Graduate Programs School of Visual Arts

Graduate Programs School of Visual Arts

New York, NY
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Tuition Cost Not Reported
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February 1
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21 Departments and Programs
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SVA in NYC: An Internationally Renowned College in a World-Class City

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) is a private college that was founded in 1947 to educate future generations of artists, designers and creative professionals. With more than 6,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.

Over the years, SVA has built a solid reputation and earned notable press across the globe. The College has been named a Military-Friendly School by "G.I. Jobs" and it's among the "U.S. News and World Report" Top 20 Best Fine Art Schools. SVA has also been named 1 of the 10 Most Influential MFA Programs in the World according to "Artspace" and 1 of the World's 25 Best Design Schools according to an industry survey conducted by "Business Insider."

New York City has always been a cultural haven and a global leader in the arts. With art's recent integration with new media, technology and commerce, NYC has clearly emerged as the best place to study, practice and work as a serious visual artist. Since 1947, SVA has educated, graduated and employed some of the most provocative and successful artists in America. Whether it's been fine art or graphic design, illustration or film, advertising or photography, interior design, animation or computer art, SVA has truly been at the "center of the center," giving artists the creative tools, insights and powerful networks they need to not only develop rich aesthetic sensibilities, but also go on to the careers they deserve.

A Full Array of Visual Arts Master's Degree Programs

SVA currently offers the following 21 rigorous and practice-based graduate arts programs: MFA Art Writing; MAT Art Education; MFA Art Practice; MPS Art Therapy; MPS Branding; MFA Computer Art; MA Critical Theory and the Arts; MA Curatorial Practice; MFA Design; MA Design Research, Writing & Criticism; MFA Design for Social Innovation; MPS Digital Photography; MPS Fashion Photography; MFA Fine Arts; MFA Illustration as Visual Essay; MFA Interaction Design

MPS Directing; MFA Photography, Video & Related Media; MFA Products of Design; MFA Social Documentary Film; MFA Visual Narrative. All of these innovative programs are taught by top professionals in their discipline with the aim of helping students further advance their careers as working artists. It is the extraordinary caliber of the faculty with whom the graduate student works that makes the realization of one's goals and creative vision possible. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility.

SVA encourages all prospective students to contact their program of interest and consider visiting campus before applying. In the fall, each graduate department hosts their own Information Session. These events provide prospective students with a unique opportunity to tour the facility and meet with the Chair, faculty, department staff, current students and alumni.

The Extensive and Well-Connected Alumni Network at SVA

SVA alumni represent one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. They have won CLIOs, Emmys, Cannes lions, countless film festivals, design awards, NEA and Fulbright Fellowships, to name a few. Still others extend SVA's tradition of educating artists by becoming teachers themselves.

SVA Alumni Affairs is dedicated to advancing the cultural and educational best interests of its members. Through programs, publications, special events and promotions, the office maintains an active relationship with the alumni and encourages them to support the College's mission to educate future generations of artists, designers, and creative professionals. All degree graduates of SVA are considered alumni.

The School of Visual Arts also supports the SVA Alumni Society. It is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, which exists to service the needs of SVA students and alumni. The Alumni Society hosts programs and events, which connect SVA's alumni with one another and the College.

Funding for Graduate Study at SVA

Merit-based, partial-tuition scholarships are offered by many of the graduate departments at SVA. Applicants are automatically evaluated for these awards during the application review process. Students may also apply for assistantships once they have entered the program. These awards are based upon individual merit and performance and vary by department. All applicants are encouraged to do their own research into outside scholarships and other sources of funding. Students who receive scholarships from outside organizations may be eligible for partial matching funds from SVA.

Creative Resources at SVA: Archives, Exhibitions, Galleries & Theater

New York's visual landscape wouldn't be the same without SVA, which has employed some of the era's most important designers and illustrators. Their work can be studied in the extensive collections of The Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives and the School of Visual Arts Archives, which are located in the Visual Arts Library and are part of the Visual Arts Foundation. The collections of both archives represent the vitality of the SVA community and the ways in which SVA has led an ongoing dialogue about the role of visual communication in daily life. The Archives provide source material for administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and other members of the School community, as well as scholars, authors, and other interested persons who seek to evaluate the impact of the School's activities on the history of American artistic, social, and cultural development. Materials in the Archives' collections include posters, announcements, departmental and student publications, and other printed ephemera and artifacts, dating back to its founding in 1947. The Archives also collects administrative and departmental records, photographs, and the papers of important individuals associated with the College.

Presenting over 50 exhibitions a year in three galleries, the exhibitions program at SVA advances the College's philosophy of integrating life outside the classroom with the teaching that occurs within. It also affords students the opportunity to study the work of renowned artists and designers, hear them speak at lectures or even meet them in person - all on campus. Since 1960, SVA has exhibited the work of some of the most significant figures in modern art, including William de Kooning Sol Lewitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Saul Steinberg, Mark di Suvero and Andy Warhol. Reflecting the breadth of its curricula, SVA has also exhibited prominent exponents of contemporary design, illustration and photography.

Matriculated students can also exhibit their work either as part of a department show, organized by their department chair or a guest curator, or by applying to the Office of Student Galleries for juried exhibition. For each student exhibition held at SVA, the College hosts an opening reception at which the exhibiting artists can interact with the public and members of the arts community as well as celebrate their accomplishments with friends, family and colleagues. Some of the most important present-day artists first exhibited their work while they were still students at SVA.

Seated in the heart of Chelsea, the SVA Theatre is an invaluable resource for the College. Since opening its doors in 2009, the theater has hosted numerous lectures, art performances, presentations and film screenings. It is also used by the community at large, hosting numerous public and private events throughout the year.

Location & Contact

Graduate Programs

School of Visual Arts

209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010-3994
United States

David Rhodes


Phone: 212-592-2350
Fax: 212-260-7621

Jessica Hull

Assistant Manager, Graduate Admissions

Phone: 212-592-2100
Fax: 212-592-2116

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
      Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
      Master of Professional Studies (MPS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 180
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Final review, project or thesis
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


37% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,350
    • Accepted 504
    • Acceptance Rate 37
    • Enrolled 221
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesportfolio
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students424
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students424
    • Part-time Percentage6%
    • Full-time Percentage94%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino6%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian43%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian7%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races10%
    • Unknown or International Student31%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty325
    • Full-time Percentage7%
    • Part-time Percentage93%
    • Female Percentage38%
    • Male Percentage62%



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