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When Are Classes Held?

Professional development workshops are held during the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most software training and portfolio classes are held in the evening; usually from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. Classes are almost always taught at the School's facility in Seattle, just east of the Seattle Center.

What Are SVC'S Office Hours?

While classes are in session, SVC office hours are typically 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

Between quarters, the office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

What Is Your Academic Calendar?

Although we've been known to change our minds depending on when certain holidays fall each year, here's a fairly reliable guide to when each quarter starts and ends:

Fall 2013 September 23, 2013 December 5, 2013
Winter 2014 January 6, 2014 March 17, 2014
Spring 2014 March 31, 2014 June 9, 2014
Summer 2014 June 16, 2014 August 28, 2014

How Many People Attend SVC?

Between 300 and 400 people come to SVC each quarter, which means you won't get lost here, and you'll get to know your instructors personally.

How Big Are the Classes?

Most classes and workshops have about 12-16 students. That keeps things personal and gives each person time to get their questions answered. In addition, most computer classes have a teaching assistant to help students during the class.

Does SVC Offer Financial Aid?

SVC does not provide student loans. We will, however, allow students to make payments based on this schedule:

5-Week Classes:
  • 1/2 payment due at registration
  • 1/2 payment due at 3rd week of class
10-Week Classes:
  • 1/3 payment due at registration
  • 1/3 payment due at 3rd week of class
  • 1/3 payment due at 6th week of class

There is a $25 charge per quarter for using the above extended payment plan. Any unpaid balances due on SVC's payment plan will accrue a monthly 1.5% finance charge. The payment plan is not available for one-day workshops.

Can I get a refund if I drop a class?

You may receive a partial refund of your tuition if you drop a class or your enrollment is terminated by SVC due to lack of progress or disciplinary problems. In these cases, this is the schedule for determining the amount of your refund:


# of Classes Attended

% Tuition Refunded

0 100% (if dropped before 3 business days of class start)
1 75%
2 50%
3+ 0%


# of Classes Attended

% Tuition Refunded

0 100% (if dropped before 3 business days of class start)
1 90%
2 75%
3–5 50%
6+ 0%

When calculating refunds, the official date of a student’s termination is the last day of recorded attendance:

  • (a) When the school receives notice of the student’s intention to discontinue the training program; or,
  • (b) When the student is terminated for a violation of a published school policy which provides for termination; or,
  • (c) When a student, without notice, fails to attend classes for thirty calendar days.
  • All refunds must be paid within thirty calendar days of the student’s official termination date.


Should you withdraw from a class within three business days of its start, then you'll receive a refund of 90% of the tuition. If you paid SVC's $45 registration fee when you signed up for the class, that fee will not be refunded, but won't be required again when you sign up for other classes.

There is a $75 cancellation fee for no-shows and enrollees dropping a one-day workshop without a valid excuse within 3 business days of the scheduled start time as published on the SVC website.

This refund policy is in accordance with Washington State Law, 490-105-130 (RCW 28C.10.050 (1)(b)).

If you drop a class because you're unhappy with the quality of the instruction then SVC would definitely like to talk with you and work out a more favorable refund.

Is SVC Accredited?

Although we've been offering classes since 1971, we've never felt the need to become accredited. There are two basic reasons: 1) It's an expensive process for the School and would cause us to raise our tuition, and 2) Employment in our fields is almost totally determined by your portfolio. A diploma alone, whether it's from a school that's accredited or not, won't help you get the job you're after.

Who Teaches at SVC?

All of our instructors are currently working in their fields, so they have the current knowledge, contacts, and credentials to honestly know what they're talking about.

How Do I Enroll?

Simply go to the classes page on this site and register away. While a few classes and workshops have prerequisites, you can go ahead and register and we'll check back with you to make sure you've met the requirements. While entrance interviews aren't required, we invite all prospective portfolio students to come in and meet with us so we can help place you in the appropriate classes.

Do You Offer Assistance for Foreign Students?

SVC is mainly in business to serve people residing in the Pacific Northwest. As such, we are unable to give you assistance in the following areas:

  • Obtaining visas
  • Setting up work-study programs
  • Arranging for housing in the Seattle area
  • Translation assistance; all classes are taught in English, and students must be fluent in English

How Do I Get to SVC?

Most classes and workshops are taught at the School at 500 Aurora Avenue N. near the Seattle Center. Here's a map to help you find us. And, if you'd like to take Metro Transit to SVC, Routes 28 and 26 stop one block from the School at Republican and Dexter. For timetables, visit Metro Transit's Web site.

More Questions?

If you have other specific questions that aren't answered here, please email us or give us a call at 206 623.1560.