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Summer 2020 Program: Monday, July 13-Friday, July 31, 2020

Registration closes Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 10:00am or when a course reaches capacity. Please email precollege@sva.edu 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 9:00am-4:00pm 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 2020. 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

Summer 2020 Course Offerings

ADP-0201-A - Advertising: Advertising With 3D Workshop Description
ADP-0203-A - Advertising: Intensive Motion Graphics Animation Workshop Description
ANP-0201-A - Animation, section A Description
ANP-0201-B - Animation, section B Description
ANP-0201-C - Animation, section C Description
CIP-0201-A - Cartooning, section A Description
CIP-0201-B - Cartooning, section B Description
CFP-0201-A - Film: Filmmaking Workshop, section A Description
CFP-0201-B - Film: Filmmaking Workshop, section B Description
CFP-0201-C - Film: Filmmaking Workshop, section C Description
CFP-0203-A - Film: Screenwriting: Exploring Drama through Acting Description
DSP-0201-A - Design: Graphic Design With 3D Workshop, section A Description
DSP-0201-B - Design: Graphic Design With 3D Workshop, section B Description
DSP-0203-A - Design: Typography With 3D Workshop Description
FIP-0201-A - Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing, section A Description
FIP-0201-B - Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing, section B Description
FIP-0201-C - Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing, section C Description
FIP-0201-D - Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing, section D Description
FIP-0203-A - Fine Arts: Sculpture and Drawing Description
FIP-0204-A - Fine Arts: Printmaking and Drawing Description
IDP-0201-A - Interior Design Description
ILP-0201-A - Illustration, section A Description
ILP-0201-B - Illustration, section B Description
PHP-0201-A - Photography & Video: Darkroom Photography Description
PHP-0202-A - Photography & Video: Digital Photography, section A Description
PHP-0202-B - Photography & Video: Digital Photography, section B Description
PHP-0204-A - Photography & Video: Studio Photography, section A Description
PHP-0204-B - Photography & Video: Studio Photography, section B Description
PHP-0207-A - Photography & Video: Experimental Video Description
PHP-0211-A - Photography & Video: Video Description
PHP-0304-A - Photography & Video: Alternative Photographic Processes Description
SMP-0201-A - Computer Art: Computer Animation Description
SMP-0204-A - Computer Art: Digital Filmmaking and Motion Graphics Description
SMP-0206-A - Computer Art: Game Arts with Maya and Unity Description
VCP-0201-A - Visual & Critical Studies: Contemporary Art New York


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

Online Registration


Registration closes Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 10:00am or when a course reaches capacity. 

All courses are taught Monday through Friday, from 9:00am-4:00pm.  Please read the instructions below before beginning the registration process. Students may register for one course only 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 below.

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.

Please note: Students may change a course during the first three days of the program. No changes will be allowed after Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Pre-College courses may include the use of nude models. Course offerings are subject to change. 

Please click one of the buttons below to view registration instructions for U.S. Citizens, Green Card Holders and Permanent Residents OR International Students and I-20 Holders

U.S. Citizens, Green Card Holders and Permanent Residents 

View Instructions and Register

International Students and I-20 Holders

View Instructions and Apply
Health Form Requirement

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

Health Form Requirement: All students are required to submit the Pre-College Health Form. You will find the form in the Downloads section on the left side of this webpage. The form may be completed by a health care provider or a school official.

Please email the completed form (a scan or a high-resolution photo is acceptable) with the subject line: “Pre-College Health Form” to health@sva.edu. For questions and concerns, please contact Health Services at health@sva.edu or 212.592.2246.

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. Visitors on B1/B2 visa or the Visa Waiver Program are prohibited from studying full-time.

Deadline: International students applying must submit all application materials by Monday, April 1, 2020.

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 the Summer 2019 Pre-College International Student Form. 

2. You will receive follow-up instructions from SVA Pre-College to submit your English proficiency score if required. 

Proof of English Proficiency: Official TOEFL score result with a minimum 80 TOEFL iBT, or 6.5 IELTS or a 53 on the Pearson PTE Academic exam.

3. Once verified, you will be instructed to register online and submit payment.

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

5. Proof of Finances & Passport Copy

  • Pre-College students must submit proof of financial support and passport copy by uploading a scan in Terra Dotta.  The submission link, MySVA username and password will be sent by email to accepted students prior to students uploading their documents into Terra Dotta. Please wait for instruction before proceeding with this step.

Please note: I-20s will be issued in April upon acceptance and course registration. 

Information and Resources: Please review the F-1 student visa application process here.

Visa Application Fees:

  • $350 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 contact precollege@sva.edu.

Scholarship Requirements

President's Scholarship

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 pre-registered will be contacted and registered for their intended course based on availability.

The Summer 2020 Pre-College President’s Scholarship portal will open in December 2019.

The scholarship portal for summer will close on Monday, April 13, 2020

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 4, 2020.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $2,900 (includes nonrefundable program fee of $500 and does not include housing or the meal plan) The $500 nonrefundable program fee 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: $1,800

Residing on campus is optional and is an additional fee of $1,800. Housing is not included in the tuition. 

Meal Plan Fee: $550 (breakfast and dinner only)

The Summer Pre-College Program offers an optional meal plan. Meals are served from Monday, July 13, 2020 and conclude on Friday, July 31, 2020.

The Meal Plan is optional and is an additional fee of $550. The Meal Plan is not included in the tuition. 

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 June 2020.

$140 Advertising $120 Printmaking and Drawing
$120 Animation $100 Illustration
$120 Film $130 Photography and Video
$100 Cartooning $75 Computer Art
$140 Design $100 Visual and Critical Studies
$160 Sculpture and Drawing
Refund Policy

Refund Policy

Refund requests must be received in writing and emailed to precollege@sva.edu. Please include the student's full name and course number.

Refunds are processed within four to six 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.

Summer 2020 Pre-College Refund Policies:

  • Nonrefundable Program Fee: $500
  • Tuition Fee: $2,900
  • Housing Fee: $1,800
  • Meal Plan: $550

The $500 program fee is nonrefundable.

The effective date of the withdrawal or cancellation is the date that written notification sent to precollege@sva.edu is received by the Program Manager. Lack of attendance alone does not entitle a student to a refund.

Refunds, less the nonrefundable program fee, are made after the prorated percentages of liability are applied. Prorated housing costs are based on the check out date, not the official date of withdrawal or cancellation.

Tuition Policy: The prorated percentages of liability (tuition and fees owed) are based on the official date of withdrawal or cancellation.

  • 0% liability if withdrawal occurs before the program begins
  • 55% liability if withdrawal occurs during the first week of the program
  • 80% liability if withdrawal occurs during the second week of the program
  • 100% liability if withdrawal occurs after the second week of the program
  • No refund will occur for withdrawal after the second week of the semester

Housing & Meal Plan Policy: Prorated housing costs are based on the check out date, not the official date of withdrawal.

  • 0% liability if withdrawal/cancellation occurs before the program begins
  • 55% liability if withdrawal/cancellation occurs during the first week of the program
  • 100% liability if withdrawal/cancellation occurs after the first week of the program
  • No refund will occur for withdrawal/cancellation after the first week of the semester

Housing Fee: $1,800

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 $1,800. 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 12:00pm-2:00pm. 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 9:00pm on Sunday, July 12, 2020 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 12, 2020. Neighborhood tours will be available throughout the day and led by SVA Staff.

Housing Check Out: All local students must check out Friday, July 31, 2020. RA staff will be available in the RA office (located in the basement of The 23rd Street Residence) from 9:00am-10:00pm to conduct checkouts.

Students flying home may check out Saturday, August 1, 2020. However, dorm rooms must be vacated prior to 12:00pm on Saturday. RA staff will be available in the RA office (located in the basement of The 23rd Street Residence) from 8:00am-12:00pm to conduct checkouts. Students checking out on Saturday must adhere to the curfew and all other SVA policies until their departure.

Classes on Friday, July 31, 2020 are up to the discretion of the instructor(s). 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/guardians may only enter the building and dorm room to help the student pack. That particular housing student must be present to give parents/guardians access to their space. Security and Staff cannot key-in parents/guardians to gain room access.

Curfew: Curfew is 10:00pm Sunday-Thursday and 11:00pm on Friday and Saturday. If a student is not present for curfew check-in, the student will be asked to leave the program. Housing students must abide by the SVA curfew policy without exception. 

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 three days in advance. The student will not be given permission to return late to the SVA Residence Hall for any reason. Students must comply with curfew. This form cannot be used to allow the student late entry to the residence hall. Exceptions are not made. 

The form is available by emailing precollege@sva.edu 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: $550 (breakfast and dinner only)

The Summer Pre-College Program offers an optional meal plan. Meals are served from Monday, July 13, 2020 and conclude on Friday, July 31, 2020.

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 Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm and Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm with your SVA ID. The Office of Admissions is located at 342 East 24th Street between First and Second avenues.

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.

Meal Plan Refunds: Refunds will be pro-rated for the first three days. There will be no refunds after Wednesday, July 15, 2020. To request a refund, send an email to precollege@sva.edu with the subject: “Meal Plan Refund”. Please include the name and SVA ID number of the student.


The Summer 2020 Activities Schedule will be available in June 2020.

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 2019 Activities Schedule sample:

Blue Man Group






The Prom

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

Madame Tussauds

Ripley’s Believe it or Not

World One Observatory

The Statue of Liberty

Empire State Building

Top of the Rock

Central Park Picnic

Mini Golf

Coney Island

Walk Around Chinatown and Dim Sum

Scott’s Pizza Tour

Mets Baseball Game



Movie Nights

Pizza & Game Night

Video Game Night

Temporary Tattoo Party

Sundaes on Sunday

Spa Night

Dog Therapy


Pre-College Orientation: Orientation is at 6:00pm on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the SVA Theatre. The theater is located at 333 West 23rd Street between 8th & 9th 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/guardians 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 2020.

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 31, 2020 from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Family and friends are welcome to attend. The following courses will show in the following locations:

209 East 23rd Street
Advertising With 3D Workshop 
Intensive Motion Graphics Animation Workshop 
Graphic Design With 3D Workshop
Typography With 3D Workshop
Interaction Design and Communication
Painting and Drawing
Sculpture and Drawing
Printmaking and Drawing
Interior Design
Visual & Critical Studies
214 East 21st Street
Darkroom Photography
Digital Photography
Studio Photography
Experimental Video
SVA Student Center 217 East 23rd Street
SVA Theatre 333 West 23rd Street
Filmmaking Workshop
Computer Animation
Digital Filmmaking and Motion Graphics
Game Arts with Maya and Unity

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 2020. 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.

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

Please submit your photo in .JPG format, no larger than 1000x1000px.

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. Do not submit photos containing group shots, portraits that are blocked with hands, hair, dark sunglasses, or hats.

To send your photo, click here to submit online. The form will prompt you to first sign into your SVA email.

Student IDs will be distributed at Orientation on July 12, 2020. If you are not able to attend Orientation your ID card will be available for pickup at the Registrar’s Office beginning Monday, July 13, 2020. The Registrar’s Office is located at 205 East 23rd Street (between Second & Third avenues). July office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00am-6:00pm and Friday 9:00am–3:00pm. Students who previously attended SVA Pre-College will need a new ID card.

The deadline to submit photos for your ID is Friday, June 26, 2020. Students who submit after the deadline must have their photo taken at the Registrar’s Office before an ID can be issued. By submitting your photo before the deadline, you will bypass the wait at the Registrar’s Office.

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 $50-$60 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

Official SVA eTranscripts can be requested HERE and will be delivered as a secure PDF file via email within the same day. If you have any outstanding holds on your account, those must be cleared before transcripts will be released. If you are sending official transcripts to another institution through this service, please ensure they will accept electronic transcripts prior to submitting your request.

If you require a printed copy of your transcript, download the Transcript and Enrollment Request Form at sva.edu/registrar and return the completed form to registrar@sva.edu.

If you have questions, contact the Registrar's Office at 212.592.2200 or registrar@sva.edu.

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