Application Deadlines: FALL 2020 (All payments received after Nov 15 are processed as space remains available)

Silas H. Rhodes scholarship consideration

Feb 1

Silas H. Rhodes scholarship consideration (transfer students)

Mar 1

General Admission deadline

May 1

General Admission deadline (international applicants)

Jul 1


  • Completed Application for Undergraduate Admission form
  • Nonrefundable $50 application fee, $80 for international applicants (Personal checks, money orders and credit are accepted. Do not send cash.)
  • Portfolio
  • Official transcripts from each high school, college or university attended. Transcripts from foreign institutions must be officially translated into English and US grading equivalencies.
  • Results of the Scholastic Test (SAT 1) or other American College Testing Program (ACT)
  • Statement of intent
  • Demonstration of English proficiency (required of all applicants whose primary language is not English)
  • Declarations of Finances form and Verification of Finances letter from bank (international applicants requiring a student visa only)
  • Copy of Alien Registration card (for permanent residents/alien residents only)


In order to be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to SVA in an envelope stamped and sealed by a high school guidance department and/or college registrar. Transcripts can be delivered by applicants as long as they are in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.


SAT or ACT results

Official SAT or ACT scores should be sent to the School of Visual Arts by the testing agency or high school. Transfer applicants who have earned more than 24 credits at a regionally accredited college, including course work in the humanities and sciences, need not submit SAT or ACT scores. International applicants do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores unless they have taken the test.


Statements of intent

In 500 words or less, discuss your reasons for pursuing undergraduate study in the visual arts. Feel free to include any information about yourself, your goals and interests that may not be immediately apparent from the review of your transcripts or portfolio.



A portfolio should reflect each individual's art background and experience. Each portfolio is unique and will never be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility. The ideal portfolio will consist of 15 to 20 pieces of recent work. A portfolio is not required of film and video applicants. Instead, applicants are required to submit a two-part essay.


Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio reviews are offered Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm throughout the year. Portfolio reviews are also available on Saturdays during open house and completion day programs. Applicants should bring examples of recent work with them. To schedule an on-campus portfolio review, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.436.4204 or 212.592.2100 two to four weeks in advance of the date you would like to visit.


CIDA Statement of Accreditation Status

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design: Built Environments is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design: Built Environments granted by the School of Visual Arts meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: