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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.

Late registration for the online course option is still available.

Late registration for the online course option is available after June 1 on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. Please submit the pre-registration form and 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.

This program is considered part-time study. Please note that the College cannot provide you with a visa for this program, nor assist you in obtaining one. As a general rule, international students can take a vocational or recreational course as long as it is incidental to their main purpose of visiting the U.S. Further questions about visa status can be directed to the International Students Office at .

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


  • If I register for CDFNY, will I be issued an I-20?

  • 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?

Campus Health and Safety

  • COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Healthy Status Verification

  • Cleaning, Safety and Disinfecting Protocols

  • Health Resources

Summer 2021 CDFNY Housing

SVA reopened its residence halls in fall 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year with students′ health and safety as the top priority. The protocols listed below may change in accordance with public health guidelines and policies dictated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Departments of Education and Health. 

Visit Residence Life for full information about SVA residence halls, protocols, policies and plans for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year.

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols

  • Guest Policy

  • Masks/Face Coverings

Looking for more information? Check out our “Reopening SVA” page.
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.