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School of Visual Arts

New York, NY


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Creative Scholarship in the heart of New York City

New York City's School of Visual Arts is a private college founded in 1947 as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School. As the academic and artistic scope has expanded over the decades, SVA's mission for working artists to educate talented students remains unchanged. The School of Visual Arts enrolls roughly 3,500 undergraduates. Because of the college's location in Manhattan, students have easy access to hundreds of galleries, dozens of museums, and internships at some of the best-known creative companies in the world.

SVA is NASAD and Middle States accredited, as well as a member of AICAD, a prestigious consortium of art and design institutions. SVA is included in the Best Fine Art Schools list compiled by "U.S. News and World Report." "Business Insider" ranks SVA as 1 of the World's 25 Best Design Schools, according to its industry survey. SVA is proud to be designated as a Military-Friendly School by "G.I. Jobs" for its commitment to educating veteran artists.

11 different BFA programs offered with a faculty of over 1,000

There are 11 Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree programs available to SVA students: advertising; animation; cartooning; computer art, computer animation and visual effects; design; fine arts; film; illustration; interior design; photography and video; and visual and critical studies All 11 degree programs are designed to be completed in four years and place emphasis on art-making in addition to critiques, lectures and traditional academic practices. With a faculty of over 1,000 practicing artists and creative professionals who are among the leaders in their fields and access to hundreds of museums, galleries and other cultural resources, SVA represents the best of New York City, global capital of art and design.

The honors program, art history and humanities and sciences

Qualified applicants to SVA's undergraduate programs are encouraged to apply to the honors program, which adds an interdisciplinary liberal arts framework to the studies of degree-seeking undergraduates. Honors students have access to special lectures and events, a 3rd year art history and science colloquium, and a 3rd year week-long international trip.

SVA's art history curriculum covers human creative expression from prehistory to the modern world, giving valuable context to students, studio practice. The humanities and sciences curriculum is a requirement in the undergraduate programs, and melds students' theoretical and creative backgrounds with relevant scientific and liberal arts topics.

International opportunities via Arts Abroad and Semester Abroad

The School of Visual Arts helps students broaden their horizons while deepening their artistic knowledge through both its Destinations and Semester Abroad programs. Destinations programs are one to four weeks in duration, and include such choices as Zine Design in Alaska, Fashion Photography in Miami Beach, Art History in Southern France, Painting in Barcelona, and Writing in Cambridge, England. Destinations is open to current students as well as to incoming students during the summer before their first semester. Semester Abroad allows qualified undergraduate students to spend a full fall or spring semester at one of the college's partner institutions or with fellow SVA students in SVA in Rome.

Opportunities and Outlets for Student Work

SVA juniors and seniors who meet program requirements may apply for the school's Internship for Credit program. These internships give students a chance to work with established creative professionals in the city while earning studio elective credit. SVA also operates its own facilities for the presentation of student creative work, including four galleries in Manhattan, the SVA Theatre, and the Visual Arts Press.

An Active and Accomplished Alumni Network

There are 35,000 School of Visual Art alumni living in 100 countries and working for such companies as Sony ImageWorks, Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation, BBDO/WEST, Google, Facebook, and CNN. SVA alumni have access to special benefits ranging from cultural events and career development services to discounts on continuing education classes and health insurance.

Need-Based Grants, Merit-Based Scholarships, and Matching Funds

The School of Visual Arts offers merit scholarships for 1st-year and full-time undergraduates, including the Silas H. Rhodes Merit Scholarship, named for SVA's iconic founder. SVA grants are awarded to full-time undergraduate students on the basis of financial need, and the matching outside scholarship program matches 25 percent of outside scholarships granted to SVA students, up to a specified dollar amount.

Location & Contact

Address 209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY  10010
United States
Contact Admissions Office
Phone: 212-592-2100
Fax: 212-592-2116

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Majors & Degrees

Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2.5
Other requirements exist (see below)
Recommended Interview
Other requirements: Portfolio

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
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Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 595 540 650
SAT Math 625 540 710
ACT Composite 24 21 27

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Hispanic/Latino 9.99%
Black or African American 3.53%
White or Caucasian 19.65%
Asian 14.35%
Other 1.89%


Male (28.42%)
Female (71.58%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 29%

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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 444
Part-time - 658
Male - 651
Female - 451
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