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Application

It is encouraged that you submit the application online here.

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You can also submit a PDF of the application, which can be downloaded here and mailed to our office.

Note about applying to spring: Entry into the spring semester is limited based on space in the program. Transfer entry is contingent on the department chair's approval and is based on portfolio quality, credits earned and space in the program.

Application Fee

The nonrefundable application fee for all applicants is $50.

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You will be required to pay the fee in order to submit the online application.

If you are submitting an application fee waiver, you can mail it to our office or send a copy of your fee waiver to [email protected]. Once your fee waiver is approved, you will be provided instructions for completing the online application.

Statement of Intent

In approximately 500 words, discuss your reasons for pursuing undergraduate study in the visual arts.

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Feel free to include any information about yourself, as well as your goals and interests that may not be immediately apparent from the review of your transcripts or portfolio.

Portfolio

15-20 images or a Film Reel/2-Part Film Essay

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The portfolio should contain samples of your strongest artwork, and should be submitted in accordance with the criteria detailed in the portfolio guidelines. Submitting your portfolio at Slideroom is highly encouraged. Film and Video applicants can either submit a two-part essay by mail or email or a film reel on Slideroom to satisfy the portfolio requirement.

Portfolio

15-20 images or a Film Reel/2-Part Film Essay

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The portfolio should contain samples of your strongest artwork, and should be submitted in accordance with the criteria detailed in the portfolio guidelines. Submitting your portfolio at Slideroom is highly encouraged. Film and Video applicants can either submit a two-part essay by mail/email or a film reel on Slideroom to satisfy the portfolio requirement.

Portfolio

15-20 images submitted via Slideroom or a Film Reel/2-Part Film Essay

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The portfolio should contain samples of your strongest artwork, and should be submitted in accordance with the criteria detailed in the portfolio guidelines. All transfer applicants seeking credit in studio art classes must submit a digital portfolio on Slideroom or CD/USB to aid in the evaluation of transfer placement. Film and Video applicants can either submit a two-part essay by mail or email or a film reel on Slideroom to satisfy the portfolio requirement.

Portfolio

15-20 images submitted via Slideroom or a Film Reel/2-Part Film Essay

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The portfolio should contain samples of your strongest artwork, and should be submitted in accordance with the criteria detailed in the portfolio guidelines. All transfer applicants seeking credit in studio art classes must submit a digital portfolio on Slideroom or CD/USB to aid in the evaluation of transfer placement. Film and Video applicants can either submit a two-part essay by mail or email or a film reel on Slideroom to satisfy the portfolio requirement.

High School Transcripts

Official transcripts are required.

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In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed to SVA in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

SVA also accepts secure electronic transcripts from Parchment Exchange (Naviance), National Student Clearinghouse and Scrip-Safe. Check with the registrar's office at your institution to see if your school is a member.

Applicants who have completed a GED must submit official transcripts if they have attended high school, in addition to their official GED score report.

Home-Schooled Students: To be considered for admission, home-schooled applicants are required to submit transcripts. Official transcripts must be submitted from any high school attended in addition to the home-school transcript. A GED score will be required for enrollment.

High School Transcripts

Official transcripts are required.

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In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed to SVA in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

SVA also accepts secure electronic transcripts from Parchment Exchange (Naviance), National Student Clearinghouse and Scrip-Safe. Check with the registrar's office at your institution to see if your school is a member.

International applicants are required to submit academic records that have been converted to their U.S. educational equivalents. For more information about transcripts from foreign institutions, click here.

Applicants who have completed a GED must submit official transcripts if they have attended high school, in addition to their official GED score report.

High School Transcripts

Required if you have earned less than 24 college credits, including coursework in humanities and sciences.

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In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed to SVA in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

International applicants are required to submit academic records that have been converted to their U.S. educational equivalents. For more information about transcripts from foreign institutions, click here.

Applicants who have completed a GED must submit official transcripts if they have attended high school, in addition to their official GED score report.

High School Transcripts

Required if you have earned less than 24 college credits at a regionally accredited college, including coursework in humanities and sciences.

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In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed to SVA in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution..

SVA also accepts secure electronic transcripts from Parchment Exchange (Naviance), National Student Clearinghouse and Scrip-Safe. Check with the registrar's office at your institution to see if your school is a member.

Applicants who have completed a GED must submit official transcripts if they have attended high school, in addition to their official GED score report.

Home-Schooled Students: To be considered for admission, home-schooled applicants are required to submit transcripts. Official transcripts must be submitted from any high school attended in addition to the home-school transcript. A GED score will be required for enrollment.

Standardized Test Scores

SAT or ACT test scores are required.

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Official SAT or ACT test scores should be sent to SVA by the testing agency or your high school. Use CEEB code 2835 for SAT score submission and test code 2895 for ACT score submission.

Standardized Test Scores

Required if you have earned less than 24 college credits at a regionally accredited college, including coursework in humanities and sciences.

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Official SAT or ACT test scores should be sent to SVA by the testing agency or your high school.

College Transcripts

Official college transcripts are required from all institutions attended.

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In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed to SVA in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

SVA accepts secure electronic transcripts from Parchment Exchange (Naviance), National Student Clearinghouse and Scrip-Safe. Check with the registrar's office at your institution to see if your school is a member.

Copies of course descriptions of classes taken at other colleges can be helpful to the transfer review process.

College Transcripts

Official college transcripts are required from all institutions attended.

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In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed to SVA in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

SVA accepts secure electronic transcripts from Parchment Exchange (Naviance), National Student Clearinghouse and Scrip-Safe. Check with the registrar's office at your institution to see if your school is a member.

Any transcripts from foreign institutions must be officially translated into English and U.S. grading equivalencies click here for more information). For more information on our transfer credit policies, click here.

Copies of course descriptions of classes taken at other colleges can be helpful to the transfer review process.

Copy of Permanent Resident Card

Only required for U.S. Permanent Residents/Green Card holders.

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Permanent residents/green card holders must submit a copy of their permanent resident card along with their other application materials.

Demonstration of English Proficiency

Official English proficiency exam results are required.

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In addition to the general admission requirements, all international applicants whose primary/native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.

The following are acceptable ways to demonstrate English proficiency:

  • A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based version (213 on the computer-based version) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). SVA’s code is 2835. For information on taking the TOEFL, visit www.ets.org/toefl.
  • A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), the British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia. For information on taking the IELTS, visit ielts.org.
  • A minimum score of 53 on the Pearson PTE Academic. For more information on taking the PTE, visit pearsonpte.com.
  • Official test scores should be sent by the testing agency to the Admissions office directly.
  • This requirement may be waived for native English speakers who are citizens of any of the following countries and attend schools where English is the primary language of instruction: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, India, South Africa and Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).

Declaration and Verification of Finances

Required of all enrolled international applicants applying for a student visa.

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For more information about the DOF and VOF, click here.

Mail your application materials to:

SVA Undergraduate Admissions
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010 USA

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