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Colloquium for International Graduate Students

August 16 – August 27, 2021

Tuition: $2000

1 graduate credit

This inaugural colloquium introduces international artists and incoming graduate students in the fields of art and design to the discourses and communities of New York City, with the guidance of SVA’s world-renowned graduate faculty.


Participants will tour the city’s art and design hubs, while attending seminars on its creative and cultural landscapes, in order to better understand the place of their own work and ideas within these industries. Emphasis will be placed on critical dialogue, collaborations, the role of contemporary art and design in the global marketplace, and the political and ideological concerns facing artists and designers in the 21st century.


Seminars and participatory workshops are led by intercultural, professional practitioners and educators who will introduce key ideas and vocabulary relevant to the fields of art and design. Participants will be encouraged and supported in their development of critical language skills and cultural awareness, helping them enter into the international mosaic of the American art market, and preparing them for collaborations with curators, clients and fellow creatives.


The goals of this intensive are to help ready newly arrived international artists and designers for the rigors of working in New York City, and to provide tools and resources for success. Instruction will be conducted in English.

The colloquium will be led by SVA faculty member Jennifer Rittner.


NOTE: New SVA graduate students requiring an I-20 who register for this two-week program will be permitted to enter the U.S. 30 days prior to the start of the program.


Safety is our priority. Therefore, we will be monitoring the current health situation and travel restrictions before confirming any programs. In addition, specific facility access will be subject to health and safety guidelines adopted by the College.


For further information or questions regarding SVA's Summer Residencies e-mail residency@sva.edu.

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