School of Visual Arts is a for-profit college located in Manhattan, New York in the New York City Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,506 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the School of Visual Arts acceptance rate is 72%. Popular majors include Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography. Graduating 64% of students, School of Visual Arts alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $29,900.
School of Visual Arts Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.48 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.46 responses
Most Popular Majors
Graphic Design201 Graduates
Cinematography and Video Production78 Graduates
Computer Graphics70 Graduates
Studio Arts68 Graduates
Animation, Video Graphics and Special Effects60 Graduates
Art History20 Graduates
Interior Design16 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.6 responses
- of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.6 responses
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School of Visual Arts Reviews
School of Visual Arts (a.k.a SVA) is one of the best colleges to find and create strong relationships with friends, peers and professors, as well as learning and absorbing the surrounding community of artists in NYC. The school's professors are experienced professionals within the art world offering strong insight and inspiration. Resources and tools available to students are wonderful! Labs are open after classes for Animation students like me, and rentals for equipment are readily available for students in Film, Video or Photography. SVA's East and West Libraries are both great places for research or relaxing. The clubs are also some of the most fun and interactive clubs I've joined. Figure Drawing club and the fun, educating sessions at LGBT/Queer SVA helped make my days at school all the more lovable. If I had to pick out a specific way to improve SVA, I would ask for the school to offer a more readily available/ accessible cafeteria and/or meal plan.
SVA is a wonderful school that really works to train the students both technically and analytically for active careers in the art field. The school has a lot of networking opportunities, and the surrounding local area (set at the heart of New York City) is the perfect start-up location for any up and coming artist. My biggest critique of the school would be the lack of a meal plan, which can make things difficult when looking for a bite to eat between classes.
School of Visual Arts is an exemplary school to learn animation. Everything is very peachy in this art school. One thing I would look out for is to make sure to find your teachers through what other students have to say. The good teachers are very good, and the bad ones are very bad. Look out for yourself and have fun! I know I am.