Prospective Students

Welcome to IDSVA


IDSVA’s world-class low-residency PhD in art theory & philosophy is designed for visual artists, curators, architects, and creative thinkers.  Residency & field-work sites include Rome, Spannocchia Castle (Tuscany), Siena, Florence, Venice, Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, NYC, and Brown University.  IDSVA’s Visiting Faculty includes world-renowned artists, philosophers, critics, and curators.


IDSVA has been the most amazing, remarkable, terrifying, fully satisfying, life transforming INTELLECTUAL ADVENTURE!
- Christopher Lonegan, 2013 IDSVA Graduate

IDSVA has provided every element I sought in a doctoral program -- well-known and highly respected faculty members, colleagues who are also working art professionals, international travel to some of the world's most prominent and treasured art sites...
-Robert Carroll, Cohort '09


IDSVA: The World-Class Low-Residency PhD in Visual Arts