Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.37
Liaison Holly Andersen
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
MFA in Public Action

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College offers a Master of Fine Arts in Public Action. This highly selective graduate degree program is designed to give accomplished artists working as agents of social change the time, space, and focus to conduct research and develop new work.

MFA candidates are expected to have substantial professional experience in socially or civically engaged public art or related areas, well beyond undergraduate studies. We recognize the achievements of artists who have had significant careers and encourage them to apply in order to continue their creative research.

In a supportive and challenging environment, candidates collaborate with expert faculty members and other students, including undergraduates, to deepen their artistic passions and to hone their skills. MFA in Public Action students have full access to the College’s outstanding facilities: the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, an expansive Visual and Performing Arts facility including 3D printers, laser cutter, computers with a myriad of software, woodshop, metal shop, printmaking facilities, and multiple other venues (including theaters, galleries, the student center, and outdoor spaces) to accommodate their creative endeavors.

Curriculum
The curriculum for the MFA in Public Action is largely self-directed: candidates work closely with faculty to design an education plan that best suits their individual strengths, interests, goals and creative process.

Each year of Bennington’s program consists of a 14-week fall term and a 14-week spring term. The spring term begins in late February, after a 7-week undergraduate winter Field Work Term during which there are no classes. MFA candidates are able to use this time as well as the summer to continue their professional work. Short-term professional commitments during the school terms may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

Each term requires a minimum 16-credit schedule, which includes both research work in creative public action and other coursework. As a core requirement, candidates meet in a once-a-week tutorial with faculty to discuss and show the development of new material. This 6-credit course, Graduate Research in Public Action, is the basis of the individual’s studies. Throughout the term, all participants in the program are encouraged to show and discuss works-in-progress.

Other courses may be elected from the full undergraduate curriculum with expectations of a higher level of engagement and performance (2-4 credits each) or in combination with tutorials crafted with individual faculty. Additionally, each candidate participates in a 2 credit advising and mentorship tutorial focused on teaching at Bennington College and related graduate level academic topics, which will be overseen by a Bennington faculty member.

The application essay describing a candidate’s experience in the field and goals for their time at Bennington serves as an outline for initial discussions with a faculty advisor. During the first term, each candidate works with an advisor to further design a plan of study. Throughout the two years, each student will meet regularly with an advisor and have ongoing access to the teaching faculty.

As integral members of the overall Public Action Program, candidates are expected to contribute to all aspects of the program, participate in meetings, attend workshops, lectures and performances. The program provides multiple opportunities for creating new work and encourages everyone to participate in an ongoing community dialogue that is fundamental to advancing one’s artistic practice.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

At Bennington, we approach the study of science as we do all areas of learning: through hands-on projects and discussion-based learning. You will engage in the sciences through topics that matter to you, develop your own research questions, and design the methods to answer them. In small, seminar-style classes, each student has the opportunity to contribute to discussions, ask questions, and present work.

Classes and labs are led by our faculty, all of whom have research labs on campus, and are readily accessible outside class times.

The seven-week winter Field Work Term provides time away from the classroom to gain concentrated experience in clinical settings, research labs, or other areas of interest. Our students also utilize this time to study for the MCAT, prepare their medical school applications, and visit medical schools in between the fall and spring terms.

Bennington’s program is one year, beginning and ending in June, and covers the basic requirements for medical school and other health profession tracks.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
MFA in Writing

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

One of the top low-residency programs in the country, the Bennington Writing Seminars is a two-year, rigorous exploration of craft. You commit as much to reading as to writing and critical literary analysis. You craft bold new works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, and may work in a dual-genre. You finish with a polished thesis and a critical paper. All this with the expert 1:1 guidance of acclaimed authors who develop a stake in your work. Our alumni, faculty, students, and staff publish work at the highest levels. Our Authors use their talents to write about all types of aspects of sustainability.


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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
None

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

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