School of Visual Arts

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School Overview

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 almost 4,500 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 sva.edu.

Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 % change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees $33,560 $35,000 $36,500 $38,000 4.1%
Books and supplies $1,713 $1,713 $1,713 $1,868 9.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $17,000 $17,700 $18,800 $19,600 4.3%
Other $4,100 $4,200 $4,500 $4,600 2.2%
Off Campus
Room and board $17,000 $17,700 $18,800 $19,600 4.3%
Other $4,100 $4,200 $4,500 $4,600 2.2%
Off Campus with Family
Other $4,100 $4,200 $4,500 $4,600 2.2%
Total Expenses 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 % change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
On Campus $56,373 $58,613 $61,513 $64,068 4.2%
Off Campus $56,373 $58,613 $61,513 $64,068 4.2%
Off Campus with Family $39,373 $40,913 $42,713 $44,468 4.1%
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid1 385 55% —— ——
Grant or scholarship aid 335 48% $4,903,764 $14,638
Federal grants 168 24% $889,139 $5,292
Pell grants 168 24% $785,639 $4,676
Other federal grants 71 10% $103,500 $1,458
State/local government grant or scholarships 92 13% $351,877 $3,825
Institutional grants or scholarships 301 43% $3,662,748 $12,169
Student loan aid 300 43% $3,152,070 $10,507
Federal student loans 291 42% $1,728,288 $5,939
Other student loans 51 7% $1,423,782 $27,917
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 1,712 46% $22,205,745 $12,971
Pell grants 846 23% $3,954,851 $4,675
Federal student loans 1,471 40% $11,121,534 $7,561
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.

Accreditation

The School of Visual Arts has been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents (www.highered.nysed.gov) to confer the degree of:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts on graduates of programs in Advertising; Animation; Cartooning; Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects; Design; Film; Fine Arts; Illustration; Interior Design; Photography and Video; and Visual and Critical Studies;
  • Master of Arts on graduates of the program in Critical Theory and the Arts; Curatorial Practice; and Design Research, Writing and Criticism;
  • Master of Arts in Teaching on graduates of the program in Art Education;
  • Master of Fine Arts on graduates of programs in Art Writing; Art Practice; Computer Arts; Design; Design for Social Innovation; Fine Arts; Illustration as Visual Essay; Interaction Design; Photography, Video, and Related Media; Products of Design; Social Documentary Film; Visual Narrative;
  • Master of Professional Studies on graduates of the programs in Art Therapy, Branding, Digital Photography, Directing, and Fashion Photography.

Data required by the U.S. Department of Education on “gainful employment” for each of the above programs may be found on the individual program pages at sva.edu.

The School of Visual Arts is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (msche.org), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.662.5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

The School of Visual Arts is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (nasad.arts-accredit.org).

School of Visual Arts Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (212) 592-2000
Website: www.sva.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Apply Online: www.sva.edu/quick_links/apply-to-sva
Address: 209 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,390
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 64%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 4,390 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $39,900
Out-of-state Tuition: $39,900
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 56%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $13,914

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

School of Visual Arts Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at School of Visual Arts.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21
Education 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Visual and Performing Arts 69
Grand total 1015

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at School of Visual Arts and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $39,900
Out-of-state $39,900
Books and supplies $1,868

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $44,700
Out-of-state $44,700

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 415 56%
Grant or scholarship aid 379 51% $13,914
Student loan aid 270 36% $11,548

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,728 46% $14,252
Federal student loans 1,282 34% $7,332

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for School of Visual Arts. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled School of Visual Arts students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,364 1,243 3,121
Percent admitted 100% 62% 73%
Percent admitted who enrolled 20% 19% 21%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

School of Visual Arts Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 4,390
Undergraduate enrollment 3,714
Graduate enrollment 676

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

School of Visual Arts Accreditation

This institution is accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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