School of Visual Arts

209 East 23rd Street, New York, New York

School of Visual Arts is widely recognized as one of the finest colleges of arts in country for its innovative and experimental program philosophies and its unparalleled faculty of professional artists. SVA is located in the heart of New York City, a world capital of art,design and culture; a fact that greatly enhances the art educations 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.

One of the overriding philosophies of SVA is its focus on using working professionals as faculty. This allows us to have our students taught by people who are at the top of their game. It helps that SVA is located in the heart of New York City--the epicenter of publishing, art and commerce.

Our access to New York City's wealth of opportunities is not something we take for granted. Between our location and our professional faculty, we are in a unique position to offer our students incredible opportunities to get to meet key contacts in the art world--and it pays off. Our students have interned at over 800 companies and gone on to earn MacArthur and Fulbright fellowships as well as Emmys, Grammys and Oscars for their work art companies around the world.

It boasts four exhibition spaces featuring the work of faculty, alumni, students and renowned artists and designers, including the SVA Chelsea Gallery, which offers approximately 4,000 square feet of exhibition space in the heart of the Chelsea gallery district.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, MA, MFA, MAT, MPS
ACCREDITATION: AATA, CIDA, MSCHE, NASAD, NY State RATE
MAJORS OFFERED:

Advertising*
Animation*
Art Education**
Art Therapy**
Art Writing**
Branding**
Cartooning*
Computer Art**
Computer Art, Computer Animation, & Visual Effects*
Critical Theory & the Arts**
Curatorial Practice**
Design
Design for Social Innovation**
Design Research, Writing and Criticism**
Digital Photography Online**

 

Digital Photography**
Directing**
Fashion Photography**
Film*
Fine Arts
Illustration as Visual Essay**
Illustration*
Interaction Design**
Interior Design*
Photography and Video*
Photography, Video, & Related Media**
Products of Design**
Social Documentary Film**
Visual & Critical Studies*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2015-2016
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 35,000
MANDATORY FEES 0
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 1,713
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 17,700
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 17,700
OTHER 4,200
FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $10,554 38%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 5,068 28%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 3,794 14%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 6,116 44%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $17,767
58% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 69%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 27%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 3,522

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 3,465
PART-TIME 144

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Recommended
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Optional
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2015-2016

FACULTY FTE1 = 732

FULL-TIME 196
PART-TIME 705
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2015
5.71 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2013 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2014
85%
 
FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
85%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2008 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
66%
 
FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
69%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2015

THIS DATA IS NOT COLLECTED.

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2015
65% FEMALE
35% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2015
OTHER PROGRAMS

Continuing Education
ESL Studio Program
Pre-College
Art for Kids
Culture-Design-Fine-Arts in NYC
Liberty Partnership Program
Impact! Design for Social Change

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

International Exchange
Arts Abroad
Specialized Summer Workshops for International Students
Disability Services
Student Health and Counseling Services
Student Juried Exhibitions
Internships
Career Development Office
20+ Student Organizations
Student Magazine
Visual Arts Student Association
WSVA the Campus Radio Station
Yearbook

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).