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The Pre-College Summer Program mimics a fast-paced foundation year experience in the New York art scene. Pre-College students are immersed in their chosen field of study through lectures on art history, theory and the use of media and material. The program is further enhanced with a comprehensive list of chaperoned activities that take full advantage of the social and cultural life of New York City. The summer program is scheduled for three weeks in July and classes are taught Monday through Friday from 9 am - 4 pm. Students living in the SVA residence hall during the program must be mature, responsible and ready for the creative and personal freedom this program allows. Participants must have a serious attitude toward making artwork as their primary focus during the program. The summer program is open to all students who will be enrolled in high school fall 2014. 

Approximately 400 students participate in the summer program and 180 students will live in SVA housing. Housing and commuter students are welcome to participate in the evening activities at no extra charge. These activities are suggested, but not mandatory.

Students may register for one course and will receive three college credits for the successful completion of the summer program.

Summer 2014 Program Dates: July 14th - August 1st 

Online Registration is ongoing, click Course Offerings to register online!!!

April 15, 2014: Housing has reached capacity, please email precollege@sva.edu with questions.


All commuter and housing students attending the summer program are encouraged to sign-up and participate in program activities. Activities are scheduled after-class Monday-Friday and on weekends. There are no additional fees to participate in any activities. Students will have to provide their own transportation (subway card) to the event and will travel in chaperoned groups. Subway fare is $2.50 each way. Students are emailed the activities schedule and sign-up online for various activities. Instructions and the sign-up process will be emailed in June. Activities are not mandatory. Students living in the School of Visual Arts residence hall have the opportunity to explore New York City on their own prior to the housing curfew if they choose not to participate in any chaperoned activities during the program. Please be advised that if your son/daughter attends the program and chooses not to join any chaperoned activity, that they are in charge of their safety. If you feel your son/daughter is not ready for the freedom this program allows, please do not register your child for this program. This is not a summer camp and SVA does not have a traditional campus fenced off from the city, New York is our campus and it is an amazing city to experience as an art student. 

Example of Activities from Summer 2013:




Mama Mia

Rock Of Ages

Jersey Boys






First Date

Mama Mia



Karaoke Night

AMC Movie Nights

NY Botanical Garden

Top Of Rock

Central Park Zoo

NYC Bus Tour

Ripley's Believe it or Not

NY Yankee Game Day

Natural History Museum

Frankie's Carnival Time

NY Ghost Tour

Big Onion Walking Tours

Madame Tussauds

Frames NYC (Bowling)

And more…

Course Offerings / Online Registration

Summer Course Offerings

Please Note: Course, Housing options and Meal Plan are grouped together to facilitate on-line registration. Please click on the course link in order to view course descriptions and options for housing and meal plan. Students may register for only one course during the summer. All courses are taught Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. A step by step description of the registration process can be found in the Registration Instructions drop-down menu. Please read instructions prior to registering for a course.

Registration ends Friday, July 11th at 4 pm or when a course is full.


Advertising and 3D Workshop
Advertising: Viral Video and Type Animation 
Tradigital Animation (course full)
Filmmaking Workshop-A (course full)
Filmmaking Workshop-B 
Screenwriting Workshop
Acting Workshop 
Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing-A (course full)
Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing-B
Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing-C
Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing-D
Fine Arts: Sculpture and Drawing
Fine Arts: Printmaking and Drawing
Graphic Design with 3D Workshop
Typography with 3D Workshop
Interior Design
Darkroom Photography
Digital Photography-A 
Digital Photography-B
Photography: The Stylized Image (course full)
Computer Art: Computer Animation-A 
Computer Art: Computer Animation-B 
Computer Art: Digital Filmmaking and Motion Graphics
Visual and Critical Studies

 Note: Pre-College courses may include working from nude models.

Health Services and Emergency Procedures


It is expected that all participants and their parents/guardians read and adhere to the following information. 


Health forms are not required for the Pre-College program. We recommend but do not require that students meet with their health care provider regarding health concerns before attending so that an appropriate treatment plan is in place if necessary. Be sure your immunizations are up-to-date. 

Students should bring a sufficient supply of their prescription medications, over the counter medications, EpiPen™ (if prescribed for the student), or other treatments that they may require. There are pharmacies located around the SVA campus and it is a good idea to familiarize oneself with the products and what one takes for different ailments.  

All students should bring their insurance card (at the minimum a copy of the card) to the Pre-College program and carry the card with them throughout the duration of the program. If you will be a residence hall student and live outside the metropolitan area, you should contact your insurance company for the names and phone numbers of local physicians that you can see while attending the program.


Onsite physical and mental health services are not available at SVA.

In the event of any emergency, Pre-College participants should call 911 and notify the nearest SVA staff member. For all non-emergency situations, please notify the Pre-College Emergency Coordinator at 917.653.0868 for assistance. The Emergency Coordinator will be available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to escort you to a near by urgent care facility or an over-night ER. City MD (urgent care located at 5th Avenue and 23rd Street - http://citymd.reachlocal.net/locations/urgent-care-doctors-flatiron-district), Beth Israel Medical Group (urgent care located at 309 West 23rd Street - http://www.wehealny.org/services/bimg/) and Beth Israel ER (located at 16th at 1st Avenue - http://www.wehealny.org/patients/BI_home/BI_Petrie.html) will be the urgent care and ER facilities utilized for such visits. The Emergency Coordinator will be in contact with the parent during and after any incident.

For routine non-emergency medical care, students who reside near the College must have their parent or guardian transport them to their local physician. Students who do not have a local physician will be assisted to a local Urgent Care facility or Emergency Room by a Pre-College Emergency Coordinator.


Please call the Pre-College Emergency Coordinator at 917.653.0868 for details and updates on weather related situations.



Housing Check-in & Check-out Details

Please note: April 15, 2014, Housing has reached capacity - please email precollege@sva.edu with questions.

Please note: Course, Housing and Meal Plan options are grouped together, please select your course and program options from the Course Offerings menu.

The housing option will house two students per room with bunk beds and lockable furniture to store personal items. The New Residence is made up of two and three bedroom apartments. Students must be mature and ready for the social environment in the dorms. Students may be housed in a dorm with a total of 6 students. Rooms are not co-ed. 

Housing is optional with limited availability. Housing is first paid, first served and is generally filled by June. Approximately 180 students will reside in the New Residence housing, located at 215 East 23rd Street. There is 24-hour security at the entrance to The New Residence. People must show a picture ID to enter the building. A Pre-College staff member is on duty 24 hours a day, every day during the program for emergencies. Student Residence Assistants are housed on each floor of the residence hall and perform a nightly check-in for all students. Students are not chaperoned 24/7 and while encouraged, it is not mandatory for students to participate in the chaperoned evening and weekend organized activities. Students may pre-arrange to spend an overnight away from housing by submitting a housing off-campus permission form with parent or guardian signature. Students must submit the completed form with dates and times to the director of the program. 

The New Residence is located at 215 East 23rd Street, rooms are arranged in an apartment-style setting. The New Residence is adjacent to the SVA main building located at 209 East 23rd Street. There is 24-hour security at the housing building entrance. A program staff member is on call for emergencies throughout the night until class time in the morning. Apartments come with two or 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 access to basement recreational space and laundry facilities.

The New Residence may be toured Monday-Friday, 12 noon-2 pm. Please call the Residence Life Office with questions at 212-592-2140.

During the program, housing students have the freedom to spend time after class working on their art projects, participate in evening and weekend chaperoned activities or explore New York City with friends or family. Housing students must abide by the curfew policy. Housing students need to check-in with their RA at curfew each and every night, unless their parents or guardians have submitted a completed permission form to be away from housing for the night. The Off Campus Permissions Forms will be emailed in a welcome packet and needs to be submitted 2 days prior to a planned off campus date when the student will not sleep in the dorm. A Pre-College administrative staff person will follow up with a confirmation phone call prior to the night the student plans to be away from housing. The parent or guardian must be available to speak with a staff person to confirm that the student has permission to spend the night away from the dorms, where the student will spend the night and when the student plans to return. Students do not need to submit a form if they are joining a chaperoned activity. 

Housing Curfew & Housing Regulations
Curfew is 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. If a student is not present for curfew check-in, they will be asked to leave the program. Pre-College student policies are strictly enforced. 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. If a student is found in violation of this policy, he or she will be asked to leave the program immediately.

Housing students and their parents or guardians must acknowledge and agree to the program policies prior completing the online registration. Please Note: You will not be able to register for a course without acknowledgment and agreement of the program policies. Please read the policies carefully.

Housing Check-in:
Check-in appointments will be emailed in early June. You will receive an early morning or afternoon time slot for check-in based on floor placement. This will facilitate the use of elevators in the building. Please arrive during your scheduled appointment. Check-in date is Sunday, July 13 - ongoing neighborhood tours are available throughout the day and led by SVA staff members.

Housing Meeting:
All housing students are required to attend the housing meeting: Sunday, July 13th at 5:00 pm, SVA Amphitheater. 

Housing Check-out:
All local students being picked up by car must check-out: Friday, August 1st. RA staff will be available in the RA office (located in the basement of the NRES) from 12 noon - 10 pm to conduct checkouts. Students will not have class on Friday, August 1st, but will install their artwork for the End of Program Exhibition. Students are encouraged to pack beginning Monday of the 3rd week, so that check-out is efficient. Students will have time to complete the check-out quickly if they are packed.

Students who need to fly home, may check-out Saturday, August 2nd, but must vacate the dorm room prior to noon on Saturday. Students must also prearrange their check-out time with their RA. Students checking out on Saturday must adhere to the curfew and all other policies until their departure.

Parents: Parents may only enter the building and dorm room to help the student pack. However, please know that Pre-College housing student must be present to give parents access to their space. Security and staff cannot key-in parents into rooms.

Mail: Students may receive mail during the program. Address must include the student's name and room number. Students are not given a room assignment number prior to check-in. Please do not mail any items to arrive prior to the start of the program.

Housing Agreement policies must be acknowledged and agreed to prior to completing the online registration. Please email the Pre-College program at precollege@sva.edu with questions. 

International Applicant Requirements

Requirements for I-20 Issuance: Pre-College Summer Program: July 14 - August 1, 2014

1. Completed registration and payment on file (online registration suggested)

2. High school transcript (applicant must currently be attending high school)

3. Proof of Finances (Declaration of Finance & Verification of Finance). Form is availabe for download, please complete and mail in the original forms.

4. Proof of English Language Proficiency 

  • Option 1: Letter of recommendation from a high school instructor stating that the student has adequate English proficiency to participate in the summer program.
  • Option 2:  TOEFL score result with a minimum 53 TOEFL iBT, 183 TOEFL CBT, or 6.0 IELTS.



International students applying from overseas must submit all application materials by Friday, May 2, 2014. All accepted international 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.

Please mail documents to:

School of Visual Arts
Pre-College Programs
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

Please email precollege@sva.edu or contact the Office of Admissions at 212-592-2100 with questions. 

Meal Plan Details

Meal Plan: $525

The Summer Pre-College Program offers an optional meal plan. The meal plan serves breakfast and dinner only and begins on the first Monday and ends on the last Friday of the Pre-College program. Lunch is not a part of the program due to the studio location of many of the courses during the program, students are responsible for their lunch during the program. The meal plan includes breakfast and dinner on the weekends. A meal plan sticker will be issued during housing check-in, please visit the Office of Admissions (209 East 23rd Street) with your SVA ID to secure your meal plan sticker.

Breakfast: hot cereal, fruit salad, yogurt, granola, pancakes, eggs and juice and bevarage options.

Dinner: rotating menu of hot dinner buffet, salads, drink and dessert options.

Online Registration: Please note that the course, housing options and meal plan are grouped in order to facilitate on-line registration. Please be sure to select the proper grouping when initially registering for the course. Please click the Course Offerings drop-down menu and select the desired course and program options.

Refunds: Refunds must be requested by sending an email to precollege@sva.edu, please include the name and ID number of the student. Refunds will be prorated for the first three days. There will be no refunds processed after Wednesday, July 16, 2014)

Please email precollege@sva.edu with questions.


Orientation Meeting For All Pre-College Summer Students
Orientation will take place on Monday, July 14, at 9:00 am in the SVA Theater located at 333 West 23 Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Attendance is required for all students. If you have not received your ID in the mail, you may pick it up at the orientation. The Orientation session is geared towards the students and will focus on the rules and regulations of the program. Parents may attend, but are not required to. Students will be escorted to their class first class directly after the orientation meeting.


Refund Policy

Summer Program Tuition Refund Policy:
(A $500 non-refundable program fee is included in the tuition)

  • Before the first class session - $1,800
  • Before July 21, 2014 - $1000
  • Before July 29, 2014 - $500

Summer Housing Refunds Policy:

  • Refunds are made on a pro-rated basis for a limited time.
  • There will be no refunds for withdrawals from housing after Friday, July 18, 2014.

Meal Plan Refund Policy:

  • Refunds are made on a pro-rated basis for a limited time.
  • There will be no refunds for the meal plan after Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Refund timeline and process:

Refunds are processed within 4-6 weeks of the request for a refund. If the original payment for the program was made with a credit card, the original credit card will be credited the refund amount. All other types of payments for the program will be processed in the form of a check made payable to the student. 

Registration Instructions

On-line registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please Note: course, housing option and meal plan are grouped together to facilitate on-line registration.

Please be sure to select the appropriate Course and optional programs when initially selecting the course. Once you select the appropriate options, you will be required to acknowledge and agree to the program rules and regulations of participation in order to proceed with the on-line registration. You will not be able to complete the on-line registration process without acknowledgement and agreement of the program policies.

Registration Step by Step:

1. Select course from Course Offerings Menu and read the course decription.

2. Students who require housing and/or meal plan must select the appropriate grouping for their course.

3. IMPORTANT: Please make sure you have selected the appropriate Course/Housing/Meal Plan options.

4. Acknowledge and agree to the program rules and regulations in order to continue with the on-line registration.

5. Complete ALL fields of the digital forms, Emails must be accurate to facilitate future communication.

6. Confirm your selections (course and housing & meal plan if any)

7. Select form of payment and select register for course now.

8. You will be taken to a secure payment page where the total of the program is listed.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to begin the process from the start if you have made a selection error.

Please email or call if you have questions or issues with the on-line registration: 212-592-2103 / Precollege@sva.edu.

Scholarship Requirements

President's Scholarships

A limited number of merit based scholarships are available for the Summer program. The scholarship award is $2,300. Only students that submit the scholarship requirements will be considered for scholarship. Materials submitted cannot be returned, please do not submit original samples. Students who apply for the scholarship and are selected for an award will be notified approximately three weeks after the scholarship deadline (5.26.14). All scholarship applicants will be notified via email. If you have not received an email by 5.26.2014, please email precollege@sva.edu for details. The tuition award will be sent as a check in the student's name to the address provided during the registration process. We recommend that you send your materials in a trackable method, in order to verify receipt of your materials. Please email precollege@sva.edu with questions or follow up.

  • A brief written statement discussing your personal or professional goals and how pursuing study in art & design will help you to meet these goals.
  • Six to ten images of recent artwork on a CD. Student's name and the word "Pre-College" need to be on the CD.
  • Film students Option A: Please submit a DVD with a promotional reel or preview of you as a filmmaker. Promotional reel should be no more then 3 minutes in length. Edit your best scenes into a cohesive promotional reel of highlights, include music that suits your images and your personality as a filmmaker.
  • Film students Option B: Please submit a short story (approximately 2 pages in length) that you would like to film during the high school program.
  • Screenwriting students, please submit a short story (approximately 2 pages in length) that you would like to turn into a screenplay during the program.

Deadline: Monday, May 5, 2014

Summer Scholarship applications must be mailed to:

School of Visual Arts
Pre-College Programs
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

Student Exhibition

Summer Pre-College Student Exhibition
The end of program student art exhibition and reception will be held on Friday, August 1st, 5 pm to 7 pm at 209 East 23 Street, between Third and Second Avenues. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

Student ID Cards

SVA Student ID Cards 
(Photo ID cards are required for the Summer program only)

The SVA photo ID card must be presented to security guards for SVA building access. In order to get an ID card, you must e-mail a digital photo to svaidcard@sva.edu. Please submit your photo in JPG, Bitmap or GIF format only and include your student ID number. Your student ID is included on your course schedule. Images must be sharp and vivid. No altered images will be accepted. Individual portrait shots only. All photos must be received no earlier than April 15th and no later than June 15th. You may also visit the Office of the Registrar located at 205 East 23 Street prior to the program or on the first day of class to process your photo ID card if you are not able to email an image prior to the start of the program. Please make sure to bring your SVA ID with you on July 7th for Dorm Check-in and on July 8th for the first day or classes.

Transcript Requests

How to Request an Official SVA Transcript
A transcript may be obtained by faxing the following information to the Office of the Registrar at (212) 592-2069. Requests made in writing need to be mailed to:

School of Visual Arts
Office of the Registrar
205 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010-3994

Requests cannot be made online on our website.

Students will need to provide the following information:

  • First & Last Name
  • Social Security or Student ID number
  • Dates Attended
  • Clarify whether you need a Student Copy or Official Copy
  • State whether you will pick it up at the Registrar's Office, or if you would like it mailed. (If you would like it mailed, make sure you include your address.)
Transportation from Airport

Airport Transportation
SVA does not offer a pick-up service from or to the airports. Students either arrange for a car service or students may use the regulated New York Taxi service outside the baggage claim area after picking up their luggage. The cost is approximately $45 - $55 from LaGuardia, JFK. The two most convenient airports are JFK and LaGuardia. Please make sure to take only the regulated 'Yellow' New York Taxi service to the city. Again, do not accept any offers from anyone in the airport terminal. Say 'No Thank You' and proceed outside of the terminal and follow the signs for the Taxi Line. You will see a kiosk where other passengers are waiting to take a taxi. It's easy, but please follow instructions and the signs. Take Only Yellow Taxis!


Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $2,300 (includes weekend & evening activities program). (This fee includes a $500 non refundable program fee. This $500 program fee is not a deposit. Full payment is needed for a student to register for the program and secure housing. There is no deposit fee.)

Housing: $1,400 

Meal Plan: $525 (Meal Plan is optional and includes breakfast and dinner only.)

Health Insurance: All students living in SVA Housing must have their own health insurance.

Supplies: Range between $75 - $300, depending on course selection. Specific supply lists will be provided with Pre-College information packet emailed to the students beginning in late April.

Summer Program Course Fees: The following courses require an additional studio lab fee of $75 - $160, depending on the course. Students registered for these classes will be charged by the Office of Student Accounts at time of registration or sent a bill in the mail for this charge.

$120 Acting Workshop $140 Graphic Design
$140 Advertising $100 Illustration
$120 Animation $125 Printmaking and Drawing
$100 Cartooning $120 Screenwriting
$75 Computer Art $160 Sculpture and Drawing
$120 Filmmaking $140 Visual and Critical Studies

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