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Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts

  • Portland, ME
  • Private
  • Not

  • Not Reported
    student ratio
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    total students
  • $27,500 | $27,500
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)

The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts provides doctoral studies in philosophy, aesthetics, and art theory to visual artists, and to architects, curators, and scholars who approach their work as a creative practice. The IDSVA course of study is made up of three interrelated academic programs: "Topological Studies," "Seminars," and "Independent Studies." Each of these programs focuses on the historical relation between art and ideas. Over the three-year course of study, the programs overlap and intersect, illuminating from three blended perspectives the ever shifting, ever volatile relations between art and ideas.

IDSVA students work directly with internationally renowned artists and thinkers. The coursework blends distance learning with intensive residencies (Topological Studies) at Spannocchia Castle in Tuscany, the Venice Biennale, Paris, Istanbul, Berlin, New York City, and Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University).. The IDSVA Topological Studies Program is the only one of its kind in the world. With completion of the course of study, students take qualifying exams. The dissertation takes on average an additional two years to complete. The total time it takes to complete the degree is about five years.

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 careers, art practice, or other professional responsibilities.

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Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts

130 Neal Street
Portland, ME 04102
United States

Mr. Michael Smith

Admissions Advisor

Phone: 800-240-7357

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Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$27,500
    • Out-of-state tuition *$27,500
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    • *Typical fees for this insitution for full-time graduate students per academic year
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    • Female Percentage-2147483548%
    • Male Percentage-2147483648%



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