Find Your Story at SVA’s MFA Visual Narrative Program

Applications for Summer 2017 are open. Registration is open for an online Q&A session on December 14 and an info session on January 14.


“The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” —Muriel Rukeyser

FIND YOUR STORY” is the mission of the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Students evolve their voices as both creative writers and visual artists, utilizing the strengths of all media, from traditional visual arts, animation and film to games and digital narrative platforms.

The interdisciplinary, low-residency program includes three intensive summers at SVA, linked by two years of flexible online study. Chaired by author/illustrator Nathan Fox, the MFAVN program prepares students for the growing demand for visual storytellers. To date, thesis projects include an interactive memory-based journey of first heartbreak, an animated sci-fi comic, a narrative photo book about eating alone, a handwritten journal “found” on a subway bench, and an interactive children’s book featuring edible words. A project’s viability is considered during the approval process, but there are no limitations on which storytelling platforms the students choose.

To carry out this vision, the faculty is drawn from a range of creative fields and includes editor Bill Kartalopoulos (The Best American Comics), theatre director Christina Roussos, comic artist/writer Jim Rugg (Street Angel), author Lisa Cron (Wired for Story), photographer Stacy Renee Morrison, game designer/animator Tim Szetela, children’s literature critic/curator Leonard Marcus, and TV writer Ed Valentine (Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man).

Applications for Summer 2017 are open.

Online Q&A Session, 12/14. Register.

Info Session at SVA, 1/14. Register.

Continuing Education courses are offered. Browse.

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