Transfer students make up approximately 30 percent of the SVA student body. Students who have attended other regionally accredited colleges, universities or postsecondary professional schools and are ready for the level of challenge and commitment that exist at SVA are encouraged to apply as transfer students.
The transfer of credit and level of placement are determined on a case-by-case basis. Transfer applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. Those who have not previously earned more than 24 credits at a regionally accredited college, including coursework in humanities and sciences, must submit official high school transcripts as verification of completing high school or its equivalent.
All applicants to BFA programs at the School of Visual Arts are required to submit a digital of recent work. Portfolio submission via SlideRoom is recommended (portfolio submission via thumb drive or CD-R also accepted). Transfer applicants seeking studio exemptions must have a digital portfolio on file in the Office of Admissions, whether or not the visual requirement for admission has previously been met. The portfolio should include work from studio courses for which transfer credit or exemption is sought.
Transfer credit for course work completed prior to matriculation at SVA which was not reviewed or awarded credit at the point of admission will not be reviewed or awarded once a student completes his/her first semester of study at SVA.
With the approval of the Council of Advisors and the Department Chair, students may spend up to a year of study at another institution in the United States. Students who receive permission to attend accredited colleges, universities, junior colleges, or post secondary professional schools after matriculating at the School of Visual Arts may transfer credit from the approved courses in accordance with our Transfer of Credit Policy. Studio credit will be granted based on an evaluation of the student’s portfolio.