SVA Responds to the Coronavirus
July 29, 2020
Our students, faculty and administration have all risen to meet this challenge. However the world may change, the work of our community will always have a place in it.
David Rhodes
President, School of Visual Arts

During this period of isolation and remote learning, SVA is committed to providing the best possible education and support to its students, while keeping their safety and well-being as its top priority. The College’s leadership is following the guidance of local, state and federal health authorities in adapting its policies. This page,, serves as a resource for the SVA community during this ever-evolving and unprecedented global crisis, and is updated as needed.

As of Friday, May 8, the fall 2020 semester at SVA is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 28, and end on Tuesday, December 22. The semester will be 12 weeks in length. The spring 2021 semester is scheduled to start on the previously scheduled date of Monday, January 11, and to run for the full 15 weeks. For more details, please read the May 8 notification from SVA Provost Christopher J. Cyphers, below.


Upon reopening, SVA will follow government guidelines and best practices in higher education for social distancing, which could include some or all of the following measures: limiting class size, wearing masks while inside campus buildings and limiting the size of campus functions and activities in accordance with state and local requirements. For more on SVA's reopening plan, click here.

Correction to May 8, 2020 Notification
May 8, 2020 Notification
Latest Updates
  • 07.29.20: Return to Work Notification and Policies added to Staff/Faculty section.
  • 07.28.20: SVA's International Student Office has added additional updates to its section and FAQ.
  • 07.14.20: SVA's International Student Office has added additional updates to its section and FAQ.
  • 07.10.20: SVA's International Student Office has added additional updates to its section and FAQ.
  • 07.07.20: SVA's International Student Office has updated its section with the latest information about international students, visas and the fall 2020 semester.
  • 05.08.20: SVA will hold a virtual commencement ceremony for its class of 2020 on Wednesday, May 27, at 1:00pm EST:
  • 05.08.20: Fall semester announced to begin September 28, 2020.
  • 04.27.20: SVA Galleries has launched its online exhibition platform:
  • 04.06.20: The summer semesters for MFA Art Practice, MPS Digital Photography and MFA Visual Narrative will be held online.
  • 04.04.20: SVA's Accepted Students Day event was held online.

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