Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    New York Academy of Art
    New York, NY
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Mr. David Kratz, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools » Exclusively graduate/professional
  • Control:
    Private (Non-Profit)
  • Address:
    111 Franklin Street
    New York, NY 10013
  • Phone:
    (212) 966-0300
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Ms. Katie Hemmer
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidate Status Granted: 2013
  • Accreditation Granted: 2016
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2016
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2020-2021
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2025

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level: Certificate of Fine Arts
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • March 26, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the New York State Education Department and to include the Postbaccalaureate Certificate program (Certificate of Fine Arts) within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • January 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Postbaccalaureate Certificate program (Certificate of Fine Arts) within the scope of the institution’s accreditation, effective upon receipt of state approval. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • June 23, 2016
    To grant accreditation. To commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process and report. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the Accreditation Readiness Report and to note that a small team visit will not be required. To invite the institution to initiate self-study in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2015-2016. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that the institution is progressing toward, but is not assured of, accreditation.
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the Accreditation Readiness Report, to note the visit by the Commission's representatives, and to grant Candidate for Accreditation status. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that an institution is progressing toward, but is not assured of, accreditation. To request that the next Accreditation Readiness Report, due September 1, 2013, provide updated information including but not limited to further progress toward compliance with Standards 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal) and 7 (Institutional Assessment). A visit may follow submission of the report.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).