Our Plans for the Fall 2020 Semester
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.
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.
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.