School of Visual Arts

209 E 23rd St

School of Visual Arts (SVA) is a college of art and design whose mission is to educate students who aspire to become professional artists. This mission is the foundation upon which are built: • undergraduate degree programs in art and design that p... more

School of Visual Arts (SVA) is a college of art and design whose mission is to educate students who aspire to become professional artists. This mission is the foundation upon which are built: • undergraduate degree programs in art and design that prepare students for entry into an array of professional fields in or related to the visual arts, while also equipping students with the skills necessary to become productive and thoughtful members of society; • rigorous and practice-based graduate programs in the visual arts and its allied fields; a continuing education program intended to meet the diverse needs of New York City’s professional art and design community and the larger community within which the College resides; • and a commitment to serving the greater good through community service. The College’s mission is realized by: • the employment of working professional artists, critics and scholars in all the disciplines taught at School of Visual Arts, and whose credentials and experience qualify them to teach at the college level; • a commitment of resources to meet the educational and co-curricular needs of students studying at all degree levels as well as to provid... more

School of Visual Arts (SVA) is a college of art and design whose mission is to educate students who aspire to become professional artists. This mission is the foundation upon which are built:
• undergraduate degree programs in art and design that prepare students for entry into an array of professional fields in or related to the visual arts, while also equipping students with the skills necessary to become productive and thoughtful members of society;
• rigorous and practice-based graduate programs in the visual arts and its allied fields; a continuing education program intended to meet the diverse needs of New York City’s professional art and design community and the larger community within which the College resides;
• and a commitment to serving the greater good through community service.

The College’s mission is realized by:
• the employment of working professional artists, critics and scholars in all the disciplines taught at School of Visual Arts, and whose credentials and experience qualify them to teach at the college level;
• a commitment of resources to meet the educational and co-curricular needs of students studying at all degree levels as well as to provide for an enriching campus life experience;
• a concerted effort to capitalize upon the extremely large number and quality of cultural institutions located in New York City;
• a system of institutional and learning outcomes assessment designed to facilitate institutional planning and institutional renewal;
• and a sound financial position sufficient to ensure the College’s ability to meet the diverse and dynamic educational needs of the College community; to provide for opportunities for innovation and experimentation; and to ensure the maintenance of quality in all areas of the institution’s operations.

The School of Visual Arts has been authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to confer the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts on graduates of four-year programs in Advertising and Graphic Design; Computer Art; Film, Video and Animation; Fine Arts; Illustration and Cartooning; Interior Design; Photography; and to confer the degree of Master of Fine Arts on graduates of two-year programs in Art Criticism and Writing; Computer Art; Design; Fine Arts; Illustration as Visual Essay; Photography, Video and Related Media; and to confer the degree of Master of Professional Studies on graduates of the two-year program in Art Therapy; and to confer the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching on graduates of the one-year program in Art Education.
The School of Visual Arts is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.662.5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
The School of Visual Arts is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is a member of the International Association of Independent Schools for Art and Design, AIAS.


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