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NYU Virtual Art Program

Pre-college online summer arts program

NYU Virtual Art Program

July 5 - July 31, 2021

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. 


The NYU Virtual Summer Art Program is an online program for High School Students who are 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 and to expand your knowledge of visual art, history and culture.

We offer Studio Art Courses which are designed to accelerate your capacities of creating art in both traditional (drawing, painting and sculpture) and digital (video editing, and digital photography) methods. Each course is designed to be immersive with cumulative skills, building techniques that will result in a final project that will be displayed in an online exhibition or publication. 

Our Non-Studio Art Courses are for those interested in Art History, Museums, Galleries and Developing your Portfolio. These courses are designed to give students unparalleled access to leading institutions, artists, curators and researchers who will share their knowledge and expertise of these fields. There will be lively discussions, salon style critiques and a final presentation of work in the form of an edited publication and online exhibition. 

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Students will take three core classes that include, Painting & Drawing, Digital Photography and Art History & Theory. Students will also be taking two elective courses from this year’s course offerings which cover an array of artistic skills and intellectual interests.

All courses are taught by leading arts professionals including faculty and graduates of NYU’s Department of Art and Art Professions as well as curators, gallery directors, and art historians who work in leading arts institutions in New York and around the globe. In addition, you will interact and get exclusive inside access into the studios of recognized artists who are showing their work in leading galleries and museums.

Our studio courses will teach you new technical and artistic skills that will result in final projects for your portfolio. Our courses in art history and professional development will give you the tools to understand the art landscape and how to best present your work for exhibition and portfolio based applications. 

Summer 2021 Courses

Core Courses

Painting and Drawing
Image Making with Photoshop

Contemporary Art History and Theory

Every student is required to take these three courses

Elective Courses

Digital Video 
Sculpture and Collage
Portfolio Development
Art Markets - For profits and Non-profits

Each student must select 2 elective courses. You can rank your preferences during the application process.

Sample Schedule
All courses will be held synchronously online, EST

Section 1
M 10:00-11:30 (Painting), T 1:00-2:30 (Photoshop), Thurs 3:00 - 4:30 (Art History)

Elective courses (2 courses selected)

W 10:00 - 11:30 (Filmmaking) W 1:00-2:30 (Sculpture and Collage), W 3:00-4:30 (Portfolio), F 1:00-2:30 (Art Markets)

Application Details

Who Can Apply

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

With only 50 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, and esteemed instructors and guest lecturers. NYU’s High School Summer Art Intensive builds a community that extends beyond summer.

Program Dates: July 5 - July 31, 2021


How to Apply

Applications Open February 1, 2021

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, 2021

Final DeadlineMay 1, 2021

  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 1st.

Applications received after Friday, May 1, 2021 will be reviewed on a rolling basis as space remains.

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.

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2021 Program Costs

Tuition:  $3,000

Total:  $3,000

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

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, 2021 Early Decision Deadline. 

Deposits and Refunds: There is a $150 non-refundable deposit due once you confirm your enrollment into the program. If the program is cancelled prior to the start of program date, there will be full tuition and deposit refunds. Refunds will not be given if the program has begun and applicant has been fully enrolled. 

For more information, please contact Jamie Sterns at


All admitted students need to complete these steps before the program begins.

  1. Activate your NYU NetID and accept/decline your admission to the program 

If you haven’t already done so, you can activate your NetID via the NYU Start Page by clicking “Activate Your NetID” and following the prompts. You will use your NetID to log into your applicant portal. 

After viewing your decision letter, you will see instructions in your applicant portal for accepting or declining your offer.    

  1. Pay your student account balance

Students will be registered for their courses by the program and will receive an email notification when this process is complete. 

Once you have been registered and billed, you can access and pay your bill by following these instructions for viewing your bill. If you would like to add a parent to your eSuite account as an authorized user, please view these instructions for inviting a parent or authorized user.

The preferred method of payment is by electronic check. There is no additional fee for this safe and secure service. If you are unable to pay using an electronic check, please select one of our other methods of payment.

  1. Read the NYU Summer Programs Student Handbook

It is important for all students to be familiar with the rules and policies of the program. Therefore, all students and their parents/guardians need to review the online NYU Summer High School Programs Handbook, which includes important information about the rules, policies, and expectations of the program.

  1. Submit required program forms

Students will receive an email with links to forms and submission instructions after they are admitted and accept their admission. Forms are completed and submitted online via DocuSign. Forms for minors (students under the age of 18 at the time of form submission) are completed and signed by the student’s parents or legal guardians. Forms for students over the age of 18 are completed and signed by the student.

If you do not receive a program form email or you have difficulty submitting any of the required forms, please contact NYU University Programs at or 212-998-2292.

  1. Register with the Moses Center for Student Accessibility (if applicable)

If needed, the Moses Center for Student Accessibility (CSA) assists students in obtaining appropriate and reasonable accommodations and services.  Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis; however, examples include extended time on exams, a smaller proctored testing environment, and supplemental class notes. 

Students are strongly encouraged to contact CSA well in advance (a minimum of one month) of the beginning of the program to allow necessary time to review disability requests and implement accommodations.  Please contact CSA at or 212-998-4980 with any questions you may have about their services.

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.



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.


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.


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.


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