SVA President David Rhodes is featured in the latest issue of the award-winning newspaper Education Update. Interviewed by the publication’s founder and publisher, Dr. Pola Rosen, Rhodes discusses the ways SVA is shaping arts education and details the College’s expansion, impact and planned growth.
Among the highlights of the interview, Rhodes talks about the 750-seat SVA Theatre on West 23rd Street in Chelsea, which benefits students and serves as cultural center for the neighborhood. “In becoming a growing attraction for the neighborhood, we will be doing the neighborhood a public service,” Rhodes tells Rosen in the article. The SVA Theatre has also been tapped by a professional studio to be used for sound mixing and editing on feature-length films, which will provide new internship and mentorship opportunities for students—soon they will be honing their skills alongside industry professionals in a world-class theater.
Over the years, graduate programs at SVA have expanded rapidly across all fields of art and design under the leadership of Rhodes. SVA graduates are consistently cited as innovators and leaders in fields as diverse as Animation, Interaction Design, Fine Arts, and Video, and while this has been important, Rhodes notes that controlled growth will be the key to continued success. “…After having grown so quickly at the graduate level we think for the next five years our emphasis will be to consolidate and ensure that all programs are functioning in the way we want them to function,” he explains, adding that it’s important to let the programs “mature without having to divert our resources to promote new programs.”
Watch a video of the entire interview here.