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  • Areas of study include branding, interaction design, copywriting, web design and more
  • We teach how to come up with new ideas
  • Many classes are held at advertising agencies throughout NYC
  • 206 students, 30 faculty, 39 courses


  • We give you the tools you need to hone your voice and art
  • Train on the latest animation software and hardware
  • Many of our alumni are internationally recognized animators
  • Thesis films shown to industry professionals at the Dusty Film & Animation Festival
  • 253 students, 28 faculty, 36 courses

Art History

  • Knowing the history of art is very important to the artist’s development
  • There’s no better place to study art history than in New York City with its abundant museums and contemporary art world
  • Review all art—from the dawn of civilization through the MTV generation


  • Being a cartoonist is more than a career—it’s a calling
  • SVA is one of the first colleges to offer cartooning as a major
  • We teach both classical techniques and new digital production
  • 164 students, 23 faculty, 35 courses

Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects

  • Specialization in 3D computer animation, visual effects and game arts
  • Learn technical skills as well as narrative and story development
  • We strive to give students a competitive edge to stand-out
  • 311 students, 96 faculty, 55 courses


  • We educate designers to think conceptually
  • Focus on branding, advertising, editorial, packaging, web design and more
  • Fourth-year students’ work reviewed by industry professionals
  • 767 students, 115 faculty, 133 courses


  • Hands-on program where you’ll make films all four years
  • Train on industry-standard, state-of-the-art equipment
  • We believe in nurturing collaboration
  • Thesis films shown to industry professionals at the Dusty Film & Animation Festival
  • 430 students, 71 faculty, 72 courses

Fine Arts

  • Project-based, multidisciplinary learning
  • Concentrations available in traditional and new media
  • Studio work complemented with art history and theory
  • 320 students, 90 faculty, 162 courses

Honors Program

  • Motivated students may apply to the Honors Program as a part of their original admissions application or by mail or e-mail by February 15, 2016.
  • This interdisciplinary program unites the liberal arts with studio practice
  • Honors study is augmented by public and private lectures, museum visits and events in artists' studios and theaters—utilizing the many opportunities that attending art school in NYC has to offer

Humanities and Sciences

  • SVA is committed to providing a well-rounded education to its artists through its offerings in the humanities and sciences
  • We offer English as Second Language courses and Peer Tutoring to assist international students
  • The Writing Resource Center offers computers, Internet access and instructors for consultation and tutoring


  • We teach how to communicate graphically
  • Successful illustrators are able to interpret and illuminate ideas
  • Put your own personal stamp on visual solutions
  • 426 students, 67 faculty, 75 courses

Interior Design

  • Council for Interior Design (CIDA) accredited program
  • Creative skills are taught alongside with technical, as well as business and leadership skills
  • Internship opportunities available in NYC’s leading interior design and architecture firms
  • 80 students, 30 faculty, 56 courses

Photography and Video

  • Cultivate your signature photographic style that will set you apart
  • Medium and large-format cameras available for use
  • Mentor program for seniors with renowned photographers, critics, photo editors and other professionals and artists
  • 486 students, 79 faculty, 111 courses

Visual & Critical Studies

  • A program for ambitious students who want to combine their studio art with philosophy, theory and criticism
  • Multidisciplinary curriculum for thinking artists
  • Explore various media and unorthodox art making
  • 88 students, 25 faculty, 40 courses

BFA Cartooning

BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects

BFA Illustration

BFA Interior Design

BFA Photography and Video

BFA Visual and Critical Studies

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