Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I don’t have a BFA degree. Can I still be admitted to an MFA program?
Yes. Succeeding in the MFA in Emergent Media program at Champlain College will depend mostly on your ability to creatively problem-solve and collaboratively develop solutions for a wide range of projects. Your success in the program will depend on your ability to innovate and your having a deep desire to learn.

Q: What's the structure of the program? How much will I be learning hard skills vs. theory?
A: The MFA program is a mix of both theory and practice. The program provides you the foundational information and theory from which to build upon — this learning remains relevant no matter what technological advances are made. Electives provide you the opportunity to dig deeper into a hard skill-based area of interest (ex. programming, video or graphic design) where you'll learn specific pieces of software and techniques.

Q: Do I need to take a GMAT or GRE to apply?
A: No. If you have taken the GRE, the GMAT, the Miller Analogies Test or any other standardized test, we will accept those scores as part of your application.

Q: When will I be notified about admissions decisions?
A: Rolling admissions welcome for fall enrollment. Financial aid and scholarships granted on a funds-available basis.

Q: If I’m attending the program full-time, how long will it take me to complete it (and how many courses must I take each term)?
21 months averaging four classes per semester.

Q: How many hours a week should I expect to be putting towards the program?
Anywhere from 40-60 hours per week is what most students experience.

Q: Must I attend the MFA program full-time?
A: Full-time enrollment is encouraged; however, a part-time path is available for those needing exceptions. The curriculum design is optimized for a four-course-per-semester, full-time load. We require 62 credits to graduate from the program.

Q: Are there any assistantships, scholarships or other types of financial aid available?
A: We have several forms of financial support available for MFA students:

  • Merit scholarships (awarded by the dean’s office).
  • Teaching opportunities (available for those with teaching experience or professional experience that meets our undergraduate staffing needs).
  • Fellowships (project management positions available for those with skills and experience that match the management needs of the Emergent Media Center's current and upcoming portfolio of projects).

To be considered for these opportunities, please designate so on your application, and apply as early as possible.

Q: What kinds of jobs can I get with an MFA in Emergent Media?
The opportunities for skilled creators, collaborators and innovators continue to explode as the creative industries, driven in part by the continued increase in digital media and network access, become a larger and larger part of the economy in the U.S. and abroad. More and more companies and organizations of all types are using emergent media, and this growth will continue. The program also will strengthen your entrepreneurial skills and can lead to success as a new media entrepreneur. And as a terminal degree, the MFA will prepare those seeking to become college/university faculty members at a time when higher education hiring in related programs continues at a fever pitch. A small sampling of titles recent MFA grads currently hold: Interactive Manager, Emerging Media Strategist, Assistant Professor, Digital Media Director, Marketing Information Manager, Design Director, Search Implementation Specialist, among others who have started their own businesses.

Q: Am I required to bring/use my own computer?
Yes. While we have excellent facilities to support a wide variety of work in emergent media, we feel it is vitally important for all MFA students to start the program with their own portable computer and appropriate software (contact Rick Harrington, Program Director for more information:

Q: Is Champlain housing available to MFA students?
A: Yes! We offer dedicated apartment-style housing available for MFA graduate students. If you are interested, please contact or call 866-282-7259.

Q: Where will I be doing most of my coursework and team project work?
Most of the coursework and team project work will take place at the Emergent Media Center and throughout Champlain's Miller Center building at the Lakeside campus at 175 Lakeside Avenue in Burlington. Some selected courses are offered on the main campus or online.

Q: With the emphasis on collaborative projects, will I be able to work on my personal projects?
Yes! In particular, the two Senior Thesis courses are geared toward expanding, building and refining your personal project ideas. Within the structure of the degree, you may either build these independently or assemble a team to help you reach your goals.

Q: What is the Analysis document and why do you require it instead of a traditional portfolio?
The Analysis requirement is designed to provide you with the opportunity to show and/or describe past work from a variety of activities and a variety of perspectives. Whether it’s an individual creative project or a team project you’ve done in a recent job, the analysis asks you to provide contextual information about the work, a description of your role (if it was part of a team effort), samples from the project, and a critical analysis of what could have been improved. This approach gives us a more complete picture of how your strengths as an evolving creator, collaborator and innovator match with our program design.

Q: Is the MFA program in Emergent Media accredited?
A: Champlain College is accredited by the Vermont State Board of Education and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC has accredited the Master of Fine Arts in Emergent Media program. You may visit the association on the Web at

Q: How can I find out more?
A: Please contact Graduate Admissions representative Carin McCarthy, or 802-383-6603 with any questions you may have.

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