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The non-degree Honors Program at School of Visual Arts is a challenging program for those artists who seek academic enrichment along with their studio practice

  • 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, 2020.
  • 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

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First-time freshmen in Advertising; Animation; Cartooning; Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects; Design; Film; Fine Arts; Illustration; and Photography and Video who seek academic enrichment and challenge as an adjunct to their studio study are invited to apply to the SVA Honors Program.

Designed to bring talented, intellectually ambitious students together to work closely with one another and with specially selected studio and liberal arts professors, this small, interdisciplinary program unites the liberal arts (literature, history, philosophy and art history) in order to focus on the historical and thematic connections among them. The Honors Program thereby enhances the dual abilities of the visually and academically gifted by integrating academic courses on the interplay between the liberal and the visual arts.

Students begin their first year with an examination of modernism and modernity in the four liberal arts courses. This focus grounds students in the known and visible world before the second year's approach to the historical, artistic and intellectual origins of modernity.

Honors study is augmented by public and private lectures, museum visits and events at artists' studios and theaters; the third-year art history and science colloquium (the latter offered in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History) and a spring recess trip abroad in the third year. Completion of the first two years of the program fulfills the majority of humanities and sciences and art history requirements.

Applicants interested in the Honors Program should submit the Honors Program application, "Why Art?" essay along with the rest of their BFA application materials by February 15, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: Only students invited to participate in the Honors Program will receive an invitation letter in March. 

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