Skip to main content

Search NYU Steinhardt

Student drawing from Iphone pic

NYU Virtual Art Program

Pre-College Online Summer Arts Program

Not Accepting Applications

To best meet the needs of our students, we have decided to suspend enrollment in the NYU Virtual Art Program. We encourage you to explore our High School Summer Art Intensive.

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.

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

Goals for Our Virtual Students

  • Create a new body of work that students can use in potential college portfolio applications.
  • Gain experience in tools and technologies used to create digital art, 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.
  • 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.
Work by Martin Xie, Image Making With Photoshop

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

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 to enhance their technical and creative skills, develop their portfolios, and explore the NYU Department of Art and Art Professions from anywhere in the world!

Learn more about NYU's high school programs.

Student Exhibitions

2021 2022

Who Can Apply

How to Apply

Applications for Summer 2023 are currently closed.

Virtual Art Program 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.

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

With only 16 slots, this program is designed to provide close attention to a select number of young creatives through rigorous and unique virtual projects and esteemed instructors and guest lecturers.

Art supplies on table.

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.

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 February 1 Financial Aid Applicant deadline.

Apply Now
Student at computer
Work by Sophia De Leon, Sculpture and Collage

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

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.

Deposits and Refunds: A $500 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.