Choose options below for application requirements.
Submit your application online via SVA’s Application Portal.
A note to spring applicants: Entry into the spring semester is limited based on space in the program. Transfer entry is contingent on the department chair’s approval and is based on portfolio quality, credits earned and space in the program.
The nonrefundable application fee for all applicants is $50.
You will be required to pay the fee in order to submit the online application.
SVA accepts application fee waivers from NACAC, CollegeBoard, ACT, SCOIR or a written statement from a school counselor confirming the applicant’s qualification and need for the fee waiver. Fee waivers must be received before the application is submitted. If you are submitting an application fee waiver, you can mail it to our office or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once your fee waiver is approved, you will be provided instructions for completing the online application.
In approximately 500 words, discuss your reasons for pursuing undergraduate study in the visual arts.
Feel free to include any information about yourself, as well as your goals and interests that may not be immediately apparent from the review of your transcripts or portfolio.
Your statement of intent can be sent online within our application portal. After you have certified and submitted your application, an upload button will become available for your statement of intent.
15-20 images or (for Film applicants) a film reel or two-part film essay
The portfolio should contain samples of your strongest artwork and should be submitted in accordance with the criteria detailed in the portfolio guidelines. Submitting your portfolio at Slideroom is highly encouraged. Film applicants can either submit a film reel on Slideroom or send a two-part essay by mail or email to satisfy the portfolio requirement.
Please follow the portfolio guidelines listed below if you are applying to the following departments:
Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects
Interior Design: Built Environments
Visual & Critical Studies
Students applying for the majors listed above should submit a portfolio of 15-20 images. Drawing samples are an important part of the portfolio for applicants to the majors listed. Please include a minimum of 3-5 examples of drawing done from direct observation of live, three-dimensional situations. These can include self-portraits (using a mirror for reference), figure drawings, object studies, still lifes and landscapes. (Two-dimensional references can be included in a portfolio, but should be kept to a minimum.)
Painting, printmaking, drawing, collage/mixed media, and time-based work are welcome. Carefully consider documentation and presentation of each project. Three-dimensional pieces may require views from multiple angles, detail shots, or staging on a neutral backdrop.
Design projects and computer-generated images are welcome in addition to the observational requirement listed above. Applicants with computer-based interests must submit a portfolio that demonstrates their ability to draw from life.
Sketchbooks offer valuable insight into the creative process of an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to include recent sketchbook work in their portfolio submission and at in-person portfolio reviews.
Official transcripts are required if you have earned less than 24 college credits, including coursework in humanities and sciences.
In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed to SVA in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. Mail your transcripts to SVA Admissions, 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010.
SVA also accepts secure electronic transcripts from Parchment Exchange (Naviance) and National Student Clearinghouse. Check with the registrar's office at your institution to see if your school is a member.
Due to the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, we are currently accepting emailed transcripts from school officials. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be emailed directly from a school's official email address. Transcripts cannot be self-reported by a student.
Official college transcripts are required from all institutions attended.
In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed to SVA in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.
SVA accepts secure electronic transcripts from Parchment Exchange (Naviance) and National Student Clearinghouse. Check with the registrar's office at your institution to see if your school is a member.
Any transcripts from foreign institutions must be officially translated into English and U.S. grading equivalencies. For more information on our transfer credit policies, click here.
Copies of course descriptions of classes taken at other colleges can be helpful to the transfer review process.
Applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT test scores to complete the application. If you wish to submit your test results to supplement your application, use CEEB code 2835 for SAT score submission and test code 2895 for ACT score submission. Transfer applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.
Official English proficiency exam results are required.
In addition to the general admission requirements, all international applicants whose primary/native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.
This requirement may be waived for native English speakers who are citizens of any of the following countries and attend schools where English is the primary language of instruction: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, India, South Africa and Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).
Official test scores should be sent by the testing agency to the Admissions office directly. The following are acceptable ways to demonstrate English proficiency:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 80 or higher on the Internet-based version is required for consideration to our BFA Programs.
- SVA’s code is 2835.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum score of 6.5. IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), the British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.
- Pearson PTE Academic: A score of 53 or higher for consideration to our BFA Programs.
- Duolingo English Test: A score of 115 or higher is required for consideration to our BFA Programs. Scores can be sent to SVA directly via the Duolingo student portal.
Applicants who meet the academic and creative requirements for admission to School of Visual Arts (SVA) but do not yet meet the English proficiency requirements for undergraduate study, may qualify for the English and Visual Arts Program (EVA).
- The score requirements for the English and Visual Arts Program are a score of 65–79 on the internet version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a score of 46–52 on the Pearson PTE Academic, a 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or a score of 100-110 on the Duolingo English Test.
SVA Undergraduate Admissions
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010 USA
Please visit our Welcome Center for on campus visits at:
342 East 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
Tuesday, October 1, 2020
Recommended deadline for spring 2021 international applicants
Friday, November 1, 2020
Admissions completion deadline for all spring 2021 applicants for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship program; all application materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for scholarship. There is no scholarship application. Only scholarship recipients are notified.
Sunday, December 1, 2020
Application completion deadline for early action for fall 2021; materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for early action.
Saturday, February 1, 2021
Admissions completion deadline for all fall 2021 incoming freshmen applicants for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship program; all application materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for scholarship. There is no scholarship application. Only scholarship recipients are notified.
Saturday, February 15, 2021
Deadline to submit Honors Program application (first-time freshmen only)
Sunday, March 1, 2021
Admissions completion deadline for all fall 2021 incoming transfer applicants for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship program; all application materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for scholarship. There is no scholarship application. Only scholarship recipients are notified.
Friday, May 1, 2021
Enrollment fee priority deadline for fall 2021 (all payments received after May 1 will be processed as space remains available in those programs)
Friday, May 1, 2021
Recommended admissions completion deadline for international applicants requiring a student visa for the fall 2021 semester
Wednesday, July 1, 2021
Recommended deadline for fall 2021 international applicants to complete the enrollment process