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
The event will take place on December 11th via Zoom. Register with link in article.
IDSVA Director Simonetta Moro will participate in a tribute to Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo (1936-2023) and present her recent publication The Vattimo Dictionary.
Rikiesha Metzger, cohort ’19 explores innovative approaches to sharing Black culture through the arts. Built upon a solid spiritual foundation and community involvement, her goal is to teach various forms of self-expression and introspection through the practice of art making.
Upon Randall Stratton's untimely passing, IDSVA President, George Smith shares a few words about Randall.
Join the live stream on November 2-3, 2023: https://usgm.link/giannivattimo
We're pleased to present an extensive list of IDSVA students and alumni participating in academic conferences this fall.
Gianni Vattimo, the great Italian philosopher, died yesterday. We remain forever in Gianni Vattimo’s debt.
IDSVA’s Non-Studio PhD is for Artists and Creative Thinkers is now accepting applications for May 2024 Enrollment.
Simonetta Moro and Prof. Santiago Zabala present The Vattimo Dictionary on November 7th at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.
"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.
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