December 13, 2021

MFA Computer Arts

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

[1] Linda Loh, AGOG, 2021. VR experience made in Unreal Engine for Oculus Quest 2. [2] Courtesy School of Visual Arts. [3] Yalan Wen, I'm Thinking What I'm Thinking, 2020. Interactive installation. [4] Courtesy School of Visual Arts.

The SVA MFA Computer Arts Department invites applications for the fall 2022 academic year. Our fields of study include experimental art, motion graphics, and animation. The MFA Computer Arts program emphasizes creative experimentation and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies . Through art, this STEM program is dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber, and guides each student in the development of a personal artistic style in a course of study that is individually tailored to meet their needs. Whether they are interested in VR/AR, interactive installations, experimental animation, or any other form of computer-based art, students come from around the world to study in this two-year, 60-credit MFA degree program, which has distinguished itself with nine Student Academy Awards.

We have had students from 34 countries, sharing their unique cultural perspectives. Students come from various backgrounds in the arts, as well as diverse experience in architecture, computer simulation and design, computer science, industrial engineering, and more. Graduates are employed by prestigious studios, exhibit works in museums and galleries, teach at higher education institutions, and start their own businesses. Student films have been featured in hundreds of major international festivals and conferences including The ADC Annual Awards, The Lumen Prize, GLAS Animation Festival, The Rookies, and many more.

Our faculty, guest lecturers, and advisors are established fine artists and industry professionals from ESI Design, Volvox Labs, NYU Future Reality Lab, Electronic Arts Intermix, Moving Picture Company, and Artforum. The goal is to ensure our students receive the most up-to-date and esteemed level of professional instruction.

MFA Computer Arts Lab
The MFA Computer Arts facilities consist of state-of-the art-computer labs, classrooms, audio/video production suites, equipment library, gaming lounge, and digital fabrication studios. Students have 24/7 access to 4K video editing, 3D printing, and virtual reality equipment to assist their creative progress.

We offer a limited number of partial, merit-based scholarships determined by the Admissions Committee. Every semester we issue several partial academic scholarships to students with outstanding work and academic achievements. We also offer several Lab Assistantships which reimburse up to half tuition per semester. In addition to these assistantships, we offer part-time jobs in the SVA MFA Computer Arts Library. SVA scholarship matching is available to full- and part-time domestic students upon submitting to FAFSA, as well as international students who can provide proof of scholarship to the MFA Computer Arts Department. SVA/MFA Computer Arts will match 25% of any external scholarship, up to 2,500 USD that a student obtains for enrollment at SVA. SVA is also a Yellow Ribbon Program for students who are veterans or who have a family member who is a veteran. For international students, the Fulbright Scholarship is an excellent opportunity for financial support abroad.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a tour, please contact us directly at mfaca [​at​] or call T 212 592 2778. For additional information on the application process, please see the list of links below.

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School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College's 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit our website.

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