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Click below for information on our current operations and plans for 2021-2022.
Students in a monoprinting class.

The Culture, Design and Fine Arts in New York (CDFNY) Summer Program offers international college students an opportunity to develop their creative abilities while experiencing American culture in New York City.

In-person and online course options are offered as part of the summer 2021 program.

Registration for the 2021 program is now open (deadline June 1). Please contact with any questions.

  • Develop your creative abilities while experiencing American culture

  • Earn 3 undergraduate college credits

  • Enjoy a variety of organized social and cultural activities

More about the Program

For summer 2021 students may choose between in-person and online course options, and will be awarded three undergraduate studio credits upon successful completion of the course. Classes are held Monday through Friday, and will be supplemented by additional activities. All instructors are SVA faculty and professionals in their respective fields.

The in-person program includes a variety of organized social and cultural activities. Previous activities have included museum visits, Broadway musicals, movie nights, walking tours, and an end-of-program student exhibition.

Students registered for the in-person course have the option to stay in SVA housing.

The program is open to students who have completed at least one semester of college or university and/or will be enrolled in college or university in the subsequent fall semester. Registration is based on a first come, first served basis. Portfolio submission is not required to attend.

CDFNY health and safety information will be added to the website shortly, and will be updated as needed. For information about SVA’s response to COVID-19, visit sva.edu/coronavirus.


  • Dates & Deadlines

  • Tuition & Fees

  • Program Eligibility

  • Registration

  • Course Offering (In-Person)

  • Course Offering (Online)

  • Housing

  • Activities

  • Refund Policy

  • About the Office of Programs for International Students


  • Can I still register even if the deadline has passed?

  • Does SVA arrange transportation from the airport to the campus?

  • I have been accepted to the undergraduate program at SVA for the fall semester. Can I attend this summer program?

  • I haven't studied art or design at the college (post-secondary) level. Can I still apply?

  • What art supplies will I need?

  • Will I receive a full refund if the program is cancelled?

Office of Programs for International Students
340 East 24th Street, 1st floor
New York, NY 10010
Fax:  212.592.2241
Exterior of the 24th Street Residence at night.