As the fall 2020 semester comes to a close, we’ve had a chance to reflect on the successes the SVA community had in rising to the challenges presented by COVID-19. In this video, students, faculty and parents describe the impact of the swift transition from their own perspectives.
At SVA, we’ve found the new opportunities for further pedagogical innovation, forged from the rapid transition to online art education, to be the silver lining of this challenging year. After all, creative people thrive on hurdles and limitations, and this experience—our “new normal"—is no exception.
When the pandemic required the College to temporarily close its physical campus, SVA’s inventive faculty and staff sprung into action, contributing their vision and expertise to developing engaging online learning experiences across all SVA departments.
SVA students have always attended the College for direct access to the world’s top artists and designers. Now, they are being invited into their instructors’ professional studios and workplaces on a level that wasn’t always feasible in traditional classrooms. Additionally, they are engaging with a greater number of notable guest speakers who can connect virtually from across the globe. SVA students are not only gaining the tools to be creative professionals and citizens of an increasingly technological world, they are also plugging into a truly global creative community.
All of our undergraduate and graduate studios, labs and departmental facilities are open on a limited basis and by appointment. All SVA spaces have been transformed to operate under New York State and New York City safety guidelines.