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School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 38,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. 



Silas H. Rhodes and illustrator (Tarzan) Burne Hogarth co-found the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, with New York City-based professionals working in the arts as faculty, a practice that continues to this day.


Researching and reviewing new teaching and learning technologies and piloting with faculty and staff


SVA Career Development supports students and alumni in building their professional networks while providing them with the information and resources they need to prosper as creative professionals.

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Student services

 Student Affairs promotes student involvement within the College and beyond, offering support resources and programs designed to enhance the co-curricular college environment throughout the academic year. 

Housing services

Students living on campus join a unique community of artists in a safe, diverse, and supportive living environment.  From residence hall social and educational programs for students, to floor meetings, and First-Year Residential experience (F.Y.R.E.) program, the SVA residence halls look to foster connections and communities that students take with them beyond their student housing experience.

Library services

SVA Library

ICT services

The Office of Learning Technologies (OLT) has an overarching goal of enhancing student and faculty engagement, learning, and communication at SVA.

Medical services

All students are automatically enrolled and billed for the SVA-sponsored insurance plan, 

Student Life

Sports facilities

The Physical Plant Department implements scheduled preventative maintenance programs at each location to ensure that students, faculty and staff can enjoy a safe and comfortable environment.


The School of Visual Arts (SVA) been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Professional Studies (MPS). The BFA Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation; the MAT Art Education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation; and the MPS Art Therapy program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, Inc..

New York City, New York, United States

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