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School of Visual Arts

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New York, NY


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SVA in NYC: An Internationally Renowned College in a World-Class City

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. 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 is located in the heart of New York City, a world capital of art, design and culture; a fact that greatly enhances the education of its students.

In 1947, SVA opened its doors with 35 students and three faculty members. Today there are approximately 3,500 undergraduate students, 650 graduate students and 1,000 faculty members. With 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. Among them are Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, Grammy winners, MacArthur Fellows and Guggenheim Fellows. Their work can be found in the collections of the world's leading museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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 Arts; MA Critical Theory and the Arts; MA Curatorial Practice; MFA Design; MA Design Research, Writing and 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 and 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.

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

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 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. SVA features the work of faculty, alumni, students and renowned artists and designers in four exhibition spaces. The SVA Chelsea Gallery is SVA's premier exhibition facility with four state-of-the-art galleries and a large terrace with a commanding view of Lower Manhattan and the Hudson River. The SVA Theatre, also located in Chelsea, regularly hosts public and private lectures, art performances, presentations, and film screenings throughout the year.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Master of Professional Studies (MPS)
Master of Arts (MA)

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Final review, project or thesis



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 1st Not reported No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Portfolio

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Location & Contact

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

Phone: 212-592-2000
School of Visual Arts