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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 events 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, the Office of 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 2014 Accepted Students Day has passed.

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 the Office of 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.

Register

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

The Office of 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.

The 2014 Completion Day has passed. 

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. 

The School of Visual Arts will host the 2013 Austin and Dallas National Portfolio Days on October 5th and 6th, respectively.

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

Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio interviews are available on a limited basis. Appointments are currently available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Office of 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 only scheduled for applicants only. Please plan accordingly. 

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

Open Houses

During the fall, visitors have an opportunity to meet formally and informally with the president of the College, the chair of each undergraduate department being showcased that day, current SVA students, and members of the admissions, financial aid, residence life and student affairs staffs. 

All of our fall 2013 Open House Events have passed. Check back this summer for our fall 2014 dates. Please consider visiting SVA for a campus tour or portfolio review instead.

Regional Events

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 choosing a major, developing a portfolio, scholarship opportunities and financial aid. Admissions staff will be present throughout the events to review portfolios and provide feedback on work in progress.

All of our fall 2013 Regional Events have passed. Check back this summer for our fall 2014 dates. Please consider visiting SVA for a campus tour or portfolio review instead.

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.

This event for 2014 has passed. Check back this fall for our upcoming date.

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