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MA Critical Theory and the Arts

  • The Serious Times Lecture Series and the Situation of the Arts Seminar are the center of the curriculum.
  • The MA degree is completed in three consecutive semesters and culminates in the Comprehensive Thesis.
  • Graduates go on to PhD studies in various areas; to work in galleries, museums, schools and nonprofit institutions; to teach at the college level and to develop as public intellectuals.
  • The demanding year of study, writing and discussion is meant for students with a lot on their minds who are prepared to have a whole lot more on their minds.

MA Curatorial Practice

  • Rigorous curatorial training in the heart of Manhattan with leading curators and experts from New York’s major arts institutions
  • Historical and theoretical study of the expanded curatorial field
  • International network of institutions and organizations for career development

MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism

  • Prepare for careers in design research, publishing, curating, education, and management
  • Contribute to the public discourse on design, architecture, and cities
  • Enrich your multi-dimensional practice with research, writing and critical tools
  • Learn how to create compelling narratives about images, objects and spaces


MAT Art Education

  • Get your masters degree in art education at SVA in NYC.
  • Develop an educational philosophy while continuing to create personal artwork
  • Gain specialized teaching experience through the School of Visual Arts’ innovative children’s program within the New York City community
  • Start teaching next fall with our one-year intensive program, or attend part-time with our two-year program


MFA Art Practice

  • Interdisciplinary, research-based program that addresses the intellectual, aesthetic, technical and practical concerns of the artist
  • 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

MFA Art Writing

  • For us, criticism is a way to ask bigger and better questions
  • We want students with wide-ranging curiosity about contemporary culture
  • Emphasis on the history and current transformations of the image

MFA Computer Arts

  • Founded in 1986 and with a network of over 1000 alumni, the SVA MFA Computer Arts Department was the first MFA program in the USA to focus on computer art.
  • The first-year curriculum strengthens and broadens the student's knowledge and creative approach to digital art in preparation for the thesis year.
  • The second year revolves around the thesis process—the completion of a body of creative work, combined with academic research and an artist’s statement.
  • The first- and second-year academic programs are supplemented by workshops, visiting artists, guest lectures and internship opportunities.

MFA Design

  • We emphasize entrepreneurship as an alternative to conventional practice, and as a means to raise the level of design expertise and achievement.
  • We teach a broad set of visual, verbal and textual approaches as foundation for design.
  • We focus on creation to optimize the designer’s abilities to rise to the next professional level.

MFA Design for Social Innovation

  • We offer a uniquely holistic approach – at the intersection of design, social innovation and enterprise. We teach design as a tool for social and environmental impact, not an end in itself.
  • The DSI curriculum encompasses a broad range of issues including conservation, health, food and agriculture, poverty, women’s rights, social justice, fair trade, education and community revitalization.
  • DSI students work with real clients throughout the program, gaining hands-on experience with multinational corporations, non-profits and social entrepreneurs around the globe.

MFA Fine Arts

  • Interdisciplinary studio program emphasizes exploration and experimentation
  • Faculty comprised of internationally renowned artists
  • Visiting artists, curators, and critics give lectures and visit students’ studios

MFA Illustration as Visual Essay

  • Develop your personal vision in our highly selective program
  • Classroom-based curriculum, where close interaction between faculty and other classmates is an essential part of the creative process of the program
  • New York City’s diverse and celebrated professional world provides mentors, guest lecturers, advisors and faculty

MFA Interaction Design

  • Create innovative approaches to human problems
  • Develop fluency in prototyping and the practical application of visionary ideas
  • Transform entrepreneurial concepts into new products and services

MFA Products of Design

  • An optimistic re-imagining of the artifacts of design, reconciling the challenges of production and consumption, systems and consequence
  • Students use a hands-on, making-driven approach to master strategic, technical and narrative skills
  • Industry leaders, interdisciplinary practitioners, passionate iconoclasts and savvy entrepreneurs comprise the faculty

MFA Social Documentary Film

  • Trains students to find innovative ways to examine and communicate the core experiences and events that define us
  • Open to qualified students at any level—no filmmaking background required
  • A tailored curriculum designed for students to attain artistic and technical fluency in documentary filmmaking

MFA Visual Narrative

  • 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.


MPS Art Therapy

  • MPS Art Therapy is interdisciplinary in approach, integrating the experiential components of art therapy within a comprehensive framework of academic theory, clinical application via an internship program and art practice.
  • In addition to the coursework and internship components, we offer a robust program of lectures, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and special projects, as well as opportunities for international study and studio time.
  • We seek out a diverse group of students as far as age, cultural background, and work experience, offering scholarships, part-time options and a flexible approach to make the program a possibility for students in a variety of circumstances.

MPS Branding

  • Create frameworks to guide brand, design and business development
  • Critically evaluate brand, business, marketing and design strategies
  • Master the intellectual link between leadership and creativity

MPS Digital Photography

  • Master photography’s latest tools and techniques in this intensive one-year program
  • Cutting-edge education in current digital photographic practices and aesthetics
  • Working professionals comprise the faculty and numerous guest lecturers enhance the technical and creative curriculum
  • Benefit from and be inspired by New York City and the professional networking and collaboration opportunities

MPS Directing

  • We focus on the craft of directing and the art of visual storytelling.
  • Connect with industry professionals: working directors, screenwriters, editors and producers
  • A practical, hands-on curriculum where students gain experience in every aspect of directing film.

MPS Fashion Photography

  • One of the few graduate programs specifically devoted to fashion photography
  • A program aimed at proficient photographers who want to develop their craft in this genre
  • The program utilizes the resources of NYC as a world fashion and media capital
  • Merit based scholarships available
Graduate Admissions Events
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Join us this fall to explore graduate study at SVA! These opportunities are specifically for individuals that are in progress or have already earned a Bachelor’s degree and are interested in MFA, MPS, MAT and MA degrees.

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