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The MFA Visual Narrative program at SVA is an innovative approach to visual storytelling through the education of the artist as author. Equal emphasis is placed on creative writing and visual expression regardless of medium. The program is designed for working professionals and students from all creative disciplines who are focused on developing their voice in visual storytelling through creator-owned authorship and professional practice. Applicants with a background in areas such as animation, graphic design and motion graphics, illustration, digital art, fine art, film and more are welcome.

This flexible, low-residency 60-credit program comprises three on-site summer sessions and two years of online study during the fall and spring semesters. During the eight-week summer sessions, students attend classes and seminars and work in the studios at SVA ​for 8 to 10 hours per day, six days a week. During the fall and spring semesters, students define their own schedule to complete work on ​online interactive courses and tutorials, critiques and lectures. The summer sessions concentrate on advanced visual and narrative design skills, character development, creative/visual writing, digital media, professional practice and story development techniques. Students fulfill the studio components of the program during the first fall and spring semesters; creative writing is taught and developed in conjunction with the online story courses. In the online thesis year and third summer intensive courses, each student is responsible for producing, curating and/or publishing a unique narrative thesis in both analog and digital form, which ​is exhibited in a group show in one of the SVA galleries.

2016 – 2017 student population

20 matriculated students

Department chair

Nathan Fox, editorial illustrator and comic book artist (Image, Marvel, Vertigo, Dark Horse Comics and Scholastic Graphix), represented by Bernstein & Andriulli (U.S. and U.K.)

Some notable faculty members

Anna Ogier-Bloomer, Bill Kartalopoulos, Christina Roussos, Diego Vainesman, Leonard S. Marcus, Lisa Cron, Stacy Renee Morrison, Jonathon Rosen, Lee Aaron Rosen, Jim Rugg, Matt Rota, Mark Sable, Ed Valentine, Tim Szetela, Ben Zackheim

Department website

More information 

SVA Admissions: 212.592.2107 | [email protected]

Media requests

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