And here you go!
I’m so glad you asked. Let’s get into it.
Film/Video students, like myself, spend a lot of our time (maybe too much??) in the video editing studio, or, as we lovingly call it, The Cage.
Technically The Cage is where video equipment (cameras, tripods, mics, light kits, projectors…the list goes on and on) is held and rented from.
There are multiple work stations, some with dual-monitor setups, if u want 2 get ~fancy.
Once registered for class, video students are given access to the equipment rental system and the editing studio. Weekends and late nights you can usually find me there for at least for an hour or two.
Stop by any time and you’ll see students working on narratives, experiments, installations, documentaries, and everything in between…like animations, for instance, which have two separate studios.
There’s also a weekly Classic & Foreign Film Series screening in our on-campus movie theater, Kinoteca. (There’s also fresh, free popcorn.) On TOP of this, there’s a consistent stream of visiting filmmakers/industry professionals. Just last week Bryan Wendorf, co-founder of the Chicago Underground Film Festival, not only held a screening, but also critiqued student work. In short, film is alive and well and charging ahead wildly at Bennington.
^Me, happy that there’s so much interest about film, waving goodbye to you from The Cage.
- Ben ‘14
The visual arts program here is one of the best. We have a wood shop, a metal shop, a multi-use film darkroom, a digital photo lab, several painting studios, a computer/graphic arts program (3D printer!!!!!!!), a print shop, a ceramics studio (complete with a firing kiln), a drawing studio, an architecture studio, an animation studio, a sculpture studio, and a beautiful gallery space. In addition, as a visual arts student moves up through the years, (s)he will be eligible for a personal work space.
I have many visual-arts-oriented friends here who are so grateful that they chose Bennington over a typical conservatory school. The biggest pro of studying here rather than an art school is that the student is free (and required) to study a variety of different kinds of visual arts, AND non-visual-arts subjects - providing the student with a more holistic education, while still availing them to nearly all the visual arts resources they could ever need. In addition, we hire only teacher-practitioners - meaning all of our teachers are also active in their fields outside of Bennington. This makes it so that students can consult their teachers about what it really takes to be a successful, working artist in the “real world.”
Basically, we have all the all the resources you’d find at an art school, and a program that encourages students to utilize ALL OF THEM freely, while also supplementing with non-visual-arts classes if they please.
Come visit! We’d love to show you around.
We’ve been getting a lot of questions about our favorite places to study/hang out on campus. So we (Carlos T. and Tommy M.) asked around the office, went out on a photo-journalistic adventure, and decided to create a little series of photos and related anecdotes. We want to show you how the spaces at Bennington end up being used, and why we end up loving them. And so, without further ado -
~Scenes from an Afternoon Walk~
The Architecture Studio (or the place Carlos sleeps standing up).
TOMMY and CARLOS enter, walk around.
TOMMY, a rising sophomore from Cambridge MA, studies music, writing, and Japanese. He is energetic, skinny, and brown-haired.
CARLOS, a rising senior from Guayaquil, Ecuador, studies architecture, drawing, assorted visual arts, and social sciences. He is brown-haired, brown-skinned, a thinker, and a screamer.
Carlos gravitates towards his personal workspace.
We’ll try to keep them coming (especially personal studios - those are always fascinating), but in the meantime, here are a bunch of older posts of various spaces in VAPA to momentarily sate your curiosity.
Hey! I’m not a drama student but, surprisingly, I actually know the answers to all these questions, so I gotcha.
1 - Not for admission to Bennington, no. If you have footage of your acting/other drama work and want to include it in your application supplement, then that’s great, but it’s not a necessity. As far as wanting to study drama once you’ve arrived at Bennington, you will likely be auditioning on a production-by-production basis, as well as for certain advanced classes. Intro-level drama classes don’t require any auditions as far as I’m aware, so it’s easy to get your feet wet.
2 - Yeah, totally! The availability of certain classes changes depending on what day of the week it is but I’d imagine that, once the semester starts back up, there’s at least one acting class you could sit in on for any day of the week. You can always schedule a visit around classes you want to sit in on, so if you decide this is something you wanna do once classes start this year, give the Admissions Office a call at (802)-440-4312 to talk about scheduling a visit.
3 - Yes, there are definitely video/film classes. Rather than bore you with a long list of them in this answer, I’ll just link you through to the visual arts curriculum on our website, which shows a good selection of video/film courses from the past couple of years (you might have to scroll down a bunch; there are loads of visual arts courses to choose from, although they are separated by discipline).
No need to apologize! Glad I could actually answer a drama question for once!