MFA in Graphic Design

The Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design is one of the nation’s first low-residency programs in graphic design that is built around a student’s individual interests and goals.

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The MFA in Graphic Design is an immersive two-year graduate program that synthesizes five intense, one-week residencies with four six-month semesters of independent study with a range of faculty mentors.  We educate students towards the broader context of design in order to investigate and reveal relationships. We see Graphic Design as a social tool and design education as a process of social transformation.

Our innovative, highly effective pedagogical model has its roots in the progressive educational philosophies of John Dewey.  Our student-centered approach allows students to develop individualized study plans, addressing design issues that support their particular interests, values, and goals.

MFA students in our Graphic Design program will develop skills in form, content and craft, deepen and expand critical ability, build fluency in contemporary design discourse, and expand their ability to drive content with their work.  

Graduates emerge with new research methods, critical acumen, and a body of design work that is personal and relevant; one which enhances their professional and academic path.  They will have learned to continuously rethink design by considering cultural context, relationships between designers and their work, and the nature of education within design.


VCFA earns high marks in Best of Central Vermont's Winter 2014 issue

Best of Central Vermont magazine profiled Vermont College of Fine Arts in its Winter 2014 issue...

Class of Spring 2014 "Shift" Exhibit is Online

The faculty and staff of the MFA in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts are pleased...

Faculty "Shorts": Excerpts from MFA in Graphic Design Intro Videos

View excerpts from the MFA in Graphic Design Faculty introductory videos and meet several of...

Matthew Monk: the Overlap in Graphic Design, Mixed Media and Education

Matthew Monk, Academic Dean, founding Faculty Chair of and current faculty in the MFA in Graphic...


MFA in Graphic Design Residency

During weeklong residencies on our campus, students attend lectures, critiques, workshops, exhibitions, and discussions, all the while surrounded by a community of designers dedicated to rigorous inquiry and bold exploration of the discipline.

Ellen Lupton: Graphic Design Public Lecture Series

Guest Designer and Critic, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and Director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.

Kathleen & Chris Sleboda of Draw Down Books: Public Lecture Series

Lecture and Discussion with Designers in Residence, Kathleen & Christopher Sleboda of Draw Down Books. Read a recent interview with Kathleen and Chris here:

Returning Student Pin-up Exhibit Reception

Join us for light fare at the Returning Student Pin-up Reception: Exhibition of student graphic design work


Teaching Students to Teach Themselves

Educator, designer, and artist Matthew Monk feels without a doubt that Vermont College of Fine...


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Ann Cardinal

Director of Student & Alumni Recruitment