24 months
48600 USD/year
48600 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Fine Arts program at School of Visual Arts reflects the diversity of New York’s many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice.


Our students are given multiple opportunities for professional exposure, including studio visits with visiting artists, curators and critics, open studios, curated exhibitions in SVA’s galleries and our annual MFA Thesis Exhibition. Many students also find opportunities to exhibit their work off-campus in galleries and other venues. Students often work on-campus at SVA’s galleries, Sculpture Center, Library and Writing Center.

Why We Stand Out:

  • Interdisciplinary studio program emphasizes exploration and experimentation
  • Faculty comprised of internationally renowned artists
  • Visiting artists, curators, and critics give lectures and visit students’ studios
  • Ranked #5 Best Master’s Fine Arts Degrees

More About the Department

The Fine Arts program at School of Visual Arts is a full-time, interdisciplinary graduate program in the practice of contemporary art. The normal course of study is two years of full-time enrollment. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that students form strong connections with faculty through multiple one-on-one meetings, usually in the student’s studio. Each student selects a faculty mentor at the start of the program, and may continue with the same mentor for the duration of the program. In group critiques, students develop their ability to receive critical feedback and to offer constructive criticism by describing, analyzing and evaluating the work of their peers.

The MFA Fine Arts program attracts ambitious emerging artists from many countries and backgrounds. In their commitment to art, and to one another, they provide a foundation for artistic growth that extends beyond graduation and forms an ongoing platform of professional support.

Students deepen their knowledge of contemporary art, theory and art history in elective seminars, and develop the skills necessary to build sustainable careers in professional development workshops. Fieldwork courses take students to artists’ studios and galleries, and our weekly Talks course features lectures by artists, curators and art historians and presentations by our own students. (Students often find employment as assistants in artists’ studios.) The MFA Thesis includes an ambitious art project or body of work, a presentation and a catalog.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Colloquium
  • Mentorship 
  • Studio 
  • Talks

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application & Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Transcripts or Academic Records from Foreign Institutions
  • English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24300 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    48600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24300 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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