School of Visual Arts

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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, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit

School of Visual Arts is a college of art and design whose mission is to educate future generations of artists, designers and creative professionals.

General Information

Admission Office
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010-3994
(212) 592-2100
(800) 436-4204
Fax: (212) 592-2116
[email protected]
Contact: Yoi Tanaka Gayler
Director of Admissions
Main Address
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010-3994
(212) 592-2000
Total undergrads: 3,636
Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,402

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus
Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $50
Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: Not reported

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 2012-’13 2014- ’15
Tuition and fees $26,800 $28,140 $29,500 $31,030 $33,560
Books and Supplies $1,713 $1,713 $1,713 $1,713 $1,058
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $15,700 $15,500 $15,700 $16,200 $17,000
Other $4,100 $4,200 $4,300 $2,300 $4,100
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $15,700 $15,500 $15,700 $16,200 $17,000
Other $4,100 $4,200 $4,300 $4,100 $4,100
Total Expenses 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 2012-’13 2014- ’15
In-state On Campus $48,313 $49,553 $51,213 $53,043 $55,718
In-state Off Campus $48,313 $49,553 $51,213 $53,043 $55,718
In-state with Family $32,613 $34,053 $35,513 $36,843 $44,118
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $33,560
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $33,560
Out-of-state Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 412 63%
Grant or scholarship aid 333 51% $3,687,310 $11,073
• Federal grants 175 27% $886,450 $5,065
• Pell grants 175 27% $767,200 $4,384
• Other federal grants 84 13% $119,250 $1,420
State/local government grant or scholarships 111 17% $382,578 $3,447
Institutional grants or scholarships 272 42% $2,418,282 $8,891
Student loan aid 323 49% $3,926,308 $12,156
• Federal student loans 318 49% $1,965,124 $6,180
• Other student loans 67 10% $1,961,184 $29,271

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 737 292
Communication and Journalism Programs 33 23
Advertising 33 23
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 45
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 45
Computing and Information Sciences 53 44
Computer Graphics 53 44
Education 19
Art Teacher Education 19
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 18
Art Therapy/Therapist 18
Visual and Performing Arts 606 188
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 24 9
Design and Applied Arts, Other 28
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 100 21
Fine/Studio Arts, General 74 28
Graphic Design 173 13
Illustration 119 18
Interior Design 15
Photography 101 53

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

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Undergraduate Majors

BFA Degree Advertising
BFA Degree Animation
BFA Degree Cartooning
BFA Degree Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects
BFA Degree Design
BFA Degree Film and Video
BFA Degree Fine Arts
BFA Degree Illustration
BFA Degree Interior Design
BFA Degree Photography
BFA Degree Visual and Critical Studies
MA Critical Theory and the Arts
MA Curatorial Practice
MA Design Research, Writing, and Criticism
MAT Art Education
MFA Art Criticism and Writing
MFA Art Practice
MFA Computer Art
MFA Design
MFA Design Criticism
MFA Design for Social Innovation
MFA Fine Arts
MFA Illustration as Visual Essay
MFA in Products of Design
MFA Interaction Design
MFA Photography, Video and Related Media
MFA Social Documentary Film
MFA Visual Narrative
MPS Art Therapy
MPS Fashion Photography
MPS Branding
MPS Digital Photo
MPS Digital Photo Online/ Summer Residency
MPS Live Action Short Film

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

**Data based on 2008-2013 National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS database.

***The School of Visual Arts (SVA) has been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents ( to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Professional Studies. Specific programs in which these degrees are offered, and data required by the U.S. Department of Education on “Gainful Employment” for each program, may be found on SVA is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (, and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design ( The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (; the Art Therapy program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.; and the Art Education program is accredited by the New York State Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education (RATE).

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