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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.

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

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 NOTE: Summer tours concluded on 8/12/2016 and will resume in late September. Our Fall 2016 tour calendar is forthcoming.

  • 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 [email protected].

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 [email protected]

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 for 2016-2017 are now live. You may RSVP at the link below. Come meet with a member of our Admissions team in a city near you.  



Graduate Portfolio Days

There are three Graduate Portfolio Days hosted by the National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA). These events are geared towards individuals that have already completed a Bachelor’s degree program and are looking to further their education at the graduate level. Please RSVP and join us this fall for an event in San Francisco, New York or Chicago.

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. 

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

Fall 2016 Open House Dates are as follows:

Saturday, October 15, 2016 

Featuring Advertising; Animation; Design; Fine Arts

Saturday, October 22, 2016 

Featuring Cartooning; Illustration; Interior Design; Photography and Video

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Featuring Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects; Film; Visual & Critical Studies


If you are unable to join us for an Open House, 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 click here to view a full list of upcoming events!

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. Campus tours will not be available on SVA Portfolio Days.

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


Registration is required to attend this event. Please only register for one session.

  • SESSION I (10am-1pm)
    • 10:00am-10:45am Portfolio Development Presentation
    • 11:00am-1:00pm Ongoing Portfolio Reviews
  • SESSION II (1pm-4pm) 
    • 1:00pm-1:45pm Portfolio Development Presentation
    • 2:00pm-4:00pm Ongoing Portfolio Reviews


Registration is required to attend this event. Please only register for one session.

  • SESSION I (10am-1pm)
    • 10:00am-10:45am Portfolio Development Presentation
    • 11:00am-1:00pm Ongoing Portfolio Reviews
  • SESSION II (1pm-4pm) 
    • 1:00pm-1:45pm Portfolio Development Presentation
    • 2:00pm-4:00pm Ongoing Portfolio Reviews
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 & Info Days

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. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 6:30pm
Long Island Marriott
101 James Doolittle Blvd,
Uniondale, NY 11553


Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 6:30pm-9pm
Montclair Art Museum, Auditorium
3 S Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042


SVA Info Night, BOSTON
Thursday, November 3, 2016 | 6:30pm-9pm
Hyatt Regency Boston
1 Ave de Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111


Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 2:00pm-5pm
Kala Art Institute Gallery
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702


Saturday, October 22, 2016 | 2:00pm-5pm
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 S Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you are unable to join us, please consider joining us for a Campus tour, registration is available here.

SVA Visit Days

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Admissions offers high school seniors 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, meet with Admissions staff, hand-deliver application materials and take a campus tour.
REGISTER (forthcoming)

Friday, February 10, 2017
Looking to transfer to SVA? Transfer applicants are invited to join us for this event devoted to the transfer application process. 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 take a campus tour and meet one-on-one with an SVA representative to discuss transfer and portfolio requirements. Portfolio reviews are available by appointment only.
REGISTER (forthcoming)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
High school juniors are invited to join us for campus tours and portfolio reviews. This is an excellent opportunity to receive portfolio feedback and application guidance prior to the summer break.
REGISTER (forthcoming)

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