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With a commitment to excellence dating back to SVA’s founding in 1947, BFA Cartooning helps students develop a point of view and an individual voice as they master the rudiments of line, color and form in a wide range of media. Studies of art history and world cultures are paired with painting, drawing, storytelling and pictorial problem solving, culminating in the production of a portfolio of original work that presents each student's distinct sensibility. Comic books, graphic novels, children's books, editorial cartoons, theatrical posters, figurative art exhibitions, film and television credits and production designs—all are powerful vehicles for artists' inner worlds and meaningful contributions to a public forum. At SVA, cartooning students are prepared to lead the way.

2016 – 2017 student population

177 matriculated students

Department chair

Thomas Woodruff (painter and illustrator)

Some notable faculty members

Nick Bertozzi, Steve Brodner, Joey Cavalieri, Steven DeStafano, Bill Griffith, Donato Giancola, Meredith Gran, Joan Hilty, Klaus Janson, Phil Jimenez, Peter Kuper, Jason Little, Alethia Martinez, David Mazzucchelli, Josh Neufeld, Diane Noomin, Gary Panter, Carl Potts, Seth Tobocman, Lauren Weinstein

Some notable alumni

Farel Dalrymple, Archie Goodman, Peter Bagge, Steve Ditko, Tom Engelhardt, Bill Gallo, Harry Harrison, Tomer Hanuka, Tom Herpich, Dick Hodgins Jr., Bill Lee, Peter McCarty, Patrick McDonnell, Nick Meglin, Michael Paraskevas, Bill Plympton, Nate Powell, Joe Quesada, Raina D. Telgemeier, Wally Wood

Student exhibitions

Third-year BFA Cartooning students have the opportunity to participate in an exhibition of theme-based works at the SVA Chelsea Gallery. Graduating students have their work showcased in the department's award-winning annual publications, and they also attend the annual BFA Illustration/BFA Cartooning Industry Portfolio Review, where students have the opportunity to network with industry leaders for insight and/or jobs. Additional outlets for aspiring cartoonists at SVA include the student club Cartoon Allies and its annual convention, Fresh Meat; the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art's MoCCA Arts Fest; New York Comic Con; SPX Expo; and the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration competitions. 

More information

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