History and Facts

History

  • 2006 - the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts is founded
  • 2007 - IDSVA is granted authority by the State of Maine to confer the PhD in Visual Arts. Inaugural classes are convened.
  • 2010 - IDSVA is granted Candidacy Status for Accreditation by the Commission on Institutes of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
  • 2015 - IDSVA is granted initial accreditation by NEASC.
  • 2019 – IDSVA is granted full accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly NEASC).

George Smith is the founding president of IDSVA.

Important statistics about IDSVA students

Each cohort is made up of approximately fifteen students, for a total of 45 students in the course of study. Additionally, another 45 students are writing dissertations.
The student body is:

35% male;
65% female;
12% Hispanic/Latino;
2% Asian; and
20% Black or African-American.

The average retention rate for 1st-year students continuing on to the 2nd year is 89%. The graduation rate is 70%. The cohort default rate on federal student loans is 0% for each of the past three years.