Arthur Gibbons, Director

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Prospective Students Living

Medical Records and Health Insurance

All students are required to complete, prior to arrival at Bard, a health packet that includes documentation of a recent physical and thorough immunization records. New York State law requires that all students born after January 1, 1957, provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. Additionally, students must be provided information about meningococcal meningitis and must either document having received the vaccine or sign a waiver declining it.

Students are required to enroll in Bard's basic student health insurance plan for the summer or provide proof of other insurance. Insurance coverage is optionally available for students during the independent study period. For further information about immunization requirements and health insurance, contact the Student Health Service at 845-758-7433 or

Local Information

If you need to contact someone at Bard College, or require information on local businesses, please refer to the directories available at or call Bard's switchboard at 845-758-6822.

Campus Facilities

The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts is housed in the summer on the 540-acre rural campus of Bard College, bordering the Hudson River. Dormitory rooms are available to students, or they may live off campus in rental apartments in nearby towns. Each student is assigned a dedicated studio for the summer session, and every effort is made to provide space appropriate for each artist's endeavor.

The College's proximity to New York City, with its multitude of exhibitions, performances, readings, lectures, and films, is also significant for the program; many members of the teaching faculty reside in New York, and visiting artists can easily travel from the city for presentations and performances at Bard.

The MFA program draws students from across the United States and abroad. Among the students have been artists from all fields, college and secondary school teachers, businesspeople, recent college graduates, journalists, and other professionals who share a dedication to the arts and a desire to learn in the unique interdisciplinary atmosphere the MFA program offers. As a center of aesthetic and intellectual growth, the community provides the foundation for creativity.

Students can take advantage of all the facilities of the Bard campus during the summer sessions, including all collections of the Stevenson Library. The library provides comprehensive digital collections of images, journals, and research resources in the Stevenson collection via ArtStor, JSTOR, Project Muse, EBSCO, the Grove Dictionaries of Art and Music, and Naxos Music Library, among others. A rich source of additional information is available via ConnectNY, a 14-member library consortium for interlibrary borrowing that features 5 million additional volumes. In addition, a comprehensive image library containing both slides and digital images is located in the Richard B. Fisher and Emily H. Fisher Studio Arts building.

The Heinz O. and Elizabeth C. Bertelsmann Campus Center is a central meeting place and is often used for M.F.A. community events. It houses the College bookstore and post office, a café, a 100-seat theater, multipurpose and conference rooms, offices, recreation and meeting rooms, exhibition space, and a small computer center.

The Bard campus is also home to the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard), an exhibition and research center dedicated to the study of art and exhibition practices from the 1960s to the present day. In November 2006, the Center inaugurated the Hessel Museum of Art, a 17,000-square-foot building for exhibitions curated from the Marieluise Hessel Collection of more than 1,700 works. With nearly 25,000 square feet of exhibition space overall, an extensive research library and curatorial archives, and a series of free public lectures and educational programs addressing key topics in the study of contemporary art, CCS Bard is a unique contemporary arts resource open to the entire Bard community.

The renovated Bard College Exhibition Center (UBS Gallery), the former Universal Builders Supply warehouse in the center of neighboring Red Hook, is a professional-level gallery in which MFA students present their Master's Projects to the public. The 21,000-square-foot space is used as a gallery for exhibitions of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and sound and video installations. In addition, Bard offers special facilities for each artistic field.


On-campus Housing

On-campus housing is available during the summer session. Housing is guaranteed for single students; special housing for families is usually available at a higher rate. Applicable housing charges will be added to your student account and must be paid in full prior to the move-in date. All dorms are non-smoking. No pets are permitted in campus housing.

The fee for single student housing was $1574 for the 2014 eight-week session. Each student receives a private room with shared bath. Common kitchen and laundry facilities are located on the first floor. Internet (not necessarily wireless) is available in each room. Most rooms include two twin beds; some have only one twin bed. Students are responsible for their own bed and bath linens and cookware. Dorms are coed.

The fee for family housing is approximately 1.5 times the cost of single housing. Families receive multiple bedrooms and private bathrooms in a house or dorm, sometimes sharing kitchen and living spaces with other MFA families. Family housing is limited, so we recommend making off-campus arrangements if you can.

On-campus housing for 2015 will open on Thursday, June 4. Students must arrive by noon on Friday, June 5 for Registration. Housing closes for the summer on Sunday, August 2.

Off-campus Housing

Off-campus housing is plentiful in the Bard area. Students and faculty interested in living off-campus must make their own arrangements. To assist you, Bard offers an online Classifieds service where students and faculty can view available local sublets.


The café located in the Bertelsmann Campus Center is open daily all summer for a la carte service (closed on July 4). Kline dining hall opens in mid-June and serves buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, weekdays and weekends.

Campus Center Café hours, summer:

Mon-Thur: 8:00am - 7:00pm

Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Sat-Sun: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Kline Dining Hall hours, summer:

Breakfast: 7:30am - 9:00am
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: 5pm - 7:30pm

Students and faculty may also cook their own meals in their dormitory kitchens. Limited grocery items (cereal, pasta, soup, milk, beverages, snacks) are available in the café and in the campus bookstore; large grocery stores are located about a 5-minute drive from campus. A farmstand selling freshly picked seasonal vegetables, fruits, and local dairy products and pastas is within walking distance of campus. There is also an on-campus community garden open to all for self-picking.


2015 application is now available in Slideroom. 

Please visit our 'applying' page for the link and application guidelines.

Alumna Corrine Fitzpatrick MFA '11 writes about the Bard MFA program for Artforum's

Info Sessions dates are now posted.