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WE WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS IN JANUARY 2018. The next Culture, Design and Fine Arts in New York Summer Program will take place Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 27, 2018.

  • This three-week summer program offers international college students an opportunity to develop their creative abilities in various studio disciplines while experiencing American culture by living and studying in New York City.
  • The program includes a range of organized activities available at no additional cost.
  • Students may choose one course offered in this program, and will be awarded three studio credits upon successful completion of the course.

Click here for application information and requirements. Please submit application materials by May 1.

Accepted students are required to obtain and enter the U.S. on the F-1 student visa, or transfer a valid I-20 from another institution to participate in the program. See the International Student Office page for further information on the F-1 student visa.

Request information at opis@sva.edu to learn more about the CDFNY Summer Program at SVA.

Program Overview

The Culture, Design, and Fine Arts in New York Summer Program offers international college students an opportunity to develop their creative abilities while experiencing American culture in New York City.

Students may choose between two courses offered in this program and will be awarded 3 undergraduate studio credits upon successful completion of the course. Classes are held Monday-Friday, 9 AM -  4 PM, with a 1-hour break for lunch. All instructors are SVA faculty and professionals in their respective fields.

The program includes a variety of organized social and cultural activities, such as museum visits, Broadway musicals, movie nights, and walking tours. An exhibition of student work will be held on the last Friday of the program.

Students have the option to stay in SVA housing during this program.

The program is open to students who have completed at least one semester of college or university. Space is limited to approximately 20 students per course. Registration is based on a first come, first served basis. Portfolio submission is not required to attend.

For further information, please contact the Office of Programs for International Students at opis@sva.edu or 212.592.2238.

Program Dates, Tuition & Fees


July 9-27, 2018
2018 Tuition: $2400 (includes weekend and evening activities' program fees)
2018 Housing: $1650 (optional, shared room accommodation; includes breakfast Monday - Friday)
Health Insurance: All students must have their own health insurance.
Supplies: Students are responsible for their own supplies. A supply list will be provided prior to the start of the course.
Course Descriptions

Courses run Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM (with a 1-hour break for lunch).

Note: Courses are taught in English. Paricipants who are not fluent speakers are required to submit a Demonstration of English Proficiency Form completed by an English teacher or administrator at the applicant's college or university. A TOEFL score is not required for admission to this program.

Studio Arts – Creative Art & Design

FID-1192, 3 credits

This intensive course is designed for international students who wish to develop their studio skills while learning new ways of approaching visual communication. It is comprised of a variety of subject areas, including brainstorming and creative design, figure drawing, and illustration. Projects will be assigned in each subject area that will push students to explore the boundaries of their creativity.

The course will be taught by multiple SVA faculty members, each of whom is also a fine arts or design professional.

Animation and Visual Effects Studio Pipeline

SMD-1192, 3 credits

In this course students will examine the production pipelines used by studios in New York City and then create a project from start to finish. Working as a team, students will write and storyboard a 30-second commercial spot.

Production designs will be workshopped and a previsualization will be created. Using premade assets, students will work together to create the 3D assets and animations in Maya, and then move to live-action footage by filming in the city and in a green screen studio. Other production tools will be explored, including motion capture and virtual cameras. Finally, students will composite the work with Nuke software and color correct the final piece in a color-grading suite.

The course includes visits to studios in New York City to get an insider's look at the production pipeline in action.

Prerequisite: A working knowledge of Maya or Nuke.



Summer Housing

Housing is optional with limited availability. The 23rd Street Residence is located adjacent to the 209 East 23 Street building and rooms are arranged in an apartment-style setting. There is 24-hour security at the housing building entrance. People must show a picture ID to enter the building. A program staff member is on call for emergencies throughout the night until class time in the morning.

Apartments come with two- to three-bedroom suites, with central air and heat as well as full kitchen and bathroom facilities. Each apartment houses between four to six students and offers sweeping, picturesque views of the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and the East River. All rooms in the New Residence are equipped with wireless internet access. You must provide your own computer. Recreational space and laundry facilities are available.

Housing Check-in: Please arrive on Sunday, July 8, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Students who need to arrive earlier or later must pre-arrange their check-in time by contacting opis@sva.edu. Housing students should return to the basement lounge at 4 PM on Sunday for a meeting and neighborhood tour.

Housing Check-out: Students may check out on Friday, July 27, prior to or directly following the student exhibition. All students must check out before or by 6 PM on Saturday, July 28.

Meal Plan: A meal plan that covers breakfast Monday-Friday is included in the cost of housing.

Housing Curfew : Curfew is 12 am (midnight). Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.

Drug & Alcohol Policy: Students cannot consume or possess illegal drugs or alcohol at any time. Students cannot have anyone in their room who is found in possession of any drugs or alcohol. Residents or guests who enter the building or are found in an intoxicated state within the building may be subject to judicial action and follow-up which may include expulsion from housing.



A range of organized evening and weekend activities are included in the cost of tuition. All students in the program are encouraged to participate. 

Previous activities include visits to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Metropolitan Museum of Art, Broadway musicals, movie nights, walking tours, exploring Times Square and Central Park, and much more.

Airport Transportation

There is no program transportation pick-up from or to the airports. Students either arrange for a car service or students may use the regulated taxi service outside the baggage claim area after picking up their luggage. The cost is approximately $55 - $65 each way from LaGuardia, JFK or Newark airports. Please make sure to take only the regulated 'Yellow' New York Taxi service to the city.


Orientation Meeting for all CDFNY Summer Program Students

A mandatory orientation will be held at the beginning of the program.

Event details will be sent to students prior to the start of the program.

Student Exhibition

A exhibition of student art will be held on the final Friday of the program. The exhibition is open to the public, and all family and friends are welcome to attend.

How to Apply

Application requirements and requirements for I-20 issuance are due by MAY 1.


Submit application requirements (see below). You will receive notification of your acceptance to the program via email.


Submit requirements for I-20 issuance (see below). Once all requirements have been received and deemed sufficient, your I-20 will be processed (after May 1). The current estimated processing time is 2 weeks.


1. Application Form

2. Payment Form 

With a minimum payment of the $400 tuition balance.


All international students are required to obtain an F-1 student visa or present a valid I-20 from another institution in order to attend this program. Failure to do so may result in withdrawal from the program before the start of classes

Requirements for I-20 issuance must be submitted via email to opis@sva.edu by May 1:

1. Declaration of Finances (DOF) Form

The minimum amount required to be substantiated for the summer 2018 term is $5,000.

2. Verification of Finances (VOF)

An official letter or statement from the student’s or sponsor’s bank.

3. Copy of Passport

And a copy of the I-20 from the last U.S. institution attended, if applicable.

4. Proof of College or University Enrollment

Submit one of the following: copy of transcript, current course schedule, letter of enrollment, or diploma.

5. Demonstration of English Proficiency Form

Students who are fluent English speakers are not required to submit this form and should request a waiver.

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