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Artists have typically been viewed as outsiders. Maybe it’s because they create new worlds that challenge the one most of us take for granted. Or maybe it’s because they invent those worlds with a virtuosity that seems so magical to us. Whatever the reason, they’ve usually had to struggle in markets that favored industrial and financial sectors over the arts. Art was generally not the first career you chose if you wanted to make an impact on the world, much less a good living.

But not always. And not everywhere.

Welcome to New York City, a leader in today’s burgeoning global creative economy where visual art—in all of its powerful and everevolving forms—is crucial to the city’s cultural and economic vitality. New York has always been a cultural haven, and with art’s recent integration with new media, technology and commerce, New York City, a global hub for all of those sectors, has clearly emerged as the best place to study, practice and work as a serious visual artist.

And since 1947, SVA has educated, graduated and employed some of the most provocative and successful artists in America. Whether it’s been fine art or graphic design, illustration or film, advertising or photography, interior design, animation or computer art, SVA has truly been at the “center of the center,” giving artists the creative tools, insights and powerful networks they need to not only develop rich aesthetic sensibilities, but also go on to the careers they deserve.


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