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School of Visual Arts (SVA), School of Visual Arts

Address: 209 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010, United States

Description School of Visual Arts (SVA), School of Visual Arts

  • Established: 1947
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Students age: from 17 years old
  • Number of students: 3 871 people.
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of study: Independent School of Art and Design.

The School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, creative professionals for over seven decades. With a faculty of outstanding working professionals, a dynamic curriculum, emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility.

SVA was founded by co-founders Silas H. Rhodes and Burne Hogarth in 1947 as a School of Cartoonists and Illustrators. It began with three teachers and 35 students, most of whom were World War II veterans, so a significant portion of their training was paid for by the Military Act. The college was renamed the School of Fine Arts in 1956. The School began to award its first academic degrees in 1972, and by 1983 it had presented the first master's program in fine arts in painting, drawing and sculpture.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in School of Visual Arts (SVA), School of Visual Arts

Program name
from 22 500 $ / semester


  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Animation
  • Computer art, computer animation and visual effects
  • Design
  • Film
  • art
  • Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Photography and video
  • Visual and critical research.
from 25 200 $ / semester

Master's degree

  • Art practice
  • Art writing
  • Computer graphics
  • Design
  • Design for social innovation
  • art
  • Illustration as a visual essay
  • Interactive design
  • Photography, video and related media
  • Design Products
  • Social documentary
  • Visual story
  • Curatorial practice
  • Design
  • Research, writing and criticism
  • Art education
  • Art therapy
  • Branding
  • Digital photography
  • Directing
  • Fashion photography.

Accommodation, housing and food

On-campus students join a unique community of artists in a safe, diverse, supportive living environment. The school offers students several housing options for any budget:

  • Ludlow Residence is a traditional style hostel offering single / double rooms.
  • 23rd Street Residence, 24th Street Residence, Gramercy Women's Residence Halls offer students apartment accommodation.

The cost of housing SVA in one of the residences of the College ranges from 16,000 to 19,950 dollars per year.

  • The non-refundable placement registration fee is $ 400.

Events School of Visual Arts (SVA), School of Visual Arts

  • The Fine Arts Students Association (VASA) supports student clubs and events to help students communicate and meet with their peers. VASA officers and staff organize an annual Halloween party, craft fair at the holiday bazaar, final week programs, special events for the elderly.
  • All of New York is an SVA campus. When students are not in the classroom or studio, there are many ways to take advantage of all the city has to offer! The Student Engagement, Leadership Department plays an important role in orienting new students to the city, SVA campus, creating opportunities for students to meet and communicate with each other. The ability to find like-minded people, make friends, create your own social network are the key factors for a student's happiness and success in SVA.
  • Students can join any registered club or participate in club-sponsored events. If a student has a special interest, he can create a community if it does not currently exist.


  • SVA has graduated over 38,000 artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, photographers and other creative professionals. Among them are Oscar and Emmy winners, Grammy winners, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellows. Their work can be found in the collections of the world's leading museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • To become a professional artist, you need not only to develop talent and hone skills, but also to gain practical experience, the experience of creative enrichment, which students form in a real gallery. SVA's commitment to achieving this goal is unmatched, with a staff of gallery professionals working with students to host over 40 exhibitions annually in three showrooms, SVA Galleries Exhibitions Online.
  • The SVA exhibition program gives students the opportunity to explore the work of renowned artists and designers, listen to their lectures, or even meet in person at college. Since 1960, SVA has been exhibiting some of the most significant figures in contemporary art, including Eva Hesse, Willem de Kooning, Saul Levitt, Agnes Martin, Robert Motherwell, Alice Neil, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jackie Winsor.

Equipment School of Visual Arts (SVA), School of Visual Arts

  • The student center is equipped with the latest technology and provides SVA students with a shared space to meet, check emails, watch TV, or just relax between classes. It is a great place to socialize, discuss projects, host club meetings or host social events. A gallery space is available upon request to showcase student work.
  • Since 1978, the SVA Library has been located at 380 Second Avenue in the Gramercy District of Manhattan, and the library's first permanent branch, SVA Library West, was established in 2018 to better serve the expanding campus. Both offices provide comfortable, affordable, inviting spaces for study and relaxation.
  • Since 2015, SVA RisoLAB has been offering risograph printing classes, workshops, an in-house training program, open access to the laboratory for current and former students. The school strives to provide a high level of technical and aesthetic training in the field of risograph printing for artists, designers, illustrators, photographers, creatives of all skill levels.
  • The SVA GroundFloor Incubator turns projects of School of Visual Arts alumni into viable businesses with positive social impact. With free SVA GroundFloor Scholarships, graduates receive the mentorship, resources they need to run a sustainable business.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

  • Bachelor's degree admission fee - $ 500
  • Admission fee to the master's program - 1000 $
  • Medical insurance fee - $ 1380 / semester.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

  • The non-refundable application fee is $ 50.
  • Statement of Intent - approximately 500 words: A description of the reasons why the applicant wants to study fine arts.
  • Portfolio - 15-20 images or (for applicants for film-related programs) a film or essay in two parts. The portfolio should contain samples of the most striking works, it is recommended to post it in the Slideroom.
  • Foreign applicants who hold academic documents from institutions outside the United States must provide originals (certified) or certified copies of academic documents for all institutions from their first year of high school or high school. These records must be in the original language.
  • The results of tests for knowledge of English for foreigners: TOEFL - score 80 or higher on the Internet version, IELTS - minimum score 6.5., PTE Academic - 53, Duolingo - 115 or higher.

Scholarships School of Visual Arts (SVA), School of Visual Arts

SVA provides scholarships to help talented students realize their dreams of becoming professional artists. Scholarships are primarily awarded to full-time students entering the Fall semester, based on academic and creative merit.

The first-year newcomer award may be renewed for each of the next three years, provided the recipient is enrolled full-time and earns a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

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