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Walter Benjamin working in the library while reading Degree Critical on his smartphone.

The MFA program in Art Writing at the School of Visual Arts in NYC was established in 2007 for writers with a focus on visual arts and criticism as a place to hone this special craft. Degree Critical, initiated soon after as the department’s online publication, has grown to encompass writing by students, faculty, and alumni, making it an unparalleled space on the Internet for perceptive and relevant critical writing.

While still affiliated with the department, as the journal moves into its second decade, we’re rejuvenating Degree Critical and re-launching it as a unique website,

To celebrate this inspiring transformation of our beloved publication, we’ve planned an evening of readings, music to write by, and refreshments. Prospective students who would like more information about the program will have an opportunity to speak with current students, alumni, and faculty as well. Come see why we are the premier graduate program for Art Writing in the country, and explore this new phase of Degree Critical.

Please join us at our department at 132 West 21st Street in Chelsea, on the 6th floor, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 7 to welcome the new Degree Critical! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to stay up-to-date.

We are accepting applications for the Fall 2019 term.

Generous departmental scholarships, as well as other forms of assistance, are available for successful applicants. For further information visit our website and see sample programs, faculty bios, news, recordings of our popular lecture series, and admissions procedures.

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