School of Visual Arts
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The School of Visual Arts (SVA), is an art school located in Manhattan, New York City, and ranked 18th overall among the art graduate schools mentioned in the U.S. News & World Report and the MFA Photography program ranked the 6th MFA Photography program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. . It was established in 1947 by co-founders Silas H. Rhodes and Burne Hogarth as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School and was renamed in 1956. It offered its first degrees in 1972. SVA is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), a consortium of 36 leading art schools in the United States.
The school's logo, which is seen on its banners, publications and merchandise, is a blossom-like aureole of brushstrokes known simply as "the flower", which is arranged in a circular pattern resembling fireworks or kaleidoscope crystals. It was created in 1997 by designer George Tscherny for the school's 50th anniversary. The logo was redesigned in 2013 as part of a project led by the school's director of design and media, Michael Walsh. The brushsstrokes were accentuated, and the school's name presented as "SVA NYC", and set in Brevia type, which was selected for its boldness, simplicitly, readability and "quirkiness". It was unveiled at the school's August 2013 staff meeting.
SVA is a fully accredited art college that requires the completion of a four-year, 120 credit course for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. This includes 72 accumulated credits' worth of studio classes (where the curriculum requires the creation of some type of art), 30 accumulated credits of Humanities and Sciences courses, 12 accumulated credits of art history courses, and six discretionary credits. The Master of Fine Arts degree requires completion of 60 credits and a thesis project, while the Master of Professional Studies degree requires 30–36 credits and a thesis project, depending on the program. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree requires the completion of 36 credits and a thesis project.
As of 2000[update], the undergraduate degrees offered at SVA are Advertising, Animation, Cartooning, Digital Art, Film & Video, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, and Visual & Critical Studies.
In 1983, the school introduced its first graduate offering, a Master of Fine Arts program in painting, drawing and sculpture. Currently, SVA offers graduate programs in twenty fields: Art Education; Art Criticism & Writing; Art Practice; Art Therapy; Branding; Computer Art; Design; Design Criticism; Digital Photography; Fashion Photography; Illustration as Visual Essay; Visual Narrative; Live Action Short Film; Photography, Video and Related Media; Social Documentary Film; Interaction Design; Design for Social Innovation; Products of Design; and Critical Theory and the Arts.
Location and campus
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The school has two Manhattan locations: in the Gramercy Park neighborhood, on the East Side; and in the Chelsea neighborhood, on the West Side, with a number of buildings catering to classes in different departments. From 1994 to 1997, the school also had a branch campus in Savannah, GA. However, the campus was closed following a lawsuit from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
The Main Building is located at 209 East 23rd Street, between Second Avenue and Third Avenue, and features classrooms, administrative offices, a cafeteria (Moe's Cafe) and an amphitheater on the third floor. The upper floors are mostly designated for the film, video, graphic design, advertising, illustration and cartooning classes. The building's lobby and an adjoining room also serve as a museum space for exhibits and public events.
Second Avenue building
The school does not own this entire building, which is located at 380 Second Avenue, but only three of its floors, including the second, where the school's library and some classrooms are located, the fifth floor, where undergraduate animation studios and the graduate design department are located, the seventh floor, where the illustration classrooms and studios are located, and the eighth floor, where administrative offices, and classrooms designated for Humanities and Sciences classes are located.
Located at 214 East 21st Street, this building is where classrooms and studios used for undergraduate and graduate photography classes are located, as well as the school's radio station, WSVA, and some administrative offices.
West Side building
This building, located from 133 to 141 West 21st Street, between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue in Chelsea, contains most of the studios serving drawing and painting classes, particularly for freshmen. It also features classrooms for courses in interior design, printmaking, BFA & MFA computer art, and art history. The lower level also features an art gallery and a cafeteria.
SVA also owns the building across the street, at 132 West 21st Street, which has offices, classrooms and studios for undergraduate cartooning & illustration, and graduate interaction design, Illustration as Visual Essay, Visual Narrative, computer art, art education, art therapy, art criticism and writing.
BFA Fine Arts building
Located at 335 West 16th Street, this building houses the BFA Fine Arts Department, Sculpture Studios and Digital Lab.
Located at 333 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, in Chelsea. It was formerly the Clearview Chelsea West Cinema, and was purchased in 2008. Renovation of it began that September, and it opened in January 2009. Designer and SVA Acting Chairman Milton Glaser produced designs for the Theater's interior and exterior of the building, including the sculpture situated atop its marquee. The 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) facility houses two separate auditoriums, one with 265 seats and the other with 480, hosts class meetings, lectures, film screenings and other public events. The SVA Theatre has also hosted the red-carpet New York première of Ethan Hawke's The Daybreakers: and a diverse list of world premières connected to SVA's educational mission and student interests ranging from Lucy Liu's 2010 feature documentary Redlight, to the 2011 FOX animated comedy Allen Gregory; and the 2012 film The Hunger Games. Community partners that have used the theater include the Tribeca and GenArt film festivals, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's PlaNYC environmental initiative, and the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. The theatre is also home to the Dusty Film & Animation Festival, held annually since 1990, which showcases the work of emerging filmmakers and animators from the SVA Film, Video and Animation Department. More than 3,000 people typically attend the Dusty Festival, which is considered one of the top student film festivals in the country.
SVA has three gallery spaces: the Visual Arts Gallery, at 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor; the West side Gallery, at 141 West 21st Street; and the SVA Gallery/Visual Arts Museum, at 209 East 23rd Street. The galleries show a mix of student and professional art.
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There are a number of residence halls for students at SVA:
- The George Washington Residence is located at 23 Lexington Ave. The building houses Residence Life, the Office for International Students, Student Affairs and VASA (Visual Arts Student Affairs) on the Mezzanine. The top floor is designated as the Solarium for cooking, and a student lounge.
- The New Residence is located at 215 E. 23rd St. The building houses only freshmen and is an apartment styled dormitory.
- The Gramercy Women's Residence is located at 17 Gramercy Park South and houses only female students.
- 10th St Dorms are located at 101 10th St and house mostly upperclassmen.
- Ludlow Dorms are located at 101 Ludlow St and house mostly upperclassmen. This building was opened during the 2009–2010 academic year.
Notable alumni and instructors
- US News: Best Graduate School
- Kennedy, Randy (2007-06-30). "Silas H. Rhodes Dies at 91; Built School of Visual Arts". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
- President David Rhodes: School of Visual Arts
- Grant, Michael (Fall 2013). Visual Arts Journal. School of Visual Arts. p. 6.
- "Undergraduate". School of Visual Arts. Retrieved November 9, 2013.
- "Graduate Programs". School of Visual Arts.
- "Continuing Education". School of Visual Arts.
- "A Conversation Piece". School of Visual Arts. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
- "Dusty Film & Animation Festival". Retrieved September 13, 2013.
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