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*We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis 
as space remains available in all programs 
except for: MFA Art Practice, MPS Art Therapy, MPS Branding, MFA Computer Art, MFA Interaction Design,
MFA Illustration, MFA Visual Narrative.

Important Admissions Deadlines


  • Entry to the graduate programs takes place in the fall semester only (summer only for MFA Art Practice & MFA Visual Narrative).
  • The online application is available here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Friday, January 15, 2016 *
Deadline for application and supporting materials for the following departments:

  • MAT Art Education
  • MFA Art Practice
  • MPS Art Therapy
  • MPS Branding
  • MFA Computer Art
  • MFA Design
  • MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism
  • MFA Design for Social Innovation
  • MFA Fine Arts
  • MFA Illustration as Visual Essay
  • MFA Interaction Design
  • MFA Photography, Video and Related Media

Monday, February 1, 2016 *
Deadline for application and supporting materials for the following departments:

  • MFA Art Writing
  • MA Critical Theory and the Arts
  • MA Curatorial Practice
  • MFA Products of Design
  • MFA Social Documentary Film

Friday, April 1, 2016 *
Deadline for application and supporting materials for the following department:

  • MPS Fashion Photography

* Please note: After the deadlines have passed, applications for these programs will be accepted and processed on a first-come, first-served basis, as space remains available.

Applications are always reviewed on a rolling admissions basis for MPS Directing.

Additional Important Dates

September 2015

October 2015 - December 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015 - Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Winter Recess: College Closed
  • All academic and administrative offices across campus reopen at 9:00 am on Monday, January 4th.

Monday, January 18, 2016

  • Martin Luther King Jr., Day; College Closed


Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Staff Holiday: College Closed

Friday, April 1, 2016

  • Admissions Notification
    • Applicants who have completed the application process by January 15, 2016, will receive an admission decision, in writing, by April 1, 2016.
    • The College does not disclose admissions decisions via phone.
    • All admission decision letters are sent to the mailing address on file. To avoid delays in notification, applicants who move or change addresses during the application process should contact Graduate Admissions via email at gradadmissions@sva.edu to update their contact information.


Friday, April 15, 2016

  • Reply date for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 accepted graduate students. 
  • Enrollment Fees are processed as space in each program remains available.


Monday, May 30, 2016

  • Memorial Day Holiday: College Closed


Saturday, July 2, 2016 - Monday, July 4, 2016

  • Independence Day Holiday: College Closed


Monday, August 1, 2016

  • Fall 2016 Tuition Deadline: All programs except MFA Art Practice and MFA Visual Narrative.


Sunday, August 28, 2016 - September 2, 2016

  • Orientation for Fall 2016 Semester


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