School of Visual Arts

Computer Art


209 E 23rd St.

New York City, NY 10010

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.F.A. - Computer Art

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Recently named one of the “Top Ten Digital Art Schools in the World” by ImagineFX magazine, the MFA Computer Art program was also ranked fifth in Multimedia/Visual Communication by U.S. News & World Report. Graduates of the department are employed by the most prestigious digital studios: Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, DreamWorks, Disney, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rhythm & Hues, Digital Domain, Blue Sky Studios, mtv and Electronic Arts. Other alumni choose the entrepreneurship of their own businesses. Those who pursue fine art careers exhibit their work in museums and galleries, including: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, P.S.1/MOMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Tate Online. Students come from around the world to study in our program, and the international representation provides unique perspectives that offer different cultural approaches to the creative process. First-year courses in studio, art history, computer systems and programming build the foundation for second-year thesis work, which is supported through weekly critiques and related advanced areas of study. The digital art seminar series, software workshops, guest lectures and visiting artist program provide in-depth exposure to all areas of digital art. Awards have been bestowed upon our students by major international competitions, including Student Academy Awards (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013); Adobe Design Achievement Award (2006); YouTube Award (2006); Prix Ars Electronica; SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater and Art Show; Webby Awards; ISEA; and the Leonardo Award for Excellence. Student works have appeared in such acclaimed film festivals as Cannes, Tribeca and Sundance, and animation film festivals in Annecy, Ottawa and New York, among dozens of others. The goal of our program is to develop artists who will produce significant creative work throughout their careers and become leaders in their chosen fields. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website.

Financial aid is only available for those who qualify.


The School of Visual Arts (SVA) been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Professional Studies. Specific programs in which these degrees are offered, and data required by the U.S. Department of Education on "Gainful Employment" for each program, may be found on SVA is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation; the Art Therapy program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.; and the Art Education program is accredited by the New York State Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education (RATE).  

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Specialized Institution—School of art, music, or design

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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