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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 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 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.

Registration for this event is forthcoming.

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

During the fall, visitors 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 admissions, financial aid, residence life and student affairs staffs. 

Fall 2014 Open House Dates include: 

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

Saturday, October 25th: Advertising; Animation; Design

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

Registration for these events is forthcoming.

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 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.

Fall 2014 locations (dates forthcoming)

New Jersey

Long Island, NY

Laguna, CA

San Jose, CA

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.

Prospective students who attend this event will receive an application fee waiver if they apply for Early Action 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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