The actually-not-all-that-boring Student Handbook

At SVC, we're not big on policies, procedures, or paperwork. Still, there are a few rules of the road we'd like everyone who comes here to know about.

So please take the 4-1/2 minutes required to scan through these guidelines. And if the answer isn't here, email and we'll get you one.

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.

Who can I ask about my tuition payment?

Any questions about billing and refunds for cancelled classes can be answered by our office staff during normal business hours. Call 206-623-1560 or drop an email.

Registration Fees

A one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $45 is required for all students enrolling in their first five- or ten-week course at SVC.

Refunds and Dropped Classes

SVC may, on occasion, cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. Students will be notified as soon as possible when a class is cancelled, and will receive a full refund of all fees for cancelled classes.

You may also 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:

Cancellation and Refund Policy for Classes:

  1. SVC will refund all money paid if the student is not accepted. This includes instances where a class is cancelled by the school.
  2. SVC will refund all the money paid if the student cancels within five business days (excluding Sundays and holidays) after registration and/or an initial payment is made, as long as the student has not begun training.
  3. SVC will retain the established $45 registration fee if the student cancels after the fifth business day after registration and/or making an initial payment.
  4. If training is terminated after the student enters classes, SVC may retain the registration fee established under (3) of this subsection, plus a percentage of the total tuition as described in the following tables:

5-Week Classes:

# of Classes Attended % Tuition Refunded
0 100%
1 75%
2 50%
3+ 0%

10-Week Classes:

# of Classes Attended % Tuition Refunded
0 100%
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.


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.


SVC maintains a library that students may use from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday while classes are in session. Books may be checked out at the front desk. Students failing to return books will be charged for the replacement cost of the books.


Free wireless internet service is available throughout the building. A password is required and will be provided by the SVC office upon request.

How do I get to SVC?

SVC is located in the Denny Triangle at 2300 7th Ave. Our location is a block south of Denny Park at the intersection of Dexter Ave. and Denny Way. Here's a map to help you find us.

  • Transit
    A number of bus routes stop within a block or two of SVC. The South Lake Union Streetcar stop at Whole Foods is one block east of SVC. For timetables, visit Metro Transit's web site.
  • Car
    SVC is easily accessible from downtown, Aurora Avenue, and I-5. See the section on parking options for more information.
  • Bicycle
    A bicycle rack is available immediately in front of SVC. In addition, a Pronto Bikesharing Station is at the corner of Dexter Ave. N. and Denny Way, a half-block north of SVC.
  • Walking
    We highly recommend it for all kinds of reasons!


Parking for daytime workshop students is tight, so we recommend one of the following methods:

  • Surface daily pay lots across the street from SVC and in the immediate area. Fees range from $10-$14 per day.
  • 4-Hour parking meters are almost always available on Battery Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.
  • Zirx is a valet parking service that will pick up and deliver your car immediately in front of SVC for $15 per day.

Students attending evening classes shouldn't have any problems finding meters or parking in the pay lot immediately across from SVC. The meters are free after 6pm and the pay lot is usually $5 if you're in after 5pm.

Office Hours

The SVC office is open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday when classes are in session. When classes aren't in session, the office closes at 5:00 p.m. The office usually closes at 2 p.m. on Friday whether classes are in session or not.

Class Cancellations

Classes may be cancelled if an instructor is ill or unable to attend. We will notify you as early as possible if you provide us with your current telephone numbers and email addresses. If you think classes might be cancelled due to snow or other weather conditions, call the SVC office at 206.623.1560 to listen for recorded messages. Generally, SVC follows the same cancellation policies as the University of Washington, whose closures are announced on the U.W. web site, and on TV and radio. Any classes missed due to weather cancellations will be made up at the end of the quarter.

When does the next quarter start?

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 2015 September 28, 2015 December 10, 2015
Winter 2016 January 11, 2016 March 21, 2016
Spring 2016 April 4, 2016 June 12, 2016
Summer 2016 June 27, 2016 August 4, 2016


There are no formal education requirements to enroll in SVC's classes or workshops, nor is a portfolio necessary to begin course work. In some cases, though, there are prerequisites for individual classes and workshops. You'll find them detailed in the course descriptions. There is, however, one pre-condition to taking classes at SVC: We ask that you have at least completed your high school education. Fair enough?

Acknowledgment by Enrollee

  1. I understand and accept that any contract for training I enter into with the above named school contains legally binding obligations and responsibilities.
  2. I understand and accept that repayment obligations will be placed upon me by any loans or financing arrangement I enter into as means to pay for my training.
  3. I understand that any enrollment contract I enter into shall not be binding or take effect for at least five days, excluding Sundays and holidays, following the last date such a contract is signed by the school and myself, provided that I have not entered classes sooner.
This school is licensed under Chapter 28C.10 RCW. Inquiries or complaints regarding this private vocational school may be made to the:
Workforce Board, 128 – 10th Avenue SW, Olympia, Washington 98504
Phone: 360-709-4600
E-Mail Address:

Conduct and Effort

Although effort is highly subjective, students not making a genuine effort to complete class assignments with a reasonable degree of work and attention to detail or those who consistently miss class, arrive late, or interfere with the learning opportunities of other students may be asked to withdraw from a class after an interview with the instructor and SVC administrators. In this event, the student's tuition will be refunded according to the policies listed in the Refunds and Dropped Classes section.

Equal Opportunity

The School of Visual Concepts believes that learning has nothing to do with your sex, race, religion, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or physical abilities. So, these factors are not an issue in accepting you for admission to SVC.

Sexual Harassment

Our goal is keep SVC as a place where students are free from unwelcome advances, inappropriate verbal or physical contact, or anything that creates a hostile or offensive environment. If another student or faculty member crosses those lines, please let one of SVC's directors know immediately. Staff or students who are found to have violated SVC's harassment policy will be dismissed immediately.

Alcohol and Drug Use

The use of alcohol (outside of sanctioned social functions) or illegal substances at SVC is strictly prohibited. Students who come to class under the influence will be asked to leave and will be withdrawn from SVC without a refund.


Smoking is permitted outside the School, provided you're at least 25 feet away from a doorway, open window, or air intake (sorry, that's a state law).