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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.


Please note: This event is intended for accepted undergraduate students. Can't join us on April 9th but still want to view the campus? Schedule a campus tour here.

Application Prep Day

Application Prep Day 2016 was held on Saturday, January 16th. Check back in the fall to register to attend Application Prep Day 2017.

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.


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 Photography & Video.
  • West campus departments: Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects; 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.

International Events

International Information Sessions

Please stay tuned for upcoming international admissions events.

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. 

The National Portfolio Day events in 2015-16 have concluded. Our 2016-17 schedule will be announced this summer, so check back to see if we will be visiting a city near you.

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 have passed. Dates for Fall 2016 will be announced this summer. Please consider joining us for a campus tour or an upcoming campus event.

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.

  • Please note that all events take place in the fall and all 2015 events have been held. We appreciate all of the prospective students that came out to meet our staff. The 2016 schedule of events will be announced next summer.
  • We encourage prospective students to 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 joining us for a Campus tour, registration is available here.

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)

This event has passed. Please consider joining 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. 

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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 these events to review portfolios and provide feedback on works in progress. 
 

Our Info Night events have passed. Please consider joining us for a Campus tour, registration is available here.



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.

Transfer Day 2016 will be held on Friday, February 5th. 

Register

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