Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts

PhD in Visual Arts

PhD in Visual Arts: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Visual Arts: Concentrations in Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts was founded for the sole purpose of providing doctoral studies in art theory and philosophy to visual artists, architects, curators, and scholars who approach their work as a creative practice. IDSVA admits candidates who hold an MFA or a similar degree, such as an M.Arch. or an MA in curatorial studies, visual studies, or art history. In addition to online instruction, study includes intensive residencies at Spannocchia Castle in Tuscany, the Venice Biennale, in Paris, and in New York City. IDSVA's pioneering curriculum - fusing distance learning with intensive residencies - allows working art professionals to pursue rigorous advanced scholarship without having to interrupt or abandon their teaching career, studio practice, or other professional responsibilities. Beyond the three-year curriculum, up to three additional years are allowed for completion of the dissertation.


Founded in 2007, IDSVA is currently undergoing the accreditation process as a new school with our regional accrediting body.

International Student Requirements:

Under current federal law, IDSVA is unable to provide Visa support to International Students. Any non-U.S. citizens applying to IDSVA must already have an immigrant or resident visa.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1450 USD

In State Tuition (per year): 29000 USD

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