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Call for Applications: PhD in Visual Arts: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory at IDSVA

The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA) offers a non-studio PhD in philosophy and art theory for artists and creative thinkers. With no campus, IDSVA is a truly nomadic institution, existing everywhere our students and faculty are. We are now accepting applications for September 2023 enrollment with a priority deadline of April 3, 2023.


IDSVA has been pioneering and refining blended education since 2007. The IDSVA PhD program fuses interactive online education with intensive global residencies, allowing working art professionals to pursue rigorous advanced scholarship without interrupting or abandoning their teaching careers, art practice, or other professional responsibilities. Intensive residencies are held in Rome, Spannocchia Castle (Tuscany), Venice, Berlin, Paris, Athens, Madrid, Marrakech, Mexico City, and NYC.


What may be most surprising about IDSVA is the strong sense of community, even though IDSVA is largely a distance learning program. The intensive residencies create a sense of communal belonging among cohort members and their faculty. The shared meals, museum visits, and travels together forge a bond that carries over into the virtual seminars and discussions of the online semesters.


The IDSVA Faculty, Visiting Faculty, and Special Lecturers bring together major international philosophers, artists, and scholars. These renowned educators join students on residency and lead seminar discussions about the site's historical, aesthetic, and ideological significance. This impressive list includes: Emilia Kabakov, Carmen Boullosa, Mel Edwards, David Webb, Giovanbattista Tusa, Jane Taylor, and Santiago Zabala, to name a few.

Tuition & Scholarships

IDSVA offers generous scholarships, and our low-residency format allows IDSVA students to keep their job while working on their degree. IDSVA students also qualify for Federally Guaranteed Student Loans that can help with tuition and the cost of living. More information about scholarships and tuition can be found here.

You can book a conversation with Molly Davis, Director of Admissions, here.

Apply by April 3, 2023, for September 2023. Email for more information.

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