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I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the SVA community.  The transition from high school to college and from adolescence to adulthood can be challenging at times. A new home, new people, new expectations, new freedoms, new responsibilities—it’s a lot to take on, even for the most prepared and resilient young person. As independent artists in New York City, our students are expected to navigate both the college environment and the New York City arts community. It is difficult to manage all these changes alone. Fortunately, our students don’t have to, because we are here to assist and guide them.

With the support of the faculty and staff at SVA, students are given opportunities to develop their work and the life skills required to become successful artists. Their ability to identify and resolve problems on their own is essential to their success.

The purpose of this Parents Resource page is to give parents more information about the College and its departments and services as well as to provide answers to questions which may arise. If you are ever worried about your daughter or son’s safety or well-being, please reach out to us in the Office of Student Affairs. We welcome and value your partnership throughout this important period–the college years.

The Office of Student Affairs offers an orientation program designed to acquaint students (and parents) with SVA and New York City. We strongly suggest that all incoming students attend as many programs and activities as possible and that they take full advantage of everything the College offers.

Lastly, while you will find contact information for a wide variety of College offices and services in this Parents Resources page, I hope you will make use of our Parents Helpline. Should you find you are not sure which office to call or simply need assistance navigating the college experience as a parent, please contact the SVA Parents Helpline. The Helpline is reachable by phone at 212.592.2556 as well as email at

Once again, welcome to the SVA community.


Bill Martino

Director of Student Affairs

Message From The President

The beginning of a new academic year is always an exciting time for all members of the SVA community as we welcome both entering and returning students in their pursuit of an arts career. We are proud of the outstanding education students receive at SVA and of their record of achievement after graduation, which is due ultimately to the integrity and professionalism of our faculty and staff. We look forward to continued excellence, with the realization that the faculty’s integrity and commitment to their individual professions are basic premises of the College’s philosophy.

While none of us wishes to be immersed in details, some policies are mandated by federal and state regulations, and you should be aware of them. We hope this online parents resources site will give you the necessary information about these matters and also the services provided by the College.  I would especially like to call your attention to the section on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

We are fortunate to have a faculty whose enthusiasm for teaching and for their students is apparent in many ways, and a student body selected from 45 states and 62 countries, which reciprocates this enthusiasm. We are proud that our faculty teach because they want to, and that our students have chosen us.


David Rhodes


Directions: How to Get to SVA

By Subway

The subway is the fastest and most economical way to travel within New York City. Metro-Cards and free subway maps are available at every subway station. You can also go to to plan your trip. Many subways lines stop at 23rd Street: The 6 train stops at 23rd Street and Park Avenue South; the N and R trains stop at 23rd Street and Broadway; F and M trains stop at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue; the 1 train stops at 23rd Street and Seventh Avenue; and the C and E trains stop at 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue. PATH trains from New Jersey stop at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue. Subway riders can transfer free of charge to the M23 bus, which runs east and west along 23rd Street.


By Bus

The Port Authority Bus Terminal is located at Eighth Avenue and 42nd Street. Call the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 212.564.8484 for schedule and fare information. Call 800.229.9424 for a Greyhound Bus schedule and fare information. You can reach SVA from the Port Authority by taking the C or E train to 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue and then transferring to the M23 bus.


By Train

Metro-North Railroad trains (212.532.4900) arrive at Grand Central Terminal, located at 42nd Street between Vanderbilt and Lexington Avenues in Midtown Manhattan. Am-trak (800.872.7245), Long Island Railroad (718.217.5477) and New Jersey Transit

(973.275.5555) trains arrive at Penn Station, located at 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue. It is a 20-minute walk to SVA from Grand Central Terminal; or take the 6 train downtown to 23rd Street. It is a 25-minute walk from Penn Station, down Seventh Avenue to 23rd Street and east on 23rd Street to Third  Avenue; or, take the C or E train to 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue and transfer to the M23 bus.


By Plane

There are several ways to get to and from the three major airports serving the New York City area:


Shuttle Bus

New York Airport Service (nyairportservice. com) offers shuttle buses to LaGuardia and JFK airports. Buses leave from Port Authority Bus Terminal and Grand Central Terminal.  For information on buses to Newark Liberty Airport,



Taxis charge a flat rate of $52, not including tolls and tip, between Manhattan and JFK. See for more information on fares to other airports.


Public Transportation

For public transportation from LaGuardia, take the M60 bus to Astoria Blvd and transfer to the N or Q trains into Manhattan, or stay on the bus into Manhattan where you can transfer to the downtown 4, 5 or 6 train at Lexington Avenue. From JFK, take the AirTrain to Howard Beach and transfer to the A train, or take the AirTrain to Jamaica Center where you can transfer to the E, J or Z train to Manhattan, or take the LIRR to Penn Station. From Newark you can take the AirTrain and transfer to a PATH train or Amtrak train into Manhattan. Visit or for more information.


By Car

From the North

From the RFK (Triboro) Bridge, follow signs for FDR Drive. Exit FDR Drive at 23rd Street, and continue to 209 East 23rd Street, between Second and Third Avenues. From the George Washington Bridge, follow signs to Harlem River Drive and then to FDR Drive. Exit FDR Drive at 23rd Street and continue to 209 East 23rd Street between Second and Third Avenues.

From the East

Take the Long Island Expressway (I-495) to the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. Exit tunnel to the left and travel downtown on Second  Avenue to 23rd Street. Head west on 23rd Street to 209 East 23rd Street between Second and Third Avenues

From Points South or West

From the Lincoln Tunnel, travel downtown on West Street to 23rd Street. Head east on 23rd Street to 209 East 23rd Street between Second and Third Avenues. From the Hol-land Tunnel, travel uptown on West Street to 23rd Street. Head east on 23rd Street to 209 East 23rd Street between Second and Third Avenues. From the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, travel uptown on West Street to 23rd Street. Head east on 23rd Street to 209 East 23rd Street between Second and Third Avenues.


Please note that parking on 23rd Street is by meter only.

About the College


The School of Visual Arts has been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents ( to confer the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts on graduates of programs in Advertising; Animation; Cartooning; Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects; Design; Film; Fine Arts; Illustration; Interior Design; Photography and Video; Visual and Critical Studies; and to confer the degree of Master of Arts on graduates of the programs in Critical Theory and the Arts; Curatorial Practice; Design Research, Writing and Criticism; and to confer the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching on graduates of the program in Art Education; and to confer the degree of Master of Fine Arts on graduates of programs in Art Practice; Art Writing; Computer Art; Design; Design for Social Innovation; Fine Arts; Illustration as Visual Essay; Interaction Design; Photography, Video and Related Media; Products of Design; Social Documentary Film; Visual Narrative; and to confer the degree of Master of Professional Studies on graduates of programs in Art Therapy; Branding; Digital Photography; Directing; Fashion Photography. Data required by the U.S. Department of Education on “Gainful Employment” for each of the above programs may be found on each individual program page at The School of Visual Arts is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.662.5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

The School of Visual Arts is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (

The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (, 146 Monroe Center NW, Suite 1318, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2822.

The Master of Arts in Teaching in Art Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

The Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, Inc., and as such meets the education standards of the art therapy profession.


The mission of the College is to educate future generations of artists, designers and creative professionals.


The School of Visual Arts was founded in 1947 as a single-purpose trade school with 35 students and three instructors. Known as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, it offered instruction in the techniques essential to the pursuit of careers in cartooning and illustration. Since that time, it has seen continual growth. The advertising and graphic design departments were added first, followed in the 1960s by fine arts, photography, art history, humanities and film. There are now over 1,100 on the faculty.

In 1972, the New York State Board of Regents authorized the School of Visual Arts to confer the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts on graduates of four-year programs in film, fine arts, media arts and photography. The College now offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) programs in animation, computer art, interior design, video and visual and critical studies.

In the 1980s, SVA began its Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree programs in computer art, fine arts, illustration and photography. The MFA is now also offered in art practice, art writing, design, design for social innovation, interaction design, products of design, social documentary film and visual narrative. In addition the College offers the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in art education, and the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in art therapy, branding, digital photography, directing and fashion photography. A Master of Arts (MA) in Critical Theory and the Arts began in Fall 2012, a Master of Arts (MA) in Curatorial Practice in Fall 2013, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Design Research, Writing and Criticism in Fall 2014.

The SVA student body today consists of over 3,560 undergraduate students, 719 graduate students, and 2,000 continuing education students from almost every state in the US, and from 86 countries throughout the world. A major reason for our continued growth is our belief that “today’s art college must meet today’s needs.” Remaining a vital institution dedicated to helping students become artists capable of facing the increasingly rapid changes in their lives, their careers and society as a whole is what SVA is all about.

The College has consistently engaged a faculty of renowned artists, critics, designers, historians and writers who are active and respected in their fields. Students are thereby exposed to excellence while being introduced to and challenged by the professional standards they will be expected to uphold later in life.


Academic Year Calendar

The full Academic Year Calendar can be accessed through this link.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

What is FERPA?


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records (defined as those records that contain information directly related to a student and which are maintained by an educational agency). The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. Under this law, students have the right to review their education records and to request changes under limited circumstances.


Does FERPA give me the right to see the education records of my student who is attending the School of Visual Arts?

When a student turns eighteen years old or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, all rights afforded to you as a parent under FERPA transfer to the student.

However, FERPA provides ways in which the School of Visual Arts may—but is not required to—share information from a student’s education records with parents, without the student’s consent.

Below are instances in which the School of Visual Arts will disclose information to parents without prior consent from the student:

  • If the student is claimed as a dependent for tax purposes. Documentation must be provided.
  • If a health or safety emergency involves the student.
  • If the student is under age 21 and has a second or subsequent violation of any law or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.


Who else may see my student’s education records?

To protect student privacy, schools are generally prohibited from disclosing a student’s education records, and any personally identifiable information (PII) contained therein, to any person or entity without his or her written consent. General exceptions to this rule include:

  • Disclosures to school officials with legitimate educational interest;
  • Disclosures to other schools to which a student is transferring;
  • Disclosures to specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  • Disclosures to appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
  • Disclosures to organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  • Disclosures to accrediting organizations;
  • Disclosures in order to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
  • Disclosures to appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
  • Disclosures of information the school has designated as “Directory Information”.


What is “Directory Information”?

“Directory Information” is defined as basic information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy. The School of Visual Arts defines Directory Information as: student name, address, telephone number, email address, major field  of study, enrollment status (undergraduate or graduate, full- or part-time), dates of  attendance, and degree(s) conferred (including dates).

The School of Visual Arts may disclose Directory Information to outside third-party organizations without a student’s consent. Such outside organizations may include, but are not limited to, federal and state agencies offering jobs and educational benefits, potential employers, insurance agencies and financial institutions.

If students wish to restrict the disclosure of directory information, a FERPA Disclosure form may be completed, which is available in the Registrar’s Office and online at


Can my student waive their rights under FERPA so I may see their education records?

The FERPA Disclosure form, available at the Registrar’s Office and online at, allows students to instruct the School of Visual Arts to do the following:

  • Prevent disclosure of Directory Information to members of the School of Visual Arts community and outside third-party agencies, except to the extent that the FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  • Allow disclosure of both Directory Information and education records to parent(s), guardian(s), or other individuals.


Students must also provide an access code on the form, which SVA will require before disclosing information from an education record to anyone other than the student. Ensure that your student has shared their access code with you if you wish to see their education records. If a student forgets their access code, they must complete a new FERPA Disclosure form.


Contact Information

For further information about FERPA,  contact any of the following resources

  • SVA Registrar’s office at 212.592.2200 or
  • US Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20202-5920. Tel: 202.260.3887


For quick, informal responses to routine questions about FERPA, parents may also e-mail the Family Policy Compliance Office at Additional information and guidance may be found at FPCO’s website at:

Financial Aid

Information about Financial Aid can be accessed through this link.

International Student Office

Information about the International Student Office can be accessed through this link.

Registrar's Office

Information about the Registrar's Office can be accessed through this link.

Residence Life

Information about Residence Life can be accessed through this link.

Student Accounts

Information about the Student Accounts Office can be accessed through this link.

Student Health and Counseling Services

Information about Student Health and Counseling Services can be accessed through this link.

SVA Campus Store

Information about the SVA Campus Store can be accessed through this link.

207 East 23rd Street

Hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm (summer hours: Monday – Thursday, 10am – 6pm; Friday, 10am – 3pm)

Tel: 212.592.2900



SVA Directory

Academic Advisement

133/141 West 21st Street, room 704C

Tel: 212.592.2540 / Fax: 212.592.2545



Academic Affairs

133/141 West 21st Street, 5th floor

Tel: 212.592.2580 / Fax: 212.592.2558



Acting Chairman of the Board

220 East 23rd Street, 6th floor

Tel: 212.592.2225 / Fax: 212.725.9789




209 East 23rd Street, 1st floor

Tel: 800.436.4204, UG-212.592.2100 /GD-212.592.21007/ Fax: 212.592.2116

Email: (undergraduate)

Email: (graduate)


Career Development

136 West 21st Street, 6th floor

Tel: 212.592.2914 / Fax: 212.206.6434



Continuing Education

209 East 23rd Street, 1st floor

Tel: 212.592.2050 / Fax: 212.592.2060



Development and Alumni Affairs

136 West 21st Street, 6th floor

Tel: 212.592.2300 / Fax: 212.929.0325



Disability Resources

The 24th Street Residence, 340 E.24th Street, 1st Floor

212.592.2396 / Fax: 212.592.2899



Executive Vice President

209 East 23rd Street, 1st floor

Tel: 212.592.2070 / Fax: 212.592.2017




209 East 23rd Street, lower level

Tel: 212.592.2007 / Fax: 212.592.2061



Financial Aid

209 East 23rd Street, 1st floor

Tel: 212.592.2030 / Fax: 212.592.2029



International Students

The 24th Street Residence, 340 E.24th Street, 1st Floor

Tel: 212.592.2236 / Fax: 212.592.2241



Office of Programs for  International Students

The 24th Street Residence, 340 E.24th Street, 1st Floor

Tel: 212.592.2238 / Fax: 212.592.2241




214 East 21st Street, 7th floor

Tel: 212.592.2350 / Fax: 212.592.2356



Proficiency Examination Hot Line

Tel: 212.592.2575




133/141 West 21st Street, 5th floor

Tel: 212.592.2580 / Fax: 212.592.2558




205 East 23rd Street, 1st floor

Tel: 212.592.2200 / Fax: 212.592.2069



Residence Life

The 24th Street Residence, 340 E.24th Street, 1st Floor

Tel: 212.592.2140 / Fax: 212.592.2086



Resource Management

380 Second Avenue, 8th floor

Tel: 212.592.2606 / Fax: 212.592.2673



Student Accounts

209 East 23rd Street, 2nd floor

Tel: 212.592.2080 / Fax: 212.592.2088



Student Affairs

The 24th Street Residence, 340 E.24th Street, 1st Floor

Tel: 212.592.2214 / Fax: 212.592.2086



Student Engagement and Leadership

The 24th Street Residence, 340 E.24th Street, 1st Floor

Tel: 212.592.2130 / Fax: 212.592.2086



Student Health and Counseling Services

The 24th Street Residence, 340 E.24th Street, 1st Floor

Tel: 212.592.2246 / Fax: 212.592.2216



SVA Campus Store

207 East 23rd Street

Tel: 212.592.2900 / Fax: 212.592.2914




SVA Gramercy Gallery

209 East 23rd Street

Tel: 212.592.2145 / Fax: 646.638.2110



SVA Library

380 Second Avenue, 2nd floor

Tel: 212.592.2660 / Fax: 212.592.2655




VASA (Visual Arts Student Association)

The 24th Street Residence, 340 E.24th Street, 1st Floor

Tel: 212.592.2130 / Fax: 212.592.2086



Writing Resource Center

132 West 21st St., 9th Floor

Tel: 212.592.2657






24th Street Residence

340 E. 24th St.

Tel: 212.592.2768


Gramercy Women’s Residence

17 Gramercy Park South

Tel: 212.529.2278


Ludlow Residence

101 Ludlow Street

Tel: 212.592.2713


23rd Street Residence

215 East 23rd Street

Tel: 212.592.2441


132/136 West 21st Street

Tel: 646.336.2754


133/141 West 21st Street

Tel: 212.592.2581


209 East 23rd Street

Tel: 212.592.2001


214 East 21st Street

Tel: 212.592.2320


335 West 16th Street

Tel: 212.592.2741


380 Second Avenue, Library, 2nd floor

Tel: 212.592.2668


380 Second Avenue, 7th floor

Tel: 212.592.2635


380 Second Avenue, 8th floor

Tel: 212.592.2602


207 East 23rd Street, SVA Campus Store

Tel: 212 592-2912

SVA Galleries

Information about the SVA Galleries can be accessed through this link.


SVA Chelsea Gallery

601 West 26th Street, 15th floor

Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm

Tel: 212.592.2145 / Fax: 646.638.2110


SVA Flatiron Gallery

133/141 West 21st Street

Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 6 pm


SVA Gramercy Gallery

209 East 23rd Street

Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 6pm


The exhibition program at SVA advances the College’s philosophy of integrating life out-side the classroom with the teaching that occurs within. Becoming a professional artist entails more than just developing talent and honing skills; it also means gaining the practical experience and creative enrichment that come from showing work in a real gallery setting. SVA’s commitment to this objective is second to none. We employ a full-time staff of gallery professionals to mount over 50 exhibitions a year in three exhibition spaces. Two galleries are on campus and one off campus. The latter, which also houses the offices of SVA Galleries, comprises four fully equipped exhibition spaces as well as a terrace with a spectacular Hudson River view where outdoor sculpture can be shown.

Matriculated students can exhibit their work either as part of a department show, organized by their department chair or a guest curator, or by applying online to SVA Galleries for a juried exhibition. Each student exhibition has its own website and is publicized on various social media. Each begins with an opening reception at which the exhibiting students can interact with the public and members of the arts community, as well as celebrate their accomplishments with friends, family and colleagues. This is a long-standing practice. Renowned artists such as Renée Cox, Keith Haring, Joseph Kosuth, Elizabeth Peyton, Lorna Simpson and Sarah Sze had some of their first exhibitions while they were students at SVA.

SVA’s exhibition program affords students the opportunity to study the work of renowned artists and designers, hear them speak at lectures, or even meet them in per-son. Since 1960, SVA has exhibited the work of some of the most significant figures in modern art, photography, illustration and design. For more information, visit

SVA Resources and Information


340 East. 24th Street, 1st floor
Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM (summer hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM; Friday 9:00 AM-3:00PM)
Tel: 212.592.2396 Fax: 212.592.2899

Mission Statement
Disability Resources assists in creating an accessible campus environment at the School of Visual Arts where students with disabilities have equal access to educational programs and the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of campus life. Through partnerships with students, faculty and staff members, Disability Resources works to promote students’ independence, self-advocacy and development, and also ensures that they are recognized for their abilities not their disabilities.

Disability Accommodations
Students who require accommodations must make an official request by filling out the registration form located on the Disability Resources’ website and by completing the intake process. Students are strongly encouraged to register for accommodations prior to the start of the academic term. For more information please email

Reasonable Academic Accommodations
Disabilities vary on how they impact a person’s major life functions. Due to the varying differences in disabilities, Disability Resources staff will meet with students individually to discuss their needs, review disability documentation, and make eligibility determinations.

Generally, students registered with Disability Resources qualify for one or more of the following academic accommodations:

  • Exam accommodations
  • Reduced course load
  • Smart Pen
  • Note taker
  • Digital recorder
  • Sign language interpreters
  •  CART captioning services
  • Preferential seating in class
  •  Audio books and players
  • Early access to course reading lists
  • Residential accommodations
  • Individual weekly or bi-weekly check-in meetings with Disability Resources’ Staff

Please note: Personal services, such as bathing, grooming, food preparation, housekeeping, orientation and help with ambulating are not deemed reasonable accommodations; and individually prescribed devices, such as hearing aids, glasses, braces, wheelchairs and other mobility devices are to be purchased by the student.

Classroom Accommodations
Once students have completed the registration process, they are responsible for working collaboratively with Disability Resources and must provide each individual instructor with a copy of their accommodation letter. Instructors do not have to provide accommodations prior to receiving this letter from students. Additionally, accommodations are not retroactive. Students should notify Disability Resources if they have any difficulty receiving their approved in-class accommodations.

Student Responsibilities

  • Students are responsible for self-identifying to Disability Resources and completing the registration and accommodation request process.
  • Students are responsible for providing their instructors with accommodation letters from Disability Resources.
  • Students are responsible for coordinating exam accommodations with Disability Resources and the instructor at least two weeks prior to the exam date.
  • Students are responsible for speaking to their instructors regarding absences and any requests for assignment extensions. Assignment extensions and excused absences are at the discretion of the instructor and the academic department. Attendance is mandatory for all academic courses and
  • absences above what is deemed reasonable may result in failure of the course, regardless of the disability status.
  • Students must obtain updated accommodation letters each semester in order to continue to remain eligible for accommodations. To renew accommodations each semester, students should log in to the MySVA portal and select MyAccommodate from the Quick Links panel.
  • Students must inform Disability Resources of any difficulties receiving accommodations or any changes in their disability status.
  • Since Disability Resources will communicate with students via their SVA email address, students are responsible for checking their SVA email address regularly.
Undergraduate Academic Departments

A list of Undergraduate Academic Advisors can be found at this link.

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