If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at School of Visual Arts is 74%. For every 100 applicants, 74 are admitted.
This means the school is lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores. If you meet their requirements, you're almost certain to get an offer of admission. But if you don't meet School of Visual Arts's requirements, you'll be one of the unlucky few people who gets rejected.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at School of Visual Arts is 3.29.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.
With a GPA of 3.29, School of Visual Arts accepts below-average students. It's OK to be a B-average student, with some A's mixed in. It'd be best to avoid C's and D's, since application readers might doubt whether you can handle the stress of college academics.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.29, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to School of Visual Arts. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.
School of Visual Arts SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1150 (Old: 1590)
The average SAT score composite at School of Visual Arts is a 1150 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1590.
This score makes School of Visual Arts Competitive for SAT test scores.
School of Visual Arts SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1020, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1290. In other words, a 1020 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1290 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
School of Visual Arts SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1380, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1800. In other words, a 1380 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1800 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
School of Visual Arts ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, School of Visual Arts likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 24
The average ACT score at School of Visual Arts is 24. This score makes School of Visual Arts Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 21, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 27.
Even though School of Visual Arts likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 21 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 21 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to School of Visual Arts, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 21.
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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
School of Visual Arts considers the SAT/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that School of Visual Arts requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.
Why do visual artists write? Writing stories, novels, scripts, plays, poems, biographies, art reviews, memoirs, essays and blogs are ways to discover who we are, what truly moves us, and to communicate our discoveries to others. Word and image share a long and rich history. Visual artists train to develop a visual language, and much visual work is developed in dialogue with written language, through storyboards, film and photo shoot scripts, short or extended narrative essays, advertising and design contracts or your own blog and website. Writing and visual art are natural companions that inform each other brilliantly.
Our writing concentration can be a valuable addition to your art studies, expanding your creative skills in fresh, unexpected directions. Our faculty, all professional writers, recognize that writing is a calling and a challenge. It is our mission to enable you to develop your talent, hone your craft and take the plunge into exploring alternative modes of creative expression: language as a creative tool.
The Writing Program offers both critical and creative writing courses. The critical writing courses embed writing in specific topics, ranging from popular culture to digital media. Our creative writing courses include journal writing, storytelling, writing for multimedia performance as well as experimental courses that will give you a real writing workout. We are also pleased to offer two summer, SVA Destination courses: HWD-2392-Writing Visual Culture in Cambridge, England and HWD-3344-A Writing in the Land of Enchantment in Taos, New Mexico.
These writing courses are open to all SVA students, whether or not you wish to commit yourself to the Writing Program. All writing courses (HWD prefix) are Humanities and Sciences electives. If you decide not to pursue the concentration to the final creative statement – that of making a portfolio of your work – the courses will still help fulfill the required number of elective Humanities and Sciences credits.
The Writing Program is a 15credit non-degree concentration, nestled within the requirements of the Humanities and Sciences department. In the Writing Program, students choose critical or creative writing courses culminating in the creation of a writer’s portfolio.
After taking HCD-1020, Writing and Literature I, and passing the Proficiency Exam, second semester students may begin their course of study in the Writing Program by taking any of the critical writing courses (courses numbered HWD-2000 through HWD-2999) instead of HCD-1025, Writing and Literature II. Students may take a critical writing class in their second year as well, or at any time before they take the Portfolio, HWD-3990.
15 Credit Writing Program:
- First year, second semester: substitute one critical writing course (courses numbered HWD-2000 through HWD-2099) for HCD-1025, Writing and Literature II. This completes your critical writing requirement. Note: If you do not substitute a critical writing course for HCD-1025, you must still take one critical writing course before you take HWD-3990, Portfolio. [3 credits]
- Second year: two HWD courses, critical or creative [6 credits]
- Third year: one HWD course, critical or creative, and HWD-3990, Writing Portfolio [6 credits]
Required courses: There are two required courses in the program: one critical writing course (HWD-2000 - HWD-2999) and HWD-3990, Portfolio.
Exemption: Upon successful completion of the Writing Program, students will have fulfilled the Humanities Distribution Requirement (HDR) in Literature.
To view student work, visit the H&S department’s e-zine, The Match Factory edited by Writing Program faculty member, Edwin Rivera and pick up a copy of WORDS, the H&S literary print magazine, edited by faculty member, Louis Phillips.
COURSES for 2018-2019
Critical Writing Courses:
HWD-2000 Writing About Art (Fridays, 3:20-6:10, spring semester, instructor: E. Rivera)
HWD-2103 Everybody’s a Critic: Writing About Pop Culture (Tuesdays, 12:10-3:00, spring semester, instructor: B. Altman)
HWD-2268 The Power and the Pity: Brutal Tales From Latin America (Tuesdays, 3:20-6:10 spring semester, instructor: E. Rivera)
HWD-2271 Images, Writing and Criticism (Tuesdays, 3:20-6:10, spring semester, instructor: R. Leslie)
HWD-2323 How to Think and Write About Comics (Mondays, 6:30-9:20, spring semester, instructor: T. Hodler)
HWD-2353 Writing Visual Culture in New York City (Fridays, 12:10-3:00, spring semester, instructor: K. Miyabe)
HWD-2256 Words in Action: The Play's the Thing (Wednesdays, 3:20-6:10, spring semester, instructor: S. Mosakowski)
HWD-2364 Becoming a Digital Critic (Mondays 6:30-9:10, fall semester, instructor: M. Horan)
HWD-2364 Becoming a Digital Critic (Tuesdays 9:00-11:50, spring semester, instructor: M. Horan)
HWD-2376 Leaving/Returning Home: Narratives of Migration (Thursday, 3:20-6:10 spring semester, instructor: I. Deconinck)
Creative Writing Courses:
HWD-3001 Writing Beat (Wednesdays, 12:10-3:00, fall semester, instructor: R. Weinreich)
HWD-3002 Restructuring the Narrative (Wednesdays, 12:10-3:00, spring semester, instructor: R. Weinreich)
HWD-3014 Storytelling and Narrative Art (Wednesdays, 12:10-3:00, fall semester, instructor: M. Grisanti)
HWD-3016 Immersive Storytelling (Wednesdays, 12:10-3:00, spring semester, instructor: M. Grisanti)
HWD-3111 Crafting Non-Fiction (Thursdays, 12:10-3:00, spring semester, instructor: R. Weinreich)
HWD-3223 Artists Write the Fantastic (Wednesdays, 3:20-6:10 fall semester, instructor: C. Stine)
HWD-3236 The Art of Words (Tuesdays, 12:10-3:00, spring semester, instructor: V. MacKenzie)
HWD-3244 Journals: Yours and Theirs (Thursdays, 3:20-6:10, fall semester, instructor: A. Rower)
HWD-3245 Art of the Journal/Journal as Art (Thursdays, 3:20-6:10, spring semester, instructor: A. Rower)
HWD-3261 Visuality in Poetry (Mondays, 6:30-9:20, fall semester, instructor: G. Donovan)
HWD-3262 Visual Poetics (Thursdays, 6:30-9:20, spring semester, instructor: A. Vitale)
HWD-3354 The Digital Experience (Wednesdays, 6:30-9:20, spring semester, instructor: N. Schiff)
HWD-3552 Writing, Multimedia and Performance (Wednesdays, 3:20-6:10 spring semester, instructor: D. Singer)
HWD-3567 Writing the Chapbook (Wednesdays, 3:20-6:20, spring semester, instructor: D. Singer)
HWD-3900 Writing Portfolio
SVA Destinations 2018 summer writing program courses:
Critical Writing: HWD-2382-A Writing Visual Culture, Cambridge, England (July 22- August 5, 2018) instructor: K. Miyabe. For more information visit: http://destinations.sva.edu/cambridge/ or email: [email protected]
Creative Writing: HWD-3344-A Writing in the Land of Enchantment, Taos, New Mexico (June 2 -16, 2018) instructors: D Singer and I. Deconinck. For more informtion visit: http://destinations.sva.edu/taos/ or email: [email protected]
If you are interested in the Writing Program, please contact Dr. Maryhelen Hendricks [email protected]
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