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School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.


The mission of the School of Visual Arts is to educate future generations of artists, designers, and creative professionals.

This mission is the foundation upon which are built:

  • undergraduate degree programs in art and design that prepare students for entry into an array of professional fields in or related to the visual arts, while also equipping students with the skills necessary to become productive and thoughtful members of society;
  • rigorous and practice-based graduate programs in the visual arts and its allied fields; a continuing education program intended to meet the diverse needs of New York City’s professional art and design community and the larger community within which the College resides;
  • and a commitment to serving the greater good through community service.


The College’s mission is realized by:

  • the employment of working professional artists, critics and scholars in all the disciplines taught at School of Visual Arts, and whose credentials and experience qualify them to teach at the college level;
  • a commitment of resources to meet the educational and co-curricular needs of students studying at all degree levels as well as to provide for an enriching campus life experience;
  • a concerted effort to capitalize upon the extremely large number and quality of cultural institutions located in New York City;
  • a system of institutional and learning outcomes assessment designed to facilitate institutional planning and institutional renewal;
  • and a sound financial position sufficient to ensure the College’s ability to meet the diverse and dynamic educational needs of the College community; to provide for opportunities for innovation and experimentation; and to ensure the maintenance of quality in all areas of the institution’s operations.
President and Leadership

David Rhodes

Executive Vice President
Anthony P. Rhodes

Board of Directors
Milton Glaser, acting chairman
Janet A. Knox
Michelle Musler
Joseph F. Patterson
Anthony P. Rhodes
David Rhodes
Walter Rivera
Eileen Hedy Schultz

Noteworthy Alumni

SVA has graduated more than 35,000 artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, photographers and other creative professionals. Among them are Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, Grammy winners, MacArthur Fellows and Guggenheim Fellows. Their work can be found in the collections of the world's leading museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thousands of them constitute the core of the cultural capital of the world, New York City; thousands of others can be found throughout the United States and in 100 countries around the world.

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