The Program

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. We aim to create a global community of artists and cultural 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, designers, 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.


Application Deadline

The Early Decision deadline for Summer 2017 applications is December 1.

The preferred general application deadline is January 15. Applications received after this point will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Program Dates

The Summer 2017 session of the MFA Art Practice program runs from June 14 to August 1. 



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