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Applications for 2020 programs will be available in mid-January. 

For further information or questions regarding SVA's Summer Residencies e-mail residency@sva.edu or call 212.592.2188.

To apply, please e-mail the following materials as attachments to residency@sva.edu

  • Completed application form
  • Work sample (see guidelines below)
  • Image list including title, medium, size and date (for visual work samples only)
  • Artist's Statement / Statement of Purpose (250-500 words)
  • CV


Work Sample Guidelines

Visual work samples (for all programs except for Art/Design Writing and Social Design)

  • Still images: 15 JPEG images of current work (no more than 1000 pixels on the longest side) or Web site URL. Powerpoint or PDF files will not be accepted.
  • Video: 5-10 videos, up to10 minutes of footage (Quicktime or Web site URL)

Writing sample
 (for Art/Design Writing only): Up to 2,000 words of published or unpublished writing (such as essays, blog posts, or articles) about art, design, architecture or related subjects (.doc or .pdf file)

Statement of Purpose (for Social Design Meets Entrepreneurship only): A brief paragraph about your current position and why you would like to participate in this program

International Applicants

International applicants are welcome, however, the College cannot provide you with a visa, nor assist you in obtaining one. As a general rule, international students can take a vocational or recreational course as long as it is incidental to their main purpose of visiting the U.S. Please note that SVA is not authorized to issue the Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for the F-1 student visa for the Division of Continuing Education. Non-matriculated students are not eligible to apply for the F-1 student visa. Further questions about visa status can be directed to the International Students Office at iso@sva.edu

Participants are expected to speak and understand English well enough to hold meaningful conversation with faculty and other participants. A TOEFL score is not required for admission.

Refund Policy

There is a $500 cancellation fee for withdrawal in writing at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. There will be no refunds for withdrawals requested less than 2 weeks prior to the start of the program.

To withdraw from the program you must notify the Manager of Special Programs, in writing, of your intention to withdraw. You may do so: by e-mailing your withdrawal to esutphin@sva.edu; or by sending written notification via mail or fax. The Division of Continuing education is located at 209 East 23rd Street. All refunds for payment made by American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa, will be credited to the appropriate credit card account. Payment made by check or money order will be refunded by check, payable to the registrant. Processing of refunds takes approximately four weeks.

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