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SVA’s MFA Visual Narrative department welcomes storytellers from all disciplines interested in creating their own original content as both author and artist.


Applications Remain Open

There’s still time to apply for Summer ’24! Applications accepted on a rolling basis while space, scholarships, and housing awards remain available.


January 15, 2025: Application Deadline for a Summer 2025 Start!

Apply for first round consideration of modest Merit-Based Scholarships, Educator’s Scholarships, and a select number of Housing Grants!

Things You Can Do
Before You Begin…

Connect with current students or alumni

Join one of our info sessions and chat with MFAVN members with questions and to learn whether the program is a good match for you. Join our newsletter to be informed of upcoming info sessions and other events.


Let’s get to know each other!

Fill out our form to let us know about you, your work, and what you’re looking for in your graduate studies. If you give us your mailing address, we’ll send you a packet of department info and swag!


Schedule a portfolio review

Contact us to meet with department chair Nathan Fox for a portfolio review.


Understand financial aid, grants, and housing options

Speak with SVA’s Financial Aid staff about options.


Check out the application overview and FAQ below.

Application Requirements

At the link below, you will find the general School of Visual Arts application requirements as well as the specific MFA Visual Narrative departmental requirements.


Review the Application Requirements

Application Process

Part 1
SVA Graduate Admissions Portal

The SVA Graduate Admissions Portal primarily processes administrative materials such as transcripts and letters of recommendation.

  1. Step 1

    Open an SVA Graduate Admissions Portal account so SVA’s Graduate Admissions team can support the process.

  2. Step 2

    Follow the instructions to request transcripts.

  3. Step 3

    Contact your recommenders to ask if they are willing to write you a letter, and then enter their contact information. Grad Admissions will then contact your recommenders and follow up with reminders.

    NOTE: Complete the requirements in steps 2 and 3 as soon as you have an interest in applying, as the receipt of these can sometimes delay the admissions process. 

  4. Step 4

    Upload your resume and a statement of purpose.

SVA Graduate Admissions Portal

Part 2
SlideRoom Portal

SlideRoom is the portal where the MFAVN Faculty Review Committee will access and evaluate your portfolio and other materials.

  1. Although you are free to upload and edit each item separately, we recommend fully preparing your materials before uploading anything – this can avoid errors later.

  2. For a full outline of submission materials and detailed instructions and links to apply, please go to the MFA Visual Narrative Department Requirements page. Read through all of the materials that you need to prepare.

  3. There will be a few items that are needed in both places. You’ll be able to see a checklist throughout of the status of all the required materials – please follow up as needed.


Until the “Submit” button is pressed by the applicant, SVA does not see any materials. They only see an active account. Once submitted, no further changes can be made.


SlideRoom Portal

Application FAQs

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