How to apply

Step 1: Fill out the application form.

The online application should include:

1. Online Application Information and $80 Application Fee

2. Statement of Purpose*
500 to 1000 words – Why have you chosen to apply to this program and what do you hope to achieve during your course of study? What does “storytelling” personally mean to you?

3. Resume*

4. Writing Sample / Written Statement* Approximately 500 words

5. Tell us which Department Assignment theme you chose and why you chose it:

• Mistakes Were Made
• The Food Chain
• The Blue Ribbon She Never Wore

6. Three Online Letters of Recommendation

* may also be sent by postal mail

Step 2: Craft your submission.

This submission includes 6 parts for a maximum of 20 files.

File naming & format guidelines can be found @

PARTS 1, 2, 3: Upload a copy of your Statement of Purpose, Resume and Writing Sample/Written Statement from your online application. Submit each item as an individual PDF.

PART 4: Portfolio. The Portfolio will consist of a minimum of 10 PDF files of current professional-quality work that best represents your visual storytelling skills. Single page PDFs can be submitted. For each piece created in a series, sequential or narrative form, submit a multi-page PDF or video file*.

PART 5: Visual Narrative Assignment. Create an original short story that showcases your abilities in visual storytelling as both an author and artist. “Visualize” in any medium, format or style, an original narrative utilizing one of three themes: NIGHT and DAY, ORBIT, or SAVAGE. Requirements : Minimum of 3 / Maximum of 16 pages or 3 – 5 minute video or animation.*

Original content ONLY – No previously created or published work will be accepted. Design & Format: The physical/visual format and content is up to you, but must consist of visuals combined with text and/or audio.

Examples: sequential narrative, interactive PDF, illustrated novel, narrative body of work, animated/animatic short. Submit the Assignment as one multi-page PDF or a single video file*.

PART 6: Creative Writing Assignment
Create an original written short story or essay incorporating the same theme chosen for the visual narrative assignment, but tell a different and unique story.

Length requirement is between 1,000 – 2,500 words. This piece should demonstrate the applicant’s creative writing talent and storytelling skills.

*If video files surpass the SlideRoom file size limit, please use the provided Vimeo Form in SlideRoom to provide the link info

Step 3: Mail your remaining requirements

Graduate Admissions
School of Visual Arts
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

1. Official College Transcripts
Transcripts must arrive to us sealed and stamped/signed by your institution. SVA accepts electronic transcript submission through Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, and Scripsafe.

2. Supplemental Portfolio Materials
The department will review other visual and written materials that outline the applicant’s expertise in this discipline. Please mail in on a CD or thumb drive. All physical items will be accepted, but cannot be returned.

For non-U.S. citizens, please refer to additional requirements here.

And always feel free to contact us at for questions and concerns.

We look forward to seeing your work!