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

Registration for Summer 2017 will open on Friday, December 9, 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 and are 14 years of age. 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.


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 Metropolitian 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

Course Offerings & Online Registration

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

All courses are taught Monday - Friday, 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: Courses may include working from nude models.
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
Health Services & Emergency Procedures

It is expected that all participants and their parents/guardians 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, 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.  

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 2nd & 3rd 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 8th & 9th 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.


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 - Friday, 12noon - 2pm. Please contact Residence Life with inquiries 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. 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.

International Applicant 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 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

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.


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 & 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'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.

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 & 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

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