ADMITTED STUDENTS DAY

March 28, 2021 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM ET

Virtual Events & Sessions

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Today will give you a chance to see our work-in-progress, our conversations, our community. We want you to be able to see yourself here: the connections you will build as you are mentored by teacher-practitioners, as you share your work with classmates, in conversations over dinner with housemates and friends.

With your admission, Bennington has said we believe you can thrive here. We believe you will bring something valuable to our community. We believe that, supported by faculty and surrounded by thoughtful, interested and interesting peers, you will discover talents and capacities you didn’t imagine you had. We invite you to see, through these conversations, how our students discover and set a course for a most remarkable life’s work. We invite you to imagine what that might look like for you, as you set out on your own, individualized path.

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SESSIONS

Whether you made it to BenningtonWorks on March 28 or not, explore the session recordings below to learn more about academics, advising, student life, career development, and more at Bennington.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

WELCOME

Introduction to the Bennington College community

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

FACULTY MENTORS

Advising and Plan Session with faculty member Liz White and current students

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

LIVING AT BENNINGTON

Student Life staff and current students discuss life at Bennington

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

BUILDING A REWARDING CAREER

A discussion about Field Work Term and Career Development, including annual internships, with staff and current students

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

A WELCOMING COMMUNITY

Bennington Today with President Laura Walker

2:00 PM - 2:55 PM

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Faculty and current students share their work

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

SHARE YOUR WORK

Open Mic (admitted and current students only)

DID YOU KNOW?

Bennington College has 40 campus clubs and organizations.

The town of Bennington is ranked in the top 10 most arts-vibrant small communities in the nation

94% of employers would rehire a Bennington intern.

HOW WE’RE MADE FOR MAKING

Explore snapshots of work-in-progress, performance, assignments, and other snippets of the classroom experience at Bennington. This section represents a sampling of areas of study and courses; for a bigger picture, you can delve into the full range of Areas of Study and the Curriculum from Spring 2021 and beyond.

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If you are interested in learning more about a particular area of study, our faculty would love to meet with you to share their work, answer your questions, and help you envision how your passions might fit into the Bennington curriculum. Request a conversation with faculty (for admitted students—login required).

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Animation and Film & Video

Earth & Environmental Science

STEM

Languages

Listen to a conversation with faculty member Noëlle Rouxel-Cubberly.

Learn more about French at Bennington!

Society, Culture and Thought (SCT)

Explore student work in the social sciences through these examples of senior work and theses.

Music

Watch the first episode of The Lens, featuring an interview with musician and Music SEPC representative Maddy Wood '22.

Take a listen to a selection of the class of 2020's senior work: Senior MusicFest 2020 and Lorem Ipsum by Maeve Bustell '19.5 (program here).

Listen to some music by Bennington alumni: Sylvan Esso (Amelia Meath '10), Real Estate (Alex Bleeker '08), and Sir Chloe (Dana Foote '18, Teddy O'Mara '18.5, Pixel West '18, and Willy Giambalvo '20)

Theater

In the course The History of Directing, taught by Jean Randich, students work semi-chronologically from the late 19th to the early 21st century, examining how culture and theater interact and change each other. These are examples of the oral slide show presentations students prepare when they report on individual directors.

Take a look at this costume design project by Taz Meyers '19.


In this class assignment from Directing I: The Director’s Vision, taught by Jean Randich, students respond to the exercise: Take one minute and find something in your room to create a tableau of a character you either play or direct in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. Assume an expressive gestural pose for that character and hold it in stillness for 30 seconds while maintaining active thought and emotion inside. Watch now.

Watch this class reel from a recent production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull.


The course Bennington Plays: Playwrights, taught by Sherry Kramer, supports playwrights engaged in the process and techniques of rewriting and staging their plays. Here are two examples of works in progress: 

Listen to some student Radio Plays, including A Moment of Connection by Kiana Ortega, Love in the Dark by Tess Seaver, and Take Yo Shit by Ayana Sterling

Watch B E L O N G by JJ Langham.

Dance

Selections from Advanced Projects in Dance, taught by David Thomson:

In an assignment for Finding Form: Dance, taught by Dana Reitz, students find a passage of literature or music, find aspects of form within it, and use something of the form to make a short movement study.

  • Veda Carmine-Ritchie, Inspired by We Will Always Love You by The Avalanches feat. Blood Orange 
  • Sophia Grimani, Inspired by Dirge by Death in Vegas 
  • Hanna Stebbins, Inspired by Liver Room, passage by Carolee Schneemann
  • Triston Walker, Inspired by This Is All I Have For You by Makoto Matushita
  • Emma Williams, Inspired by “Cello Concerto in E Minor, RV 409: (III. Allegro)” by Antonio Vivaldi

In the course Introduction To Phrasemaking & Performing taught by Dana Reitz, students find a specific location to use as a stimulus for making a movement study, all phrasing influenced by the environment. Here are a few examples: 

In Dance Making: The Ephemeral Artifact taught by Hilary Clark, students compose using percussive and sustained qualities as source material. Here is a sample of work from this course: Isabel San Millan. 

Visual Art

In the course Delights of Ephemera, taught by faculty member and Director and Curator of the Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery Anne Thompson, the class wrote a blog that was compiled by students Charlotte Zinsser and Alex Terjak Wall.

BENNINGTON BY THE NUMBERS

25% of alumni have started their own business.

93% of Bennington graduates, 6 months out, are employed, enrolled in service programs or in grad school.

87% of graduates have published a piece of writing, produced an album, exhibited a piece of art, performed or directed for a public audience, or presented a scientific paper or poster.

98% of graduates spent time as students working or studying in other regions of the country or world.

ADMITTED STUDENT RESOURCES

Student Voices

Our students are the heart of the Bennington experience. Explore campus through their eyes, and hear them explain, in their own words, their self-designed academic Plans and Advanced Work.

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Faculty Voices

Watch these interviews, lectures, and performances featuring the work of our talented and dedicated faculty members.

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Campus Conversations

Get to know some of the staff that support on-campus life at Bennington.

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Bennington Works 2021 Soundtrack

A soundtrack to your day featuring recent releases by Bennington alumni, including work by Mountain Men, who performed at Commencement 2019.

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