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
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.
We are very pleased to announce Erin Perfect as our new IDSVA librarian. Erin will succeed Laura Graveline, who established the virtual library in partnership with the Maine State Library in 2010.
IDSVA is pleased to announce that several IDSVA Alumni have published their dissertations.
The Spring 2024 calendar has now been posted to our website. Please review the important changes we are introducing this coming spring.
Application reviews commence October 1, 2023. The position begins May 1, 2024. In collaboration with IDSVA’s CEO, the president provides the institution’s overall leadership, serves as IDSVA’s chief spokesperson, and directly serves the faculty, students, staff, and board of trustees.
The following roster of scholars and artist-philosophers will join IDSVA students in seminars and symposia on residency.
Join us on April 14th at 5pm EDT.
"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.