The Master of Fine Arts degree at Johnson State College is a unique, 60-credit graduate degree in studio arts offered in conjunction with the renowned Vermont Studio Center, located just beyond the JSC campus. Students in this low-residency program complete six four-week residencies at the VSC, where they have the sanctuary to create while connecting with a community of resident and visiting artists from throughout the world. Students in this program typically finish their studies in three to four years.


Residencies at the Studio Center plant the seeds that grow the artistic spirit and intelligence, while regular critiques from the M.F.A. faculty at Johnson State College provide direction and support. Every day is a revelation — a rethinking of how we see the world in our given discipline. We give our students the power to create, analyze the work and harness the full strength of their vision to achieve growth and mastery of their own artistic expression.


Success is found through the unique collaboration of JSC faculty, the Vermont Studio Center and the student, through his or her independent studio work and Studio Center residencies. We empower students with a focus on "nurtured independence" through this combination of residency and independent studio time. Our flexible, low-residency model meets the diverse needs of adult learners in their pursuit of artistic advancement.


Students create work in a variety of disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. Coursework concludes with an exhibit and artist's talk in the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery at Johnson State College.