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BFA Fine Arts at SVA prepares students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing field head on. With a faculty of approximately 90 active artists, critics and curators, a distinguished roster of guest lecturers and various exhibition opportunities, the department offers direct and multifaceted engagement with New York’s art community. From coursework in anatomy, figure drawing and color theory to interdisciplinary workshops in digital and photo-based media, the curriculum provides a broad platform for expression. The department boasts a digital lab with state-of-the art recording, editing and projection technology, fully equipped printmaking facilities, sculpture studios with computerized milling machines and the Nature and Technology Lab, where living materials can be employed in art production.

During their first year, BFA Fine Arts students take a general survey of world art and literature along with six-hour studio classes designed to build essential technical skills in a variety of media. In their second and third years, they explore photography, sculpture, printmaking, video art and digital narrative. In the fourth year, they are given their own studio space, where they meet with a team of faculty members for discussion, critique and weekly feedback.

2016 - 2017 student population

295 matriculated students

Department chair

Suzanne Anker (artist and theoretician)

Some notable faculty members

Jan Avgikos, Alice Aycock, Beth B, Lynda Benglis, Emily Cheng, Nancy Chunn, Stephen Ellis, Andrew Ginzel, Charlotta Kotik, Tim Rollins, David Ross, Sue Williams, Jackie Winsor

Some notable alumni

Rosson Crow, Barnaby Furnas, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Toland Grinnell, Keith Haring, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Melee, Elizabeth Peyton, Alexis Rockman, Tim Rollins, Kenny Scharf, Amy Sillman, Amy Wilson

Student exhibitions

BFA Fine Arts students have the opportunity to exhibit work at one of SVA’s two on-campus galleries as well as the SVA Chelsea Gallery, a professionally run space located in the heart of the New York City art world. Each fall and spring, the department invites the public to view artists’ work in their individual studio environments. Students gain experience in selecting and preparing art for installation and receive valuable feedback from fellow artists, critics, collectors, dealers and other members of the art community.

More information

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