When words and images come together, they can create powerful visual narratives — stories that can touch hearts, change minds and even change the way we see our world – Story First.
The Visual Narrative MFA at SVA responds to the needs of today’s evolving creative markets by merging the artist and author. It’s an evolutionary process that puts story first and gives you the tools you need to craft your own stories and to help others craft theirs.
More than just a degree program, the MFA Visual Narrative program is a school of thought that immerses you in story. A select group of artist/authors, we are a diverse, tight-knit community where you learn in small classes and are mentored by top professionals who know how to navigate today’s competitive creative markets.
Part of the extraordinary appeal of the program is that it is low-residency. Three intensive eight-week summer semesters at SVA in New York City give you the chance to connect with your peers and professors, to create in-studio and to absorb the Visual Narrative process. Additionally, you are able to access the myriad of creative opportunities in the city and to build a community of colleagues and mentors that supports and inspires. Four semesters of on-line coursework, critiques, discussions and interactive projects give you the freedom to pursue your passion and live your life — without uprooting it.
In today’s workplace, storytelling is increasing demand. At MFA Visual Narrative, you’ll develop a fluency in what we call “Visual Writing.” We think of it as a whole new language that can take your creativity to the next level and give you the competitive edge in today’s creative economy. If you’re ready to dig deep, uncover universal truths and live and breathe story, come join us. The world needs compelling stories.
Here we have created a groundbreaking approach to visual storytelling. Comprised of three eight-week summer sessions in NYC and two academic years online, this low-residency MFA 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. Meet some of them here. Since the program is online throughout the year, this is a unique opportunity to get a feel for what our low residency summer sessions are like by touring the studios and our RisoLAB facility.
Come join Nathan Fox, Chair of MFA Visual Narrative, for this informal, informative and interactive presentation. Potential students will learn about the MFAVN curriculum and our philosophy and approach to visual storytelling, meet faculty members and current students, and discover all that the evolutionary low-residency program has to offer. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. This information session is open to the general public free of charge. Seating is given on a first-come, first-served basis.
All candidates are encouraged to submit applications by February 1 annually to be considered for first-round reviews and merit-based awards, as well as the Educator’s Scholarship. Remaining admissions and awards will continue on a rolling-deadline basis as space allows, meaning we review until we have 20 irresistible candidates. One of them could be you! Please take a look at the FAQ and the Application Guides on our site for both standard and Educator’s Scholarship applicants. And please don’t hesitate to contact us directly anytime at all–we love hearing from you.
Chair Nathan Fox‘s 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. Faculty include such diverse professional storytellers as author Lisa Cron; editor and publisher Bill Kartalopoulos; historian and critic Leonard Marcus; theater director Christina Roussos; photographer Stacy Renee Morrison; illustrator Matt Rota; illustrator, comic book artist and designer Jim Rugg; author Mark Sable; writer/game producer Ben Zackheim and writer Ed Valentine.