Professional Training Option and Apprenticeship

Field Work Term is designed to support flexible options for applied learning, which may include professional training online or an apprenticeship with a skilled professional.

Professional Training Option

As part of the flexible options that are available for FWT, students may utilize free online courses as part or all of their FWT hours. Hours should be documented using the Remote Work Log and via a screenshot showing completed work (note: a formal certificate is not required). Coursework should be connected to your professional interests/pursuits, and cannot include classes for which you are also receiving academic credit. Students are invited to utilize one or multiple courses as primary or supplemental hours. Online professional trainings can be proposed as a full FWT, which requires completion of 200 hours and submission of a reflective assignment. Review examples of training platforms and courses that may be of interest. Many other examples exist on Lynda.com (which Bennington students can access for free by signing up for a McCullough Library membership), EdX, Coursera, and other platforms. For help or questions about this FWT option, please book a virtual FWT advising appointment or email fwt@bennington.edu.

The following experiences cannot count as a professional certification towards the FWT requirement:

  • Credit-bearing courses at other institutions that are transferred to Bennington for credit
  • Preparatory courses for graduate and professional school programs
  • Tutoring in a particular subject (such as language, writing, or other independent instruction)

Apprenticeship

This is a way for you to obtain hands-on work experience in a specialized trade, craft, or artistic technique. Apprenticeships can be combined with coursework or under an experienced faculty member, and in some cases may lead to a specialized credential. Check out this national listing of paid apprenticeships, and filter your search by relevant industry, such as "arts."

Apprenticeships are consistently supervised work experiences under a skilled professional; personal enrichment, unsupervised Independent artistic work, or non-credit classes without additional supervisory structure cannot count as an apprenticeship towards the FWT requirement. 

      Application Process

      Students wishing to complete the Professional Training Option or an apprenticeship toward primary FWT hours must apply via the FWT Registration Form in Handshake (please refer to these detailed instructions). If approved, a student may only do a an apprenticeship or Professional Training Option for one FWT.