Updates on the 2020-2021 Academic Year
SVA continues remote instruction, with select facilities accessible by appointment. Click below for updates.
Schedule and Deadlines

Applications and supporting materials must be received by January 15, 2021

Applications or materials received after the deadline will be reviewed, for each program, on a space-available basis.

Students enter graduate programs in the fall semester only (summer only for MFA Art Practice & MFA Visual Narrative).


September 2020

Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 online application opens for all graduate programs

Wednesday, December 23–Sunday, January 3

Winter Recess; College Closed


Monday, January 11

Undergraduate and Graduate Spring 2021 classes begin

Monday, January 11–Tuesday, January 19

Course adjustment period

Monday, January 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; College closed

Friday, March 5

Staff Holiday; College Closed

Monday, March 15

Admissions Notification: Applicants who have completed the application process by Friday, January 15, will be emailed an admissions decision by Monday, March 15. The College does not disclose admissions decisions via phone. All admissions decisions are sent to the email address used at the beginning of the application process. Letters are sent to the mailing address on file. To avoid delays in notification, applicants should regularly check their inbox and spam folders. Please also add gradadmissions@sva.edu to your address book or contacts.

Thursday, April 15

Reply date for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 accepted graduate students. Enrollment Fees are processed as space in each program remains available

Saturday, May 1

Due date for Summer 2021 tuition

Recommended admissions completion deadline for international applicants requiring a student visa for the Fall 2021 semester.

Monday, May 31

Memorial Day Holiday; College Closed

Friday, June 4

MFA Visual Narrative Summer 2021 orientation

Monday, June 7

MFA Visual Narrative Summer 2021 classes begin

Wednesday, June 16

MFA Art Practice Summer 2021 orientation begins

Monday, June 21

MFA Art Practice Summer 2021 classes begin

Thursday, July 1

Recommended date that Fall 2021 international applicants complete enrollment process

Sunday, August 1

Fall 2021 Tuition Deadline: All programs except MFA Art Practice and MFA Visual Narrative. After this date, applicants must receive financial clearance from Student Accounts to register.

Monday, August 30 - Friday, September 3

Orientation for Fall 2021 Semester

Monday, September 6

Labor Day Holiday; College Closed

Application Requirements by Department

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