In a recent article written by Ada Price (BFA 2008 Cartooning) in the Comics section of Publishers Weekly, SVA was highlighted as one of five schools that are all growing and developing a more diverse student body in their cartoon departments. Cited as having, “the richest history and the longest running cartooning program” out of all the schools, Price writes, “SVA’s legacy of extraordinary teachers extends itself into more recently developed cartooning programs which have cropped up over the last couple decades.”
The increase in women interested in the field has also affected the type of work being produced: “The focus of the curriculum has moved beyond mainstream superhero and adventure comics to a wide range of genres. SVA’s [faculty member Keith] Mayerson pointed to the ‘manga revolution and the graphic novel revolution.'” Expansion of curricula has also been prevalent in these schools, and Price list the program’s Senior Portfolio series as being an example of the development outside of foundation classes as well as a stronger focus on the business side of the field.