Summer Art Programs
Finding the Right Summer Program for You
Start your search by asking yourself the following questions:
1. Would I prefer a sleep-away program or a commuter program?
2. When am I available this summer? Many programs run the entire length of July. Some span over one or two weeks. Workshops tend to just last a few days.
3. What are my geographic limitations? Rockland, Westchester, NYC, East Coast, None
4. What are my financial limitations? Does the tuition include room, board, and supplies?
5. Is there financial aid or scholarship money available?
6. What colleges am I considering? Look at those schools first for their summer opportunities.
7. Do I have a portfolio of 8-20 pieces to submit? Many applications require a portfolio, letter of recommendation, and/or essay.
8. What specific courses am I interested in taking?
9. When are the deadlines? Give yourself enough time to collect all of the necessary application materials.
The following is a very incomplete list of programs. You must conduct your own research and chose the program that best suits your needs.
Rockland County- Day Classes
Rockland Center for the Arts
Arts Alliance of Haverstraw
Arts Students’ League
Westchester County- Day Classes
Westchester Community College
New York City
Metropolitan Museum of Art
International Center of Photography
School of Visual Arts
New York University
NYU-Tisch School (film/video)
Beyond (organized by approx. distance)
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
3 sessions available for 2, 4, or 6 weeks
classes run for two weeks each
Boston Art Institute, Lesley College
Boston Museum School www.smfa.edu/Continuing_Education/Pre_College_Summer_Studio/Index.asp
New York State Summer School of the Arts,
School of Visual Arts- Brockport, NY
School of Media Arts- Ithaca, NY
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) www.mica.edu/PROGRAMS/cs/precollege/index.cfm?id=390
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago