Student painting at an easel

Build your portfolio, develop your artistic knowledge and technique, and experience college-level studio and fine arts academics taught by faculty at NYU Steinhardt’s Art Department.

Through this 4-week summer program, a close-knit community of high school artists will develop their practice in three studio art disciplines: digital art, painting, and sculpture. Students work closely with NYU faculty to take their talent to the next level create ambitious works, and learn about New York’s contemporary art world.

Students gain access to new artistic materials and technologies, like textiles and laser cutting that enhance their breadth and capabilities as artists and makers. Students also explore career pathways in studio arts and learn about what it means to be a working artist in NYC from artists at various stages of their careers.

How to Apply

This program is open to high school students currently enrolled in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade who have demonstrated interest and academic strength in studio and fine arts.

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

Student Life

Participants in the High School Summer Art Intensive are fully immersed in artistic creation and learning during the four-week program.

Students take three core studio art classes (digital art, sculpture, and painting) two days per week and have studio time four evenings per week to work on their projects.

Students also take a seminar designed to expose them to the New York art world and offer insight into the lives of working contemporary artists. Taught by lead faculty Chris Bogia, the course also introduces students to New York City's museums, galleries and studios.

Social events ranging from on-campus activities to Broadway shows are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends. Students can gather and work together at the NYU Art Building and get a true feel for what life is like as an art major at NYU.

Students are required to live on-campus during the program. They'll stay in a university residence hall within walking distance of the NYU Arts Building, located on NYU’s Washington Square Park campus in New York’s West Village.

Schedule and Deadlines

International Students February 1
Financial Aid Applicants February 1
Regular Decision
March 1
Program Start Date July 10
Program End Date August 4

Program Dates
July 10–August 4



Application Deadlines

Financial Aid Applicants:
February 1

International students:
February 1

Regular Decision:
March 1