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School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 School of Visual Arts. If you prefer to drop off a physical portfolio, please contact us for the drop off location nearest to you.

School of Visual Arts Adjudication Process

There are two forms that need to be completed to apply to the School of Visual Arts in addition to submitting your portfolio:

Portfolio Requirements

All student applicants must submit a portfolio of 8-10 images of their most outstanding and recent work, with a minimum of 4 drawings from direct observation.  Including a self-portrait from observation (not a photograph) is recommended. You may include images from your sketchbook. Subjects such as cartoon characters, superheroes, and athletes should not be included. Works that are traced or copied from another picture will also not be accepted. 

Submitting an Online Portfolio

Via Web: You may upload your audition to Dropbox and email the link to NYSSSA. or mail a flash drive to the NYSSSA Albany Office (flash drives will not be returned).  NYSSSA will confirm receipt of digital portfolio within one week (please call the office if you have not received confirmation after one week).  

You can submit a maximum of ten (10) images.
Each image file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, image number.  Example: Smith_John_01.
File type: .jpg 
Maximum size in any direction: 1000px
Image Script: Enter image number, title, medium, dimensions, production date for each entry, and up to 60 words of description if applicable
We will not accept emailed files, CDs, slides, DVDs, or VHS.

NYSSSA Portfolio Review

After submitting your Online Application for the School of Visual Arts, Drop off your portfolio to an adjudication site (with completed Portfolio Contents Form attached to portfolio).

Audition Dates

February 24, 2018 - 9:00am
February 26, 2018 - 7:30am
Long Island High School for the Arts
Syosset, New York
February 26, 2018 - 9:00am
SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, New York
February 26, 2018 - 9:00am
Lubin House of Syracuse University
New York, New York
February 26, 2018 - 10:30am
New York State Museum
Albany, New York
March 5, 2018 - 9:00am
Rye Arts Center
Rye, New York

Tuition and Financial Aid

The total cost of tuition, room, and board is $2,250. NYSSSA awards financial assistance based upon individual need.