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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. 

Accepted Student's Day 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 9th. Accepted undergraduate students will be invited to register for the event in the spring.

If you would like to join us for a Campus tour, registration is available here.

Application Prep Day

Admissions offers applicants the opportunity to visit SVA on a Saturday prior to the freshman merit scholarship deadline of February 1st. Applicants can sign-up for portfolio reviews to gather feedback on their work, get their questions answered by Admissions staff and hand-deliver materials to complete their application. Portfolio reviews are available by appointment only. 

Please note that on-campus housing and studio tours will not be conducted on Application Prep Day.

Our Spring 2016 event date is forthcoming. Please check back.

If you would like to join us for a Campus tour, registration is available here.

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. Housing tours are offered separately, Monday-Friday from 12pm-2pm. All tours start within Admissions located at 209 East 23rd Street. 

  • East campus departments include: Advertising; Design; Animation (traditional 2D); Cartooning; Film; Illustration; and BFA Photography & Video.
  • 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.

International Events

International Information Sessions


Presentation by Adam Rogers, Director of the School of Visual Arts (SVA), "What does it take to study at an American university?"Palestra de Adam Rogers, Diretor da School of Visual Arts (SVA),“O que é preciso para estudar em uma universidade norte-americana?” 

Where: Hotel Unique
Address: Av. Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 4700 - Jardim Paulista - Sala Tavarua
Hours: 3pm - 6pm
Presentation by Adam Rogers, Director of the School of Visual Arts (SVA), "What does it take to study at an American university?"Palestra de Adam Rogers, Diretor da School of Visual Arts (SVA),“O que é preciso para estudar em uma universidade norte-americana?” 

Where: Windsor Atlantica Hotel
Address: Av. Atlântica, 1020 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Hours: 3pm-6pm
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 National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredited colleges to review portfolios, offer helpful suggestions and provide information on specific programs and requirements. 

SVA will be attending select National Portfolio Day events in 2015-16. See our complete schedule and sign-up to meet with an SVA representative. 

Open Houses

Undergraduate Open Houses

On three dates in the fall, prospective undergraduate 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 administrative staff. 

Fall 2015 Open House events will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, October 17, 2015 featuring Advertising, Animation, Design and Fine Arts
  • Saturday, October 24, 2015 featuring Cartooning, Computer Art, Illustration and Visual & Critical Studies
  • Saturday, November 7, 2015 featuring Film, Interior Design and Photography & Video


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.

To view the complete schedule of upcoming events, please click here. Please contact the department to inquire about other opportunities to visit throughout the year.

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 presentations will be held at 10am and 1pm. 

This event has passed. Please consider registering for our Portfolio Review Day on November 13th.

Portfolio Review Day

Prospective undergraduate students interested in submitting an application for Spring 2016 or Fall 2016 Early Action consideration are invited to join us on Friday, November 13th for portfolio presentations and a one-on-one portfolio review. Presentations will occur at 10:00am and 4:00pm. Portfolio interviews will be scheduled 11:00am - 3:30pm. (You will receive a follow up email regarding your portfolio interview time)

If you would like to join us for a Campus tour, registration is available here.

Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio reviews are available on a limited basis. Please note, 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. We'll waive your application fee if you attend one of our info night events!
Montclair, New Jersey - SVA Info Night 
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:30-9:00pm
Montclair Art Museum (MAM), 3 South Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
Register - New Jersey SVA Info Night

San Jose, California - SVA Info Night 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 6:00-9:00pm
San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Register - San Jose SVA Info Night

Los Angeles, California - SVA Info Day 
Sunday, October 11, 2015 2:00-5:00pm 
MOCA Grand Avenue -The Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 
 Register - Los Angeles SVA Info Day 

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.

Our spring 2016 event date is forthcoming. Please check back soon.

If you would like to join us for a campus tour, registration is available here.

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