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WATCH: Class of 2020 Educators Scholarship Recipients

The MFA Visual Narrative program is proud to offer an EducatorScholarship award for instructors currently teaching two or more classes at an accredited university or college, with at least two years experience. Other full-time educators with at least two years experience may also be eligible. The Educators Scholarship awards up to 50% of tuition on the recommendation of the Application Review Committee.

Hear how the Class of 2020 recipients balance their work and education.

Eva Hall (’20)

Pilar Newton-Katz (’20)

Sarah Shaw (’20)

The MFA Visual Narrative program annually selects incoming (first summer) and returning (second summer) students for modest Merit-Based Scholarships. These scholarships totaling $25K are awarded on the recommendation of the application review committee. The returning student merit-based scholarships totaling $25K are awarded on the recommendations of the first-year faculty based on academic performance and story development during the first three semesters of study.


One of the major economic benefits of the MFA Visual Narrative program’s design is its low-residency model. Students are able to retain their permanent residence, current lifestyle and career through the fall and spring semesters, while maintaining our part-time course load online. The low-residency model does not require relocation to NYC for the duration of the program. Students are only required to attend three summer intensives at SVA in NYC from June through July.

Download: The 2021 MFAVN Educators Scholarship Application Guide

Download: The 2021 MFAVN Standard Application Guide

Key Dates

September – Applications open for June 2021

January 15th – Recommended deadline for scholarship awards, application reviews begin

Early March – Second round deadline for applications

Remaining admissions and awards then continue on a rolling basis as space allows

May 29 Program Orientation for all classes

May 31 – July 24/July 31 Summer Session