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MFA Computer Arts at SVA emphasizes creativity and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies. Dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber, the department guides each student in the development of a personal artistic style in a course of study that is individually tailored to meet his or her needs. Students come from around the world to study in this two-year, 60-credit program, which has distinguished itself with eight Student Academy Awards.

With over 60 courses offered per semester and supplemental offerings such as the Digital Art Seminar series, software workshops, guest lectures and the visiting artist program, MFA Computer Arts students are exposed to a wide range of perspectives on digital art. First-year courses in art history, computer systems, and programming, along with studio electives, build the foundation for the second-year thesis project, which is supported through weekly critiques and related areas of advanced study. Thesis projects have included creative work in narrative and non-narrative animation, motion graphics, digital video, installation art, interactive and networked media, sound art and performance.

2016 – 2017 student population

87 matriculated students

Department chair

Terrence Masson, visual effects, animation and interactive media producer; author, CG101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference (NewRiders Press, 1999); curator, www.historyofcg.com 

Department chair emeritus

Bruce Wands, artist, musician, curator and author of Art of the Digital Age (Thames & Hudson, 2006) and Digital Creativity (John Wiley & Sons, 2001)

Some notable faculty members

Benton C. Bainbridge, Jony Chandra, Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, Josh Kline, David Mattingly, Federico Muelas, Trilby Schreiber, Hans Tammen

Some notable alumni

Robert Cavaleri (Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: The Meltdown), Ye Won Cho (Ratatouille, Inside Out, Finding Dory), Young Woong Jang (Horton Hears a Who!, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Rio), Yong Duk Jhun (Kung Fu Panda, Shrek Forever After, The Croods), Nancy Kato (WALL-E, Finding Nemo, Up), Erwin Redl (Whitney Museum of American Art, Bitforms Gallery, National Art Museum of China), Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Rio), Gini Cruz Santos (Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, Brave), John F. Simon Jr. (The Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art)

Student exhibitions

Graduating students present their thesis projects in a group exhibition at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, and public presentations at the SVA Theatre.

Department website

More information

SVA Admissions: 212.592.2107 | [email protected]

Media requests

SVA Communication: 212.592.2010 | [email protected]


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