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

Registration for Summer 2017 will open in early December 2016. 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 will be enrolled in high school in Fall 2017. Approximately 400 students participate in the summer program and 200 students will live in SVA housing. 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.

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


Summer 2017 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 instructions in June.


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 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. NYC is as safe as any other major city and but do understand that students must be self-aware and prepared for an urban environment.

Activities List from Summer 2016:

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

Please Note: Students may register for only one course during the summer.

Multiple sections are offered for some courses. These classes (A, B, C, etc.) have the same curriculum and are taught by SVA faculty.

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

Course, Housing options and Meal Plan are grouped together to facilitate on-line registration. Click on the course link in order to view descriptions and select your course. Registration for optional housing and meal plan will be presented later in process. A step by step description of the process can be found in the Registration Instructions drop-down menu.

All courses are taught Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.  Please read instructions prior to registering for a course.


Animation: Tradigital Animation-A 
Animation: Tradigital Animation-B 
Computer Art: Computer Animation
Computer Art: Digital Filmmaking and Motion Graphics
Computer Art: Game Arts with Maya and Unity
Design & Advertising: Graphic Design with 3D Workshop
Design & Advertising: Interactive Design
Design & Advertising: Motion Graphics and Animation 
Design & Advertising: Typography with 3D Workshop
Design & Advertising: Unconventional Advertising with 3D Workshop 
Film: Acting Workshop
Film: Filmmaking Workshop-A
Film: Filmmaking Workshop-B
Film: Screenwriting 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
Interior Design
Photography & Video: Darkroom Photography
Photography & Video: Digital Photography-A 
Photography & Video: Digital Photography-B
Photography & Video: Experimental Video
Photography & Video: Studio Photography-A 
Photography & Video: Studio Photography-B
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 a Health Form and verification of their immunization records. You will find the SVA Health Form in the Downloads section on the left side of this page. Students are required to submit a copy of their immunization records along with the Health Form. Immunization records can be attained 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. Please email or fax these forms to [email protected] or 212.592.2216. Email h[email protected] with any questions or concerns.



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 their three weeks here. 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 for assistance. The Emergency Coordinator will be available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to escort the student to a near-by urgent care facility or an over-night ER. The Emergency Coordinator will be in contact with the parent during and after any incident. Below, you will find a brief list of the facilities we direct students to in case of emergency.

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

Beth Israel ER (located at 16th at 1st Avenue) - http://www.wehealny.org/patients/BI_home/BI_Petrie.html


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. Contact information for Emergency Coordinators will be distributed via email before classes begin.



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 for details and updates on weather related situations. Contact information for Emergency Coordinators will be distributed via email before classes begin.

Housing Details

Please note: Housing will reach capacity and is offered on a first come, first served basis.

Course, Housing and Meal Plan options are grouped together in the online registration portal. You will have the option to choose housing and the optional meal plan once you have chosen your course.

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 9 - ongoing neighborhood tours are available throughout the day and led by SVA staff.


Housing Meeting:

All housing students are required to attend an initial meeting with their RA on their respective floor on Sunday, July 9 at 9pm after Orientation.


Housing Check-out:

All local students must check-out Friday, July 28. RA staff will be available in the RA office (located in the basement of the New Residence) from 12noon - 10pm to conduct checkouts. Students will not have class on Friday, July 28, 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 29, 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 New Residence may be toured Monday - Friday, 12noon - 2pm. Please call the Residence Life Office with questions at 212.592.2140.

Housing is optional with limited availability. Students stay at the New Residence, located at 215 East 23rd Street. There is 24-hour security at the entrance to The New Residence and all 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 case of emergencies.


Housing in the New Residence is made up of two or three-bedroom apartments (maximum of 6 students to an apartment). All apartments have central air and heat, a full kitchen, bathroom facilities, and access to basement recreational space and laundry facilities. Each bedroom houses two students and is equipped with bunk beds and lockable furniture to store personal items. Students must be mature and ready for the social environment in the dorms. Rooms are not co-ed. 

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, are not required to attend all evening activities.


Pre-College students may pre-arrange to spend an overnight away from housing by submitting a housing off-campus permission form via a parent or guardian. This online form will include the dates and information about the stay away and must be submitted at least 48 hours before the intended stay. A Pre-College administrative staff person will follow up prior to the night the student plans to be away to confirm. The off-campus request form is available by emailing [email protected] Students do not need to submit a form if they are joining an SVA chaperoned activity. 

Housing students must abide by the curfew policy regardless of who they are accompanied by. If families plan to have their student out after curfew, they should fill out an off-campus request form and plan to keep the student with them overnight.


Housing Curfew & Housing Regulations

Curfew is 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11pm 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 access to rooms: Parents may only enter the building and dorm room to help the student pack. 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.

International Applicant Requirements and 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 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, the College cannot guarantee timely delivery of the I-20 form if documents are received after this deadline.


Application Requirements for I-20 Issuance

1. Complete registration and submit payment (online registration suggested)

2. Submit Health Form and Immunization records (see Health Services and Emergency Procedures section above). 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 (DOF) is available in download section to the left. Complete DOF in blue or black ink and mail along with supporting Verification of Finance form (VOF). VOF is an official bank letter that verifies the funds reported on the DOF. To submit these documents, please scan the DOF and VOF and email to [email protected]

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.

6. Copy of biographic page of passport. To submit, please scan and email to [email protected]

Further Information and Resources

Below you will find the fees and more information regarding the F-1 visa acquisition 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 only for visa applicants)

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

If mailing documents, please send to:

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

Meal Plan Details

Meal Plan: $525

Course, Housing and Meal Plan options are grouped together in the online registration portal. You will have the option to choose the optional meal plan once you have chosen your course.


The Summer Pre-College Program offers an optional meal plan. The plan serves breakfast and dinner only seven days per week. Meals are served beginning on the first Monday of classes and ending on the last Friday of the program. Lunch is not a part of the meal plan as students are spread out across our campus during the day. Students will find a wide variety of excellent lunch options in the area.

Students who opt in to the meal plan will be issued a sticker 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 beverage options.

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

Refunds: Refunds must be requested by sending an email to [email protected], 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 12, 2017)


Orientation Meeting for all Pre-College Summer Students


Orientation is scheduled on Sunday, July 9, 6pm at the SVA Theater, located at 333 West 23rd Street. Orientation will be followed by an Ice Cream Social open to all students at the Student Center, located at 217 East 23rd Street.

(Please note: this is a tentative schedule, the final orientation schedule will be sent to all registrants in June 2017)

Orientation is focused on the student experience and expectations. We will review the three week program, upcoming activities, and the code of conduct. Parents are not required to attend, but may do so if they wish. As a reminder, students are expected to be responsible for their behavior, engagement and workload during the program. 

Portfolio Preparation and 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 Portfolio Workshop Presentation where admissions counselors will show examples of artwork submitted by previous SVA students as well as examples of scholarship-level artwork. Pre-College students gain a better understanding as to what they need to do to prepare for an admissions art portfolio if they decide to apply to an art college. 

Pre-College students are given the opportunity to show their art portfolio to an admissions counselor during the program to discuss ideas on how to evolve their personal concepts and art process in order to help build a stronger and more expressive portfolio. 

Refund Policy

Summer Program Tuition Refund Policy:

(A $500 non-refundable program fee is included in the tuition)

  • Before the first class session - $2,000
  • Before July 17, 2016 - $1000
  • Before July 24, 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 14, 2017.

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 12, 2017.

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, that 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 and sent via postal mail to the student’s mailing address.

Registration Instructions

Please Note: Course, housing, and meal plan are grouped together in registration portal. Be careful to select the appropriate package of course and options (housing or meal plan) when completing online registration.


Online registration is processed in the order submissions are received. Classes do reach capacity so 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 tuition.


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 Code of Conduct. Fill out contact information and click through to confirm that you have read and understand these rules. You will not be able to complete the online registration process without acknowledgement of the program policies.

6. Complete ALL fields of the digital registration form. Be sure email addresses are accurate. They are the main form of 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.


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


Online registration is recommended. We do offer a PDF Registration Form in the downloads section on the left of this page for students who prefer to submit via postal mail, fax, or email. Be sure to fill the form out completely before sending it.


Email: [email protected]


School of Visual Arts


209 East 23rd Street

New York, NY 10010 

Scholarship Requirements

Presidential Scholarship 

A limited number of full-tuition merit-based scholarships are available for the Summer Pre-College program. Students who register ahead of time and receive scholarship are issued reimbursement checks in the student's name which are delivered via postal mail. Students who have not pre-registered will be contacted and registered for their intended class based on course availability. Only students who receive scholarship will be notified.

The scholarship portal for Summer 2017 will open in December 2016. The SlideRoom link will be posted here when opened.

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 on the last day of classes. The exhibition will be held on Friday, July 28 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 - 7pm.

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

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 [email protected] and include your SVA ID number. The photo should be of you from the shoulders up, have a solid color/value in the background, and be well lit. Your SVA ID number is located on the course schedule mailed by the Office of the Registrar or may be obtained by emailing [email protected] JPG, Bitmap or GIF format images will be accepted and must be at resolution of 100-150 dpi.

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.


IDs will be distributed to all students at Orientation on July 9. 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 between 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.  


The deadline to submit photos for your ID is June 29. Students who submit after the deadline may be required to have their photo retaken at the Registrar before an ID can be issued. By submitting your photo before the deadline, you will bypass the wait at the Registrar and will have more time to enjoy your Orientation activities.

Please contact the Registrar with questions about your ID at 212.592.2200.

Transcript Requests

How to Request an Official SVA Transcript

A transcript may be obtained by emailing or calling the Registrar at [email protected] and 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 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

Please note: 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 or JFK to SVA. The two most convenient airports are JFK and LaGuardia. Only take regulated 'Yellow' New York Taxis as you travel. Do not accept offers from anyone in the airport terminal. Say 'No Thank You' and proceed outside of the terminal. 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 signs.

Take Only New York Yellow Taxis!

Tuition and Fees

Tuition fee: $2,600 (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: $1,575 (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

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