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School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for nearly seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and nearly 37,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world.


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

Core Values

I. Freedom of Expression
The freedom to take risks is vital to art-making and arts education. We celebrate divergent opinions as participants in the world’s largest community of creative professionals.

II. Diversity
We value our differences. An SVA education is informed by multiple approaches to learning and making; and by the presence of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

III. Integrity
We believe in accountability. As we adapt and innovate, our institutional commitment to ethical conduct, community service and outreach, and financial responsibility remains steadfast.

IV. Accessibility
We recognize that communication is the cornerstone of community. Accessible leadership and minimal hierarchy breed a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation.

President and Leadership

David Rhodes

Executive Vice President
Anthony P. Rhodes

Board of Directors
Milton Glaser, acting chairman
Joseph F. Patterson
Anthony P. Rhodes
David Rhodes
Lawrence Rodman
Eileen Hedy Schultz

Noteworthy Alumni

SVA has graduated more than 35,000 artists, designers, writers, filmmakers, photographers and other creative professionals. Among them are Academy Award winners, Emmy Award winners, Grammy winners, MacArthur Fellows and Guggenheim Fellows. Their work can be found in the collections of the world's leading museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thousands of them constitute the core of the cultural capital of the world, New York City; thousands of others can be found throughout the United States and in 100 countries around the world.

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