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Visual and critical studies courses at SVA are designed to engage and challenge students in areas beyond a single medium of expression and creation. The dynamic course offerings reflect our rapidly expanding visual culture and the increasing urgency to educate students about all aspects of visual experience.

Our art history and theory courses cover a wide array of historical  and theoretical movements, from the relation of art and politics  to the role of the curator. These courses incorporate readings and lectures with guest speakers, studio visits and group discussions.

The visual and critical studies studio courses offer students the opportunity to create work while investigating the historical, cultural and theoretical movements that give their work dimension. Classes consist of studio time and home assignments paired with lectures and critiques. The goal is to provide students with a multidisciplinary approach to making art, one in which medium and message realize themselves simultaneously through the artist’s studio practice.

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Information Session

Visual and Critical Studies Information Session and Portfolio Review
One night: Monday, August 24
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

SPACE IS LIMITED:  RSVP to VCS@sva.edu by Monday, August 17.
Meet our faculty and learn more about our dynamic course offerings, which reflect a rapidly expanding visual culture.  Bring your portfolio and get feedback from a selection of our art history, theory and studio faculty.
NOTE: This information session will be held at 133/141 West 21st Street, room 402C, 4th floor. 
MODERATORPALOMA CROUSILLAT, director of operations, BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department. 


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  • Monday, October 12, 2015

    Faculty Updates

    Faculty Updates

    What have SVACE faculty members been up to?  We have some major updates from Keith Mayerson, Jason Stopa, and Viktor Koen! First, open up Artforum to see the full-page ad for Keith Mayerson’s...

  • Friday, October 9, 2015

    Friday Hot Links

    Friday Hot Links

    Happy Friday! We want to share some interesting articles and stories shared online by the SVACE faculty and community. Best American Comics (NY Daily News): A printed cartoon museum featuring 37...

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Heroes and Villains

    At New York Comic Con, illustration hero Nathan Fox of MFA Visual Narrative sketches his favorite villain, Donald Trump as Modok – or maybe Modok as Donald Trump! Check out the time-lapse...

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