Reopening SVA

Our Plans for Returning to Campus in Fall 2020

July 28, 2020
A photograph of the facade of SVA’s building at 209 East 23rd Street in Manhattan.

School of Visual Arts is committed to providing an excellent and fulfilling academic experience within an environment that is safe, healthy and supportive of its entire community. This plan for reopening has been created by SVA’s academic and administrative leadership in accordance with New York State’s phased plans for reopening New York City as well as the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities. 

SVA welcomes students back for the fall 2020 semester on Monday, September 28, with a flexible model for learning that offers options for taking courses fully online or as a hybrid approach of online and in-person instruction. Students are asked to complete this brief form (Fall Intent Form) to indicate your plans for the fall semester. Please note you must be logged into MyID to access and complete the form. This information will help the College properly plan to meet your varied educational needs.

Upon reopening, SVA will follow government guidelines and higher-education best practices for social distancing, which include the following measures:

  • limiting class size
  • wearing masks while inside campus buildings
  • limiting the size of campus functions and activities in accordance with state and local requirements

Read on for details about our plans to reopen, and be sure to check back often for updates. For more information about SVA's response to COVID-19, visit

SVA Virtual Town Hall: July 14 at 9am
SVA Virtual Town Hall: July 16 at 9am
SVA Virtual Town Hall: July 16 at 9pm
Latest Updates
  • Jul, 28, 2020: Student Code of Conduct: Student Responsibility and COVID-19 released; please see "Campus Health and Safety."
  • July 28, 2020: Employee Policies for Returning to Work released; see "Campus Health and Safety."
  • July 28, 2020: SVA's International Student Office has added additional updates to its section and FAQ.
  • July 14, 2020: The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requirements for the fall 2020 semester, announced July 6, were rescinded on Tuesday, July 14. Please see the "International Students" section, under "Fall 2020 Academics and SVA Programs," for more information. 

Fall 2020 Academics and SVA Programs

SVA begins its fall 2020 semester on Monday, September 28. The semester will last for 12 weeks, ending on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. To ensure that SVA students receive the full benefits of instruction—and to meet the required number of class hours for a regular 15-week semester—the typical 3-credit course will be conducted for three hours and 10 minutes per class, as opposed to the usual two-hour, 50-minute class length.

In order to ensure the best academic experience for students returning to campus and those who cannot yet travel to New York City, the College will conduct a mix of in-person and online courses in the fall 2020 semester. 

In-Person Courses
Online Courses
Attendance Policy
International Students
Online Resources and Tech Support
Questions/More Information

Campus Health and Safety

SVA's policies for testing, tracing and quarantining are currently being developed using the latest guidelines from New York State, the American College Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Check back for updates.

Healthy Status Verification
Employee Policies—Return to Work (NY Phase II)
Cleaning, Safety and Disinfecting Protocols
Health Resources
Student Code of Conduct
More Information and Resources

Fall 2020 Residence Life

SVA is welcoming students back to its residence halls for the fall 2020 semester with their health and safety as the top priority. The protocols listed below may change in accordance with public health guidelines and policies dictated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Departments of Education and Health. 

Move-In Procedures
Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols
De-Densification Measures
Guest Policy
Masks/Face Coverings
Residents' Responsibilities

Archived Notifications

July 16, 2020 Notification from the Provost
Virtual Q&A Sessions (July 14 – 16, 2020)
July 7, 2020 Notification from the Provost
June 17, 2020 Notification from the President
May 8, 2020 Notification from the Provost