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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 scheduled to begin July 11th and ends July 29th with an end of program exhibition. Pre-College is open to all students who will be enrolled in high school during Fall 2016.  

Approximately 400 students participate in the summer program and 200 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. Pre-College courses will require work to be completed outside of the course schedule (M-F, 9-4pm). The amount of homework to be completed will vary by course and a student's ability to complete work during class time. Students attending the summer program must be prepared to focus on artmaking during the three week program in order to earn a passing grade and earn the three college level credits. Please email precollege@sva.edu or call 212-592-2100 with questions.


Program Schedule: July 11, 2016 - July 29, 2016


Summer 2016 activity schedule will be available the third week of June.

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 $2.75 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 2015:

An American in Paris


Finding Neverland

Jersey Boys

The Phantom of the Opera



Les Miserables

Mamma Mia


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Modern Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

Brooklyn Museum

Museum of the Moving Image

American Museum of Natural History


Guggenheim Museum

Madame Tussauds Wax Attraction

Empire State Building

Coney Island

Statue of Liberty

Top of the Rock

Bronx Zoo

Yankees Game

Smorgasburg, A Brooklyn Flea Food Market

Central Park Picnic & Sketching

Prospect Park Concert


Movie Nights

Pizza & Game Nights


And many 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 closes Friday, July 8th at 4 pm or when a course reaches capacity.


Advertising: Unconventional Advertising and 3D Workshop 
Advertising: Viral Video and Type Animation 
Tradigital Animation-A
Tradigital Animation-B
Filmmaking Workshop-A
Filmmaking Workshop-B
Screenwriting Workshop
Acting Workshop
Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing-A
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-A
Photography: The Stylized Image-B
Computer Art: Computer Animation-A
Computer Art: Computer Animation-B
Computer Art: Digital Filmmaking and Motion Graphics
Computer Art: Game Arts with Maya and Unity
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. 


All students are required to submit verification of their immunization record. The SVA Health Form is included in the downloads section of the website or may be requested by email. The completed form may be emailed, faxed (212-592-2242) or mailed to: SVA/Pre College, 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010. A copy of a high school immunization record is acceptable and must contain the school seal or signature of a high school representative. Please email the form or questions to precollege@sva.edu.


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. Pharmacies are located near the SVA campus and it is a good idea to be familiar with your medication and to establish a regular schedule/routine to take your medication.  

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 347-753-7371 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 in case of minor emergencies.


SVA follows New York State guidelines for severe weather warnings and closings. An email will be sent to participants in case of a weather related closure. Students living in the SVA residence halls will be instructed to remain in their rooms under SVA supervision in case of course cancellations due to severe weather. 

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



Housing Check-in & Check-out Details

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

Housing Check-in:

Check-in appointments will be emailed in 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 10 - ongoing neighborhood tours are available throughout the day and led by SVA staff members.

Housing Meeting:
All housing students are required to attend an initial meeting with their RA on their respective floor on Sunday, July 10th at 9:00 pm.

Housing Check-out:
All local students being picked up by car must check-out: Friday, July 29th. 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, July 30th, 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.

Residence Hall Details

The residence hall 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 residence 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 April/May. 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.

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 and I-20 Issuance

Requirements for I-20 Issuance: Pre-College Summer Program: July 11 - July 29, 2016

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

2. Submit Health Form (see form in download section), US travel health insurance coverage is required to attend.

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

4. Proof of Finances (Declaration of Finance & Verification of Finance). The Declaration of Finance form is available for download, please be sure to complete the form in blue or black ink and mail in the original declaration and bank letter.

5. 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, April 29, 2016. Due to the time required to apply for the F-1 student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad, the College cannot guarantee timely delivery of the I-20 form if documents are received after this deadline.

Applying for the F-1 Student Visa/Status

All accepted international students are required to obtain an F-1 student visa (F-1 status for Canadian citizens) to enter the U.S. or transfer a valid I-20 from another institution to participate in the program.

Note: The following fees apply for the F-1 visa/status acquisition:

$200 SEVIS fee paid to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

$160 visa application fee paid to the U.S. Department of State (Required only for visa applicants)

Please refer to the International Student Office, F-1 Students section for more information. 

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 13, 2016)

Please email precollege@sva.edu with questions.


Orientation Meeting For All Pre-College Summer Students

Orientation is scheduled on Sunday, July 10th, 6pm at the SVA Theater, located at 333 West 23rd Street. Orientation will be followed by an Ice Cream Social at the Student Center, located at 217 East 23rd Street, where students can meet and greet.  

(Please note: this is a tentative schedule, the final orientation schedule will be sent to all registrants in June 2016)

Orientation is focused on the student experience and expectations. An overview of the three week program, activities and the code of conduct and rules of participation will be the focus during orientation. Parents are not required to attend, but may do so if they wish. Keep in mind that Pre-College is designed to mimic the first year college experience and students are expected to be responsible for their behavior, engagement and workload during the program. Students earn 3 college level credits and homework is to be expected.


Refund Policy

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

  • Before the first class session - $1,900
  • Before July 18, 2016 - $1000
  • Before July 25, 2016 - $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 15, 2016.

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 13, 2016.

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. 

Students may only change a course during the first three (3) days of the program. No changes will be allowed after Wednesday, July 13th. 

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.

Online registration is recommended, if you have issues with the online registration or prefer to mail the registration form and payment, please mail your materials to SVA/Pre-College, 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 or fax your registration form, including credit card information to a secure fax line: 212-592-2116. The registration form PDF may be found in the download section on this page, top left.

Registration Step by Step:

1. Select course from Course Offerings/Online Registration menu above.

2. Read the course description and click through to register.

3. Students who require housing and/or meal plan select the corresponding grouping for their course.

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

5. Read and acknowledge the program rules and regulations. Fill out necessary information and click through to continue on-line registration.

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

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

8. Select form of payment and select "register for course now".

9. 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

Presidential Scholarship 

A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available for the Summer Pre-College program. Students who apply for the scholarship are sent an email notification approximately one week after the scholarship deadline. The scholarship award is a full-tuition reimbursement that will be mailed as a check in the student's name. Only students who receive scholarship will be notified.

The scholarship portal opens on Friday, December 11, 2015 . A link found here where students can to review scholarship requirements and to complete the online submission form. The deadline to apply is April 25, 2016 and there is no charge to submit online. Please email precollege@sva.edu with questions.

Student Exhibition

Summer Pre-College Student Exhibition
The end of program student art exhibition and reception is open to the public and will take place in two locations across the SVA campus. The exhibition will be held on Friday, July 29th at the locations and times below:

Motion-based work (Filmmaking, Animation, Computer Animation) will be screened at 4pm and again at 5:30pm at the SVA Theater, located at 333 West 23rd Street.

All other courses will display their work at 209 East 23 Street. This exhibition is open 5pm to 7pm.

All family and friends are welcome to attend. More details on the event will be sent via email, twitter and posted on facebook. 

Student ID Cards

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

When you arrive on campus in July, you will need to obtain an SVA ID Card. The ID card grants you access to SVA classrooms, labs, studios and residence halls (applicable only to students residing in the residence halls). 

Once registered for Summer Pre-College, email a digital photo to svaidcard@sva.edu and submit your photo in JPG, Bitmap or GIF format. Please include your SVA ID number. Your SVA ID number is located on the course schedule mailed by the Office of the Registrar or may be obtained by emailing precollege@sva.edu. 

When scanning or digitally taking your image, please use a DPI count of 100-150. 

Facial features must be identifiable. Altered images will not be accepted. Do not submit photos containing group shots, portraits that are blocked with hands, hair, sunglasses or hats. Print your name and student ID number on the back of the photo.

IDs will be distributed to all students at Orientation on July 10th. If you are not able to attend Orientation, your ID will be held at the Office of Admissions, located at 209 East 23rd Street, please visit the office bewteen the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

You may also visit the Office of the Registrar, located at 205 East 23rd Street, ground floor, to secure your ID.  

We strongly encourage you to e-mail or mail a photo by June 30th, before you arrive on campus. By doing so, you will bypass long lines and will have more time to enjoy your Orientation activities.

Please contact the Office of the Registrar with questions about your ID at 212-592-2824.

Transcript Requests

How to Request an Official SVA Transcript
A transcript may be obtained by emailing or calling the Registrar at registrar@sva.edu and (212) 592-2069. Requests made in writing should be mailed to:

School of Visual Arts
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 $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 New York Yellow Taxis!


Tuition and Fees

Tuition fee: $2,500 (Tuition includes non-refundable withdrawal fee of $500. The withdrawal fee is not a deposit. Full payment is required in order for a student to register for a course or to secure housing. Partial payment or deposits are not accepted.)

Housing fee: $1,550 (Housing is optional and the cost is not included in the tuition fee)

Meal Plan fee: $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 in mid May.

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 $100 Visual and Critical Studies

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