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
Join us on October 15, 2022 at 1:00 pm (EDT)
Join us for this virtual event on September 24th at 11:00 (EST) /17:00 (SAST)
IDSVA students visited Madrid, Marrakech, Paris, Rome, Spannocchia Castle (Tuscany), and Venice.
We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Simonetta Moro to Full Professor of Art, Philosophy, and Visual Studies.
We're excited to announce that our NYC residency will resume this spring. The Commecement Ceremony will take place on May 1st.
With Dr. El Putnam and Dr. Keren Moscovitch.
Carolyn Jean Martin is an educator and artist. She earned an M.F.A. in painting and an M.A. in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art from San Francisco Art Institute.
The Omicron variant has been spreading exponentially over the past several days. Travel and social interaction are once again posing serious risk of infection. In light of that, we will reschedule the upcoming January residency and Commencement in NYC to April, conditions permitting.
"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.