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SVA encourages all students to visit SVA before applying. Please see below for information on events and open houses. For students who cannot make it to New York City, SVA also participates in regional Info Nights and portfolio days. 

Accepted Students Day

SVA is home to one of the largest and most dynamic artistic communities in the world. For an up-close look at the experience of studying here, Admissions invites accepted students and their families to meet faculty and department representatives and to visit SVA's state-of-the-art facilities. Through a combination of demonstrations, Q&A sessions and other interactive activities, accepted student attendees will sample the vitality of SVA's various programs of study. 

The 2015 Accepted Students Day will be held in April.

Campus Tours

Undergraduate tours are offered on weekdays throughout the year and are primarily conducted by students. It is recommended that tours be scheduled at least two to four weeks in advance of the desired date. Tours are scheduled to view either the east or west side of campus. All tours start within Admissions located at 209 East 23rd Street. 

  • East campus departments include: Advertising/Design; Animation (traditional 2D); Cartooning; Film and Video; Illustration; and Photography.
  • West campus departments: Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects (Thursday only); Fine Arts; Interior Design; and Visual and Critical Studies.


If you are a high school, college or portfolio prep program and wish to schedule a group tour, please email us at admissions@sva.edu.

Directions and Hotel Recommendations can be found here.

For information on Graduate Department tours, please click here.

Completion Day

Admissions offers applicants the opportunity to visit SVA on one Saturday in order to complete the application process. Applicants can have portfolio reviews, go on tours of the College and hand-deliver application materials. Admissions and Financial Aid Staff will be available throughout the day to answer questions. Portfolio reviews are available by appointment only.

Saturday, January 17th.

Registration for this event is forthcoming.

Info Session

Prospective undergraduate students interested in submitting an application for Spring 2015 or Fall 2015 Early Action consideration are invited to join us for a portfolio presentation, portfolio interview, campus tour and SVA student panel.

Friday, November 21st.

Info Session Schedule:

10:00am-10:30am: Application & Portfolio Presentation A

10:30am-11:00am: Student Panel A

11:00m-4:00pm: Portfolio Interviews (registration required)

11:00am-3:30pm: East and West Side Campus Tours

4:00pm-4:30pm: Application & Portfolio Presentation B

4:30pm-5:00pm: Student Panel B

NPDA Portfolio Day Events

SVA is an active participant in the Portfolio Days sponsored by the National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA). As a member of NPDA, representatives from SVA will join other NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) accredited colleges to review portfolios, offer helpful suggestions and provide information on specific programs and requirements. 

Please visit the NPDA website for more information about the NPDA at www.portfolioday.net

Open Houses

Undergraduate Open Houses

On three dates in the fall, prospective undergradaute students and their families have an opportunity to meet with the president of the College, the chair of each undergraduate department being showcased that day, current SVA students, and members of the adminstrative staff. 

RegisterSaturday, October 18th: Film & Video; Fine Arts; Photography

RegisterSaturday, October 25th: Advertising; Animation; Design

RegisterSaturday, November 8th: Cartooning; Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects; Fine Arts; Illustration; Interior Design; Visual & Critical Studies

Graduate Info Sessions

In the fall, prospective graduate students have the unique opportunity to attend an Info Session to tour the department facilities and meet with the Chair, faculty, department staff, current students and alumni. 

RegisterTuesday, October 14th: MAT Art Education

RegisterThursday, October 16th: MFA Photography, Video & Related Media Info Session

RegisterSaturday, October 18th: MFA Design

RegisterMonday, October 20th: MPS Fashion Photography

RegisterTuesday, October 21st: MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism

RegisterSaturday, October 25th: MPS Art Therapy

RegisterMonday, November 3rd: MA Curatorial Practice

RegisterFriday, November 7th: MFA Design for Social Innovation

RegisterSaturday, November 8th: MFA Computer Art

RegisterSaturday, November 8th: MFA Social Documentary Film

RegisterSaturday, November 8th: MFA Photography, Video & Related Media Info Session

RegisterSaturday, November 8th: MPS Digitial Photography (in class/online)

RegisterSaturday, November 8th: MFA  Art Criticism and Writing

RegisterSaturday, November 8th: MFA Products of Design

RegisterThursday, November 13th: MPS Directing

RegisterFriday, November 14th: MFA Interaction Design

RegisterSaturday, November 15th: MAT Art Education

RegisterSaturday, November 15th: MFA Illustration

RegisterSaturday, November 15th: MPS Branding

RegisterSaturday, November 15th: MFA Fine Arts

RegisterSaturday, November 15th: MFA Visual Narrative

RegisterSaturday, November 15th: MA Critical Theory & the Arts

RegisterTuesday, December 2nd: MFA Social Documentary Film

RegisterTuesday, December 2nd: MFA Art Practice

RegisterThursday, December 4th: MFA Photography, Video & Related Media Info Session

RegisterSaturday, December 6th: MPS Fashion Photography

RegisterThursday, January 29th: MPS Digital Photography (ONLINE SESSION)

Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio interviews are available on a limited basis. To schedule an appointment, please contact Admissions (212.592.2100) two to four weeks in advance of the date you would like to visit. On-campus portfolio reviews are not required for admission. 

During the application season (December through March), portfolio review appointments are limited and scheduled for applicants only. Please plan accordingly. 

Graduate applicants should refer to the Graduate Application Requirements for information on interviews.

SVA Info Nights

Throughout the fall semester, SVA hosts regionally specific events as a means of bringing the school to interested applicants. Here students can learn more about our undergraduate programs, developing a portfolio, scholarship opportunities and the student experience. Admissions staff will be present throughout the events to review portfolios and provide feedback on works in progress.

Fall 2014 Locations and Dates

Tuesday, October 7th - San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA - 6-9pm

RegisterSunday, October 12th - Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA - 5-8pm

RegisterThursday, October 23rd - Long Island Marriott, Uniondale, NY - 6-9pm 

RegisterTuesday, November 11th - Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ - 6-9pm


SVA Portfolio Prep Day

SVA Portfolio Prep Day is a unique, on-campus event devoted to portfolio development. Prospective undergraduate students will have the opportunity to view a special presentation on Portfolio Development and meet with an admissions representative for a one-on-one portfolio interview. During our presentation, we will give you tips and show you examples of how to best prepare your portfolio for admission and merit scholarship consideration. The portfolio review is optional, but is a great opportunity to show us your sketchbooks and works in progress to get personalized feedback as you prepare your portfolio and application. Our presentation will be held at 11am and 4pm. 

Prospective students who attend this event will receive an application fee waiver if they apply by December 1st.

Saturday, September 27th

SVA Transfer Day

Looking to transfer to SVA? 

Transfer applicants are invited to attend SVA Transfer Day. Our Manager of Transfer Admissions will conduct an information session at 10am and again at 4pm.  While on campus, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an SVA representative to discuss transfer and portfolio requirements.

Friday, February 6th. 

Registration for this event is forthcoming.

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