School of Visual Arts

The School of Visual Arts New York City (SVA NYC) is a for-profit art and design college in Manhattan, New York. It was founded in 1947, and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than 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. SVA has graduated more than 38,000 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 and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Admission Criteria & Eligibility

Demonstration of English Proficiency
In addition to the general admission requirements, all international applicants whose primary/native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.
The following are acceptable ways to demonstrate English proficiency:
  1. A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based version (213 on the computer-based version) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). SVA’s code is 2835. For information on taking the TOEFL, visit
  2. A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
  3. (Cambridge ESOL), the British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia. For information on taking the IELTS, visit
  4. A minimum score of 53 on the Pearson PTE Academic. For more information on taking the PTE, visit
  5. Official test scores should be sent by the testing agency to the Admissions office directly.
  6. This requirement may be waived for native English speakers who are citizens of any of the following countries and attend schools where English is the primary language of instruction: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, India, South Africa and Common Wealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).
Scholarship information:
Not all of the Scholarships mentioned are offered by School of Visual Arts. SVA awards partial tuition merit scholarships. Scholarships are primarily available to full-time students seeking admission to the fall semester and are based on academic and creative merit. First-time freshman awards are renewable for each of the subsequent three years, providing the recipient maintains full-time enrollment and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Transfer awards are renewable, based on the level of placement at which the student enters SVA, providing the recipient maintains full-time enrollment and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Scholarship awards can be deferred only under special circumstances.

Scholarships offered by SVA are :
  • Silas H. Rhodes Merit Scholarship
  • National Scholastic Art Award Scholarships

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School of Visual Arts

209 East 23 Street New York, New York, New York, United States of America, NY 10010

Phone: + 1- 212- 592-2000
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