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New York City is SVA's campus. When students are not in class or the studio, there are many ways to take advantage of all the City has to offer. The Office of Student Activities plays a crucial role in orienting new students to the City and the SVA campus, creating opportunities for students to meet and connect with one another. The office also offers students leadership experience through clubs and the Visual Arts Student Association (VASA). Making friends and creating social networks are key factors in a student's happiness and success at SVA. 

The Student Activities office also provides current students discounted AMC movie tickets, theater and sporting events. In addition to the various programs and services, the office oversees the campus radio station (WSVA), the Student Center and the Leadership Development series. Stop by the office located in the GW Residence for more information on how to become an involved member of the SVA community!

Office of Student Activities                                                                                
George Washington Residence, Mezzanine Level
23 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Jill Seplowitz, Manager of Student Engagement and Leadership

General Inquiries:

Visual Arts Student Association (VASA)

The Visual Arts Student Association (VASA) is the governing body designed to represent the interests and needs of the student body at the School of Visual Arts. VASA acts as a liaison for students, faculty, administration and staff. The three elected VASA officers and the hired staff organize specific events and programs based on students' needs and suggestions. The officers also have monthly meetings with the President of the College to discuss student concerns and initiatives.

VASA oversees all student clubs at the School of Visual Arts. Students can join any college-sponsored club or activity. If a student has a particular interest, he/she can create a club if it does not currently exist. VASA also sponsors various parties and events throughout the year, which are designed to help students interact and meet their peers. These events include Senior Week, the Halloween Party and Spring Dance to name a few.

The VASA Office is located at 23 Lexington Avenue, mezzanine level, in the George Washington Residence.  To learn more about VASA contact us by phone: 212.592.2130 or by email: vasa@sva.edu.

Student Center

The newly renovated Student Center features state of the art technology and provides SVA students with a common space to meet, check their email, watch television, or just relax between classes.  The space is also a great meeting place for projects, clubs, or other social gatherings.  In addition, gallery space is available to display student artwork. 

The Student Center is located at 217 East 23 Street and is open from 10am-10pm Monday-Friday, and from 12pm-6pm Saturday-Sunday.  To learn more about the Student Center email activities@sva.edu. 

The Visual Opinion (VO)

The Visual Opinion (VO) magazine is designed, operated and organized by SVA students and publishes six issues each year.  The VO showcases SVA student artwork from all departments and covers a diverse set of visual narratives and themes; from the Postcard Issue to the Grad Issue at the end of the year.

Want to submit?  Look for "Call for Entry" posters around campus or visit the office, which is located within the VASA space at 23 Lexington Avenue, mezzanine level, in the George Washington Residence.  You can also email vo@sva.edu for more information. 

WSVA-The Campus Radio Station

WSVA is the college radio station of the School of Visual Arts.  Throughout the year student Djs and groups broadcast across an online server and into the homes and hearts of supporting listeners.  WSVA is a free speech environment, giving students the ultimate opportunity to express their views and ideas in a world that is constantly evolving.

For more information, please email: WSVARadio@gmail.com or visit our website: www.WSVALive.com.

Community Service

The Student Activities Office is actively working to build a solid Community Service program that SVA faculty, staff and students can participate in.  From events with organizations like Free Arts New York City, Sandy Hurricane relief programs and the Hudson Guild Community Center, SVA volunteers make a difference in our community. On volunteer projects students learn that there is no better way to give back to their City than participating in community service efforts.

For more information stop by the Student Activities Office, located at 23 Lexington Avenue, mezzanine level, in the George Washington Residence.  You can also send an email to activities@sva.edu.

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