SVA Career Development Counseling

Career counseling sessions support degree-seeking students and recent graduates in exploring, identifying and pursuing their individual career goals, while also teaching them about the professional tools they have at their disposal. We can assist you with résumé and cover letter reviews, job search strategies, strategizing a freelancing career, applying to grants and residencies, and exhibiting your work as an artist.

Please select a career counselor below or select “No Preference” at the bottom.

Freshmen, Sophomores, and First-Time Resume Writers – We recommend booking an appointment with Shannon Finnell to get started.

If you’re unsure of which counselor to meet with, you can contact us at 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.

Shannon Finnell

While strongly believing that the key to social change is compassionate relationships that lead to genuine support, Shannon Finnell’s work attempts to embody that lesson through the exploration and deconstruction of supportive gestures and moments. Pulling from her BA in Studio Art and Peace Studies from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, the marriage of visual art and questioning oppressive social structures is where Finnell finds inspiration for her work. She received an MFA in Fine Art Photography from the Parsons School of Design at The New School in 2018 and continues to engage with concepts of support through experimentation of video, installation, photographic practices and collaboration with modern and contemporary dancers. She is now the Founder and Director of Arts Connective, an arts organization dedicated to creating an international community of artists through pop-up shows and sharing resources of support. In addition to her fine art background, she is a Content Creator for Samsung Mobile and has training in specific social media strategies with experts from Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and GIPHY. Notable exhibitions include the participation and production of Governing Bodies at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries (New York City, NY 2017) and Rosy-Crimson with Kim Hoeckele at Queens International at the Queens Museum (Queens, NY 2018). You can see her work at