I’ll be around this summer and that sounds like a great project! I’ll keep you updated. Glennis will also be around and since she studies design I bet we could come up with something good.
Looking forward to it!
Every Bennington student has a Greenwall story. It’s the registration event that takes place in Greenwall Auditorium where you can add or drop classes for the upcoming term. It can be stressful but if you just take a deep breath and realize that your life doesn’t depend on securing the perfect schedule you’ll be fine. Teachers are very reasonable and if there’s a class you really want you can always get on the wait list and keep showing up until they let you in. Michael’s looking nervous but really don’t freak out!
-Selina and Michael ‘15
Bennington approaches education from a different foundation than what you’d typically find in a major/minor system. Here’s a great explanation of Bennington’s divergence from that system.
After checking in with a resident Anthropology professor here, the social science skills you acquire at Bennington could be utilized through a couple different dimensions. Firstly, studying social science hones your critical thinking skills, which are especially relevant to life in a post modern world. More concretely, you could pursue a career in the NGO/non-profit sector, civil society, international relations, or academia among other things. Typically after getting a BA social science students go onto grad school though many work for a couple years beforehand.
-Michael and Selina ‘15
That really depends. In my experience my advisor has pushed me to pursue FWTs related to my plan and areas of concentration. However, if you found a position that really peaked your interest chances are you can relate in some way to what you’re studying, even if the connection isn’t super explicit. Below are some photos of the globe outside the FWT office with colored dots indicating FWT sites. Big cities like New York always clock in with the 100+ count!
Bennington Vermonster is the school’s first club ultimate team, formed in the Fall of 2012. We take our name from a mythical beast that haunts the path to Jennings–Goat Boy, the Vermonster.
Hi, I was wondering if Bennington College has double majors?
Hi! Because of how our academic program works we don’t really have majors and minors. We have something called the Plan Process which you can read about here: http://www.bennington.edu/Academics/BenningtonEducation/PlanProcess.aspx
The basic answer is that we believe in studying multiple disciplines. My main interest is how people are responsive to music and how we can use that information to be more compelling as composers and performers. That interest has allowed me to study in many areas through the lens of music. Some people will have two main interests, sort of like a major/minor or double major program. Some people have many or just one. At Bennington we believe that people need to have room to study broadly in order to have a unique perspective on their area(s) of interest.
I hope this helps!
Some international kids go home (yeah, even for two weeks), some have family in the US, and some take the time to explore nearby major cities. However, a lot of my foreign friends end up spending the holidays with their Bennington buddies and their families. :)
The admissions counselors who make those decisions take great care when considering each student. They know that grades aren’t the whole story; some students struggle in some areas, and that might be for a number of reasons — bad teachers, low interest, etc. What’s important is that you take the time to put a lot of thought into your application, so the counselors will see that there’s more to you than 3 C’s on your transcript.
Ultimately, the grades you get in high school aren’t always the best indicator of how you’ll do in college. I got quite a few C’s in high school too, but I’ve gotten almost straight A’s here. It’s amazing how much changes when you start studying things that actually interest you deeply.
- David ‘13
First, there is no film program here, there are no programs here at all for any subject, we simply have two faculty members who teach film (both named Kate), one technician (not named Kate), some great film classes, a studio, and lots of equipment to check out. From those resources you get to build your own film education.
Film, like all areas of study at Bennington, requires you to jump right in and, after a short tutorial on the equipment, start making! You will learn techniques and other technical information as you make the films so that the learning is meaningful. The coolest thing about film to me is that it is the beautiful empty container that you get to fill with whatever fascinates you. Of course you also have four Field Work Terms in which you can get experience with different aspects of film outside of Bennington.
Check out this great interview with Justine, a senior, who made a film for her senior work. She studies French and when it came time for her to propose her senior thesis she found a story she had to tell. It is premiering Saturday on campus and I am really looking forward to seeing it.
Email me if you have more questions or want to talk further about this. firstname.lastname@example.org