The School of Visual Arts (SVA) offers a groundbreaking program, the MFA in Visual Narrative. The MFA is built on an innovative approach to storytelling: the education of the “artist as author,” which puts equal emphasis on creative writing and visual expression. This flexible, low-residency 60-credit program is designed for working professionals and recent graduates from all creative disciplines who are interested in incorporating visual narrative into their art practice.
The program is chaired by editorial illustrator and comic book artist Nathan Fox, who graduated from SVA in 2002 with an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay. “Great visual storytellers challenge our notions of self and truth, engaging an audience to its core,” Fox said. “That level of visual narrative becomes an experience, a moment not soon forgotten, a memory forever cherished. These works have withstood the test of time, becoming part of our history and cultural identities.”
Students in the program are on campus in Manhattan for three intensive eight-week summer residencies. During the fall and spring semesters, they work online, synthesizing the skills and crafts presented in the summer sessions. During the summers, students attend classes and seminars and work in the studios for eight to ten hours per day, six days a week. The summer sessions concentrate on advanced writing, digital media and the process and craft of visual storytelling.
Faculty members include Jennifer Daniel, illustrator and graphics director; Alicia DeSantis, designer and art director; Edward Hemingway, feature reporter, comic writer and children’s book author; Joe Kelly, writer and co-founder, Man Of Action Studios; Ross MacDonald, author, illustrator and designer; Leonard Marcus, children’s book illustration expert; Benjamin Marra, comic book writer, artist, and publisher ; Matt Rota, illustrator; and Ben Zackheim, Senior Product Manager and Director for AOL Games.
Nathan Fox is an editorial illustrator and comic book artist. His work has appeared in The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, Interview, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wired, ESPN The Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, Spin, Mad Magazine, Image Comics, Vertigo, Dark Horse Comics and Marvel. In addition, his art has been featured in projects for MTV, the Burton US Open 2009, the Nike House of Hoops, the 1800 Tequila 2012 Essential Artist Series Bottles, Instant Winner, REAL Skateboards and many others.
School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.
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