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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 Wednesday, January 15, 2020, will be emailed an admissions decision by Monday, March 16, 2020. 
  • The College does not disclose admissions decisions via phone. All admissions decisions are sent to the email address used at the beginning of the application process. To avoid delays in notification, applicants should regularly check their inbox and spam folders. Please also add gradadmissions@sva.edu to your address book or contacts.
  • 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 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 ground floor of the SVA Welcome Center at 342 East 24th Street (between First and Second 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