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High School Summer Art Intensive

Pre-College Summer Arts Program

More than an education, New York University’s High School Summer Art Intensive is an experience!

The High School Summer Art Intensive will be offered in-person for summer 2022; however, we must remain flexible in our response to developments related to COVID-19. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our priority. Therefore, any changes to program format will be promptly communicated if and when they are confirmed.

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Student Experience

The NYU Summer High School Program creates a close-knit community of young artists who experience the NYU Art Department much like our matriculated art majors during the academic year. We admit 54 students to our highly competitive in-person program; the group is divided into three intimate cohorts who take all studio classes together.

Students will work directly with practicing art professionals who bring a level of expertise in the field that only NYU can offer. We expect students to engage their courses rigorously to create ambitious works beyond a scope they may have previously explored at the high school level while learning about the New York world of contemporary art.

Goals for Our Students:

  • Create a new body of work that students can use in potential college portfolio applications.

  • Experience new materials and technologies like textiles and laser cutting to enhance their breadth as artists and makers. 

  • Learn about the NYU art department, its facilities, faculty, and unique approach to contemporary art in an intimate first-hand way.

  • Understand what it means to be a working artist in New York City from working artists themselves at various stages of their career ranging from artists at the emerging stages of their career to artists who have established themselves internationally at the vanguard of contemporary art.

  • Experience New York City! Students will have scheduled free time during the week and in the evenings to explore what makes New York City the cultural capital of the United States and have FUN doing it!

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​​​​​​NYU’s Summer Pre-College Program combines intensive studio courses, a weekly seminar course where students travel to artist’s studios and see art around the city, staffed open studio time in the evenings at the NYU Art Building, and evening social activities organized by University Programs. 

Classes offered include digital art, painting, and sculpture.

Sample Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Students will take our three core studio courses twice a week: Digital Art, Painting & Drawing, and Sculpture. In addition, this schedule includes four nights of evening studio time and two free periods a week for students to explore the city during the day.

10:00 AM–1:00 PM: Studio Classes 

1:00–2:30 PM: Lunch

2:30–5:30 PM: Studio Classes 

7:00–9:30 PM: Open Studio Time



Students will participate in a seminar class outside of the NYU studios with lead faculty Chris Bogia, who will introduce them to galleries, museums, and studios. This class aims to expose students to the New York art world and give insight into the lives of working contemporary artists.

10:00 AM–1:30 PM: NYC Art Seminar, Group 1

2:30–6:00 PM: NYC Art Seminar, Group 2


Social Events

Participants in the NYU Summer Art Program will have a full menu of evening and weekend social events ranging from on-campus activities to Broadway shows. Elective social time also takes place weekday evenings in the NYU Art Building, where our program participants can gather in our staffed studios and work alongside one another to get a true feel for what life is like as an art major in our department.


I loved every part of this program, Living in this city is a dream come true. Thank you for this amazing opportunity that will be a part of me forever.

Student '18

Who Can Apply

How to Apply

Applications will open in February 2022

Summer Art Intensive applicants must complete an online application and a portfolio of work (10-15 images). Work documented does not have to be finished. Images selected should be artworks students feel are their most successful and original. Experimentation with new materials and mediums is encouraged.

International Student Deadline (In-Person Only): March 15, 2022

Early Acceptance Deadline: April 1, 2022

Final Deadline: May 1, 2022

Notification: Applicants will receive notification of acceptance in late May.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 program.

*International Students are welcome and encouraged to apply. Proof of English language proficiency is required as well as an F-1 Visa. Details on how to submit this information will be provided through the application process. (Ex. TOEFL 100 or higher score)

High school students going into their Sophomore (10th), Junior (11th), or Senior (12th) year.

With only 54 slots, this program seeks to create a close-knit community of established and beginner creatives. Students will work directly with practicing art professionals and peers.  

Designed to provide close attention to a select number of young creatives through rigorous and unique studio projects, visits to New York City’s art institutions, as well as visits to other off-campus sites where artists live and create, NYU’s High School Summer Art Intensive builds a community that extends beyond summer.

Program Dates: July 10 - August 6, 2022

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2022 Program Costs

Tuition:  $4,294
Program Fee (special events and activities):  $200
Housing:  $404 per week
Meal plan (assuming 10 meals + $30 Dining Dollars per week):  $180 per week

Total:  $6,850

Scholarships Are Available!

More information is sent to those who have submitted an online application. We encourage applicants who want to be considered for scholarships to apply by the April 1, 2022, Early Decision Deadline.

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Deposits and Refunds: A $150 non-refundable deposit is due when you confirm your enrollment into the program. If the program is canceled before the start of the program, there will be full tuition and deposit refunds. Refunds will not be given if the program has begun and the applicant has been fully enrolled. 

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Housing in an NYU Student Residence Hall within walking distance of the Barney Building, our studio art facility in the East Village, is mandatory for this program. More information about summer housing will be available with the application in February 2022.

Admitted Students and their respective parents/guardians must review the Student Handbook and complete the mandatory forms linked within the handbook, including the Consent to Disclosure and the Overnight Leave Form.

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For more information, please contact Maura Puscheck at

Accepted applicants will receive further information and access in the form of emails. Please be patient during the processing of applications.

We encourage prospective students to look at this site to get a sense of life on campus, program details, and events offered through NYU.

*Please note some information may be updated closer to the program's start date. 

Learn more about NYU's programs for high school students by attending an info session and joining the mailing list!

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NYU has in place ongoing public health measures and requirements to ensure the safety of all University community members. As enrolled students in a summer program, all High School Summer Art Intensive students coming to campus in person must adhere to University guidelines and policies.  Below are highlights of these policies as of February 2022.  More information, including updates as the pandemic evolves, can be found on NYU Returns website.  Students will also receive COVID-19-related information via NYU email and at their program orientation.


Vaccination Requirement

All members of the NYU community who will be on campus in person–students, faculty, staff, and visitors–are required to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots and must upload vaccination records to the NYU Student Health Center before the start of their program.  Students who are not compliant with the vaccination requirement will not have access to campus buildings, facilities, or NYU-sponsored events (both on and off campus), and may be de-enrolled from their program.

Students participating in an online program who will not be on campus in person at any time during the summer do not need to submit proof of vaccination.

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Review of exemption requests will take approximately ten business days, so please submit your request with adequate time for review. Please be advised that even if you receive an exemption, you are required to regularly upload a negative COVID-19 test result to enter NYU buildings and facilities.


Daily Screening & Mask Requirement

All members of the NYU community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors—must also complete a daily screener prior to accessing campus buildings each day. The daily screener is most easily completed on a smartphone using the NYUMobile app, but can also be completed online.  Students without smartphones may print their daily screener prior to class at printing stations on campus.

All community members are required to wear masks at all times while indoors on campus or while participating in University-sponsored activities off-campus.  


Reporting, Isolation, and Quarantine Requirements

Students, faculty, and employees with symptoms; who are officially exempted from vaccination and come in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; who receive a positive COVID-19 test regardless of vaccination status; or are diagnosed with COVID-19 must notify the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team.

Students who contract COVID-19 must stay home and avoid contact with others while sick.  Students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19 or become symptomatic after a known exposure to COVID-19 may be required to isolate or quarantine in either their assigned room or in another designated room in their residential hall.  Isolation or quarantine accommodations and meals will be provided at no additional cost. Students may opt to isolate or quarantine at home if they are able to safely travel without risk of exposure to others.  High School Summer Art Intensive students will be provided with an alternative option to remotely continue the program during their isolation/quarantine period, and tuition for the program will remain the same for online learning.


Some proceeds from the NYU Summer Art Intensive will be used for scholarships for the Department of Art and Art Professions.

This program is a partner of The Scholastic Awards Summer (SAS) Scholarship Program.