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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.

The next program will run July 13–31, 2020:
  • This 3-week, 3-credit summer program offers international college students an opportunity to develop their creative abilities while experiencing American culture in New York City

  • Students may choose between two course options: Creative Art & Design Studio or Animation & Visual Effects Studio Pipeline

  • Activities include company, studio and museum visits, walking tours, a Broadway musical and more

More about the Program

Students may choose between two courses offered in this program and will be awarded three undergraduate studio credits upon successful completion of the course. Classes are held Monday through Friday, for 3 hours each day. Courses will be supplemented by additional activities. All instructors are SVA faculty and professionals in their respective fields.

The program includes a variety of organized social and cultural activities, such as museum visits, Broadway musicals, movie nights and walking tours. An exhibition of student work will be held on the last Friday of the program.

Students have the option to stay in SVA housing during this program.

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 fall 2020. Space is limited to approximately 20 students per course. Registration is based on a first come, first served basis. Portfolio submission is not required to attend.


Dates: July 13–31, 2020

2020 Tuition: $2,000 (tuition includes a $250 nonrefundable program fee for withdrawal)

2020 Housing: $1,800 (optional, shared room accommodation; includes a $250 refundable housing deposit fee)

Supplies: Students are responsible for their own supplies. A supply list will be provided prior to the start of the course.

Visa: 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 .

Health Insurance: All students must have their own health insurance.

The Office of Programs for International Students (OPIS) is the nexus of SVA's international outreach initiatives. Working closely with other departments within the College, OPIS organizes events such as lectures, exhibitions and information sessions to introduce SVA to prospective international students and members of the art and design communities overseas.

OPIS also offers academic programs for international students interested in non-matriculated study at SVA. These programs serve as an introduction to both the singular experience of being a student at SVA and to the excitement of living in New York City. OPIS is available as a resource to other departments interested in developing programs for an international audience.

In addition, OPIS is active in facilitating the development of international partnerships and linkages, helping the College expand its network of peer institutions around the globe.

OPIS Staff

For further information on special programs for international students, please visit the appropriate program page:

Andrew Chang
Sarah Richardson
Associate Director


Office of Programs for International Students
340 East 24th Street, 1st floor
New York, NY 10010
Fax:  212.592.2241