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High School Summer Art Intensive

Art + Education

High School Summer Art Intensive 

July - August 

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 first priority. Any changes to program format will be communicated promptly if and when they are confirmed

Learn about our new summer NYU Virtual Art Program

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

Located in NYU’s internationally recognized Art and Art Professions Department, this 4-week program is designed to provide students interested in the broad scope of art an introduction to the experience of being an art student at a prestigious New York City institution. Through unique and intensive studio projects, instruction, and cultural activities students will gain:

  • First-hand challenges and experiences as NYU art students
  • Dedicated time and instruction towards the development of core skills requisite to both building a strong college preparatory portfolio and becoming a well-rounded critical thinker
  • Access to NYU’s remarkable facilities: printmaking, digital labs, laser engraving, 3D printing, and more
  • Access to other creative institutions in New York City (Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Whitney Museum of Art)
  • Opportunity to mount a final exhibition of art work in one of NYU’s East Village student art galleries


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
Students painting

Classes Offered

  • Painting 
  • Printmaking 
  • 3D Animation, Stop Motion & Digital Imaging
  • Seminar Class - Course on Theory and Aesthetics as well as visiting lectures by arts professionals in variety of careers. 
  • Art in the City - Field trips to NYC's great arts institutions as well as private studio tours. 

Sample Schedule

​​​​​​Monday, Wednesday
10:00am-12:00pm Studio Classes, lunch, 1:00-5:00pm Seminar & Art in the City
Class and Studio Work: Students will be in classes during this time.
Art in the City: Students will journey off-campus, exploring arts in New York City. Such sites include, but are not limited to: art galleries, artist talks, artist studios, museum visits, and other artistically relevant locations.

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00am-12:00pm Studio Classes, lunch, 1:30-5:00pm Studio Classes
Class and Studio Work: Students will be in classes during this time.

Social Events
NYU Programs plans social outing during weeknights and weekends. Students should always be active and busy.

Classes will take place at NYU’s Barney Building on Stuyvesant Street in the heart of the East Village, one of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods. 

Who Can Apply

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 5 - August 1, 2020

How to Apply

Applications Open February 1, 2020


Summer Art Intensive applicants must complete an online application and a portfolio of work (10-20 images). Work documented does not have to be finished. All mediums are welcome.

Early Acceptance Deadline: April 01, 2020

Final DeadlineMay 1, 2020

  Applicants will receive notification of acceptance in late-May.
Applications received after Friday, May 1, 2020 will be reviewed on a rolling basis as space remains.

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

Student with paint

2020 Program Costs

Tuition:  $4,294
Program Fee (special events and activities):  $160
Housing:  $279 per week
Meal plan (assuming 10 meals + $30 Dining Dollars per week):  $170 per week

Total:  $6,250

More information is sent to those who have submitted an application (apply online via application)

View of Washington Square Park


Housing in Weinstein Hall, an NYU Student Residence Hall, is mandatory for this program. Weinstein Hall is within walking distance of Barney Building, our studio art facility, in the East Village. Additional information.

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.



For more information, please contact Maura Puscheck at

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

Admitted Students Information

Learn about what you will need and how to prepare for your time in New York.

We encourage prospective students to take a 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 program's start date. 

Info Sessions and Mailing List

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

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.