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WATCH: Nathan Fox, faculty, students and alumni tell you what we’re all about. #StoryFirst

If you like what you see, we want to see your work. Applications are open to begin Summer 2019! Be a part of the Class of 2021!

When you put “Story First”, words and visuals merge into a whole new language. Yours.

SVA offers a low-residency MFA program in visual narrative with two years online and three summers in NYC, a visionary approach to storytelling that equally emphasizes creative writing and visual communication across all media.

  • Develop an understanding of what Story is and how it functions most effectively when visual and written media merge, by sharpening your writing skills and integrating them into your creative process and professional practice.
  • Create original works as both author and artist within a supportive and transformative creative community, with visiting artists and mentoring by a top professional in your field.
  • Connect and collaborate with a professional network in NYC and beyond.
  • Prepare to compete in creative industries such as advertising, video, gaming, film, animation, sequential arts, illustration, design and more.
  • Merit and Educators Scholarships and rolling admissions available. Applicants with a BFA or equivalent from any area of study, including sciences, humanities, arts or business welcome.

The MFA in Visual Narrative program at SVA is a groundbreaking approach to visual storytelling.

Comprised of three eight-week summer sessions in NYC and two academic years online, this low-residency program places equal emphasis on creative writing and figurative visual expression. The program is designed for both working professionals and recent graduates from all creative disciplines who are dedicated to the art and craft of visual storytelling as both artist and author.

The MFA Visual Narrative program is chaired by editorial illustrator and comic book artist Nathan Fox. His work has appeared in The New York Times, EW, Rolling Stone, Image, Vertigo, and Marvel Comics, and within projects for MTV, Burton, Nike, 1800, AOL and many more. He is currently working on the Weatherman with co-creator Jody LeHeup, published by Image Comics.

Faculty include such diverse professional storytellers as filmmaker and writer Annelisa Garfunkel; editor and publisher Bill Kartalopoulos; historian and critic Leonard Marcus; photographer Stacy Renee Morrison; artist Jonathon Rosen; actor Lee Rosen; illustrator Matt Rota; director Christina Roussos; illustrator, comic book artist and designer Jim Rugg; author Mark Sable; designer, author and digital artist Tim Szetela; designer and design director Diego Vainesman; writer/game producer Ben Zackheim, among others

Applications are open now for entry into the next class, which starts in June 2019. For more information, please see the sites below:


Department. see HOW TO APPLY

Contact for further details.

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