48 months
43400 USD/year
43400 USD/year
Tuition fee
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By taking the Animation program at School of Visual Arts you will be immersed in hands-on experience, whether you’re studying traditional, stop-motion or computer animation. Your four years culminates in a showcase of your work to industry professionals and luminaries at our Thesis Celebration.


More About the Department

Animation has a long tradition in New York. Most people do not know that one of the very first animators, J. Stuart Blackton, animated drawings produced and distributed by none other than Thomas Edison. That was in 1906, years before Walt Disney began to work on Mickey Mouse.

SVA has prepared young artists for the animation industry for over 40 years. Our faculty includes some of the best artists in the industry, who bring knowledge and experience in multiple disciplines straight from the studio into the classroom. Your mentors will include directors, fine artists, photographers, special-effects artists, writers, character designers, and commercial artists. You will not only learn innovative drawing techniques, and methods of storytelling, but also industry standard software—Photoshop, Adobe Animate, After Effects, Toon Boom Harmony, Storyboard Pro, and Maya (in conjunction with the Computer Arts department)—in our digitally outfitted lab. You will work in our Pro Tools audio recording studio designing sound for your films, creating sound effects and mixing sound tracks. You will have access to a proprietary music library that allows you to own the music in your films.

Our special working relationships with alumni-owned Plymptoons, Titmouse and Augenblick studios—as well as with numerous other independent animation creators throughout New York—provide extraordinary opportunities for internships and part-time employment. SVA students have produced animation for non-profit organizations and public service organizations such as Ted-ED, UNICEF, UNESCO and other local institutions that see us as the go-to school for animators.

Graduates of the Animation program at School of Visual Arts have gone to work for Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Warner Bros. Animation, Blue Sky Studios, Nickelodeon, Lucasfilm Animation, Sony Pictures Animation and independent animation studios around the world. Many have won awards for their short and feature films, from the Academy of Motion Pictures, The International Animation Festival and the Association of International Film Animators (ASIFA), as well as numerous festivals around the world. If it’s animated, an SVA alum was probably part of the team.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Animation: From Paper to Pixels
  • Animation 
  • Drawing 
  • Storytelling: Structure and Principle
  • Storytelling: Visual Narrative
  • Digital Compositing
  • Writing and Literature 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application online
  • Application Fee 
  • Statement Of Intent
  • Portfolio -15-20 images or a Film Reel/2-Part Film Essay
  • High School Transcripts
  • Declaration and Verification of Finances
  • Recommendation Letters

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21700 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    43400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21700 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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