In a typical year, high school students can attend NYU’s High School Summer Art Intensive. There, they experience life as an art student firsthand through studio projects, classes, and activities. While this summer is a bit different, aspiring high school artists still have the opportunity to experience a true arts education at NYU Steinhardt. For summer 2021, the NYU Virtual Art Program provides an immersive, innovative, and intensive four-week crash course in fine art. From drawing and photography to art history and theory, you’ll build your technical and creative skills—and your portfolio—as you learn, create, and experiment.

Virtual Art Program Overview

The Virtual Art Program is for students passionate about fine art and interested in developing their artistic skills and knowledge. It offers both studio and non-studio art courses. Studio art courses focus on creating art using traditional and digital methods. On the other hand, non-studio art courses focus on art history, culture, and theory. What’s more, all courses provide students with access to renowned artists, curators, and historians, who share their expertise through lectures, discussions, and critiques.

“We’ve been wanting to create an online program for some time, and we are very excited,” says Jamie Sterns, digital communications and development administrator for the Department of Art and Art Professions. “This is a great opportunity to join the NYU community, push yourself, and develop your portfolio. In addition to being taught by leading arts professionals and alumni, you’ll get to meet people from all over the world and make connections in an intimate learning environment.”

Summer 2021 Courses

Every student in the Virtual Art Program takes three foundational courses: Painting and Drawing, Image Making with Photoshop, and Art History and Theory. Additionally, you’ll choose two elective courses. This year, these include Digital Video, Sculpture and Collage; Portfolio Development; and Art Markets: For-profits and Non-profits. Throughout the program, you’ll learn and use technology to stay connected and share your work. Each studio art course results in a final project for your portfolio, while non-studio courses give you the tools to understand the art landscape and successfully present your work.

How to Apply

The NYU Virtual Art Program is open to incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. All applicants must complete an online application and submit a portfolio of their work with 10 to 20 pieces. You must be available for the full program, which runs from July 5 to July 31, 2021.

There are two deadlines: The early acceptance deadline is April 1, while the final deadline is May 1. Scholarships are available, but you should apply early to be considered. While we welcome international students, please be aware that all courses are held during Eastern Standard Time. You’ll also need to demonstrate proficiency in English if you’re not a native speaker or studying in the US.