PhD in Visual Arts: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory

PhD in Visual Arts: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)

IDSVA students at the Montresso Art Foundation, Morocco. Artwork: Mouna Saboni. Photo: Christopher Andrew.

September 14, 2023
PhD in Visual Arts: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory
A non-studio PhD in philosophy and art theory
Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)
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A truly nomadic institution, IDSVA fuses interactive online education with intensive global residencies. This means that IDSVA’s working art professionals can pursue rigorous advanced scholarship without having to interrupt or abandon their teaching careers, art practice, or other professional responsibilities. Intensive residency sites include Rome, Spannocchia Castle (Tuscany), Venice, Berlin, Paris, Athens, Madrid, Marrakech, Mexico City, and NYC.

Students and alumni
IDSVA students and alumni regularly participate in national and international conferences, publish papers and articles in top journals, receive fellowships, take on new job opportunities, get promotions, and exhibit in solo and group shows around the world. IDSVA PhDs publish dissertations with major publishers, including Bloomsbury, Routledge, and Duke UP.

IDSVA’s Faculty, Visiting Faculty, and Special Lecturers bring together major international philosophers, artists, and scholars. These renowned educators join students on residency and lead seminar discussions about a given site’s historical, artistic, and cultural significance. This impressive list includes: Emilia Kabakov, Carmen Boullosa, Mel Edwards, David Webb, Stephen Greenblatt, Giuliana Bruno, and Santiago Zabala, to name a few.

Tuition & scholarships
IDSVA offers generous scholarships, and our low-residency format allows IDSVA students to keep their jobs while working on the degree. IDSVA students also qualify for Federally Guaranteed Student Loans that can help with tuition and the cost of living. More information about scholarships and tuition can be found here.

International students
IDSVA can issue F-1 Visas to foreign students for residencies held in the US, but the visa does not provide for full-time residence in the US. More information for international students can be found here.

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