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The traditional boundaries of higher education are shifting dramatically and the practice of sharing expert knowledge with a geographically dispersed student body is becoming the norm. SVA has carefully implemented digital learning tools to increase access to instructors and foster stronger relationships among students and alumni. Through our low residency graduate programs, online professional and continuing studies courses, and open education resources, students can tap into the College’s talented community of creative professionals from any corner of the world.

Low Residency Graduate Programs
Distance education with short summer sessions in NYC

SVA offers options for students to earn graduate degrees largely through online courses. During the fall and spring semesters, students complete all coursework online, allowing them to learn, produce a robust body of artwork, and participate in lively groups critiques and discussions from their own home. Then they convene in New York City for two months during the summer months to study in person.

Learn more about our following low-residency programs on their respective department web pages:

MFA Art Practice

MFA Visual Narrative

Online Professional and Continuing Studies Courses
A variety of SVA courses delivered anytime, anywhere

SVA offers a wide variety of fully online professional and continuing studies courses. These courses are asynchronous to enable learners from anywhere in the world to tune into weekly lectures, group discussions, assignments, and critiques on their own time. Students learn from and receive personalized feedback from SVA’s highly skilled and well-connected faculty.

Our online professional and continuing studies courses provide opportunities for students to develop their skills, expand their bodies of work, and build a global network of creative professionals. Click here to view online course details and to register and click here to view video introductions to many of our Online Professional and Continuing Studies courses.

Open Education
View SVA events and lectures via YouTube and iTunesU

SVA proudly supports the global open education movement by recording and sharing full-length lectures, panel discussions, and presentations by guest artists via YouTube and iTunesU. Since SVA began sharing content through these channels, our videos have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times by people from over 200 countries around the world. Additionally, SVA partners with, a MOOC platform focused on arts and computer science education, to deliver massive open online courses and fully online certificate programs.

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