Admissions Overview

Southwest University of Visual Arts seeks students who have a strong desire to succeed, the integrity to produce high quality original work and the commitment to realize their personal best. The Application Review Board reviews each application individually to determine the strengths of the applicant. Acceptance is determined by an assessment of the application materials submitted by the applicant.

Application Options

Effective July 1, 2015, students can choose one of two options to apply to SUVA.

SUVA offers two methods to apply for admissions and encourages all applicants to consider which method meets their lifestyle and previous educational experiences

1. Regular Full-Time Admission
Students applying for Regular Full-Time status must include the following with their application. Please see Application Materials here for more information.
• Application Form and $25 application fee.
• Essay.
• Transcripts.
• ACT, SAT or Accuplacer Test Scores.

2. Provisional Full-Time Admission
There is no essay requirement for Provisional Full-Time Admission. Students who choose Provisional status can attain Regular Full-Time status by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or higher by the end of their second semester of full time enrollment.

Students applying for Provisional Full-Time status must include the following with their application. Please see Application Materials here for more information.
• Application Form and $25 application fee.
• Transcripts.
• ACT, SAT or Accuplacer Test Scores.

Please see an Enrollment Management/Student Services Representative for more information.

Admission Review Process

Applicants for admission are reviewed individually and are accepted based on an evaluation of strengths, academic preparedness and communication skills. The college reserves the right to weigh each admissions requirement separately. An applicant may be asked to submit additional information in lieu of a particular requirement. Applicants should contact the Admissions Department to discuss special circumstances.


Students will be subject to the curriculum and degree requirements, as well as tuition costs, in effect at the time of their re-entry. Students who re-enroll within one year of their withdrawal will be responsible for a $25.00 file reactivation fee. Students who have not been enrolled for one year or longer will be required to complete a new application for admission. The application fee is $25.00 and the registration fee is reduced to $50.00

Transfer Students With Previous Education

Transfer credits will be given for courses successfully completed at other post secondary institutions that are equal or similar to Southwest University of Visual Arts accreditation and course offering. The minimum acceptable grade for any course is C (2.0). Applicable credits earned at other accredited institutions may be accepted as transfer credits for a period of up to 10 years. Once this time frame has lapsed, credit is contingent upon the student demonstrating the knowledge or skills, as determined by the Academic Chair, to successfully complete the course.

Students seeking transfer credits from other post secondary institutions must submit transcripts of grades and course descriptions from catalog prior to enrollment in the course or during the drop/add period. Students requesting transfer credit for studio courses must submit examples of work to demonstrate proficiency in the subject. Students may receive credit for previous education or experience in computer courses by completing a practical exam. Transfer credits are determined on an individual basis. Transfer credits from other accredited post secondary institutions may not exceed 75% in any program.

Southwest University of Visual Arts does not charge a fee to transfer credits from other accredited institutions or between Southwest University of Visual Arts' degree programs. If student misses the first term deadline, SUVA has the option to impose a $25 per credit fee.

International Students

International candidates for admission to a undergraduate program whose first language is not English must present an official IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL score of 550 or above for paper-based, or 80 for the internet-based exam.

All international applicants must provide a complete, notarized transcript from every school attended at the postsecondary level. Each transcript must be translated into English by a certified translator and the translation must be notarized. International applicants to the graduate programs are also required to submit a Document-by-Document report from World Education Services (WES). It is the applicant's responsibility to contract with WES directly for this service. Instruction and application can be obtained directly from:

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Telephone: 1-212-966-6311
Fax: 1-212-739-6100

The University requires that international applicants submit proof of sufficient available funds to cover all of your educational and personal expenses while studying at Southwest University of Visual Arts. This is referred to as a Certification of Finances. A Certification of Finances form is sent upon receipt of application. This form must be completed in English and notarized by a bank official. This statement must declare the availability of funds to cover the costs of each year of education and personal expenses. The I-20 form cannot be issued without a valid Certification of Finances.

Degree Completion

Students enrolled in the recommended courses can finish their Bachelor Degree Program in eight semesters and two summers. Actual completion dates vary based on the number of credits students successfully complete each semester.

Terms And Conditions

Acceptable forms of payment include cash, credit/debit card, check or money order payable to Southwest University of Visual Arts. Non-payment of tuition may result in the ineligibility to utilize the payment plan or register for subsequent terms. Non-payment of supplies may result in the student being on a “cash only” status in the bookstore. Southwest University of Visual Arts reserves the right to assess late charges on past-due payments (late charges equal four percent (4%) of payment amount).