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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 Students Day (NYC) 2016 has passed. Did you miss the event? Please consider scheduling a campus tour here.

Accepted Students Day events will also be held in other countries. Please see the International Events section below for more information.

Please note: This event is intended for accepted undergraduate students. 

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. 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Due to summer renovations, Advertising, Design and Animation are unavailable for studio tours at this time.

  • 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.


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.

Class Audit

Accepted undergraduate students are invited to experience the class setting first-hand by auditing an SVA class during the spring semester. Class audits are available within Advertising, Animation (traditional), Design, Film, Fine Arts, Interior Design and Photography and Video.

Class audit offerings range from Digital Sculpture, Acting for Film, Designing Interiors and more. To receive a full list of available courses and to register, email admissions@sva.edu.

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 2016 Open House Dates are as follows: (Please check back for department specific dates and registration.)

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016

In the interim, 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.
SVA Portfolio Days

SVA Portfolio Days are unique, on-campus events 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. 

Saturday, September 17th 2016 (Registration forthcoming)

  • 10:00am-10:45am Portfolio Development Presentation A
  • 11:00am-4:00pm Portfolio Reviews
  • 1:00pm-1:45pm Portfolio Development Presentation B

Friday, November 11th 2016 (Registration forthcoming)

  • 10:00am-10:45am Portfolio Development Presentation A
  • 11:00am-4:00pm Portfolio Reviews
  • 2:00pm-2:45pm Portfolio Development Presentation B

Prospective students who attend this event will receive an application fee waiver if they apply for Early Action by December 1st. 

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 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 has passed. Please consider visiting us for a portfolio review or campus tour. 

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