Thesis Work

is the motto and mission statement of SVA’s groundbreaking MFA in Visual Narrative program, where the artist is author. From animation and video to comics and picture books, these digital short stories and their accompanying physical artwork are the culmination of the students’ work in visualizing stories that showcase their wide array of talents and distinct authorial voices.

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The Sprout

by Liz Enright

Mallory Mudd is a plucky, young sprout eager to fit in with a staunch society of gnomes. That’s no easy task considering her burgeoning powers often do more harm than ...    More



by Michelle Nahmad

When Esther, a spirited young girl from a small Jewish neighborhood, gets labeled a witch in taunts from her Catholic school classmates, she embraces being one. Despite the further scrutiny ...    More




Cadence’s Castle

by Cady Juarez

Cadence’s Castle reflects Cadence’s day-to-day realizations and struggles of growing up in Missouri with two mothers, Mom and Jackie, all thoughtfully recorded in Cadence’s personal journal. At  first Cadence, a ...    More




by Thomas Slattery

Dr. Theo Aphasian is a neuroscientist; a brilliant and charming man whose life experience has led him to believe that the human race needs to evolve away from codependence. Feeling ...    More