MFA Visual Narrative Open Studios
The Open Studios show represents the culmination of the intensive summer semester at SVA’s MFA Visual Narrative program. This daring body of work by first and second year students explores how narrative paths can be created across the spectrum of genre and media. Through a broad range of new media techniques—from live action video, to storyboards and visual mapping, to animation, game design and sequential art—these students share a common goal of exposing truth by giving it narrative motion. The summer semester at the program is a two-month period of collaboration and active experimentation. Students take on assignments aimed at broadening their skillsets, honing their storycraft, and developing their personal voices. In completing these projects, each student adds a new chapter to their own story, in which the constraints of their assignments give birth to new ways of constructing narrative. This summer, each and every one of these emerging artists has risen to a new kind of challenge, as classes moved entirely online. Within the context of rapid and unexpected alteration of structures, they have found new ways to think of story as an immersive environment, and new ways to bring their fresh and unique voices to the world.