The School of Visual Arts BFA Fine Arts Department offers concentrations in all art forms, from Painting to Bio Art. Our state-of-the-art Facilities allow students to experiment in a wide variety of projects and media, such us Digital and 3D Printing, Textiles, or Wood.
With a faculty of active artists, critics and curators, a distinguished roster of guest lecturers and various exhibition opportunities, the department prepares students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing field head on.
During their first year, BFA Fine Arts students take a general survey of world art and literature along with six-hour Foundation studio classes designed to build essential technical skills in a variety of media. In their second and third years, they explore Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Printmaking, Video Art and digital narrative. In the fourth year, they are given their own studio space, where they meet with a team of faculty members for discussion, critique and weekly feedback.
We’re located in the heart of the art world—our students experience firsthand what it’s like to be a practicing artist.
BFA Fine Arts SVA
Direct and multifaceted engagement
with New York’s art community
SVA’s Manhattan campus is in a locale jam-packed with creative resources that can enrich your learning experience. Situated in the Chelsea neighborhood — the heart of NYC’s downtown art world — you’ll find a rich scene of art galleries and museums within mere footsteps.
We sponsor many events and field trips to prepare the student for professional-level experience in the fine arts. Your SVA ID card allows free admittance to Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt, MoMA PS1, Museum of Modern Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art and Whitney Museum of American Art.
Students have access to more than 100 instructors in the SVA BFA Fine Arts department, a number unmatched in size and excellence anywhere else.
In the fourth year, undergraduate students are given their own studio space, where they meet with a team of faculty members for discussion, critique and weekly feedback.
In addition to traditional media, we offer experimental practices in every art medium. Our Undergraduate, Continuing Education and Artist Residency Programs add up to a total of more than 140 course offerings.
From Drawing and Painting classes to glass, bronze or neon workshops, Digital Sculpture, New Media, Bio Art, Printmaking or immersive Installation Art, our department lets you discover new directions in creativity.
We invite dealers and curators to Open Studios and gallery exhibitions showcasing your work, providing a chance for you to make important connections. Networking opportunities prepare our students for job placements and career development. Our alumni have worked at top art museums, animation studios, education venues, art therapy practices, public art programs and other allied professions.