VIII. Practical Matters

Departmental and SVA Scholarships and Awards

Departmental Scholarships

Limited departmental scholarship funds are awarded based on merit and financial need. Interested students should mention in their applications their desire to be considered for these funds.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

On occasion we are able to provide a limited number of teaching and research assistantships to our students. In general, however, we do what we can to make scholarships free of departmental responsibilities, so that our students have as much time as possible for their studies.

SVA Matching Outside Scholarships

Award Description: SVA matching scholarships are available. SVA will match 25% of any outside scholarship, up to $2500, that a student obtains for enrollment at SVA.

Resources for Outside Scholarships

The college has compiled this list to help those who are doing web research on possible sources for outside scholarships:

Department Resources

Why we are at an art school

“A program in Critical Theory and the Arts that is most of all involved in understanding art should be located at an art school surrounded by students who are up all night making things in their studios and working with distinguished New York City artists. We mean to be right down the hall from the print room, upstairs from animation and around the corner from video, photography and painting. Students in Critical Theory and the Arts will be able to study technical dimensions of art making in a way that is exceptional in an academic setting.”

SVA Library, Arnold Hauser Slide Library

SVA Library
The Visual Arts Library contains approximately 65,000 books, 400 current periodical titles and 160,000 slides. Electronic resources supplement these holdings with more than 30 online indexes and databases. These include periodical indexes that allow users to search for magazine and journal articles owned by the library and to access full-text information from more than 17,500 periodicals not found in the physical collection. Electronic resources include JSTOR. Other resources include image databases, online encyclopedias, and interlibrary loan requests.

The Arnold Hauser Slide Library

Arnold Hauser’s four volume Social History of the Arts remains an unparalleled examination of the whole of western art. The Arnold Hauser slide library is a digital companion of images to the text. The slide library collection is an on-going collective effort of members of the graduate students in Critical Theory and the Arts. The slide library was initially compiled—generously—by Taylor Ruby.

Tuition and Fees

For information about tuition and fees, go to the “Graduate Tuition and Department Fees” section of the SVA College website.

Financial Aid

SVA participates in all federal financial aid options and requires only one form: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To fill out a FAFSA form, click here.

The optimal filing date for new students to submit their FAFSA is February 1; applications are processed and reviewed for eligibility on a first-come, first-served basis.

MA program candidates planning to apply for FAFSA should do so as soon as possible. You do not have to wait until your MA application is complete to submit the necessary forms to FAFSA.

For more information about financial aid at SVA, click here.

To contact the Office of Financial Aid at SVA, call 212.592.2030 or send an e-mail to

Health and Counseling Services

Students at SVA are automatically enrolled in the school-sponsored accident insurance plan. This coverage is included in the tuition and cannot be waived.

Students are additionally enrolled in the SVA-sponsored sickness insurance plan and billed the Health Insurance Fee. The Health Insurance Fee is charged each semester and students who register and attend classes for the fall and spring semester have coverage for one year.

Students who have other health insurance that can be used in the New York City area and do not wish to keep the sickness portion of the SVA-sponsored insurance must complete the online waiver by the applicable deadline. Failure to complete the waiver results in automatic enrollment in the SVA plan at the current rate. There are no refunds of the Health Insurance Fee after the deadline has passed.

SVA provides confidential Counseling Services free of charge.


Campus housing is available for graduate students. To read about the SVA residence halls, costs and rates, tours, and applications, click here.

International Applicants

The International Student Office (ISO) provides information and services concerning visas and immigration regulations. Click here for further details.

SVA Student Resources

For general information on Student Life and the Student Resources provided by the School of Visual Arts, click here.



To read about admission and how to submit an application to the one-year MA program in CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS, click here.  (Feel free to write or call us at the Department office with any questions or concerns about what goes into putting together an application: 212.592.2172,


Click here to hear Paul Chan read Adorno WIthout Quotation - by Robert Hullot-Kentor (8.7 MB .mp3)


What else is happening at the Department in 2014-2015


What else is happening at the Department in 2014-2015