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An interdisciplinary, low-residency approach to a masters in fine arts degree

  • Low-residency format combines three intensive summer residency periods with four semesters of rigorous online coursework, and the ongoing guidance of a mentor
  • Students will engage with artists, thinkers, curators, critics and culture producers from around the world, participating in a global conversation about the arts

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The Art Practice program offers a fully interdisciplinary approach to an MFA degree. We approach artmaking holistically: artists in the program are not defined or separated by medium or discipline. We view process as a kind of critical thinking.

Artists in the program engage in research-based practices, and are encouraged to converse and collaborate across subject matters using a combination of traditional and non-traditional media, technologies and techniques. Participants combine personal narrative with critical theory to create works that comment on societal issues. We aim to create a global community of artists and culture producers who look beyond a consensus driven approach to how we define what’s important in contemporary art.

To that end, a carefully selected, small group of MFA candidates come together at SVA’s NYC campus for three successive, intensive summer residency periods where they have the opportunity to work closely with artists, thinkers, writers, critics and curators in facilities that include a digital sculpture center, a bio-art lab and video and sound editing facilities in addition to a wood shop, metals shop, ceramics studio and fibers lab. In the intervening fall and spring semesters, participants engage in required, rich-media online coursework from all over the world, as well as work under the close guidance of a mentor.

Faculty members include: David A. Ross, Suzanne Anker, Beth B, Dara Birnbaum, Kathy Brew, Lia Gangitano, Laura F. Gibellini, Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, Johan Grimonprez, Daniel Kunitz, Alix Lambert, Steven Henry Madoff, Ernesto Pujol, Tim Rollins, Sarah G. Sharp, Stefan Saffer, Heather Schatz, Jovana Stokic, Jacquelyn Strycker, Carrie Mae Weems and Robin Winters. Visiting artists, guest lecturers and mentors include: Vito Acconci, Cory Arcangel, Charles Atlas, Alice Aycock, Suzanne Bocanegra, AA Bronson, Mel Chin, Holland Cotter, Teresita Fernández, Chrissie Iles, Paddy Johnson, Maira Kalman, Tony Oursler, Ester Partegàs, Izhar Patkin, Carolee Schneemann, Lorna Simpson and Cecilia Vicuña.

Like the nature of the work we hope to help students produce, this program itself is a work in progress, and is continuously refined as a function of the experience of all its participants.

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