MFA in Art Criticism & Writing at SVA, New York City

MFA in Art Criticism & Writing at SVA, New York City

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

November 17, 2008
MFA in Art Criticism & Writing at SVA, New York City

Contact [email protected]
(212) 592-2408

The Art Criticism & Writing graduate program at the School of Visual Arts offers a two-year course of study leading to an MFA degree. SVA is one of the nation’s leading independent colleges of art and design, located in the heart of Manhattan, just blocks from the Chelsea gallery district.

Saturday, November 22, 2008, from 2-4 pm
132 W. 21st Street, 7th Floor (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Please register for the Open House at (212) 592-2408 or [email protected]

For students who want to improve their writing and advance their knowledge of contemporary art, theory, and history, this program offers specialized instruction from practitioner-teachers led by the Chair of the program, David Levi Strauss. Current faculty includes Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, Robert Hullot-Kentor, Raphael Rubinstein, Tom Huhn, Ken Johnson, Suzanne Anker, Susan Bee, Bill Beckley, Roger Denson, and Jeffrey Kastner. The core faculty is joined by visiting critics and scholars who come into the program in various capacities on a frequent basis. Publisher of the Brooklyn Rail Phong Bui, Art in America senior editor Nancy Princenthal, and poet and essayist Ann Lauterbach all visited our Thesis Seminar in the spring, and Leo Steinberg conducted a special seminar for our students this fall. Visiting lecturers this term included Bill Berkson, Carol Becker, and W.J.T. Mitchell, and our Spring 2009 series in the new Visual Arts Theater on 23rd Street will feature Susan Buck-Morss, John Yau, Michael Taussig, and Avital Ronell.

The sixty-credit program offers foundation courses in the bases of criticism and the fundamentals of critical writing, leading to the completion of the thesis in the final term. The small class size allows a great deal of one-on-one time with the faculty and extensive dialogue with other students. The focus in writing is on the essay as form, as well as on shorter forms of review, through our criticism blog Degree Critical.

An underlying principle of this program from its inception has been that the image should begin to occupy a place in the understanding of life comparable to that occupied by the humanities and sciences. To that end, we spend a good deal of time studying the history of images and how they currently operate in the world.

The deadline for applications for the Fall 2009 term is January 15, 2009. After that date, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Scholarship packages are available on a competitive basis.

The Chair will be available through the spring to meet with interested candidates to discuss the program and its philosophy. Potential applicants are also invited to sit in on the foundation seminar by appointment.

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