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School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven 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. Comprising more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 38,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.


The mission of the School of Visual Arts is to educate future generations of global creative citizens to foster cultural and social change that promotes our core values through the pursuit and achievement of their professional goals. 

Core Values

Participate in the Global Creative Community
Creative citizenship extends far beyond the borders of any one country. We believe Citizenship demands participating in the exchange of ideas with integrity in one’s community and the world at large. We must recognize our common humanity; listen to our fellow global citizens; respect a multiplicity of perspectives and experiences; and we must have the clarity of purpose to speak out against injustice. At SVA, the creative citizen then encompasses all of these ideals through their artistic practice.

Diversity and Inclusion
We are a diverse community that voices a deep commitment to equality and accessibility. We strive to create an atmosphere of openness and inclusion. 

Freedom of Expression
The College has always protected the rights of members of its community to share their views in a receptive space and to enjoy the autonomy necessary for risk-taking and innovation. SVA should remain an environment where both new ideas and contested ideas are welcomed and explored. 

Professionalism and Integrity
SVA’s faculty of working professionals are actively engaged in the fields that they teach. They hold students to a professional standard in terms of their craft, focus, and general comportment; the curriculum of each major is built on a foundation of specialization and expertise. Professionalism at SVA encompasses not just excellence, but also accountability, intellectual rigor, leadership, and, above all, integrity.

President and Leadership

David Rhodes

Executive Vice President
Anthony P. Rhodes

Board of Directors
Milton Glaser, acting chairman
Joseph F. Patterson
Anthony P. Rhodes
David Rhodes
Lawrence Rodman
Eileen Hedy Schultz

Noteworthy Alumni

SVA has graduated more than 37,000 artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, photographers and other creative professionals. Among them are Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, Grammy winners, MacArthur Fellows and Guggenheim Fellows. Their work can be found in the collections of the world's leading museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thousands of them constitute the core of the cultural capital of the world, New York City; thousands of others can be found throughout the United States and in 75 countries around the world.

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