The mission of the School of Visual Arts is to educate future generations of global creative citizens to foster cultural and social change that promotes our core values through the pursuit and achievement of their professional goals.
Participate in the Global Creative Community
Creative citizenship extends far beyond the borders of any one state or country. Citizenship, as we see it, demands participating with integrity in the exchange of ideas in one's community and the world at large. We must recognize our common humanity; listen to our fellow global citizens; respect a multiplicity of perspectives and experiences; engage in a meaningful exchange of ideas; and most critically at this moment in our history, we must have the clarity of purpose to speak out against injustice.
At SVA, the creative citizen then encompasses all of these ideals through their artistic practice.
Diversity and Inclusion
We are a diverse community that voices a deep commitment to equality and accessibility. We strive to create an atmosphere of openness and inclusion.
Freedom of Expression
The College has always protected the rights of every member of its community to share their views in a receptive space and to enjoy the autonomy necessary for risk-taking and innovation. SVA should remain an environment where both new ideas and contested ideas are welcomed and explored.
Professionalism and Integrity
Professionalism at SVA encompasses accountability, intellectual rigor, leadership and, above all, integrity.
In practical terms, our faculty of working professionals are actively engaged with the fields that they teach. They hold students to a professional standard in terms of their craft, focus and general comportment; the curriculum of each major is built on a foundation of specialization and expertise.