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Learning Communities

Connect. Engage. Succeed.

A big part of college success is making connections — with other students and with your professors. And as a first-year student at Northern Vermont University–Johnson, there’s no better way to build connections than by joining our learning community, or LC.

LC builds bridges — between the academic and co-curricular aspects of your education and between learning on campus and off, whether that means a field trip kayaking down local waterways, visiting nearby tiny houses, or dinner at a faculty member’s home.

Our LC is a small group of students who take two classes together and participate in a variety of activities all organized around a common theme that matches your interests — so from day one you’re making friends with individuals who share those interests. And because the LC is small, you’re building close-knit relationships with your professors as well.

2020-21 Learning Community at NVU–Johnson

Art and Ethics

In this Learning Community, you will join other like-minded first-year students and take two classes (Introduction to Drawing and FYS: Art and Earth) and a 1 credit Success Lab.

FYS: Art and Ethics is designed to explore how artists and architects have focused on earth and sustainability. We will study ethical issues along this topic. We will investigate sustainable art making practices such as using recycled materials, garbage art, non-toxic printing techniques, recycled fashion designing and reverse graffiti.

We will discuss art and activism in terms of environmental art. We will also explore architecture and design that deals with sustainable practice. ​In addition to studying these issues, we will have art projects that relate to these topics. This LC course is taught in conjunction with a Drawing I course.

Field trips to art centers and art museums and getting out in nature will connect you with people who share your interests and help you build a strong foundation for success (and fun) at NVU – Johnson.

This LC is designed for all majors. Students entering in Art, Media Arts, and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to enroll.
We hope that you will join us in this Learning Community!