- Are scholarships available?
A limited number of Presidential Scholarships are available based on both need and merit. All scholarships cover tuition expenses (excluding departmental fees) and housing is included only if available. Detailed information is available on the Photo Global application form.
- Do I need medical insurance?
It is suggested.
- How do I deposit?
Once accepted into the One-Year Certificate Program, students are asked to reserve their place with a $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit in U.S. Dollars in the form of a check or by major credit card.
- How many applicants will be accepted into the program?
- How quickly are the admissions decisions made?
The applicants will be notified within two weeks.
- What academic degrees are required for admittance?
Decisions regarding acceptance are based primarily on the quality of the work and the statement. Although it is preferable to have academic experience and to be conversant with advanced thinking, no specific degree is required.
- What are the visa requirements?
After all financial information is received and deemed acceptable, a Form I-20 will be issued. For more information regarding visa application procedures, please visit the International Student Office or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What elective classes are available?
Classes in the technical, business and theoretical aspects of the medium, as well as critique classes covering most genres of photography, which include the following examples:
Writing About Photography
Photography Since 1960
Art and Commerce
Survey of Portraiture
Form and Concept
- What facilities are available?
The full breadth of the most advanced photographic technology is available, including studio, darkroom and digital facilities, as well as all formats of camera.
- What housing is available for international students? Is single housing available?
Housing is available for students in one of SVA's numerous facilities. Limited Single housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- What is a certificate program?
After scrutinizing the program, the state of New York has granted SVA the authority to confer a certificate designating the successful completion of the course, and the equivalent of 30 credits.
- What is SVA?
The School of Visual Arts is the largest independent art school in the United States. For over fifty years, the school has been premised on creating a community of professional and influential artists to instruct and inspire the future professional community in all areas of art education.
- What is the campus like?
SVA is an urban campus consisting of twelve buildings spread throughout the east and west twenties in Manhattan, encompassing Gramercy Park and Chelsea.
- What kind of work will be featured?
We are interested in as plural and diverse a group as possible.
- What photographic equipment is necessary to bring?
The equipment that one feels comfortable working with. Otherwise, all other types of equipment are available to borrow.
- What will a typical week be like?
The seminar class, a critique class in which ongoing bodies of work are discussed, frames the week. Lectures and critiques by visiting artists are part of the week, as well as a class in contemporary photographic issues. Elective classes are also part of the academic fabric of a typical week.
- Who are the faculty?
The faculty is chosen for their prominence and influence on contemporary photography, as well as their skills as educators. The faculty also represents a cross-section of practice and thinking about photography.
- Why a program for international students?
As international boundaries become increasingly porous, we are interested in engaging in a global discourse about contemporary photography, and encouraging a multi-cultural community.
- Will I have my own studio space?
Shooting studios are available by reservation.