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The English and Visual Arts Program allows artistic development through BFA studio courses while improving English language skills through EVA courses.

  • Majors available for the English and Visual Arts Program: Advertising, Cartooning, Computer Art, Fine Arts, Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography and Video
  • Transfer students may qualify for upper level placement based on accredited studio courses from other institutions. Sophomore (2nd) year is the highest placement possible.
  • This program is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students

Applicants who meet the academic and creative requirements for admission to School of Visual Arts (SVA) and have a good grasp of English, but do not yet meet the English proficiency requirements for undergraduate study may qualify for the English and Visual Arts Program (EVA). 

The score requirements for the English and Visual Arts Program are a score of 65-79 on the internet version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a score of 46-52 on the Pearson PTE Academic or a 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The English and the Visual Arts Program is a three semesters special program that begins in summer. The program offers intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) study during the summer and combines ESL and BFA studio coursework for the fall and spring semesters. The program allows artistic development through required BFA studio courses while improving English skills through ESL courses.

Transfer students with college level coursework may be eligible to receive credit for liberal arts or studio coursework at another educational institution. The highest level placement is sophomore (2nd year) due to English language skills. The program is also open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose primary language is not English or whose English proficiency does not meet the requirements for undergraduate study at SVA.

Students who begin the program may also test out of the English and Visual Arts Program in between the Summer/Fall or Fall/Spring semesters by submitting a new TOEFL or IELTS test with the requisite score for BFA consideration. 

Students that are not able to test out of the English and the Visual Arts Program are required to successfully complete the three semester program before advancing to the BFA Program.

Summer 2017 English and Visual Arts Program

Housing Check-in: June 15th  

Orientation: June 15th and 16th

Program Start Date: June 19th

Program End Date: August 11 

How to Apply

To apply for admission to the English and the Visual Arts Program (EVA) for the Summer 2017 semester, applicants must submit the following materials:

    Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • Statement of Intent
  • Transcripts all high schools/colleges attended
  • Portfolio (15-20 images) 
  • Demonstration of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE test results)

Accepted students who enroll will be required to submit financial documents. For more information about the financial documents requirement, click here.

Recommended Deadline: April 1st

Applicants who apply directly to the undergraduate program, but do not meet the English proficiency requirements for degree study will automatically be reviewed for admission to the English and the Visual Arts Program. 

SVA Housing for the English and the Visual Arts Program

International students participating in the English and the Visual Arts Program (EVA) are eligible for summer housing.  After the students submit the housing deposit and placement fee and are enrolled in EVA, they will receive an email from the Residence Life Office explaining how to apply for summer and fall semester housing.

For more information on the available accommodations, please visit the Residence Life page for the English and the Visual Arts Program.

Transition to BFA Program

Students who successfully complete the summer, fall and spring semesters of the English and the Visual Arts Program will continue their studies in the BFA program the following fall semester.

Testing out of the English and the Visual Arts Program:

Students that begin the English and the Visual Arts Program in the summer may choose to test out of the program between the summer/fall and fall/spring semesters by submitting a new BFA-qualifying English proficiency exam score. Students are required to report the new test score to Sabrina Lee, Assistant Director of Special Programs via email at [email protected] in order to have their application reevaluated for placement in the BFA program. 

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