36 months
20940 USD/year
20940 USD/year
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The Visual Narrative program at School of Visual Arts responds to the needs of today’s evolving creative markets by merging the artist and author. It’s an evolutionary process that puts story first and gives you the tools you need to craft your own stories and to help others craft theirs. 


More than just a degree program, the Visual Narrative program at School of Visual Arts is a school of thought that immerses you in story.

Program Learning Outcomes

At MFAVN, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of what story is and how it functions most effectively when visual and written media merge, by sharpening your writing skills and integrating them into your creative process and professional practice
  • Create original works as both author and artist within a supportive and transformative creative community, with visiting artists and mentoring by a top professional in your field
  • Connect and collaborate with a professional network in NYC and beyond
  • Prepare to compete in creative industries such as advertising, video, gaming, film, animation, sequential arts, illustration, design and more
  • Benefit from scholarships and our rolling admissions policy

A select group of artist/authors, we are a diverse, tight-knit community where you learn in small classes and are mentored by top professionals who know how to navigate today’s competitive creative markets.

Part of the extraordinary appeal of the program is that it is low-residency. Three intensive eight-week summer semesters at SVA in New York City give you the chance to connect with your peers and professors, to create in-studio and to absorb the Visual Narrative process. Additionally, you are able to access the myriad of creative opportunities in the city and to build a community of colleagues and mentors that supports and inspires. Four semesters of online coursework, critiques, discussions and interactive projects give you the freedom to pursue your passion and live your life—without uprooting it.

About the department

Whether you want to enhance your work through the power of story or take your professional skills to the next level, the MFA in Visual Narrative, one of SVA’s newest graduate degrees, is designed to make you think story first, and answer the increasing demand for great stories and storytellers.

A holistic approach, MFA Visual Narrative is a low-residency program that gives equal emphasis to creative writing and to visual art in all mediums. This merger of art and writing is a powerful tool that we think of as a whole new language. We call it Visual Writing. And our students are fluent. But fluent communication takes commitment and requires total immersion. It’s intense, it’s empowering and it gives new purpose to your creativity.

The MFA Visual Narrative program gives you the tools to craft your own stories and help others craft theirs.

A diverse group of carefully curated students spends three intensive summer residencies at SVA’s NYC campus. Then, two fall and two spring semesters engage students in rigorous online coursework—from anywhere in the world.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Black and White and Narrative Color         
  • Analog to Digital: Dynamic Transformations                   
  • Narrative Writing               
  • History of Visual Storytelling: Graphic Media                    
  • History of Visual Storytelling: Film
  • History of Visual Storytelling: Photography                                    
  •  Story Visualized                 
  • Creative Script                    
  • Digital Short Story            

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH



Academic requirements

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

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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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

    20940 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10470 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    20940 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10470 USD per semester during 36 months.

$20,160 summer semester (12 credits)

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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