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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

Undergraduate accepted students and families are invited to join us for SVA's most comprehensive event of the year, Accepted Students Day. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The day's robust schedule includes meetings with academic and adminstrative departments, tours, course registration, workshops and more. 

Registration for this event has passed. 

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), Computer Art, Design, Film, Fine Arts, Interior Design and Photography and Video.

Class visit offerings for Spring 2019 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 2018-2019 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.

All 2018 events have passed.

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. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019 featuring

  • BFA Computer Art
  • BFA Photography and Video
  • BFA Visual & Critical Studies

Saturday, October 19, 2019 featuring

  • BFA Advertising
  • BFA Animation
  • BFA Design
  • BFA Interior Design

Saturday, November 2, 2019 featuring

  • BFA Cartooning
  • BFA Film
  • BFA Illustration
  • BFA Fine Arts

Can't make Open House? Please consider joining us for a department 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.

Fall 2019 events are forthcoming! To contact a department to find out about more opportunities, please click here.

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. 

Our next SVA Portfolio Day will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019


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

On-campus portfolio reviews are currently unavailable.

Please consider visiting us at a National Portfolio Day, SVA Info Night or SVA Visit Day to receive a portfolio review. Prospective students who are unable to join us on-campus, are also 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. 

Stay tuned for our 2019 events!

Transfer Days


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.

*These events have passed. Please consider joining us for a campus tour.


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

SVA Visit Days


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.


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.

Please stay tuned for our 2019 dates!

Graduate Admissions Events

Throughout the fall, prospective students are encouraged to attend an event to explore graduate study at SVA! These opportunities are specifically for individuals that are in progress or have already earned a Bachelor’s degree and are interested in MFA, MPS, MAT and MA degrees.

Graduate Admissions hosts Preview Nights in NYC and Forums in cities around the USA. These events will allow you to learn about our graduate programs, how to prepare an application and the Manhattan campus experience. You can meet with Graduate Admissions staff to discuss your interests and hear from a panel of graduate alumni.

Graduate Departments host their own Information Sessions. These events provide a unique opportunity for prospective students to tour the facility and meet with the Chair, faculty, department staff, current students, and alumni.

Graduate Admissions and several graduate department staff also attend Graduate National Portfolio Days across the country. 

  • All 2018 events have passed. To contact a department to find out about other opportunities, please click here.

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