SVA MFA Art Practice: call for applications
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
Above: MFA Art Practice students participate in Ernesto Pujol’s performance workshop. Photo by Jacquelyn Strycker, 2012.
Above: MFA Art Practice students participate in Ernesto Pujol’s performance workshop. Photo by Jacquelyn Strycker, 2012.

The MFA Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts is now accepting applications for the Summer 2013 semester. The immersive 66-credit degree program is composed of a rigorous curriculum delivered via a series of three intensive summer sessions coupled with rich-media interactive online coursework in the fall and spring semesters. In the summer, participants further their body of work during dedicated studio time, while attending classes, seminars and critiques and engaging with the diverse cultural offerings and resources that the city of New York and the vibrant SVA community provide.

The program
The Art Practice program offers a low-residency, cross-disciplinary approach to an MFA degree. In this post-conceptual, post-studio era, artists pursue their practice by engaging an idea first, and then developing a plan that may involve a combination of media, technologies and techniques, some of which are linked to traditional art media, and some of which find the artist working with technologies and industries not usually associated with artmaking.

We want to help prepare artists to feel secure in their ability to find ways to produce works of art using traditional and nontraditional media in both traditional and nontraditional settings. To accomplish this, we bring together a carefully selected, small group of MFA candidates who will devote three successive summers and the two intervening years to a program in which they will engage with artists, designers, art historians and museum curators. Core faculty members include: David A. Ross, Suzanne Anker, Dara Birnbaum, Kathy Brew, Eric and Heather ChanSchatz, Laura F. Gibellini, Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, Daniel Kunitz, Steven Henry Madoff, Ernesto Pujol, Sarah Sharp, Gary Simmons, Stefan Saffer, Elisabeth Sussman, Jovana Stokic, Mark Tribe and Robin Winters. Visiting artists, guest lecturers and mentors include Vito Acconci, Cory Arcangel, Liam Gillick, James Gleick, Dan Graham, Natalie Jeremijenko, Terence Koh, Mingwei Lee, Maria Nordman, Izhar Patkin, Martha Rosler, Tim Rollins, Lorna Simpson, Philippe Vergne, Cecilia Vicuña, and Carrie Mae Weems.

The MFA Art Practice Program has rolling admissions. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as space remains in the program. Applications received by January 15th will have priority.

Request a Graduate Catalogue here.
All Graduate applicants are required to complete the online application form available here.
Detailed application and portfolio requirements can be found here.

Contact us
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November 12, 2012