Apply to the Program

How to Apply

Apply to the Program

Upcoming! 2018 Spring Program. Fill registration online here. Portfolio Review February 10th 10am to 2pm, 41 Cooper Sq. Room 101

2017 Fall Program.
Portfolio Review Sept. 16, 2017 - 10am to 2pm, 41 Cooper Sq. Room 101
Grades 11-12 are eligible to apply.
Courses are held on Saturdays from 9am – 5pm, Sept. 23 – Nov. 11, 2017.

2018 Winter Program: Mixed Media/Letterpress Project, Guest Artist Series
Portfolio Review Dec. 9, 2017 - 10am to 2pm 41 Cooper Sq. Room 101
Grades 10-12 are eligible to apply.
Courses are held on Saturdays from 9am – 5pm, Jan.6 – Feb. 3, 2018

2018 Spring Program: Drawing, Computer Aided 2-D Design, 3D Design, Art Issues & Writing
Portfolio Review Feb. 10, 2018 - 10am to 2pm 41 Cooper Sq. Room 101
Grades 10-11 are eligible to apply.
Courses are held on Saturdays from 9am – 5pm, Feb.24 – Apr. 14, 2018


The Outreach Pre-college Program accepts high school students who live in New York City and surrounding areas, in grades 10-12, 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 AND then attend an in-person portfolio review to apply to the program.  If a student is unable to come the day of the review, individual appointments are available by writing All students are given individual portfolio critiques by Outreach staff of professional artists and guest alumni. 

When and where:

Each season has a separate application, review date, and courses offered.   Please see dates above.  Portfolio reviews take place at 41 Cooper Square, 1st floor (East 7th St. and Third Ave.).  The reviews run from 10am – 2pm.

What to bring:

Your portfolio should include 10-20 original artworks, as well as sketchbooks. Bring samples of your artwork that best represents your abilities, motivation, and interests. Include drawings from observation—those made from looking at an actual object, place or situation. We recommend you bring your actual work not its representation on a display device. Please also bring your sketchbook!


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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