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VCFA is committed to delivering a forward-thinking, cost-effective education in the arts. Below is information about tuition costs for our Graduate, Post-graduate and Non-degree programs. Note that these fees are subject to change on an annual basis.

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Tuition & Fees: Degree Programs

MFA in Film

Summer 2024 – Winter 2025

  • Semester tuition (6 months): $14,201.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,155.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester): $15,356.00

Estimated 2-year program cost is $63,531.00.

MFA in Graphic Design

Summer 2024 – Winter 2025

  • Semester tuition (6 months): $14,242.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,155.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester): $15,397.00

Estimated 2-year program cost is $63,695.00.

MFA in Music Composition

Summer 2024 – Winter 2025

  • Semester tuition (6 months): $13,937.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,155.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester): $15,092.00

Estimated 2-year program cost is $62,456.00.

MFA in Visual Art

Summer 2024 – Winter 2025

  • Semester tuition (6 months): $13,280.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,155.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester): $14,435.00

Estimated 2-year program cost is $59,847.00.

MFA in Writing

Summer 2024 – Winter 2025

  • Semester tuition (6 months): $11,882.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,155.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester): $13,037

Estimated 2-year program cost is $54,236

MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

Summer 2024 – Winter 2025

  • Semester tuition (6 months): $12,238.00
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,155.00
  • Total (per 6-month semester): $13,393.00

Estimated 2-year program cost is $55,660.00

Tuition & Fees: Postgraduate & Non-degree Programs

Postgraduate Writers’ Conference

  • Poetry Manuscript tuition: $1,175.00
  • Conference Tuition for all other workshops: $995.00
  • On-campus room (six nights): $370.00 (single), $200.00 (shared)
  • On-campus dining: $240.00
  • Non-refundable deposit due at time of registration: $200.00

If the conference is held remotely, VCFA will reduce tuition as follows:

  • Standard workshops:$845
  • Poetry Manuscript workshops:$1,075

Novel Retreat

  • Retreat tuition: $975.00
  • On-campus room & board (six nights): $370.00 (single), $200.00 (shared)
  • Meal plan (June 7 dinner through June 13 breakfast): $240.00*
  • Mentorship: $925.00 (manuscripts under 250 pages), $1100.00 (manuscripts 250-350 pages)
  • Non-refundable deposit due at time of registration: $200.00

Balance of payment is due May 1.

Note: Retreat participants may extend their writing retreat by coming early (by as many as four days) or staying longer (one-day extension, check out by 10 am) for a nominal additional daily fee.

* Participants not on a full meal plan may purchase meals as they go.

Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

The fee includes accommodations (double or single occupancy) in VCFA dorms for Friday and Saturday nights. Meals are included from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch.

  • Writing Track room & board: $500.00
  • Critique Track room & board: $550.00
  • Workshop Track room & board: $600.00
  • Additional single room fee (optional): $55.00
  • Optional critique with an editor: $100.00
  • Extra fee for early arrival on Thursday: $50.00
  • Optional Thursday night group dinner: $25.00
  • Non-refundable deposit due at time of registration: $200.00

Balance of payment is due by January 25.

WCYA Alumnx Mini-Residency

  • Basic Registration: $350.00(includes all lectures/panels, readings, professional practice workshops, and open pitch sessions)
  • Room & board: $215.00(includes three nights on campus—Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; meals are included from Friday breakfast through Sunday lunch)
  • Additional single room fee (optional): $55.00
  • Workshop participation (optional): $100.00
  • Critique with an editor or agent (optional): $85.00
  • Thursday night group dinner (optional): $25.00
  • Non-refundable deposit due at time of registration: $200.00

Balance of payment is due by September 15.

Postgraduate Semester for Screenwriters & Filmmakers

Summer 2023 – Winter 2024

  • Tuition (6 months): $8095
  • Residency Fee: $952
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,050

Postgraduate Study in Music Composition

Summer 2023 – Winter 2024

  • Tuition (6 months): $7944
  • Residency Fee: $933
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,050

Postgraduate Semester in Graphic Design

Summer 2023 – Winter 2024

  • Tuition (6 months): $8118
  • Residency Fee: $952
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,050

Postgraduate Semester in Visual Art

Summer 2023 – Winter 2024

  • Tuition (6 months): $7570
  • Residency Fee: $952
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,050

Postgraduate Semester in Writing or WCYA

Summer 2023 – Winter 2024

  • Tuition (6 months): $7017
  • Residency Fee: $933
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,050

Picture Book Intensive

Summer 2023 – Winter 2024

  • Tuition (6 months): $12,238
  • Housing & Meals (double-occupancy room): $1,050

Total: $13,288

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