SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS - [SVA], NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK - ADMISSION

New York City, New YorkLOCATION
CollegeSCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1947Established Year
  4000Enrollment

School of Visual Arts Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

School of Visual Arts has over 12 undergraduate programs and about 20 graduate programs. Around 5000 students enroll here every year.

  • Applications are made through the school’s website.
  • There is an application fee of 50 USD for undergraduate courses and 80 USD for graduate courses.
  • Proof of English proficiency has to be submitted via TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic or NYU test scores.
  • Most graduate programs have only Fall admission, while a few have only Summer admission.
  • Intake to undergraduate courses happens during both fall and spring semesters.

Highlights

Application PortalOnline Application
Application FeesBachelor Degree: 50 USD
Graduate Degree: 80 USD
Intake seasonsFall/Spring

School of Visual Arts Admission Deadlines

Course NameDeadlines
Undergraduate Courses (International Applicants applying from outside the US)Fall: May 1
Spring: October 1
Graduate Courses (International Applicants applying from outside the US)Fall: May 1 (Varies for some programs)

School of Visual Arts International Admissions

  • Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed to SVA in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.
  • SVA also accepts secure electronic transcripts from Parchment Exchange(Naviance), National Student Clearinghouse, and Scrip-Safe.
  • International applicants are required to submit academic records that have been converted to their U.S. educational equivalents.
  • it is recommended that international applicants submit all application materials four months prior to the start of the semester.
  • The financial Verification form is required for documenting the source of funding.
  • Letter(s) from your bank or your sponsor’s bank attesting the availability of the funds documented on your Verification of Finances letter is required.

Language Requirements for International Students

Associate and Bachelor Degrees
TestMinimum Score
TOEFL80 (Internet based)
213 (Computer-based)
550 (Paper-based)
IELTS6.5 Overall
PTE Academic53
NYU test6 in all categories
Master and Doctoral Degrees*
TOEFL79 (Internet-based)
IELTS6.5 Overall
PTE Academic53
NYU test6 in all categories

*These minimum scores vary for some programs.

School of Visual Arts Undergraduate Admissions

Where to apply: Online through the school’s website.

Application fee: 50 USD

Admission requirements: Following documents should be submitted by the applicant:

  • Official high school transcripts (in original language)
  • Official translations of transcripts, if not in English
  • Statement of intent
  • Portfolio
  • Declaration and Verification of Finances
  • Verification of Finances (VOF) letter from the student's bank or sponsor's bank

School of Visual Arts Graduate Admissions

All applicants to the graduate school must hold an undergraduate degree appropriate to the particular course of study.

Application Portal: Online through the college website

Application Fee: 80 USD

CourseApplication DeadlineAcademic Requirements
Computer Arts (MFA)Fall: May 1Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
Design (MFA)Fall: May 1Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
Fine Arts (MFA)Fall: May 1Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
Art Practice (MFA)Summer onlyBaccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; Additional Requirements*
Digital Photography (MPS)Fall: May 1Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university

**Writing sample; Skype interview

Supporting documents may include:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Portfolio
  • Letters of recommendation

A strong and relevant portfolio is an important criterion for admission. The necessary parts of the portfolio differ for each department and applicants should make sure that their portfolio is tailor-made to suit the needs of the program for which they are applying.

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