Who Should Apply?

  • Professionals who wish to expand their career options into the area of social change.
  • Social entrepreneurs interested in the design process.
  • Academics who wish to teach design and social change.
  • Graduate students and college seniors who wish to focus in the area of social change.


The program is oriented towards all creative disciplines but we have had – and encourage – social entrepreneurs interested in the design process to apply.


  • Completed application, link under How to Apply below.
  • You must be a working professional, an educator, or have completed at minimum your junior year of a college or university design program.
  • Apple Macintosh computer and programs for personal use.

Tuition + Credits

  • Strategies for Creative Intervention: $2,000, 2 undergraduate studio credits
  • Strategies for Community Engagement: $2,000, 2 undergraduate studio credits


For information on housing in the SVA dormitories contact Keren Moscovitch:
residency [at]

How to Apply

Applicants for both programs are required to complete an application form, you can download the form from the SVA website with the links below:

In addition, we will also need to receive following:

  • Creative portfolio of 10 – 15 projects in digital jpeg format, each image not to exceed 1,000 pixels in width.
  • If you do not have a portfolio a written essay not to exceed 600 words about what motivates you to engage in the area of social change and why you want to participate in Impact!
  • Resume.

Application Deadline

Priority application, April 1, 2016.
Priority applicants will be notified about their acceptance the second week of April. Space is limited to 20 participants for each program. We will continue to accept applications on an on-going basis until the programs are full.

» Download a pdf about the 2016 summer program.

Questions About
Application + Housing?

Keren Moscovich
School of Visual Arts, Continuing Education
e-mail: residency [at]
phone: 212.592.2188
toll free: 877.242.7200

Questions About
the Program?

Mark Randall
Chair, Impact: Design for Social Change
e-mail: mrandall [at]
phone: 212.366.1317 ext.11