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School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts

Applications are not 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. 

You can submit a maximum of ten (10) images. The required image file, size, and image script are detailed below:

  • 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 E-mailed files, CDs, slides, DVDs, or VHS.


Portfolio Submission

Via Web: You may upload your audition to Dropbox and E-mail the link to NYSSSA at: -OR-

Via Mail: You may mail a flash drive to the NYSSSA Albany Office at the below address: NYSSSA Cultural Education Center Room 10D79 Albany, NY 12230 Please note that flash drives will not be returned. NYSSSA will confirm receipt of your digital portfolio within one week. If you do not receive confirmation after one week, please call the office: (518) 474-8773

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

There are no calendar events right now.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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