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Landscape view of a church and surrounding area in Mexico.
Landscape view of a church and surrounding area in Mexico.
Reinvigorate Your Passion for Art-Making

Make 2021 the year you reinvigorate your passion for making art.


A crucial part of the creative process is taking time for yourself, experiencing new surroundings and gaining new insights while interacting with people. (Which is, universally speaking, not something that happened for most of 2020.)


In 2021, SVA is planning to offer Destinations programs both domestically and internationally. Traveling and seeing new places, cities and/or countries is a great way to get inspired, refresh your mind and get recharged, and SVA’s Destinations program also allows the added bonus of gaining credits while doing so.


However, safety is our priority. Therefore, we will be keeping an eye on the current health situation and travel restrictions before confirming any programs.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Am I eligible for the SVA Destination Programs?


    Our programs are open to individuals 18 years or older, as well as college graduates and professionals. Some of the programs have prerequisite coursework and/or portfolio requirements. Please visit the webpage for your program of interest or contact the SVA Destinations Office at destinations@sva.edu.

    What are the deadlines?


    Apply today! Space is limited and applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis. The earlier you apply, the more likely there will be a space available.


    Should the program you have selected be unavailable, you may still apply and be placed on the waiting list. We urge all applicants to submit their materials as early as possible.

    Do I need to be fluent in another language to attend?


    No, all courses are taught in English.

    How do I apply?


    You can apply online here or by clicking the “Apply” button on individual program pages.

    How will I be contacted regarding the status of my application?


    You will receive information via email. Please make sure that you provide a valid and accurate email address when submitting your application. If you cannot receive email, please notify our office when you apply and include the best way for us to contact you.


    For questions regarding your application status, please contact destinations@sva.edu.

    Do I need an interview?


    If an interview is required, you will be contacted.

    Do I need to submit a portfolio?


    If a portfolio is required, you will be contacted.

    Do I need to make housing arrangements?


    All SVA’s Destination programs include housing. Accommodations vary; please go to the webpage for your program of interest regarding specific housing information.

    Will I receive a record of my grade at the end of the semester?


    SVA students can access grades through MySVA. All other participants who wish to receive a transcript should contact the SVA Destinations Office via email at destinations@sva.edu.

    Do I need a passport and/or student visa?


    You MUST have a valid passport that will not expire within six months of the scheduled program return date.


    It is mandatory that you submit a copy of your passport with your program confirmation. If you are an American citizen, visas are generally not required to travel for up to three months in duration. However, requirements change frequently and students should contact the appropriate consulate for up-to-date information. Please visit travel.state.gov for more information.


    International students should consult with the International Student Advisor (Designated School Official) of your school regarding visas for your destination, also to ensure that you have the proper endorsement to re-enter the U.S.


    SVA students may contact the International Student Office: iso@sva.edu212.592.2236.

    How much do courses cost?


    Tuition for each program is listed on the program cards above as well as on individual program pages. Tuition includes accommodations, transportation for program tours, guided tours, entrance to museums and/or site visits for the program. Welcome and Farewell dinners are also included.


    All participants are responsible for their travel arrangements to and from the programs.

    Is financial aid available?


    Scholarships to the SVA Destination programs are not available. For other tuition sources please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 212.592.2030.