Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)

795 Congress Street, Portland, ME

Located in Portland, Maine, the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts is a nonprofit private graduate level school. This school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, and awards graduate level degrees in a variety of programs.  Graduate degree programs include both master's degrees and doctoral degrees.

The degree programs will vary by program and degree level.  However a sampling of classes you may take while matriculating at IDSVA include:

Topological Studies - This field of study holds the notion that the present is shot through with the past and the past is permeated with the present.  Each is found to inform and constitute the other.

Art Theory - An art theory program introduces students to practical and conceptual issues impacting artists, philosophers, and critics within a defined period of time.

Philosophy - Often serves as a re-introduction to important philosophers through time that include Kant through Hegel.

Dissertation and Research Methods - This span of classes is designed to help students understand the scope of a dissertation project and means to accomplish the end result via research methods appropriate for the project.

The average cost for tuition for the graduate level programs are around $20,000 per semester with costs and fees updated on the school's website annually.  Contact information, academics information , and financial aid details may be viewed on school's website at

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition is estimated to be around $34,000 per year for graduate students
  • The estimated tuition for part time students is around $1,500 to $1,800 per credit hour
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