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

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: Matthew Farina

Director of Admissions
Main Address

209 East 23rd Street

New York, NY 10010-3994

(212) 592-2000

Total undergrads: 4,406 (3,755 undergraduate)

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,708


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

Undergraduate: $50

Graduate: $80
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: Not reported

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2011-’12 2012-’13 2014-’15 2015-’16 2016-’17
Tuition and fees $29,500 $31,030 $33,560 $35,000 $36,500
Books and Supplies $1,713 $1,713 $1,058 $1,713 $1,713
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $15,700 $16,200 $17,000 $17,700 $18,800
Other $4,300 $2,300 $4,100 $4,200 $4,500
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $15,700 $16,200 $17,000 $17,700 $18,800
Other $4,300 $4,100 $4,100 $4,200 $4,500
Total Expenses 2011-’12 2012-’13 2014- ’15 2015-’16 2016-’17
In-state On Campus $51,213 $53,043 $56,373 $58,613 $61,513
In-state Off Campus $51,213 $53,043 $56,373 $58,613 $61,513
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $36,500
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $36,500
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

Note: Financial aid is only available to those who qualify.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

    Ungraduate Programs – (11)
    BFA Degree Advertising
    BFA Degree Animation
    BFA Degree Cartooning
    BFA Degree Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects
    BFA Degree Design
    BFA Degree Film
    BFA Degree Fine Arts
    BFA Degree Illustration
    BFA Degree Interior Design
    BFA Degree Photography and Video
    BFA Degree Visual and Critical Studies
    Graduate Programs – (21)
    MFA Art Writing
    MAT Art Education
    MFA Art Practice
    MPS Art Therapy
    MPS Branding
    MFA Computer Art
    MA Critical Theory and the Arts
    MA Curatorial Practice
    MFA Design
    MFA Design for Social Innovation
    MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism
    MPS Digital Photography
    MPS Directing
    MPS Fashion Photography
    MFA Fine Arts
    MFA Illustration as Visual Essay
    MFA Interaction Design
    MFA Photography, Video and Related Media
    MFA Products of Design
    MFA Social Documentary Film
    MFA Visual Narrative

*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 2015-2016 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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