Updates on the Fall 2020 Semester
News and information about SVA’s plans for online instruction, and more.
Reopening SVA

Our Plans for the Fall 2020 Semester

September 18, 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 academic experience within an environment that is safe, healthy and supportive of its entire community.


On Wednesday, August 12, SVA announced its plan to adopt a fully online instruction model for the fall 2020 semester, which starts on Monday, September 28. The College opened in a limited capacity to SVA staff on Monday, August 17. Residence halls and some studios will be open in the fall at a reduced capacity. Read the announcement by Provost Christopher J. Cyphers in the "Archived Notifications" section below.


Our plans for a safe, phased-in reopening have been created by SVA’s academic and administrative leadership in accordance with New York State’s plans for reopening New York City as well as the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities. 


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

  • Latest Updates

    • September 18, 2020: The current number of COVID-19-positive cases at SVA is: 0.
    • September 17, 2020: Health Resources section is updated.
    • September 14, 2020: Fall 2020 Online Resources information is updated. See "Online Resources and Tech Support" section.
    • September 14, 2020: Fall 2020 Library Access information is released. See "SVA Library" section.
    • August 25, 2020: Student Academic Facilities Access Agreement is released.
    • August 12, 2020: SVA will conduct all undergraduate programs, and the great majority of its graduate programs, fully online for the fall 2020 semester.
    • July 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2020: The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requirements for the fall 2020 semester, announced July 6, were rescinded on Tuesday, July 14.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 as online-only instruction. 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.

  • Online Courses

  • Attendance Policy

  • International Students

  • Online Resources and Tech Support

  • SVA Library

  • Questions/More Information

Campus Health and Safety

  • 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

  • August 25, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • August 12, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • SVA Virtual Town Halls: July 14 and 16, 2020

  • July 16, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • August 2, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • June 17, 2020 Notification from the President

  • May 8, 2020 Notification from the Provost