Students celebrating Holi, the festival of colors in Mumbai, India.
Students celebrating Holi, the festival of colors in Mumbai, India.
Enrich Your Academic Experience
Our selective program challenges inquisitive minds.

The non-degree Honors Program at School of Visual Arts is a challenging program for artists who seek academic enrichment along with their studio practice. Designed to bring talented, intellectually ambitious students together to work closely with one another and with specially selected studio and liberal arts professors, this small, interdisciplinary program unites the liberal arts (literature, history, philosophy and art history) in order to focus on the historical and thematic connections among them.

Annual Spring Break Trip
As a culmination of the Honors Program’s interdisciplinary and academic goals, third-year Honors students are given the opportunity to participate in a trip over Spring Break. Past destinations have included: Cusco, Peru; Lisbon, Portugal; Warsaw & Krakow, Poland; Oaxaca, Mexico; Florence, Italy; Mumbai, India; and Palermo, Italy.

More About the Program

First-time freshmen in Advertising; Animation; Cartooning; Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects; Design; Film; Fine Arts; Illustration; and Photography and Video who seek academic enrichment and challenge as an adjunct to their studio study are invited to apply to the SVA Honors Program.


Students begin their first year with an examination of modernism and modernity in the four liberal arts courses. This focus grounds students in the known and visible world before the second year's approach to the historical, artistic and intellectual origins of modernity.

The Honors Program enhances the dual abilities of the visually and academically gifted by integrating academic courses on the interplay between the liberal and the visual arts.

Honors study is augmented by public and private lectures, museum visits and events at artists' studios and theaters; the third-year art history and science colloquium (the latter offered in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History); and a spring recess trip abroad in the third year. Completion of the first two years of the program fulfills the majority of humanities and sciences and art history requirements.


Applicants interested in the Honors Program should submit the Honors Program application, "Why Art?" essay along with the rest of their BFA application materials by February 15, 2020.


Please Note: Only students invited to participate in the Honors Program will receive an invitation letter in March.

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