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Virtual Tour

Our new YouVisit campus tour provides a glimpse into some of SVA's most exciting spaces across 11 undergraduate programs. See facilities in your major of interest as well as the SVA Library, the Student Center, the 24th Street Residence Hall, and more!


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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 was held April 7, 2018.

Campus Tours

Undergraduate tours are offered on weekdays throughout the year and are primarily conducted by student ambassador tour guides. Tours are department specific and typically last 1-2 hours. Please note, housing tours are offered separately, Monday-Friday from 12pm-2pm.


If you are a high school, college or portfolio prep program and wish to schedule a group tour, please email us at [email protected]. Group tour accomodations will be offered according to availability. Please note, our group tours can accomodate 20 students and 5 chaperons for a maximum of 25 total guests.

Directions and Hotel Recommendations can be found here.

For information on Graduate Department tours, please click here.  

Class Visit

Accepted undergraduate students are invited to experience the class setting first-hand by visiting 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 visits have concluded for the Spring 2018 term and will resume Spring 2019.

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 2017-2018 are now live. Come meet with a member of our Admissions team in a city near you.  



Graduate Portfolio Days

On three dates in the fall, there are 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.

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. 

Open House 2018 events will be held on the following dates:

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Interior Design
Photography and Video
Visual & Critical Studies
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Fine Arts

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects

*Registration is forthcoming. You are also invited to join us for a campus tour.

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. At this time there are no events scheduled. New events will be posted this summer. 

SVA Portfolio Day

SVA Portfolio Day is a 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. 

This year's SVA Portfolio Day will be held on Saturday, September 15th 2018.


9:30am | Check-in for Session 1 Registrants

10am-10:45am | Portfolio Development Presentation 1

11am-1pm | One-on-one portfolio review sessions for Session 1 Registrants


12:30pm | Check-in for Session 2 Registrants

1pm-1:45pm | Portfolio Development Presentation 2

2pm-4pm | One-on-one portfolio review sessions for Session 2 Registrants

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.


Prospective students who are unable to join us on-campus, are encouraged to submit portfolio works online via the AICAD Portfolio Review Portal

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. 

You will find a complete list of Visit Days for fall 2017 below. Click on an individual event to RSVP.

Long Island Info Night

Hyatt Regency

Long Island 1717 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Oakland Info Night

Pro Arts Gallery

150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Los Angeles Info Night

Los Angeles Center of Photography

1515 Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Boston Info Night

Mosesian Center for the Arts

321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


New Jersey Info Night

Montclair Art Museum

3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Hudson Valley Info Night

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

1701 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Transfer Fridays


Looking to transfer to SVA? We've tailored this event with you in mind. Our Manager of Transfer Admissions will conduct an info session focused on the transfer application and scholarship requirements. While on campus, you will also have the opportunity to take a campus tour and meet one-on-one with an SVA representative for a transfer counseling session.

*Spring 2019 Transfer Friday dates are forthcoming.

10:00am-11:00am - Transfer Info Session A
11:00am-4:00pm - Transfer counseling sessions by appointment
4:00pm-5:00pm - Transfer Info Session B
5:00pm-6:00pm - Transfer counseling sessions by appointment

SVA Visit Days

Friday, November 16, 2018, 10:00am-4:00pm

Admissions offers high school seniors the opportunity to visit SVA 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.

*Registration is forthcoming. Please also consider joining us for a campus tour or an on-campus portfolio review.

*Date TBD
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.

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