School of Visual Arts
Application Forms

Visual Arts Application Process


Student at Work

To apply to the School of Visual Arts, you must be a New York State student currently enrolled in grades 8 through 12. You must follow one of the following two (2) procedures:

1. Drop-off your portfolio to one of the regional selection sites:


2. Mail your portfolio and the following forms to Albany by March 4, 2016 :


You must submit a portfolio or red rope envelope containing at least ten, but not more than fifteen, completed works for review by the regional selection committee. Large paintings, framed paintings, sculpture, and ceramic pieces should be presented through photographs or slides (with at least two views of three-dimensional pieces).

All of your artwork must fit within the portfolio. Portfolios containing artwork which extends beyond the dimensions of the portfolio will not be accepted. Each of your works should be clearly numbered and marked with your name and high school. We strongly encourage students to submit artwork from direct observation. Included in the submission should be a self-portrait from observation (not a photograph). We encourage you to submit your sketchbooks. Slides and small photos should be placed in an envelope and taped to the inside of the portfolio. Students are also encouraged to write a brief statement about their art work and what they would like to learn from our NYSSSA School of Visual Arts program.

Note: Maximum Portfolio Size: 31” × 42”


Portfolios should be hand delivered to any one of the regional selection sites during the time period specified on the schedule of Selection Sites. If you are unable to hand-deliver art work to a regional site, you may take or send your portfolio to Albany.

Return of Artwork:

You may pick up your portfolio at the regional Selection Sites during the dates listed on the schedule. Portfolios sent to Albany will be returned to your school by United Parcel Service. All students will be notified of the regional committee's decision by mail in late April.

Note: Every precaution will be taken in handling student art work. However, the sponsoring organizations cannot assume responsibility for work at regional Selection Sites or in transit. Every effort will be made to see that your work is protected and returned to you intact.

Application Form

Click here to submit an Online Application for the School of Visual Arts.  This should be completed BEFORE you submit your artwork to a regional site or mail your portfolio to Albany.


Portfolio Contents Form

Click here for a PDF version of the Portfolio Content Form.  Please include this with your portfolio.

Portfolio Rating Form

Click here for a PDF verions of the Portfolio Rating Form.  Please include this with your portfolio.