Updates on Reopening SVA
Click below for info on our plans for 2021-2022, including the vaccine requirement for all students, faculty and staff.
Polyptych of four alumni.
CREDIT: NIR ARIELI (BFA 2012 PHOTOGRAPHY) PICTURED CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: REGINA VIQUEIRA (MFA 2018 FINE ARTS), RUJIE WANG (BFA 2017 PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO), DEEPA PAULUS (BFA 2018 COMPUTER ART, COMPUTER ANIMATION AND VISUAL EFFECTS), IKE ONYEWUENYI (MA 2017 CURATORIAL PRACTICE).

With 40,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. SVA Alumni Affairs is dedicated to advancing the cultural and educational best interests of this diverse community. Through programs, publications, special events and promotions, the office maintains an active relationship with alumni and encourages them to support the College's mission to educate future generations of artists, designers, and creative professionals. All degree graduates of SVA are considered alumni.


COVID-19—Alumni Benefits and Campus Access Policies


As we consider the evolving health crisis and the College’s operational status, we are committed to providing ongoing access to alumni benefits, resources and programming as best as possible during this unique time. But out of necessity, restrictions apply.


Campus Access

  • Alumni are not allowed access to campus unless explicit permission has been granted and a special arrangement has been coordinated in advance with a specific department. Such access is subject to change, per evolving guidelines and regulations. Alumni must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and will be required to fill out a visitor check-in form with security.

SVA Libraries

  • Under normal circumstances, SVA alumni enjoy access to the SVA Libraries after graduation. But in order to prioritize our spaces for current students and faculty and maintain a safe environment, alumni and Continuing Education student access is paused until further notice.

Alumni ID Cards

  • Processing of alumni ID cards also remains suspended until further notice.


SVA’s plans for a safe reopening have been created by academic and administrative leadership in accordance with New York State guidelines, as well as the guidance of federal and local health authorities. For updates and more information about the College’s ongoing efforts to ensure a safe environment for all returning students, faculty and staff, click here.


Questions? Please contact Alumni Affairs at alumni@sva.edu.