The School of Visual Arts is located in Manhattan, New York and is a proprietary art school that is considered to be a leading institution in the United States. The School of Visual Arts prepares students in fields of Visual Arts and surrounding studies, like Advertising, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Critical Studies. Professors at the school not only teach with expertise, but they teach with passion.
This is generally the school for artists that want to work in some professional context and makes use of New York City’s dense metropolitan network of opportunities and inspiration. New York City is widely considered to be the art capital of the world, with over 8 million people speaking over 100 different languages all coming to take a bite out of the Big Apple.
A unique feature of the school is that students that have earned a credential from an accredited institution of art can apply for status as a special student. These students can select a non-matriculated course of study to accelerate or further their studies. Students can also apply from other countries to learn at the school for a semester as a foreign exchange student. The school is very multi-cultural and aims its education at a cosmopolitan understanding of art, culture, and expression.
Aside from the exchange program, there are no distance learning programs. Art schools often struggle to disseminate their studies over the Internet, as technique, form, and critique requires physical attention and instruction in many cases. Art schools across the country are beginning to form unique distance learning platforms even despite this difficulty. With its resources, the School of Visual Arts is bound to venture into this avenue soon.
Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. In 2011, it was provided to 77% of the student body and in various forms. The leading source of aid comes from the school itself, with 42% of the student body receiving grants, awards, and scholarships based on a variety of factors. The average amount received from the school is $4,615.
Students have the opportunity to have their work displayed in exhibits. Student art has made it into the School of Visual Art’s very own galleries and even the exhibits of Manhattan’s Chelsea Art District. Student works have been curated by art professionals and names that are known around the world.
The price of an undergraduate education in 2011 was $25,500 per year, if the student is enrolled full-time. Otherwise, credit hours are $850 a piece. Graduate students experience a price increase to $28,000 per year, with credit hours costing $935 each.
The School of Visual Arts also hosts the Masters Series, which is an award exhibition for the honoring of great communicators in the visual arts. Great communicators are revered by their colleagues and peers, sure, but heroes like these too often go unsung in the public eye. Students of the school have been recognized in these awards.