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SVA offers a low-residency MFA program in visual narrative with two years online and three summers in NYC. Applications for Summer 2018 are open.

  • Offers a distinctive and evolutionary approach to storytelling on a graduate level by placing equal emphasis on both creative writing and visual expression across all mediums
  • Focuses on the growing need for original content creators in advertising, video games, picture books, graphic novels, film, photography, sequential arts, illustration and animation to name a few
  • Prepares artists and authors to become innovators in the ever-evolving art of visual storytelling

The MFA Visual Narrative program is proud to now offer an Educator's Scholarship award for instructors currently teaching two or more classes at an accredited university or college with at least two years experience. Online and international classes are eligible. MFAVN will award up to three scholarships annually, each covering 10-50% of tuition. Grants for free housing for summer 2018 will be awarded to students outside the NYC area. 

Detailed application guides for both standard and Educator’s Scholarship applications are available here.

Story Visualized: The Artist as Author

Great stories (and the visual storytellers who create them) offer more than just a visual series of things that happen. Beyond the mere delivery of information or illustrated text, they move and engage us. We see ourselves and our humanity reflected within them. Be it through animation, fine art, film, gaming, VR, Illustration, design or graphic novels, story remains one of the most powerful, effective and universally emotive expressions of human nature. 

We are wired for story from the moment we first open our eyes, immersed in a brand-new world, to the time we grow old enough to reflect on the life lived. Regardless of medium or format, story is how we communicate the visual potential of what can only be imagined. It’s how we identify a sense of self and relate to those around us. It’s how we understand the world we live in now and connect to the past that brought us here. 

In the MFA Visual Narrative program, creative writing and image-making are considered a single language–visual storytelling. Only when we have mastered this language, discovering our own internal process, are we able to communicate our unique vision of the human experience. Through guest lectures, workshops, portfolio development and professional practice studies, we will explore and challenge the conventional rules of narrative design, story development and authorship. Students will discover their own individual narrative voice, not as just a writer or image-maker alone, but as both author and artist. By examining the fundamental forms and visual language of story, students will begin to define their own particular approach and bring their stories to life in a way that only they can tell them. 

The MFA Visual Narrative program’s goal is to dig deep and elevate the artist and author in you.

So, dear reader, what’s your story?


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