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  • This 3-week summer program offers international college students an opportunity to develop their creative abilities in various studio disciplines while experiencing American culture by living and studying in New York City.
  • The program includes a range of organized activities available at no additional cost.
  • Students will be awarded 3 studio credits for successful completion of the program.

The 2019 Culture, Design and Fine Arts in New York Summer Program will take place Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 26.

Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Program Overview

The Culture, Design, and Fine Arts in New York Summer Program offers international college students an opportunity to develop their creative abilities while experiencing American culture in New York City.

Students may choose between two courses offered in this program and will be awarded 3 undergraduate studio credits upon successful completion of the course. Classes are held Monday-Friday, for six hours each day. All instructors are SVA faculty and professionals in their respective fields. Space is limited to approximately 20 students per course. Registration is based on a first come, first served basis.

The program includes a variety of organized social and cultural activities, such as museum visits, Broadway musicals, movie nights, and walking tours. An exhibition of student work will be held on the last Friday of the program.

Students have the option to stay in SVA housing during this program.

For further information, please contact the Office of Programs for International Students at [email protected] or 212.592.2238.


July 8-26, 2019
2019 Tuition: $2520 (tuition includes a $250 nonrefundable program fee for withdrawal)
2019 Housing: $1725 (optional, shared room accommodation; includes a $250 refundable housing deposit fee)
Health Insurance: All students must have their own health insurance.
Supplies: Students are responsible for their own supplies. A supply list will be provided prior to the start of the course.
Program Eligibility


Educational Background

The program is open to international art and design students who have completed at least one semester of college or university and/or will be enrolled in college or university in fall 2019. Portfolio submission is not required to attend. Students without an art or design background who are interested in participating should contact [email protected].

English Proficiency 

Courses are taught in English, and are suitable for students with at least an intermediate level of English proficiency that is equivalent to or higher than a minimum score of 65 on the TOEFL iBT, or 183 on the TOEFL CBT, or 6 on the IELTS (or) have graduated from a secondary or higher level school where instruction is given primarily in English (or) be fluent or native English speakers. A TOEFL score is not required for participation in this program. 

Registration, I-20 Issuance & F-1 Visa Application

*NOTE* The Registration deadline has been extended to May 1. Participants who register after April 15 must submit full payment upon registration.


Due by April 15

  • Course registration, payment of the $250 nonrefundable program fee (required to register for the course).
  • Housing registration, payment of the $250 housing deposit fee (required to register for housing).

Due by May 15

  • I-20 issuance requirements (instructions sent via email).
  • Full Payment: Registered Registered students who have not paid in full must pay the balance (remainder of tuition fee and fee for housing, if desired).


Online Pre-Registration Form 

Used to verify eligibility to participate in this program. 

Fill out and submit the online pre-registration form hereWe will review your information and contact you within 1-3 business days regarding your eligibility to participate in this program.

Those who may be eligible to participate in the program will be sent further instructions about the next steps.

Please wait for instructions before completing the below requirements.

Proof of English Proficiency

Used to verify that participants have at least an intermediate level of English proficiency. This requirement may be waived for students who have graduated from a secondary or higher level school where instruction is given primarily in English, or are fluent or native English speakers.

Those who may be eligible to participate will be asked to submit the Demonstration of English Proficiency Form (available for download at the top left of this page) or English proficiency exam scores if available (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

Enrollment Verification

Those who may be eligible to participate will be asked to submit a copy of transcript, current course schedule, letter of enrollment, or diploma verifying college/university enrollment.

Course & Housing Registration / Payment

Once Proof of English Proficiency and enrollment verification have been received and deemed sufficient, we will send an email with a link to register for the course and housing (optional) online. Only those who have been approved to register will be sent the link.

Payment of the nonrefundable $250 program fee is required in order to register for the course, and payment of a refundable $250 housing deposit fee is required to register for housing. Registration should be completed by April 15. Full payment of tuition and housing fees (if applicable) is due by May 15.

Those who register for a course/housing will receive confirmation via email.

Proof of Finances & Passport Copy

Registered CDFNY students must provide proof of finances (the minimum amount required is $5,000 for summer 2019) and a passport copy in order to be issued an I-20 by SVA, which is required to apply for the F-1 student visa. Instructions will be sent to registered students via email.

I-20 Issuance & F-1 Student Visa Application

Since the CDFNY Summer Program is considered full-time study, international students are required to obtain an F-1 student visa or present a valid I-20 from another institution in order to attend the program. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal from the program before the start of classes. Visitors on B1/B2 visa or the Visa Waiver Program are prohibited from studying full-time.

I-20s will be issued after May 15, and may take up to 3 weeks to process (processing will begin once the proof of finances and passport copy have been submitted and deemed sufficient).

I-20s will be sent via FedEx, along with instructions for F-1 student visa application. The tracking information will be shared with students via email.

Please review the F-1 student visa application process here.

Course Offerings

2019 Tuition Fee: $2520

Tuition includes a $250 nonrefundable program fee for withdrawal. Payment of the $250 program fee is required at the time of course registration (due by April 15). The remainder of the tuition fee ($2270) is due by May 15.

Courses run Monday – Friday, 6 hours per day

Note: Students may register for one course, and will be awarded 3 undergraduate studio credits for successful completion of the program.


Studio Arts – Creative Art & Design

FID-1192, 3 credits

This intensive course is designed for international students who wish to develop their studio skills while learning new ways of approaching visual communication. It is comprised of a variety of subject areas, including brainstorming and creative design, figure drawing, and illustration. Projects will be assigned in each subject area that will push students to explore the boundaries of their creativity.

The course will be taught by multiple SVA faculty members, each of whom is also a fine arts or design professional.

Animation and Visual Effects Studio Pipeline

SMD-1192, 3 credits

In this course students will examine the production pipelines used by studios in New York City and then create a project from start to finish. Working as a team, students will write and storyboard a 30-second commercial spot.

Production designs will be workshopped and a previsualization will be created. Using premade assets, students will work together to create the 3D assets and animations in Maya, and then move to live-action footage by filming in the city and in a green screen studio. Other production tools will be explored, including motion capture and virtual cameras. Finally, students will composite the work with Nuke software and color correct the final piece in a color-grading suite.

The course includes visits to studios in New York City to get an insider's look at the production pipeline in action.



2019 Housing Fee: $1,725

Limited shared room accommodation is available. All SVA housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residing on campus is optional. Payment of the $250 housing deposit fee is required at the time of housing registration (due by April 15). The remainder of the housing fee ($1475) is due by May 15.

Late housing registration may be permitted if space is available. After April 15, students must pay the full housing fee of $1,725 (includes the $250 housing deposit) in order to register for housing.

About Summer Housing

CDFNY students are housed at the 23rd Street Residence, which is located adjacent to the 209 East 23 Street building and rooms are arranged in an apartment-style setting. There is 24-hour security at the housing building entrance. People must show a picture ID to enter the building. A program staff member is on call for emergencies throughout the night until class time in the morning.

Apartments come with two- to three-bedroom suites, with central air and heat as well as full kitchen and bathroom facilities. Each apartment houses between four to six students and offers sweeping, picturesque views of the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and the East River. All rooms in the New Residence are equipped with wireless internet access. You must provide your own computer. Recreational space and laundry facilities are available.

Housing Check-in: Please arrive on Saturday, July 6, between 9 AM and 10 PM or Sunday, July 7, between 9 AM and 4 PM. Students who need to arrive later must pre-arrange their check-in time by contacting [email protected] Housing students should return to the basement lounge at 5 PM on Sunday for a meeting and neighborhood tour.

Housing Check-out: Students may check out on Friday, July 26, prior to or directly following the student exhibition. All students must check out before or by 6 PM on Saturday, July 27.

Meal Plan: A meal plan that covers breakfast Monday-Friday is provided (no additional cost).

Housing Curfew : Students must return to the residence hall by 12 AM (midnight) each night.

Drug & Alcohol Policy: Students cannot consume or possess illegal drugs or alcohol at any time. Students cannot have anyone in their room who is found in possession of any drugs or alcohol. Residents or guests who enter the building or are found in an intoxicated state within the building may be subject to judicial action and follow-up which may include expulsion from housing.



A range of organized evening and weekend activities are included in the cost of tuition. All students in the program are encouraged to participate. 

Previous activities include visits to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Broadway musicals, movie nights, exploring The High Line and Central Park, and much more.

Airport Transportation

SVA does not offer a pick up service from or to the airports.

Students may arrange for a car service or use the regulated New York City medallion yellow taxicabs. The cost is approximately $55 USD from LaGuardia or JFK airports to SVA. LaGuardia and JFK airports are the most convenient airports to travel from and to SVA.

Look for the “Ground Transportation” signs when exiting the airport. Do not accept offers from anyone in the airport terminal who approaches you. Firmly say “no, thank you” and look for the taxi line when exiting the terminal after you have retrieved your luggage. Follow the signs for the taxi line. You will see a kiosk with a staff person where other passengers are waiting for a taxi. Again, if anyone approaches you to take you to a taxicab that is not yellow, firmly say “no, thank you”.

Only Take New York City Medallion Yellow Taxicabs!


Orientation Meeting for all CDFNY Summer Program Students

A mandatory orientation will be held at the beginning of the program.

Event details will be sent to students prior to the start of the program.

Student Exhibition

A exhibition of student art will be held on the final Friday of the program. The exhibition is open to the public, and all family and friends are welcome to attend.

Refund Policy

Refunds are available if a written request to officially withdraw is submitted to [email protected]. Failure to complete a course does not constitute an official withdrawl, nor does notifying an instructor, nor does lack of attendance.

Refund Policy

  • Before July 8: Full tuition less the nonrefundable program fee ($2270). Full housing fee including the $250 deposit ($1725)
  • On or after July 8: NO REFUNDS

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