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When you put “Story First”, words and visuals merge into a whole new language. Yours. SVA offers a low-residency MFA program in visual narrative with two years online and three summers in NYC, a visionary approach to storytelling that equally emphasizes creative writing and visual communication across all media.

  • Develop an understanding of what Story is and how it functions most effectively when visual and written media merge, by sharpening your writing skills and integrating them into your creative process and professional practice.
  • Create original works as both author and artist within a supportive and transformative creative community, with visiting artists and mentoring by a top professional in your field.
  • Connect and collaborate with a professional network in NYC and beyond.
  • Prepare to compete in creative industries such as advertising, video, gaming, film, animation, sequential arts, illustration, design and more.
  • Merit and Educators Scholarships, housing grants and rolling admissions available. Applicants with a BFA or equivalent from any area of study, including sciences, humanities, arts or business welcome.

Reviews of our first round of applicants are complete and soon we will begin to award scholarship funds. Educators must have applications submitted by February 26 to be considered for our 10-50% tuition awards. For standard applicants, we will continue rolling admissions, but funding will start to be offered this month.

Second round reviews are currently scheduled for the week of March 5, but perhaps sooner. We only need what belongs in SlideRoom to review applications with the committee, so that should be the priority. See the Application Guides for detail.   

And take the opportunity to jump online next week with Chair Nathan Fox to ask questions or run an idea for your application assignment by him. We are here to help you. Sign up here

The MFA Visual Narrative program is proud to offer an Educator's Scholarship award for instructors currently teaching two or more classes at an accredited university or college, with at least two years experience. Full-time K-12 faculty with two years experience are also eligible. MFAVN will award up to three scholarships annually, each covering 10-50% of tuition. Grants for free SVA housing for summer 2018 will be awarded to students from outside the NYC area.  A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required, but can be from any area of study, including sciences, humanities, arts or business.

Detailed application guides for both standard and Educator’s Scholarship applications are available here.

Where Artist Meets Author

When words and images come together, they can create powerful visual narratives — stories that can touch hearts, change minds and even change the way we see our world - Story First.

The Visual Narrative MFA at SVA responds to the needs of today’s evolving creative markets by merging the artist and author. It’s an evolutionary process that puts story first and gives you the tools you need to craft your own stories and to help others craft theirs.

More than just a degree program, the MFA Visual Narrative program is a school of thought that immerses you in story. A select group of artist/authors, we are a diverse, tight-knit community where you learn in small classes and are mentored by top professionals who know how to navigate today’s competitive creative markets.

Part of the extraordinary appeal of the program is that it is low-residency. Three intensive eight-week summer semesters at SVA in New York City give you the chance to connect with your peers and professors, to create in-studio and to absorb the Visual Narrative process. Additionally, you are able to access the myriad of creative opportunities in the city and to build a community of colleagues and mentors that supports and inspires. Four semesters of on-line coursework, critiques, discussions and interactive projects give you the freedom to pursue your passion and live your life — without uprooting it.

In today’s workplace, storytelling is increasing demand. At MFA Visual Narrative, you’ll develop a fluency in what we call “Visual Writing.” We think of it as a whole new language that can take your creativity to the next level and give you the competitive edge in today’s creative economy. If you’re ready to dig deep, uncover universal truths and live and breathe story, come join us. The world needs compelling stories.

What’s yours?

Nathan Fox

Chair, MFAVN

MFA Visual Narrative

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Tel: 212.592.2388

Joan McCabe, Director of Operations

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Let's Talk: Women in the Creative Industries
Don't miss this discussion on February 28th, with SVA alumni women about the nuances of being a woman in art, design and tech and the current state of gender equality in their fields. Nadia DeLane (Class of 2015) will be a panelist.

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