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School of Visual Arts

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Located in New York City, the east-coast epicenter for art and culture, the School of Visual Arts offers more than 10 areas of study for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and nearly 20 graduate programs. The school also offers continuing education courses, youth courses and an excellent study abroad program.

There are no intercollegiate sports offered at SVU, but activities abound. Because NYC is their campus, there are always activities to participate in including exhibits, broadway and off-broadway theater events, museums, and the ability to attend profesional sporting events such as Knicks and Rangers games.

In addition to the endless activities offered by the city, the school also has a yearbook, a magazine and a radio station. The Student Center is a meeting place for students and offers bands, movie nights, exhibits, talent shows and free food events. Between all of the engaging activities offered by the School of Visual Arts and the ready access to everything that New York City has to offer, students need never fear having nothing to do.


Undergraduate Programs

The School of Visual Arts offers a full-time Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in several different subjects including animation, computer art, film, graphic design, photography and advertising. The program is a standard 4-year program for students that attend full time and classes are offered both during the day and in the evenings. SVA prides itself on the passionate students, rigorous curriculum and outstanding faculty and glories in the fact that they are located in the vibrant and exciting New York City.

In addition to the standard degree programs, SVA also offers an undergraduate honors program. The honors program is unique in that during the first year, students examine modernity and modernism in four liberal arts courses in order to develop a sound base of knowledge in the visible world. During the second year, students study the historical, intellectual and artistic origins of modernity. This first two years of study satisfy most of the student’s art history, humanities and sciences requirements for the bachelor’s program.

During the third year, students complete the art history and science colloquium and get to take a trip abroad during spring break. The science colloquium is offered in conjunction with the Museum of Natural History. Students wishing to apply to this program should do so by March 15.

Graduate Programs

The School of Visual Arts offers nearly 20 graduate programs that all offer rigorous training using hands-on methods. Many schools have graduate arts programs, but many of them are teaching art with the goal of producing teachers. The goal of every program at SVA is to teach the skills and methods necessary to help further the careers of working artists. Even in such programs as the Art Therapy program, the primary goal is not to produce a therapist who also has art skills but to produce an artist who can use their art as a therapeutic tool for people with physical or mental challenges; an artist-as-therapist strategy.

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Unique Programs

The School of Visual Arts offers a unique type of study-abroad program. The school firmly believes that renewal, along with gaining new insights and experiences, is crucial to the creative process. Because of this belief, the study/work abroad program is open not only to full-time students but also to continuing education students, working artists and other professionals. People that participate in this program get a unique opportunity to participate in other cultures in order to learn more about their own histories, expand personal and professional perspectives and gain inspiration while renewing and recharging.

Students may choose from many different destinations including Barcelona, Southern France, Venice, Shanghai, Istanbul and Nicaragua among many others. There is even financial aid available for all students who participate.


Undergraduate Admissions

First-time students seeking to obtain an undergraduate degree from the School of Visual Arts need to submit several documents in order to be considered for admission. These documents include the application and accompanying application fee, SAT/ACT scores, official high school transcripts (even for students who have earned a GED) and a statement of intent. Students must also submit a portfolio of work. Depending upon the medium, the portfolio should contain about 15-20 pieces. Film and video applicants will need to submit an essay in lieu of a portfolio and students that do not attend on-campus portfolio review sessions may submit a digital portfolio.

All applicants with a 3.0 or higher will be considered for scholarships but freshman students that wish to be considered should submit a completed application packet by February 1 and transfer students need to apply by March 1. Students who are awarded scholarships will be notified.

Graduate Admissions

The graduate admissions process at the School of Visual Arts is fairly straightforward but students should ensure that all packets are complete because if not, they will not be reviewed. All applicants are required to submit the application and fee along with a CV/resume, personal statement or statement of intent, official college transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation. Also, some students are required to submit a portfolio and/or writing samples. Student interviews may also be required but this is determined on a student-by-student basis.

Students submitting transcripts from non-US universities are required to submit an evaluation of foreign transcripts and English Proficiency tests may be required if English is not a student’s first language.

There may be additional requirements per program so students should work closely with the school to ensure that all requirements are met.

Financial Aid

The School of Visual Arts offers financial aid in the form of private and public scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. There are both merit-based and need-based scholarships available as well as special programs for New York residents. In order to be eligible for all forms of aid available, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online beginning in January.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 225th for the average student loan amount.
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Ranks 130th in New York and 1322nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.16
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 29,829 0.36
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 515 0.01
Forcible Rape 1,092 0.01
Robbery 19,773 0.24
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18,159 0.22
Larceny 112,864 1.37
Vehicle theft 9,434 0.11

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near New York, NY 10010
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population26,408 (26,408 urban / N/A rural)
Households15,545 (1.63 people per house)
Median Household Income$62,467
Families4,773 (2.52 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Schools of art, music, and design
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3612

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 165th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $32,270 $32,270 $32,270
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,076 $1,076 $1,076
FT Graduate Tuition $36,150 $36,150 $36,150
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,290 $1,290 $1,290
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $54,883 $54,883 $54,883
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $54,883 $54,883 $54,883
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $38,083 $38,083 $38,083

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $29,500 $31,030 $29,500 $31,030 $29,500 $31,030
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,713(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $15,700 $16,200
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,300 $4,100
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $15,700 $16,200
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,300 $4,100
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,300 $4,100

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$80
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 3,278 (1,069 male / 2,209 female)
Admitted 2,455 (748 male / 1,707 female)
Admission rate 75%
First-time Enrollment 617 (231 male / 386 female)
FT Enrollment 615 (230 male / 385 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (1 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment4,338

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

ACT Test Admission

497th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 14%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 26

SAT Test Admission

627th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 86%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 880 / 1150

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,218
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$13,800
Board Fee$3,000

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 310 31 79 123 5 478 65 1,095
Advertising 26 1 3 8 26 1 65
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 6 3 8 4 23 8 52
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 3 1 1 1 19 1 26
Art Teacher Education 1 1 1 1 13 17
Art Therapy/Therapist 2 15 17
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 8 2 3 14
Computer Graphics 45 2 8 17 1 34 6 113
Design and Applied Arts, Other 10 2 2 10 24
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 16 4 10 5 1 71 11 119
Fine/Studio Arts, General 34 2 2 5 48 5 96
Graphic Design 84 1 16 35 50 12 198
Illustration 40 9 8 30 57 9 154
Interior Design 3 2 3 5 1 14
Photography 34 4 20 10 2 104 11 186

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4084th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $43,982 ($47,111 male / $34,813 female)
Number of FT Faculty 143 (92 male / 51 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,019
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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