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: 4,408

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 $17,700
Other $4,300 $2,300 $4,100 $4,200 $4,200
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $15,700 $16,200 $17,000 $17,700 $17,700
Other $4,300 $4,100 $4,100 $4,200 $4,200
Total Expenses 2011-’12 2012-’13 2014- ’15 2015-’16 2016-’17
In-state On Campus $51,213 $53,043 $55,718 $58,613 $60,113
In-state Off Campus $51,213 $53,043 $55,718 $58,613 $60,113
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 Undergraduate Programs
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 Graduate Programs
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).