SVA Career Development Counseling

Career counseling sessions support degree-seeking students and recent graduates in exploring, identifying and pursuing your individual career goals, and introduce you to professional tools and resources. We can assist you with résumé, cover letter and portfolio reviews, job search strategies, building a freelancing career, applying to grants and residencies, and exhibiting your work as an artist.

Appointments are for School of Visual Arts current students and alumni for 4 YEARS after graduation.

Freshmen, Sophomores and students new to Career Development - We strongly encourage you to attend one of our introductory sessions “Coffee and Questions with Career Development” to learn more about our resources and services before you schedule your first one-on-one counseling appointment.

In addition, we offer Walk-in hours every Wednesday from 2-4pm for 15-minute meetings. You can use this time for such issues as brief resume or portfolio reviews, internship and job search questions or quick interviewing tips. No appointment necessary during Walk-in hours.

Please select a career counselor below or scroll down to select “No Preference.”

If you’re unsure of which counselor to meet with, you can contact us at cd@sva.edu for guidance.
Be assured, all our counselors are well-equipped to work with students of all majors.

Patty Romeu

Patty works with alumni, graduate and undergraduate students of all majors and years, with a particular focus on the Design programs; Film, Animation; and Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects.

She is an award-winning film producer, researcher and creative consultant. Patty has two decades of work experience in New York City working both freelance and as staff for media production companies, broadcast design studios, art museums, nonprofit organizations and foundations. As a result, she possesses direct knowledge of workplace dynamics in a variety of settings. Her areas of expertise include writing effectively for a job/internship search and for all levels of career growth, negotiating job offers and terms of employment, creating a sustainable freelance career, building a small business, applying for college-level teaching positions, as well as the basics of job and internship searches, resume and cover letter writing and general career guidance.

She has held faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level at Emerson College and Drexel University, and as an adjunct at Barnard College and University of the Arts. Patty has an MFA in Film and Media Arts and a BA in Communications, both from Temple University.

Tricia Ross

Tricia Ross is a career coach, event and concert producer, and seasoned arts management professional with 25+ years of professional experience including The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Museum, and producing projects with Daisy 3 Pictures, Wheelhouse Creative, and 3-Legged Dog. She is currently an advisory board member of Inwood Art Works in New York City and previously served as board member and Chair of the New Harmony Project. She also has trained and worked as a foreign language conversation partner with the International Center of New York. Tricia was a temporary career counselor for SVA in 2018, with areas of expertise including internship and job search planning; career exploration; networking skills and strategies; researching and applying to grants and fellowships; artist statement, resume, and cover letter writing; goal setting; and general career guidance. A member of the NYC Chapter of the International Coach Federation, Tricia holds an Advanced Diploma in Coaching from New York University, and a BS in Theatre Management from the University of Evansville.