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The Office of Learning Technologies (OLT) has an overarching goal of enhancing student and faculty engagement, learning, and communication at SVA. 

Faculty Support

OLT provides training and support to faculty through:

  • Access to new teaching and learning tools, information on best practices using these tools, video-based tutorials, FAQs, and relevant higher ed news
  • Live workshops and Webinars throughout the year
  • Faculty walk-in hours, phone and email support
Online Course Development

OLT supports current and developing online courses at SVA. A low-residency program is one in which students study online during fall and spring semesters, and visit New York City to study in person over the summer. MPS Digital Photography (2009) was the first low-residency program at SVA and it brought together half of the individuals who make up the current Office of Learning Technologies. A second “low-res” program (MFA Art Practice) started in 2011 and a third (MFA Visual Narrative) launched in summer 2013. OLT develops and manages all of the online courses for these programs, and will support the planning and development of future online programs or individual courses.

Research & Advocacy

The Office of Learning Technologies is a centralized location for continuous research and vetting of teaching and learning technologies. “Ed tech” is an extremely dynamic industry with new tools rolling out every month. We want to be aware of new tools and practices in higher ed, while remaining grounded in the needs of the SVA community. Some of the ways we continue to strengthen our foundation of knowledge about learning technologies and best practices in the classroom are:

  • Research and review new teaching and learning technologies and best use practices
  • Conduct annual faculty and student surveys
  • Pilot various new tools and systems with faculty and relevant staff
  • Continue fostering a dialogue with faculty — to hear their needs, suggestions, etc.
  • Liaise between chairs, faculty, system administrators, directors of operation, Visual Arts Library, IT, Institutional Research, external vendors…


Sound Booth

OLT has a professional sound booth for recording lectures, screen recordings, audio recordings, Skype interviews, etc. It is available for use by all SVA faculty. The sound booth is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 10am and 4pm. To reserve time in the sound booth, please fill out the reservation form.

Video Production & Promotion

Event Coverage

OLT strives to capture and make available as much rich SVA-related content as possible by documenting public events happening around the campus. Once captured, we edit the videos and distribute them to the event hosting department and upload them to SVA’s YouTube and iTunes U channels. These videos have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times by individuals in over 180 countries. OLT also creates all video content for the College’s low-residency programs (discussed above in “Online Course Development”), as well as training videos for faculty development and support.

For more information regarding our event video recording policies please click here: Event Video FAQ


OLT has a professional video studio that is available for use by all low residency instructors. Interviews, demonstrations, and other content can be recorded in the studio. Studio time is limited so please contact us about booking your event at least two weeks prior to your desired shoot date. To book the video studio, please call 212-592-2729.

School of Visual Arts | 209 East 23 Street, NY, NY 10010-3994 | Tel: 212.592.2000 | Fax: 212.725.3587