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 SVA is….

-a leader in the education of artists and designers
-a school full of a faculty who are leading professionals
– a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility
– one of the most influential artistic communities in the world
– the greatest


The Portfolio plays an important role in the admission review process. Portfolios are reviewed with the goal of identifying the creative and technical skills, abilities and potential of each applicant.

A portfolio should reflect each individual’s unique art background and experiences. No portfolio will ever be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility.

Drawing samples are the most important part of the portfolio for applicants to the majors listed. Please include examples of drawing done from the direct observation of live, three-dimensional situations. These can include self-portraits (using a mirror for reference), figure drawings, object studies, still lifes and landscapes. (Two-dimensional references can be included in a portfolio, but should be kept to a minimum.)

Painting, printmaking, drawing and/or collage work that expresses the color sense of an applicant is welcome.

Three-dimensional work that explores notions of composition, light, form and/or spatial relations should be submitted in digital format (CD-R) and should include shots from multiple viewpoints.

Design projects and computer-generated images can be included but should be kept to a minimum. Applicants with computer-based interests are required to submit a portfolio that demonstrates their drawing-from-observation skills.

Sketchbooks offer important insights into the creative process of an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to include the most recent sketchbook at the time of a portfolio review.

Visual Arts and Design Classes each day at Ashcan Studio 10-2 & 3- 7 
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Ashcan Students Tour SVA


Ashcan Studio students on group tour at The School of Visual Arts today

SVA 3-D Design student exhibition “For the Record: The Art of a Song” at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street ❤🎸

How to Apply to SVA



$50 Application Fee
Statement of Intent:

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

Official High School Transcript(s) (in sealed and signed envelope from institution)

In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed to SVA in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution or secure electronic transcripts from Parchment Exchange(Naviance), National Student Clearinghouse and Scrip-Safe.

Applicants who have completed a GED must submit official transcripts if they have attended high school, in addition to their official GED score report.

Test Score(s): SAT – ACT – GED

Official SAT or ACT test scores should be sent to SVA by the testing agency or your high school.

Official College Transcript(s) (in sealed and signed envelope from institution)

In order to be considered official, transcripts must be mailed to SVA in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution or secure electronic transcripts from Parchment Exchange (Naviance), National Student Clearinghouse and Scrip-Safe.

Copies of course descriptions of classes taken at other colleges can be helpful to the transfer review process.


15-20 images submitted via Slideroom or a Film Reel/2-Part Film Essay

The portfolio should contain samples of your strongest artwork, and should be submitted in accordance with the criteria detailed in the portfolio guidelines. All transfer applicants seeking credit in studio art classes must submit a digital portfolio on Slideroom or CD/USB to aid in the evaluation of transfer placement. Film and Video applicants can either submit a two-part essay by mail or email or a film reel on Slideroom to satisfy the portfolio requirement.

Film Essays Part 1/ Part 2, and Film Reel   

(for film & Video applicants only; reel is optional)

For Internation Students: 

  • Official Foreign Transcript Evaluation or Translation (required for all institutions outside the U.S.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency (required for all applicants whose primary language is not English)
  • Copy of Permanent Resident Card (required for U.S. Permanent Residents only)
  • Declaration of Finances Form (for applicants desiring student visa only)
  • Verification of Finance/ Bank Letter (for applicants desiring student visa only)
  • Copy of Current I-20/ visa paperwork

All materials should be mailed to:


School of Visual Arts

209 East 23 Street

New York, NY 10010-3994

  • The Office of Admissions will notify applicants by e-mail if their file is missing any required materials and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the e-mail address on file. When requested, SVA will make every effort to provide additional application status updates in a timely manner. However, the fastest way for applicants to verify the College’s receipt of their application materials is to submit them via a trackable method, such as Certified Mail, Prioriry Mail, UPS, etc.


Thursday, December 1, 2016
Application completion deadline for early action for Fall 2017; materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for early action.

Wednesday, February 12017
Admissions completion deadline for all Fall 2017 incoming freshmen applicants for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship program; all application materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for scholarship. There is no scholarship application. Only scholarship recipients are notified.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Deadline to submit Honors Program application (first-time freshmen only)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Admissions completion deadline for all Fall 2017 incoming transfer applicants for the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship program; all application materials must be postmarked by this date in order to be considered for scholarship. There is no scholarship application.

The School of Visual Arts 209 East 23 Street, New York, NY 10010 Tel 212.592.2100

Ashcan Art’s Pre-College Summer Program 2016

Your portfolio is THE MOST critical component to a College application

Discover your Unique Creative Vision & start/complete an Outstanding Portfolio this Summer

Ashcan Art‘s Pre-College Summer Program 2016



Drawing for BFA admissions – DRAWING CLASS Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11-3 & 4-8


Sculpture for BFA admissions – SCULPTURE CLASS Wednesdays & Thursdays  11-3- & 4-8



Design for BFA admissions – DESIGN CLASS Mondays & Tuesdays  11-3- & 4-8


Model for BFA admissions – ARCHITECTURE Class Saturdays 4-8

 Fashion Design for BFA admissions, FASHION DESIGN Class Mondays 11-3 & 4-8




Black Holes, Carrots and Bunnies in polka dot Underwear

Junghwa Park is an Ashcan graduate who is hard not to notice. She is a prolific artist who continually reveals an ever-changing array of new illustrations, fine art work and adorable products. When she was a student at Ashcan I would look forward to seeing her new ideas, and I still do now. Her characters include a reoccurring Bunny Girl, Bunnies, red polka dot underpants– Bunnies in red polka dot underpants, she has definitely created her own friendly and innocent world. I can’t wait to see what her characters will do next.

Hayley Palmatier

Director, Ashcan Studio

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 2.02.30 PMoverwhelming beauty, Illustration by Junghwa Park 

” All the questions surrounding us are human- made, and every answer lies in nature”  Junghwa Park

Hayley: Where do you study now and what year?

Junghwa: I am a senior at SVA.

Hayley: What is your major?

Junghwa: My major is illustration. But I keep taking fine art classes. It helps me to have a wider range of sight than if I were just taking illustration classes. It allows me to meet more people and talk about different topics too.

Hayley: When were you a student at Ashcan Studio?

Junghwa: I was a student at Ashcan Studio every summer 2007-2009.

Hayley:What was your experience like making a portfolio for art school?

Junghwa: I had to go to Ashcan Studio everyday 10am-8pm. Even if it seems tough, it was not to me. I was so energetic and had enthusiasm because I could create whatever I wanted to everyday.

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 2.02.10 PMcatching carrot, illustration by Junghwa Park 

Hayley:  Yes, I remember your enthusiasm, you made a lot of really great work. What is life like in art school?

Junghwa: It is like traveling all the worlds on the earth!

Life at art school is not only like exploring the world we live in, but also learning what kinds of different worlds exist and how people live there. Meaning that art school has allowed me to find who I am and how I look at the world. Of course, I am learning technical knowledge, but also processes that automatically make me think about who I am. Since art is creation, the artist becomes The Law in their creations. So, if you are not sure about who you are, you will struggle when you make art.

Also, I’ve learned how other people see their art during class critiques at SVA. Everyone has very unique personality and they live with their own sight in the world. Even inhabiting the same world, we live in different worlds with our own unique ways of seeing. In that way, life at art school is like exploring all kinds of different minds which feels like traveling to different worlds.

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on journey, Illusration by Junghwa Park

Hayley: Do you have a good or funny story about your time at Ashcan?

Junghwa: It was such a long time ago to remember it.. I think every moment at Ashcan Studio was precious. In a small room, we squeezed together with friends and art works all day. It was nice to work and hang out with friends at the same time in the studio. Later on, I felt like all my friends at Ashcan were family.

Hayley: What is the most important thing you learned?

Junghwa: The most important thing I leaned at Ashcan is that I have to treat my art preciously if I want my work treated nicely by other people. I remember a few other friends wanted to give small art works to teachers to thank them. But they never took a student’s work for free. They taught me how to appreciate my work and other people’s work.

JPdaily drawing Illustration by Junghwa Park  

Hayley: What inspires you most?

Junghwa: Everything inspires me when I am ready to be inspired.

Hayley: You’ve been really proactive in making and selling products that feature your Illustrations,  more than most students I would say, why would you say that is?

Junghwa: Do you mean why do I make and sell products? I always wanted to connect art and commercial. I keep working on fine art work, however, I do not want to be a fine artist showing at galleries. I did fine art exhibitions quite a lot after I came to college. But I did not feel satisfied with how the art work is confined inside the gallery. I want my work to be around people and a part of people’s lives. That’s why I connect my art with products. That way, people can enjoy my work in their daily lives.



Junghwa Park Products

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Hayley: You did a huge job for Cafe Bene, how did that job come about?

Junghwa: There was posting on an SVA page from Cafe Bene. They were looking for an illustrator for a new project. I sent an email to them, and the art director really loved my work.


bunny books

Junghwa Park Products

Hayley: That’s so cool. I remember seeing your work covering this huge space, the whole street corner on 27th and seventh ave, near FIT. What are some new products and projects that you are working on?

Junghwa: I am planning new installation at public and performance at public as well. Also, more product for daily life is coming soon officially before next year.

(here is my essay for my work, dream, and future plan. I wrote this essay last month for class)

Find who you really were once you find nature of self-consciousness. The fundamental question I pose in my work is self-consciousness and processing of self-consciousness. Processing of self-consciousness is oneself  recognizes themselves by limitation between self (finite) and others (infinite.)  However, once oneself recognizes one’s limitation, that limitation disappears and struggles with new limitation. This is self-consciousness process that awareness of another’s awareness oneself through their own limitation. That limitation is flexible and infinite depends on who you are and how you think.


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I have always been inspired by nature. Since I think about the nature of being human, I not only question the fundamental question of human beings, but also question the basis of where human belong within this grand scheme. People cannot deny that we are a part of nature and that we can never escape nature. Since nature exists we are created in the earth. I am inspired by this essential nature. All the questions surrounding us are human, made, and every answer lies in nature. Nature endlessly persists., we just tend to ignore or forget about it.

This question coincided with the beginning of my life in America. Since culture and language boundaries were a big communication problem for me, I started an internal dialogue, and was swept up in my own thoughts. Whenever I want to escape from reality, I create my own world through art. I did not necessarily understand what I was making, and only later realized that I was creating my own world from my dreams. Since I make work from my fantasies, art became my means of communication, overcoming the boundaries of culture and language. Since art asks fundamental questions it has fewer boundaries. Therefore, I can communicate my life and ideas.

With these ideas of nature of self consciousness, I want to communicate with people. My work creates half of the art—through my own thoughts and life. After that, the audience brings their own life and experience to forge meaning and complete each artwork. With real self mind, and universe question, I want to communicate with everybody without boundaries.

For the future, I do not only want to develop my idea as fine art, but I will also combine with commercial art. Therefore, people also can assimilate with art in the life without boundaries of fine art. Since I realized my art vaguely started my own world has message to the world, I want to develop my art with amazing people at fabulous place.

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underwater, Illusration by Junghwa Park


follow Junghwa on: 
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School of Visual Arts 1+3 Course

  • 1 class minimum to 12 classes maximum per week
  • Period: 12 weeks to 1 year
  •  Class starts: Every Monday through out the year
  • Level: Basic to Advanced
About the course:· Completion of 18 art credits in Ashcan to transfer to the School of Visual Arts as a sophomore
· Portfolio preparation and completion of basic freshmen courses required by SVA (Drawing, Painting, 3D sculpture, Design)
· Apply for second-year transfer to SVA in Fine Arts, Cartooning, Design, Illustration, and Advertising majorsTuition: $14,100
20% discounted
$ 11,280
**Register in March:
(register now, you can start classes anytime!)

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