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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, 2015, will receive an admission decision, in writing, by April 1, 2015. 
  • 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 herePlease note: The online application is not officially submitted until valid credit card information has been supplied. Upon completion of this, an email confirmation is sent. We strongly recommend that applicants print this out and keep it with their records.
  • All graduate applicants are required to submit the non-refundable $80 application fee using a credit card.
Step 2: Submit Application Materials

Submit all materials directly to Graduate Admissions.

  • Materials may be sent by mail or submitted in person to the Admissions Office. All required application materials (except the online application and application fee) must be received together in one package by Graduate Admissions. 
  • Include the Graduate Application Materials Cover Sheet (found under the Downloads module). This form should accompany all supplemental materials; this is optional, but recommended.

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.
  • The Office of Graduate Admissions will communicate with you through e-mail 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