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School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts is college with 3636 students located in New York, NY.

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School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit sva.edu.

SVA is widely recognized as one of the finest art schools in the country for its innovative and experimental program philosophies, its participation in the cultural life of New York City, and the accessibility it offers to its unparalleled faculty of professional artists.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) is a college of art and design whose mission is to educate future generations of artists, designers and creative professionals.

MISSION STATEMENT:

The mission of the School of Visual Arts is to educate future generations of artists, designers, and creative professionals.

This mission is the foundation upon which are built:

-undergraduate degree programs in art and design that prepare students for entry into an array of professional fields in or related to the visual arts, while also equipping students with the skills necessary to become productive and thoughtful members of society; -rigorous and practice-based graduate programs in the visual arts and its allied fields; a continuing education program intended to meet the diverse needs of New York City’s professional art and design community and the larger community within which the College resides; -and a commitment to serving the greater good through community service.

The College’s mission is realized by:

-the employment of working professional artists, critics and scholars in all the disciplines taught at School of Visual Arts, and whose credentials and experience qualify them to teach at the college level; -a commitment of resources to meet the educational and co-curricular needs of students studying at all degree levels as well as to provide for an enriching campus life experience; -a concerted effort to capitalize upon the extremely large number and quality of cultural institutions located in New York City; -a system of institutional and learning outcomes assessment designed to facilitate institutional planning and institutional renewal; -and a sound financial position sufficient to ensure the College’s ability to meet the diverse and dynamic educational needs of the College community; to provide for opportunities for innovation and experimentation; and to ensure the maintenance of quality in all areas of the institution’s operations.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Visual Arts is to educate future generations of artists, designers, and creative professionals.

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Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 3,636
Gender 39% Male / 61% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 93% Full Time / 7% Part Time
Geography 62% In State / 38% Out of State / 21% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 27% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 33%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
International 21%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 22%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 11%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $800.00. Housing deposit due : May 1. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. No cars. No pets.

28% of students live on-campus.

68% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered
  • Wellness Housing
  • Women's Dorms

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Student-Run Film Society

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center reduced course load remedial instruction tutoring pre-admission summer program study skills assistance writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates health services personal counseling placement services for graduates veteran's counselor alcohol/substance abuse counseling financial aid counseling women's services
  • Facilities: visual arts museum, milton glaser design study center and archives, 8 student galleries including 9,000-square-foot gallery
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities wheelchair accessibility services and/or facilities for hearing impaired
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): english as a second language (esl) internships visiting/exchange student program honors program independent study liberal arts/career combination
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Graphic Design (23%), Illustration (16%), Photography (15%), Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other (13%), Fine/Studio Arts (7%), Computer Graphics (7%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Archivists
Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.
Curators
Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.
Museum Technicians and Conservators
Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

Any instructional program in film/video and photographic arts not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to develop and execute interpretations of the concepts of authors and designers to specifications. Includes instruction in book illustration, fashion illustration, map illustration, rendering, exhibit preparation, textual layout, cartooning, and the use of various artistic techniques as requested by clients.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. Includes instruction in computer applications, drafting, and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration, and color coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of interior design and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design.

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Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the software, hardware, and mathematical tools used to represent, display, and manipulate topological, two-, and three-dimensional objects on a computer screen and that prepares individuals to function as computer graphics specialists. Includes instruction in graphics software and systems; digital multimedia; graphic design; graphics devices, processors, and standards; attributes and transformations; projections; surface identification and rendering; color theory and application; and applicable geometry and algorithms.

Job Opportunities:

Computer Programmers
Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to use computer applications and related visual and sound imaging techniques to manipulate images and information originating as film, video, still photographs, digital copy, soundtracks, and physical objects in order to communicate messages simulating real-world content. Includes instruction in specialized camerawork and equipment operation and maintenance, image capture, computer programming, dubbing, CAD applications, and applications to specific commercial, industrial, and entertainment needs.

Job Opportunities:

Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages in various media intended to promote and sell products, services, and brands; and that prepares individuals to function as advertising assistants, technicians, and managers. Includes instruction in advertising theory, marketing strategy, advertising design and production methods, campaign methods and techniques, media management, related principles of business management, and applicable technical and equipment skills.

Job Opportunities:

Advertising and Promotions Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate advertising policies and programs or produce collateral materials, such as posters, contests, coupons, or give-aways, to create extra interest in the purchase of a product or service for a department, an entire organization, or on an account basis.
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

President David Rhodes
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 143
Student : Faculty Ratio 8 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 64 : 35
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 74.9% accepted of 3,278 applications

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite19 - 26
 
SATMath440 - 580
Reading440 - 570
Writing440 - 507

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Academic GPA, Application Essay, Interview, Level Of Applicants Interest, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Talent Ability

Also Considered: Work Experience, Alumni Relation, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores, Volunteer Work

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
Visual Performing Arts 0 2
History 0 4
English 0 4
Social Studies 0 0
Foreign Language 0 4

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $39,851 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $32,932
$30K-$48K $35,651
$48K-$75K $42,613
$75K-$110K $44,600
$110K+ $46,453

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $32,270, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $32,270 Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,800 $16,800
Books $1,713 $1,713
Total (before financial aid) $50,783 $50,783

Students Receiving Aid

45% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 53% $6,055
Federal Scholarships/Grants 27% $5,351
Institutional Grants 37% $8,891
Other Federal Grants 15% $1,465
Other Loans 11% $26,029
Pell Grants 27% $4,515
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 14% $3,491
Student Loans 53% $11,377

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu/adm/index.jsp?sid0=4&sid1=58.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.sva.edu/student-life/financial-aid/calculator.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

55% of students graduated on time.

64% of students graduated in six years.

83% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Salaries

The typical (median) early career salary of School of Visual Arts graduates is $41,700, according to Payscale.

Rankings

LinkedIn

#2 Best Schools for Designers

PayScale

#535 Starting Median Salary Rankings

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#175 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America
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