School Of Visual Arts

School Of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts, also referred to as SVA, is among the top independent colleges of art and design in the United States. It is located in Manhattan, New York City, and was established in the year 1947 by Burne Hogarth and Silas H. Rhodes. The original name of the college was Cartoonists and Illustrators School. It was rechristened the School of Visual Arts in the year 1956. Students are offered degrees in art programs including advertising, animation, fine arts, graphic design, and digital photography. SVA is a member unit of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).

School of Visual Arts' students are provided the opportunity of displaying their work through art exhibitions held in the art galleries of SVA.

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School of Visual Arts
209 E 23rd St
New York , NY 10010
General Phone: (212) 592-2000

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School of Visual Arts Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Design309interior design, graphic design, illustration, design and applied arts
Photography and Commercial Art238photography, film and photography
Computer Science and Engineering105computer graphics
Fine Arts97fine arts, art history and criticism
Media70advertising, animation and special effects
Education and Teaching42art education

Number of programs and degrees for School of Visual Arts in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree6749
Master's degree1877

School of Visual Arts Student Body

In 2007-2008, School of Visual Arts had a total enrollment of 3,946 students (3,758 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 90%
Graduate 10%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 49%
Black 3%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 12%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 14%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 18%
18-19 15%
20-21 29%
22-24 18%
25-29 13%
30-34 4%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York40%
New Jersey22%
(International Students)10%

School of Visual Arts Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 84 %

School of Visual Arts Room and Board (2007)

School of Visual Arts offers campus housing for 1,132 of its 3,758 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of New York, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

School of Visual Arts Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450580
SAT Math460590
SAT Writing450580
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT86%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT14%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

School of Visual Arts Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 25,500
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,500
Room and board $ 15,000
Room charge $ 11,800
Books and supplies $ 3,150
Other expenses $ 4,100

Financial Aid:
School of Visual Arts participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 746800)

School of Visual Arts Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year16$132,61811$103,773
All faculty totalcalendar year16$132,61811$103,773

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year79$40,13544$34,431
All faculty totalacademic year79$40,13544$34,431

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

School of Visual Arts Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Graphics

Design and Applied Arts, Other
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Animation, Interactive Tech, Video Graphics and Special Effects

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

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