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The MFA Art Practice program at SVA offers a low-residency, interdisciplinary approach to a 60-credit MFA degree. A carefully selected, small group of candidates comes together at SVA’s New York City campus for three successive, intensive summer residency periods where they have the opportunity to work closely with established artists, designers, writers, critics and curators. Facilities include a digital sculpture center, a bio-art lab and video and sound editing facilities in addition to a wood shop, metals shop, ceramics studio and fibers lab. In the intervening fall and spring semesters, participants engage in required interactive, rich-media online coursework from all over the world. MFA Art Practice aims to create a global community of artists who feel secure in their ability to produce works of art using traditional and nontraditional media in both traditional and nontraditional settings.

2016 – 2017 student population

21 matriculated students

Department chair

David A. Ross, educator and art museum professional

Faculty members

Suzanne Anker, Dara Birnbaum, Kathy Brew, Lia Gangitano, Laura F. Gibellini, Johan Grimonprez, Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, Steven Henry Madoff, Ernesto Pujol, Tim Rollins, Stefan Saffer, Heather Schatz, Sarah G. Sharp, Jovana Stokic, Jacquelyn Strycker, Robin Winters, Carrie Mae Weems

Visiting artists, guest lecturers and mentors

Alice Aycock, Luis Camnitzer, Lauren Cornell, Holland Cotter, Mark Dion, Teresita Fernández, Chrissie Iles, Sara Jiminez, Paddy Johnson, Alix Lambert, Tony Oursler, Tom Sachs, Lorna Simpson, Risë Wilson, Andrea Wolf, Ed Woodham

Department website

More information

SVA Admissions: 212.592.2107 | [email protected]

Media requests

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