Residencies at the Vermont 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.
Student artists find success 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.
Residencies at the Vermont Studio Center are an integral component — and a key attraction — of this M.F. A. program. Candidates complete four four-week residencies at the Studio Center between May and November. During their time at the Studio Center, students receive individual critiques from the M.F.A. faculty at Johnson State College and from visiting artists at the Studio Center. The Studio Center welcomes a variety of prominent visiting artists throughout the year. (View current schedule of visiting artists.)
Students typically complete two sessions a year for three years and have the option of completing residencies concurrently or not, depending on individual life circumstances (e.g., job flexibility, home life, the schedule of visiting artists or the plans of other students). Students may enroll in more than two program sessions a year if space is available at the Studio Center and if approved by the student’s advisor and the academic dean at Johnson State College. Special permission is required in order to complete fewer than two residencies a year.
M.F.A. students work closely with an advisor from the M.F.A. program at Johnson State College to plan an overall approach to meeting degree requirements and to navigate any special challenges. Reflecting the nature of graduate work in the arts, credits at the Vermont Studio Center are offered on a pass/no-pass basis.
|ART 5211||Studio Center Residency I||6 credits|
|ART 5212||Studio Center Residency II||6 credits|
|ART 5213||Studio Center Residency III||6 credits|
|ART 5214||Studio Center Residency IV||6 credits|
|ART 5215||Independent Residency I||6 credits|
|ART 5216||Independent Residency II||6 credits|
|ART 5311||Contemporary Arts Seminar I||3 credits|
|ART 5312||Contemporary Arts Seminar II||3 credits|
|ART 5831||Independent Studio Work I||2 credits|
|ART 5832||Independent Studio Work II||2 credits|
|ART 5833||Independent Studio Work III||2 credits|
|ART 5834||Independent Studio Work IV||2 credits|
|ART 5835||Independent Studio Work V||2 credits|
|ART 5836||Independent Studio Work VI||2 credits|
|ART 5911||M.F.A. Thesis Preparation||3 credits|
|ART 5912||M.F.A. Thesis Preparation||3 credits|
|ART 5900||M.F.A. Continuous Registration||0***|