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Please Note:

  • Graduate Admissions will communicate with applicants via email throughout the application process.
    • Due to the high volume of mail and applications, it can take 2 or more weeks for applicant materials to be marked as received (this includes electronic submissions of letters of recommendation, transcripts and portfolios).
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Entry to the graduate programs takes place in the fall semester only (summer only for MFA Art Practice and MFA Visual Narrative).
  • 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” provided by applicants on the online application. To avoid delays in notification, applicants who move or change addresses during the application process should contact Graduate Admissions via e-mail at gradadmissions@sva.edu with an update of their contact information.
  • All application materials become the property of the School of Visual Arts and will not be returned.
Step 1: Apply Online

Complete the online application form.

  • The online application is available here.
  • The nonrefundable application fee for all graduate applicants is $80. You will be required to pay the fee in order to submit the online application.
Step 2: Submit Application Materials

Submit all materials directly to Graduate Admissions.

Submissions By Mail:

  • Due to the high volume of mail received each day, questions about the receipt of particular items may not be answered on demand.
  • Graduate Admissions will communicate with you through email regarding your application and any missing materials.
  • Please be mindful that all application material is processed in order of date received and can take up to three weeks to process.
  • If you wish to verify our receipt of your application materials, it is recommended that you submit them in one package via a traceable method, such as Certified Mail, UPS, FedEx, etc.

Send all supplemental materials with the Graduate Application Materials Cover Sheet to:

Graduate Admissions
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010-3994
Submissions in Person:
If you are in the New York area, you may drop off your materials in person at the Admissions Office located on the first floor of the 209 East 23rd Street building (between Second and Third Avenues). The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 

School of Visual Arts | 209 East 23 Street, NY, NY 10010-3994 | Tel: 212.592.2000 | Fax: 212.725.3587