A truly nomadic institution, the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) fuses interactive online education with intensive global residencies. This means that throughout the three-year course of study, IDSVA students can pursue rigorous advanced scholarship without interrupting or abandoning their teaching careers, art practice, or other professional responsibilities. Intensive residency sites include Rome, Spannocchia Castle (Tuscany), Venice, Berlin, Paris, Athens, Madrid, Marrakech, Mexico City, and New York City. Students typically submit their dissertations within two years following completion of the course of study. The total time to complete this degree is about five years.

Students & Alumni
IDSVA students and alumni regularly participate in national and international conferences, publish papers and articles in top journals, receive fellowships, take on new job opportunities, get promotions, and exhibit in solo and group shows around the world. IDSVA PhDs publish dissertations with major publishers, including Bloomsbury, Routledge, and Duke University Press.

IDSVA’s Faculty, Visiting Faculty, and Special Lecturers bring together major international philosophers, artists, and scholars. These renowned educators join students on residency and lead seminar discussions about a given site’s historical, artistic, and cultural significance. This impressive list includes Emilia Kabakov, Carmen Boullosa, Mel Edwards, David Webb, Stephen Greenblatt, Giuliana Bruno, and Santiago Zabala, to name a few.

Tuition & Scholarships
IDSVA offers generous scholarships, and our low-residency format allows IDSVA students to keep their jobs while working on their degrees. IDSVA students also qualify for Federally Guaranteed Student Loans that can help with tuition and the cost of living. Learn more about scholarships and tuition.

International Students
IDSVA can issue F-1 Visas to foreign students for residencies held in the United States, but the visa does not provide for full-time residence in the US. More information for international students can be found here.

Book a conversation with Molly Davis, Director of Admissions.

Visit idsva.edu to apply for September 2024. Email [email protected] for more information.

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