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Summer 2017 Program: Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 28, 2017

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Summer Pre-College is an intensive three-week program that provides the experience of attending art school in the heart of New York City. Students are immersed in their chosen field of study through unique studio projects and instruction from SVA’s award-winning faculty. Classes are taught Monday through Friday from 9am - 4pm and take place in SVA facilities. The program is further enhanced by a robust offering of evening and weekend chaperoned activities and events that take full advantage of the social and cultural life of New York City.

Pre-College is open to all students who are 14 - 18 years of age and will be enrolled in high school in Fall 2017. Approximately 400 students participate in the summer program and 200 students live in SVA housing. Students living in housing during the program must be mature, responsible and ready for the creative and personal freedom this program allows.

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

Course Offerings & Online Registration

Summer 2017 Course Offerings

Please note: Housing is currently full, please email [email protected] to be added to the wait list. 

Registration closes Friday, July 7, 2017 at 4pm or when a course reaches capacity. 

All courses are taught Monday through Friday, from 9am - 4pm.  Please read “Registration Instructions” before beginning the registration process. Students may register for one course during the summer. Multiple sections are offered for some courses. Classes noted A, B, C, etc. have the same curriculum and are taught by SVA faculty.

Your selected course, housing, and the meal plan are grouped together to facilitate the online registration process. Click on the course link in order to view descriptions and select your course. Registration for housing and the meal plan, both optional, will be presented later in the process. A step-by-step description of the process can be found in the “Registration Instructions” drop-down menu below.

Please note: Pre-College courses may include the use of nude models. Course offerings are subject to change. 

Before you begin the registration process, please clear your brower's cache/browser's history and read the Online Registration Instructions.
ANP-0201-A - Animation, section A Register
ANP-0201-B - Animation, section B Register
CIP-0201-A - Cartooning, section A Register
CIP-0201-B - Cartooning, section B Register
SMP-0201-A - Computer Art: Computer Animation Register
SMP-0204-A - Computer Art: Digital Filmmaking and Motion Graphics Register
SMP-0206-A - Computer Art: Game Arts with Maya and Unity Register
ADP-0201-A - Advertising: Advertising and 3D Workshop Register
ADP-0203-A - Advertising: Viral Video and Type Animation Register
DSP-0201-A - Design: Graphic Design With 3D Workshop Register
DSP-0203-A - Design: Typography with 3D Workshop Register
DSP-0207-A - Design: Interaction Communication and Design Register
CFP-0201-A - Film: Filmmaking Workshop, section A Register
CFP-0201-B - Film: Filmmaking Workshop, section B Register
CFP-0203-A - Film: Screenwriting: Exploring Drama through Acting    Register
FIP-0201-A - Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing, section A Register
FIP-0201-B - Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing, section B Register
FIP-0201-C - Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing, section C Register
FIP-0201-D - Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing, section D Register
FIP-0203-A - Fine Arts: Sculpture and Drawing Register
FIP-0204-A - Fine Arts: Printmaking and Drawing Register
ILP-0201-A - Illustration, section A Register
ILP-0201-B - Illustration, section B Register
IDP-0201-A - Interior Design Register
PHP-0201-A - Photography & Video: Darkroom Photography Register
PHP-0202-A - Photography & Video: Digital Photography, section A Register
PHP-0202-B - Photography & Video: Digital Photography, section B Register
PHP-0204-A - Photography & Video: Studio Photography, section A Register
PHP-0204-B - Photography & Video: Studio Photography, section B Register
PHP-0207-A - Photography & Video: Experimental Video Register
VCP-0201-A - Visual & Critical Studies: Contemporary Art New York Register
Online Registration Instructions

Online registration is highly recommended. If you prefer to download, print and mail your Registration Form, the pdf document may be found on this page, top left in the Downloads section. 

Mail to:

School of Visual Arts

Admissions, Pre-College Program

209 East 23rd Street

New York, NY 10010

You may also fax your registration form including credit card information to a secure fax line, 212.592.2116.

Your selected course, housing, and the meal plan are grouped together in the online registration portal. Please be mindful when selecting the course and additional options, such as housing or the meal plan when completing online registration.

Online registration is first-come, first-served. Classes will reach capacity. Students are encouraged to register as soon as they are able to do so.

Classes that do not reach minimum registration prior to the start of classes may be canceled. Students will be contacted and given the option to switch to a different course or will be refunded the tuition fee.

Before you begin the registration process, please clear your brower's cache/browser's history. 

1. Please enter the student's information. If a parent/guardian enters their own information, they will be registered and not the student. 

2. Click on the Course Offerings dropdown menu.

3. Select a course by clicking on the individual course link or the "Register" button.

4. Students who require housing and/or the meal plan should select the corresponding grouping for their course. Make sure to select the appropriate course, housing, and meal plan option.

5. View the course description and click on "Register For Course", "Register For Course + Double Room" or "Register For Course + Meal Plan + Double Room".

6. You will be taken to WebAdvisor to complete the online registration.

7. Read and acknowledge the program Code of Conduct. Complete the contact information and click to confirm that you have read and understand the Code of Conduct. You will not be able to complete the online registration process without acknowledgement of the program policies.

8. Complete all fields of the registration form. Please provide accurate email addresses for both parent and student. All communication is sent to the email(s) on file.

Please note: Students may change a course during the first three days of the program. No changes will be allowed after Wednesday, July 12, 2017. 

Health Form Requirement

Students and their parents/guardians must read and adhere to the following information.

Health Form & Immunization Record Requirement: All students are required to submit a health form and verification of their immunization records. You will find the Pre-College Health Form in the Downloads section on the left side of this webpage. Students are required to submit a copy of their immunization records along with the form. Immunization records can be obtained by contacting the student’s primary care physician. A copy of a high school immunization record is also acceptable but must contain the school seal or signature of a high school representative.

For questions and concerns, please contact Health Services at [email protected]. Please email or fax the completed health form with the subject: “Pre-College Health Form” to [email protected] or 212.592.2216.  

International Student Requirements & I-20 Issuance

All international students are required to obtain an F-1 student visa or present a valid I-20 from another institution in order to attend the Summer Pre-College Program. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal from the program before the start of classes.

Deadline: International students applying must submit all application materials by Friday, April 28, 2017.

Due to the time required to apply for the F-1 student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad, SVA cannot guarantee timely delivery of the I-20 form if documents are received after the deadline. Longer wait times and visa processing times are expected this summer due to recent changes.

Application Requirements for I-20 Issuance:

1. Complete online registration and submit payment.

2. Submit Pre-College Health Form and immunization records (see Health Form Requirements). Additionally, U.S. travel health insurance coverage is required to attend.

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

4. Proof of Finances 

  • Pre-College students will be given access to the Terra Dotta student portal when the system becomes available in April.  
  • When Terra Dotta become available, please complete the Declaration of Finances Questionnaire and upload a scanned copy of the bank statement at that time.  
  • Applicants who wish to submit the bank statement now may do so by sending a copy to [email protected] Make sure to include your full legal name and SVA ID number.  
  • Please note: I-20s will not be issued until May.

5. Proof of English 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.

6. Copy of biographic page of passport. Please scan and email with the subject: “Passport Copy” to [email protected]. Make sure to include your full name and SVA ID number.

Information and Resources: Below you will find more information regarding fees and the F-1 visa process.

  • $200 SEVIS fee paid to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • $160 visa application fee paid to the U.S. Department of State (required for visa applicants only)

For more information, please refer to the International Student Office's, F-1 Students section.

Address mailed document to:

School of Visual Arts

Admissions, Pre-College Program

209 East 23rd Street

New York, NY 10010

Scholarship Requirements

President's Scholarship

The scholarship portal will open on Friday, December 9, 2016. 

A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available for the summer program. The scholarship award is a full-tuition reimbursement that will be mailed as a check in the student's name. Students who have not preregistered will be contacted and registered for their intended course based on availability.

Summer 2017 Pre-College President’s Scholarship portal

The scholarship portal for summer will close at 5pm EST on Monday, April 24, 2017.

All students wishing to apply for scholarship are asked to submit 5 of their strongest works via the SlideRoom portal linked above. Students are encouraged to submit at least 2 pieces created from direct observation. Students applying for a lens-based class (Film or Photography and Video) are not required to submit any drawing or painting work.

Please note: Only scholarship recipients will be notified of their award. Notification will be sent on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition Fee: $2,600

A $500 nonrefundable program fee is included in the tuition and is not a deposit. Full payment is required in order to register for a course, secure housing, or purchase the meal plan. Partial payment or deposits are not accepted.

Housing Fee: $1,575

Residing on campus is optional and is an additional fee of $1575.

Meal Plan Fee: $525 (breakfast and dinner only)

The Summer Pre-College Program offers an optional meal plan. Meals are served from Monday, July 10, 2017 and conclude on Friday, July 28, 2017.

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

Supplies: The cost of supplies range between $75 - $300 depending on the course selection. Supply lists will be sent with additional Pre-College information to the email address on file in May 2017.

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

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be received in writing and emailed to [email protected] Please include the student's full name and course number.

Refunds are processed within 4 - 6 weeks of the request date. If the original form of payment is a credit card, that card will be credited. All other types of payments for the program will be processed in the form of a check made payable to the student and sent via postal mail to the student’s mailing address on file.

Tuition Refund Policy: A $500 nonrefundable program fee is included in the tuition. Summer tuition refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • Before July 10, 2017 - $2,100
  • Before July 17, 2017 - $1000
  • Before July 24, 2017 - $500

Housing Refund Policy: Housing refunds are prorated for a limited time. There will be no housing refunds after Friday, July 14, 2017.

Meal Plan Refund Policy: Meal Plan refunds are prorated for a limited time. There will be no meal plan refunds after Wednesday, July 12, 2017.


Housing Fee: $1575

Housing is limited and will reach capacity. SVA Housing is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residing on campus is optional and is an additional fee of $1575. You must select housing if you plan to live  at SVA during the Summer Program.

Your selected course, housing, and the meal plan are grouped together in the online registration portal. You will have the option to choose housing and the meal plan once you have chosen your course.

The 23rd Street Residence: Tours of The 23rd Street Residence are held Monday through Friday, from 12noon - 2pm. For questions, please contact Residence Life at 212.592.2140.

Housing is optional with limited availability. Pre-College students stay at The 23rd Street Residence, located at 215 East 23rd Street, between Second & Third avenues. There is 24 hour security in the building and all persons are required to present a picture ID to enter the building. A Pre-College Staff member is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the event of an emergency.

The 23rd Street Residence offers two bedroom or three bedroom apartments (maximum of six students to an apartment). All apartments have central air and heat, full kitchen, bathroom, and access to recreational space and laundry facilities, located in the basement. Each bedroom houses two students and is equipped with bunk beds and lockable furniture to store personal items. Rooms are not co-ed.

Student Resident Assistants (RAs) are housed on each floor of the residence hall and perform a nightly check-in to ensure students comply with curfew. Pre-College students are not chaperoned 24/7 and while encouraged, are not required to participate in the evening or weekend activities program. Students must be mature and ready for the social environment in the residence halls.

Housing Meeting: All housing students are required to attend a mandatory meeting led by their assigned Resident Assistant (RA) on their respective floors at 9pm on Sunday, July 9, 2017 following Pre-College Orientation.

Housing Check-in: Check-in appointment times will be sent to the email address on file in June. You will receive a morning or afternoon time slot for check-in based on floor placement. You are asked to arrive during your scheduled time slot only. This facilitates the use of move-in bins and elevators. The check-in date is Sunday, July 9, 2017. Neighborhood tours will be available throughout the day and led by SVA Staff.

Housing Check Out: All local students must check out Friday, July 28, 2017. RA staff will be available in the RA office (located in the basement of The 23rd Street Residence) from 12noon - 10pm to conduct check outs.

Students flying home may check out Saturday, July 29, 2017. However, dorm rooms must be vacated prior to 12noon 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 SVA policies until their departure.

Classes will not be held on Friday, July 28, 2017. This time is reserved for students to install their work for the End of Program Exhibition. Students are encouraged to begin packing the Monday of the third week. This allows for a quick check out if students have finished their packing in advance.

Housing Regulations: Pre-College student policies are strictly enforced. Students cannot consume or possess alcohol or illegal drugs at any time. Students cannot have anyone in their room who is found in possession of any alcohol or drugs. If a student is found in violation of this policy, she or he will be asked to leave the program immediately.

SVA Housing students and their parents or guardians must acknowledge and agree to the program policies prior to 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 may only enter the building and dorm room to help the student pack. That particular housing student must be present to give parents access to their space. Security and Staff cannot key-in parents to gain room access.

Curfew: Curfew is 10pm Sunday - Thursday and 11pm on Friday and Saturday. If a student is not present for curfew check-in, she or he will be asked to leave the program. Housing students must abide by the SVA curfew policy without exception. Families who plan to have their student out past curfew must submit an Off Campus Permission Form.

Off Campus Permission Form: Pre-College students may prearrange to spend a night(s) away from SVA by submitting a Housing Off Campus Permission Form completed by a parent or guardian. This online form must include the dates and information about the night(s) away and be received by SVA no later than 48 hours in advance. A Pre-College Staff member will follow up prior to the night(s) away to confirm the request.

The form is available by emailing [email protected] with the subject: "Off Campus Permission Form request".

Students do not need to submit a form if they are joining an SVA chaperoned activity. 

Mail: Pre-College students may receive mail during the Summer Program. The mailing 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 before the start of the program.

Meal Plan

Meal Plan Fee: $525 (breakfast and dinner only)

The Summer Pre-College Program offers an optional meal plan. Meals are served from Monday, July 10, 2017 and conclude on Friday, July 28, 2017.

The meal plan includes breakfast and dinner seven days a week, lunch is not included. Students will find a variety of excellent lunch options across SVA’s urban-style campus during the day.

Students who purchase the meal plan will be issued a sticker to place on their SVA ID during Housing check-in. If you do not receive your sticker at check-in, please visit the Office of Admissions between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday with your SVA ID. The Office of Admissions is located at 209 East 23rd Street.

Sample breakfast: Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, bagels, cereal, yogurt, fruit and juice.

Sample dinner: Salad bar, pasta, chicken fingers, fries, rice, vegetables, dessert and beverages.


The Summer 2017 Activities Schedule will be available in June 2017.

The activities schedule and registration information will be sent to the email you used to register in June. Activities registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed. Please check your Spam folder.

All commuter and housing students attending the summer program are encouraged to register and participate in program activities. Activities are scheduled Monday - Friday after class and on weekends. There are no additional fees to participate in program activities.

Students are required to provide their own MetroCard to and from events. Subway fare is $2.75 per ride and students travel in chaperoned groups.

Students living in SVA housing have the opportunity to explore New York City on their own but must comply with curfew. Please be advised that if your son/daughter attends the program and chooses not to join a chaperoned activity, they are in charge of their own safety as they explore. If you feel your son/daughter is not ready for the freedom this program allows, please do not register your child for this program. SVA is an urban-style campus and the city is our home. New York City is as safe as any other major city but do understand that students must be self-aware and prepared for an urban environment.

Summer 2016 Activities Schedule sample:

Madam Tussauds

The Statue of Liberty

Fiddler on the Roof

Finding Neverland

An American in Paris

Jersey Boys

Les Miserables

On Your Feet

Phantom of the Opera

Something’s Rotten

Circqu Du Soleil Paramore

Brooklyn Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Museum of Modern Art


Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of Natural History

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Whitney Museum of American Art

9/11 Memorial Museum

Empire State Building

Top of the Rock

Central Park Picnic

Mini Golf

Ripley’s Believe it or Not

Coney Island

Exploring Chinatown

Exploring Governor’s Island

Scott’s Pizza Tour


Yankees Game


Movie Nights

Pizza & Game Night

SVA Film Series

Video Game Night


Pre-College Orientation: Orientation is at 6pm on Sunday, July 9 at the SVA Theatre. The theater is located at 333 West 23rd Street between 8th & 9th avenues. Orientation will be followed by an Ice Cream Social at the Student Center located at 217 East 23rd Street, between 2nd & 3rd avenues.

Orientation will cover the student experience and expectations. Orientation will provide an overview of the three week program, cover the student experience, the activities program, expectations, and the code of conduct.

Parents are not required to attend, but are welcome to orientation if they wish. As a reminder, students are expected to be responsible for their behavior, engagement, and workload during the Pre-College Program.

Please note: The Orientation schedule is tentative and subject to change. The orientation schedule will be emailed to the address on file in June 2017.

Portfolio Preparation Presentation

Portfolio Presentation: The care with which an applicant presents and discusses his/her work can play an important part in the admissions and scholarship decisions at art colleges. As a part of the Pre-College Summer Program, all students are invited to attend a presentation where Admissions staff will show examples of major-specific artwork submitted by incoming SVA students. Students will gain a better understanding of what makes an effective visual arts portfolio as well as specific information regarding the college application process. Pre-College students are given the opportunity to meet with an Admissions counselor during the program to discuss their work and how best to develop a strong, expressive portfolio.

End of Program Exhibition
End of Program Exhibition

The End of Program Exhibition is open to the public and will take place in multiple locations on Friday, July 28, 2017. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

  • Motion-based work (Animation, Film, Computer Art) will be screened at 4pm and 5:30pm at the SVA Theatre located at 333 West 23rd Street, between Eighth & Ninth avenues.
  • All other courses will exhibit at 209 East 23rd Street, between Second & Third avenues. The exhibition hours are 5 - 7pm.

Please note: The End of Program Exhibition schedule is tentative and subject to change. The exhibition schedule will be emailed to the address on file in July 2017. You may also follow updates on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Health Services & Emergency Procedures

Students and their parents/guardians must read and adhere to the following information.

Preparing for the Program: SVA recommends that students meet with their healthcare provider regarding health concerns before attending the program. Be sure your immunizations are up-to-date and that an appropriate treatment plan is in place if medically necessary.

Students should bring a sufficient supply of their prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, EpiPen™ (if prescribed for the student), or other treatments that are required. Pharmacies are located near the SVA campus and it is necessary to be familiar with your medication and to establish a regular schedule to take your medication.  

All students should bring their insurance card or a copy of the card and carry it at all times. If you plan to live in SVA Housing and are from outside the metropolitan area, you should contact your insurance company for the names and phone numbers of local physicians that are within network. Please note: Onsite physical and mental health services are not available at SVA.

During the Program: In the event of an emergency, Pre-College students should call 911 and notify the nearest SVA Staff member.

For non-emergency situations, please notify the Pre-College Emergency Coordinator for assistance. The Emergency Coordinator will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to escort the student to a nearby urgent care facility or an overnight ER. The Pre-College Emergency Coordinator will contact the parent during and after any incident.

Emergency Facilities: SVA directs students to facilities near campus in case of emergency.

City MD, Urgent Care located at 212 East 23rd Street, between Second & Third avenues (http://www.citymd.com/urgent-care-locations/manhattan/east-23rd-st)

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical, Urgent Care located at 309 West 23rd Street, between Eighth & Ninth avenues (http://www.wehealny.org/services/bimg)

For routine non-emergency medical care, students who reside near SVA 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.

Contact information for the Pre-College Emergency Coordinators will be sent to the email address on file before the Summer Program begins.

Weather Related Emergencies: SVA follows New York State guidelines for severe weather warnings and closings. An email will be sent to students in case of a weather related closure. Students living in SVA Housing will be instructed to remain in their rooms under supervision in case of course cancellations due to severe weather.

Please call the Pre-College Emergency Coordinator for details and updates on weather related situations. Contact information for the Pre-College Emergency Coordinators will be sent to the email address on file before the Summer Program begins.

Student ID Cards

Student ID cards are required for the summer program only.

Upon arrive to SVA in July, students are required to obtain a Student ID card. The card grants access to SVA classrooms, labs, studios, and SVA Housing (applicable only to housing students).

After completing registration, please email a digital photo to [email protected] and include the student’s full name and SVA ID number. The number is located on the course schedule mailed by the Registrar’s Office or may be obtained by emailing with the subject: "SVA ID number request" to [email protected].

The digital photo should be well-lit, from the shoulders upward and have a solid color or value in the background. Facial features must be identifiable. Altered images will not be accepted. Photos containing group shots or portraits that are blocked with hands, hair, sunglasses, or hats will not be accepted.

Please submit files that are in jpg, bitmap, or gif format with a resolution of 100 - 150 dpi.

Student IDs will be distributed at Orientation on July 9, 2017. If you are not able to attend Orientation, your ID will be held at the Admissions Office located at 209 East 23rd Street, between Second & Third avenues. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm.

The deadline to submit photos for your ID is Friday, June 30, 2017. Students who submit after the deadline must have their photo taken at the Registrar’s Office before an ID can be issued. The office is located at 205 East 23rd Street, between Second & Third avenues.

By submitting your photo before the deadline, you will bypass the wait at the Registrar’s Office and will have more time to enjoy the Orientation activities. For questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 212.592.2200.

Airport Transportation

SVA does not offer a pick up service from or to the airports.

Students may arrange for a car service or use the regulated New York City medallion yellow taxicabs. The cost is approximately $55 USD from LaGuardia or JFK airports to SVA. LaGuardia and JFK airports are the most convenient airports to travel from and to SVA.

Look for the “Ground Transportation” signs when exiting the airport. Do not accept offers from anyone in the airport terminal who approaches you. Firmly say “no, thank you” and look for the taxi line when exiting the terminal after you have retrieved your luggage. Follow the signs for the taxi line. You will see a kiosk with a staff person where other passengers are waiting for a taxi. Again, if anyone approaches you to take you to a taxicab that is not yellow, firmly say “no, thank you”.

Only Take New York City Medallion Yellow Taxicabs!

Transcript Requests

How to Request an Official SVA Transcript

A transcript may be obtained by emailing or calling the Registrar's Office at [email protected] or 212.592.2200. 

Requests made in writing should be mailed to:

School of Visual Arts
205 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

Requests cannot be made online on SVA's 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.

School of Visual Arts | 209 East 23 Street, NY, NY 10010-3994 | Tel: 212.592.2000 | Fax: 212.725.3587