Apply to the Program

How to Apply

Click on the link to fill out the online registration form for the Spring 2019 Program.

Spring 2018 Program: Drawing, Computer Aided 2-D Design, 3D Design and Art Issues & Writing
Portfolio Review Saturday, February 9th, 2018 10AM–2PM at 41 Cooper Sq. Room 101
Grades 10-11 are eligible to apply.
Courses are held on Saturdays from February 23rd–April 13th, 2018 9:00AM–5:00PM


The Outreach Pre-college Program accepts high school students who live in New York City and surrounding areas, in grades 1012, and who are enrolled in either a public or private high school. Each season is designed for specific grade levels to assist in the college application process. 


All applicants must fill out a registration form online prior to attending an in-person portfolio review in order to apply to the program. If a student is unable to come the day of the review, individual appointments are available by writing to All students are given individual portfolio critiques by Outreach staff of professional artists and guest alumni. 

When & Where

Each season has a separate applications, review dates and different courses offered. Please reference the schedule listed above for important dates and times. Portfolio reviews take place at 41 Cooper Square from 10am–2pm.

What to bring

Your portfolio should include 10–20 original artworks as well as sketchbooks. Digital representations of your artwork is acceptable if it is too large to bring in, however, it is highly recommended that you bring in the actual work of art to present to the reviewer. Included in your portfolio should be drawings from observation which is a drawing made by looking at a physical person, place or thing and not a photograph. 


Students are contacted by email and telephone the week after the review regarding admission.

Please call 212-353-4202 with any questions, or write to


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