IDSVA’s pioneering curriculum—fusing interactive online education with intensive residencies—allows working art professionals to pursue rigorous advanced scholarship without having to interrupt or abandon their teaching careers, art practice, or other professional responsibilities.Why IDSVA ?
As a true nomadic institution, IDSVA does not have a campus. We exist everywhere our students and faculty are. The IDSVA experience fuses interactive online education with intensive residencies in Rome, Spannocchia Castle (Tuscany), Siena, Florence, Venice, Berlin, Paris, Athens, Madrid, Marrakech, Mexico City, and NYC.Residencies
Artists, architects, curators, educators, philosophers, and creative scholars. Throughout this experience, IDSVA students are joined by world-leading artists and philosophers who make up the Core Faculty and Visiting Faculty.Application Requirements
Our innovative curriculum explores the deeply intertwined relations between the history of ideas and the history of visual culture. IDSVA grants a PhD in Visual Arts: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory.Course of Study
IDSVA’s aim is to change the way human beings think, to change the way we see the lifeworld and the way we see one another. That change—the change we are working toward as a shared communal aspiration—stands as IDSVA’s vision of the possible.
The IDSVA Visiting Faculty bring together the world's leading philosophers, artists, and scholars. These internationally renowned educators join students at residency sites and lead seminar discussions about the site's historical, aesthetic, and ideological significance.Learn more
With a wide-ranging and prolific array of exhibitions, conference presentations, and publications, IDSVA students & alumni are changing the way we see and think.
We are proud to share the latest job announcements from our students & alumni.Learn more
Recent book publications from IDSVA students, alumni, and faculty.Learn more
IDSVA is preparing to hold our upcoming New York City residency in person, from Jan 2–9, 2022. We will have a vaccine mandate for all participants.
The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts is proud to host the second part of the year-long symposium: On the Anthropocene: Either/Or, launched in spring 2021, with a series of lectures by renowned theorists and philosophers.
PACT 2021: The 12th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition (PACT). The conference is being held at Volcanoes National Park, Hawaiʻi. September 9-11, 2021
We are saddened by the passing of Jean-Luc Nancy (July 26, 1940--August 23, 2021), one of the most important French philosophers of the second half of the twentieth century. During our residency in Paris in 2018 and again in the summer of 2020, he delivered lectures concerning art, community, ecology, and contemporary society.
We are pleased to announce that several lectures from spring and summer 2021 are now available to view on Vimeo.
The grant will fund the creation of a new sculpture the cataloging, preservation and digitization of prominent archives in the field of African American art.
Join us for What about Africanness? A conversation with Curlee Holton and Jane Taylor May 1, 2021, 12pm EDT/6PM SAST Register here: Zoom
Join us for Revolution Anthropocene: Geoaesthetics of the Planetary Condition a virtual lecture: April 17, 2021, 12pm EST Register here: Zoom
Join us for Culture as Reciprocity. Towards ecological citizenship a virtual lecture: March 20, 2021, 12pm EST Register here: Zoom
"IDSVA is one of the single most important developments in the recent history of art education."
David C. Driskell, (1931-2020) American artist and preeminent historian of African American Art. The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora is located at the University of Maryland, College Park.