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NYU Virtual Art Program

Pre-College Online Summer Arts Program

Developed by NYU’s internationally recognized Art and Art Professions Department, this 4-week online program is designed to provide students interested in the broad scope of art with an introduction to the experience of being an art student at a prestigious New York City institution.

Work by Martin Xie, Image Making With Photoshop

Work by Martin Xie, Image Making With Photoshop
NYU Virtual Art Program 2021

The NYU Virtual Art Program is an online program for high school students interested in exploring the variety and depth that the field of fine arts has to offer.

This program is designed to enhance your technical and creative skills, develop your portfolio, and explore the practical elements of how to become a successful practicing artist in New York City!

Student Experience

This program seeks to create a close-knit community of established and beginner creatives. Students will work directly with practicing art professionals and peers.

Learn more about NYU's high school programs.

Goals for our virtual students:

  • Create a new body of work that students can use in potential college portfolio applications.
  • Experience new materials and technologies like video and digital image-making software.
  • Learn about the NYU art department, its faculty, and its 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 NYU from their homes. Since 2020 our wonderful instructors and students have adapted to teaching and working on creative coursework remotely. We look forward to bringing this experience to our virtual program so our virtual students can excel from any location.
Xiang (Kevin) Li's painting

Work by Xiang (Kevin) Li, Painting and Drawing
NYU Virtual Art Program 2021

Students will enroll in three Studio art courses and one Non-Studio course in which students will explore the New York City art scene through conversations and virtual studio visits with practicing artists.

Courses offered include digital artpainting and drawing, and sculpture.

Student Exhibitions

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Application Details

How to Apply

Applications are not open for Summer 2023. Please contact if you have questions about the application process.

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 1

Final Deadline: May 1

Notification:  Applicants who apply for early decision will receive notification of acceptance by the first week of May. All other applicants will be notified by June 1.

Applications received after May 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis as space remains.

Who Can Apply

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

Designed to provide close attention to a select number of young creatives through rigorous and unique studio projects and esteemed instructors and guest lecturers. NYU’s Virtual Art Program builds a community that extends beyond summer.

Program dates for 2023 have not been announced.

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International Students are welcome and encouraged to apply but should be aware that all courses will be held synchronously during Eastern Standard Time. 

International students who are 1) not currently studying at US school and 2) not native speakers of English are required to submit scores from an English language exam to demonstrate their proficiency in English. 

Accepted tests include TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic, PTE Academic, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency, MELAB, Duolingo English Test, or iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency).

Test scores can be self-reported on the “Test Scores” page of the application or sent directly to New York University by the testing agency.

English Language Testing Exemptions: If you are currently attending or have attended school in which English is the language of instruction for at least three full years at the time of application, you may submit a transcript instead. Transcripts submitted in lieu of testing can be uploaded to the application.

Work by Sophia De Leon, Sculpture and Collage

Work by Sophia De Leon, Sculpture and Collage
NYU Virtual Art Program 2021

2022 Program Costs

Tuition: $3,000

Materials Fees: Accepted students will be sent a list of materials suggested for each course before the start date. These materials can be sourced locally or online and will not exceed $50 per course. These costs are not included in the price of tuition.

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. 

For more information, please contact



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

A component of Virtual Art is the events and activities offered outside of class where students will have the opportunity to learn more about college and college preparation and meet other students in high school programs at NYU.  Participation in extracurricular events or activities is free.

Events are open to students in all of NYU’s summer high school programs, and space is limited.  Students will receive information on how to sign up for events via email before the program begins.  Information about participating in events will also be covered at orientation.


As matriculated summer students at NYU, Virtual Art students have access to many of NYU’s resources and services.


NYUHome is the digital hub for student resources and services at NYU.  Log into NYUHome to view your program registration and student account, to pay your bill, to check your NYU email, and find all the online resources you will need for the program.

NYU Zoom

Found in NYUHome, NYU Zoom is the preferred Zoom platform for all students and professors.  It provides greater security and more support than other versions of Zoom.  All students are encouraged to log into any Zoom classes, events, or meetings via NYU Zoom.

NYU Classes

Found in NYUHome, NYU Classes is the blackboard system used by many professors at NYU.  Use NYU Classes to view your class information, join group discussions, submit your work, and find class login information.

NYU Libraries

Headed by the main library, Bobst Library, the NYU library digital network has millions of texts and volumes, several special collections, the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media, and more all available for students online.



IT is NYU’s central office for technology services such as computer services, internet access, and access to NYU networks and e-resources and services.  Contact IT if you ever have trouble with connecting online, have questions about NYUHome access, or experience issues with a digital platform.


Moses Center for Student Accessibility

Students in need of support due to any kind of special need are encouraged to contact the Moses Center to register with that office prior to the start of the program.  The Moses Center determines a student’s qualified disability status and assists the student in obtaining appropriate accommodations and services so they can fully participate in the online program.


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.