

B.F.A. in Studio Arts

Admission to the more intensive bachelor of fine arts in studio arts program — generally in your sophomore or junior year — requires a review of your portfolio, the recommendation of the studio arts faculty and the approval of the department chair. Upon acceptance, you will be required to complete at least three semesters of studio work, participate in monthly B.F.A. critiques held in the VAC gallery, and present a thesis exhibition and gallery talk during your final year of study that demonstrate proficiency in your chosen area of concentration.

View Degree Requirements for B.F.A. in Studio Arts

Minor in Studio Arts

The minor in studio arts combines foundation work in drawing and art history with study in the student’s choice of four studio areas.

View Requirements for the Studio Arts Minor


NVU-Johnson art students have access to a range of facilities in our gorgeous, newly renovated VAC. You’ll work in our painting, drawing, print, ceramics, and sculpture work spaces, as well as use traditional techniques for developing photography in our darkroom. And students can take advantage of gallery space within the VAC as well as the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery in Dibden Center for the Arts to exhibit their work.

Meet our Faculty and Staff

Two female students in an art classroom, holding paint brushes, working together at a table.

“The art professors have so much to offer. They’re here to support you and let you be creative without holding you back.”

- Lily Johnson ’17


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