Cheryl Heller Congratulations to the Class of 2015


Step 1: Read the Requirements.

Applications are a combination of important records and information, and opportunities for you to show us who you are. There are three places where you can tell us the unique story of you: your portfolio or case history, your statement of purpose, and your interview. Use them to communicate with us beyond facts and artifacts. Learn more

Step 2: Go to the SVA Online Application for Graduate Admissions.

This online portal is where you will share all of your contact and application information and learn how to submit digital or mailed copies of your portfolio. You can also click the red Apply button at the bottom of this page.

Step 3: Click Apply Online, under the Graduate section.

Create an account if you don’t already have one, choose MFA Design for Social Innovation, and follow instructions from there.

Please contact us at if you have any questions, we are always here to help.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Passionate, committed, curious about the world’s diverse people and species. We welcome generalists, with breadth of experience, who might find other disciplines too confining for them—people who like to do as much as they like to think, and vice versa—people who want to engage with the world and are filled with creativity.

The essay is important—we want to hear your voice. We’ll be spending a lot of time together, and want to know as much about your hopes and ambitions as we can. Write from your heart as well as your head. Tell us about the whole you. Tell us why you care about getting in, about the life you want to begin here on the first day. If you have hobbies that you are awesome at, let us know. And yes, we’re looking for good communicators. We are also looking for visual thinkers. You have a choice of sending a portfolio or a case history of something you’ve done.

We don’t expect for you to have solved the world’s challenges already. We’ll get started on that together.

Questions? Try the FAQ page.

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