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Application Information

Application forms can be found under 'DOWNLOADS' on the left side of this page. The application requirements are listed in the below section.

Please only submit completed applications (all forms and supporting materials), unless special arrangements have been made. All documents can be submitted by email, except for the Payment Form if applicants are paying by credit card because this is not a secure method (it's fine to email the form for wire transfers and checks, although checks will need to be sent in the mail). For students who wish to pay by credit card, the Payment Form should be faxed to Student Accounts, 212.592.2088, Attn: Geanine Rando. 

Students applying from overseas must submit all application materials by May 1. Students will be accepted based on the qualifications presented in their applications. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and accepted students will be registered in order of their acceptance.

Applicants already residing in the U.S. may apply after May 1, but are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to secure a space in the program. The Office of Programs for International Students will confirm acceptance and registration. All accepted students are required to obtain an F-1 student visa to enter the U.S. or transfer a valid I-20 from another institution to participate in the program.*

* This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.


Application Requirements

1. Application Form

2. Declaration of Finances (DOF) Form

The minimum amount required to be substantiated for the summer 2017 term is $5,000. This form should be printed and signed in ink, then scanned and submitted by email. Applicants should keep the original document for their visa interview.

3. Copy of the Biographic Page of your Passport

And a copy of your I-20 from the last U.S. institution attended, if applicable.

4. Verification of Finances (VOF)

All funds declared on the DOF must be substantiated. For personal or family savings, or other family resources, please submit either an official letter from an officer of the student's bank or sponsor's bank stating the latest balance and how much of it will be used to cover the applicant's educational expenses, or official bank statements. For other sources of income, such as a scholarship, please provide official documentation.

Funds must be in a readily accessible form such as liquid assets. All documents must be in English and in U.S. dollars, or the current exchange rate must be supplied by the bank. Applicants should scan the original, official documents and submit them by email. Applicants should keep the original document(s) for their visa interview.

5. Payment Form

  • A minimum payment of the $400 tuition deposit is required by May 1. Registered students who have not paid in full must pay the balance (remainder of fees for tuition & fees for housing if desired) in full no later than June 2. 

  • Payment can be made by wire transfer, check (made payable to: School of Visual Arts), or credit card. For check or wire transfer payments, the Payment Form can be submitted by email. For credit card payments, the Payment Form should be faxed to Student Accounts, 212.592.2088 (credit card information should not be submitted by email, because this is not a secure method).

6. Undergraduate college or university transcripts showing a minimum of one semester completed, or copy of current undergraduate course schedule.

7. Demonstration of English Proficiency

  • For Studio Arts - Creative Art & Design: minimum score of 65 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) or 183 on the TOEFL CBT, minimum score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or equivalent. Students with no available test scores may submit the Demonstration of English Proficiency form completed by an English teacher or an administrator at the applicant's college or university.

Note: Applicants who are native speakers or who have graduated from a school (secondary school level or higher) where the primary language of instruction is English are not required to submit English proficiency test scores. Please notify [email protected] to request a waiver.

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