IDSVA Information Session for IDSVA applicants and arts educators
Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)
Above: World-renowned Howard Caygill with IDSVA students in the library at Spannocchia, 2008.
Above: World-renowned Howard Caygill with IDSVA students in the library at Spannocchia, 2008.

Join IDSVA director Simonetta Moro & IDSVA founder George Smith for a wide ranging overview of IDSVA’s Topological Studies Program—the only one of its kind in the world. IDSVA students do residencies and conduct fieldwork at Spannocchia Castle in Tuscany and in Siena, Florence, Milan, Venice, Berlin, Paris, and New York City, with Istanbul residencies under development. Each of these locations is considered as a cultural/historical site—e.g., Spannocchia Castle/Feudal, Siena/Medieval, Florence/Renaissance, Berlin/Neoclassical, Paris/Modern, and each is studied in relation to the other sites, both in terms of the history of ideas and the history of aesthetic representation—past/present/future.

Topological studies lectures are delivered on-site by world-renowned scholars, including James Elkins, Stephen Greenblatt, Peggy Phelan, Étienne Balibar, Sylvère Lotringer, Bill Brown, Nancy Spector, Howard Caygill, and Ewa Ziarek. Join in to hear more!

The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts provides doctoral studies in philosophyaesthetics, and art theory to visual artists and scholars who approach their work as a creative practice. The IDSVA course of studyis made up of three interrelated academic programs: Topological StudiesSeminars, and Independent Studies. Each of these programs focuses on the historical relation between art and ideas. Over the three-year course of study, the programs overlap and intersect, illuminating from three blended perspectives the ever-shifting, ever-volatile relations between art and ideas.

The coursework blends distance learning with intensive residencies at Spannocchia Castle in Tuscany, the Venice Biennale, Paris, New York City, Berlin and Providence, Rhode Island. With completion of the course of study, students take qualifying exams. The dissertation takes on average an additional two years to complete. Total time to complete the degree is about five years.

IDSVA students work directly with internationally renowned artists and thinkers. One self-designed independent study and one seminar course per semester comprise the three-year curriculum. Seminar courses commence in residency and continue online. Online coursework and independent studies are pursued through fall and spring semester and include regular one-on-one faculty/student conferences, study group discussion and collaboration, and project research conducted through IDSVA’s virtual library

IDSVA seeks candidates engaged in an established studio practice or similar creative practice (e.g., architecture, curatorial studies, criticism of art and/or visual culture, art history) who wish to develop their critical and scholarly interests through the rigorous study of philosophy, aesthetics, and theory. It is expected that IDSVA candidates anticipate the further development of their creative endeavors through advanced academic study.

Contact and RSVP: Brittany Olsen, [email protected]



February 22, 2013