Drawing Classes in NYC with School Information

Feb 27, 2019

Research drawing classes in New York City, which currently has at least 17 colleges within nine miles of the downtown area offering programs. Read an overview of courses, admission info and program requirements for three of these New York City schools and decide which program is right for you.

New York City Schools with Drawing Classes

In New York City, there are three schools that offer studio art programs, and each one includes a concentration or courses in drawing. In addition to formal art training, the schools also provide students with access to art libraries, galleries, internships or study abroad opportunities. Read about the degree options at two public colleges and one private university, and find a comparison table and summary of another school choice that can help you decide where to take drawing classes.

  • The 35-acre campus of Brooklyn College, located about nine miles from downtown Manhattan, is within easy reach of four major subways, more than six bus routes and the Long Island Railroad. The college helps students obtain internships at major art museums and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in art.
  • Hunter College, the largest institution in the City University of New York (CUNY) system and one of the oldest postsecondary schools in the country, is located two miles from downtown Manhattan near Central Park. In addition to undergraduate and graduate programs in art, the college offers a foreign exchange and visiting artist program.
  • One of the largest private institutions in the country and a member of the renowned Association of American Universities, New York University can be found in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, just a little over a mile from the city's downtown. Studio art programs are available at both the undergraduate and graduate level; student exhibitions take place at the 80WSE gallery.

Comparison of Schools

The following table is designed to provide you with at-a-glance information about key school features, including acceptance and graduation rates, financial aid and tuition. Information about other school options can be found directly below the table.

CUNY Brooklyn College CUNY Hunter College New York University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 17,803* 23,005* 51,123*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $7,040 in-state; $14,430 out-of-state* $6,982 in-state; $14,372 out-of-state* $50,464*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 83%* 81%* 54%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 40%* 40%* 28%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 82% for full-time students; 90% for part-time students* 83% for full-time students; 80% for part-time students* 93% for full-time students; 71% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (students enrolled in Fall 2011) 58%* 52%* 84%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

CUNY Brooklyn College

The Art Department at the School of Visual Media and Performing Arts offers undergraduate and graduate programs in art history and studio art, as well as a concentration for early childhood and childhood education majors. The bachelor's degree requires 120 credits to complete, and students must take core courses in art, literature, philosophy, science and social inquiry.

Bachelor of Arts in Art

The Bachelor of Arts requires 41-42 credits of major coursework, which include core classes in basic color, design and drawing, 24 credits of studio art and six credits of art history. Studio art courses can be selected from the following disciplines: digital art, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

The fine arts curriculum includes 68-69 credits of major coursework. A portfolio is required, and students should apply to the program before they have completed 26 credits of studio art courses. The studio courses are the same as those offered through the Bachelor of Arts program, and artists-in-training must complete a minimum of three credits from each area.

Minor in Studio Art

The minor in studio art requires 18 credits of coursework, and students must complete prerequisites that include introductory art and art history.

Master of Fine Arts in Art

Students who pursue the Master of Fine Arts have the opportunity to study with professional artists and faculty members who have had their work on display at major museums. The program requires 48 credits to complete and culminates in a graduate thesis exhibition. The six areas of study are the same as those found in the undergraduate programs. Coursework specific to drawing includes advanced drawing techniques that emphasize the use of composition, draftsmanship and figure drawing.

CUNY Hunter College

The fine arts programs at the School of Arts and Sciences include undergraduate degrees in studio art and art history, as well as a minor in art history. The bachelor's degree requires 120 credits of coursework, and students must take general education courses in foreign language, diversity and writing.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

The Bachelor of Arts program offers both a 24- and a 42-credit track. Students who pursue the 24-credit track complete eight courses in the major, including drawing and visual studies. The 42-credit track is designed for those who would like a more intensive studio art experience and are interested in applying to a graduate art program. In addition to drawing and visual studies, it consists of a 9-credit concentration in combined media, drawing, graphics or another related area.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

This is a specialized degree program for students interested in pursuing studio work. Undergraduates can apply to the program after they have completed 90 credits of coursework and have met with an advisor. In addition to the introductory requirements, the curriculum includes several courses in studio art, a 6-credit concentration and a senior project. One of the concentration areas is in advanced drawing.

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

This 48-credit course of study requires students to choose a concentration in one of six areas, including a combined specialization in drawing, printmaking and works on paper. In addition to studio work, art students must participate in a mid-program review and submit a graduate project.

New York University

The Department of Art and Art Professions at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development offers undergraduate and graduate programs in studio art, art education, art therapy, costume studies and visual administration.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art

This 128-credit program requires 42 credits of liberal arts foundational courses and an 86-credit studio specialization in such areas as digital art, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture or video. In addition to unrestricted electives, students also have to take courses in art criticism and theory. Through basic drawing courses, students learn about techniques and materials, study color theory and have the opportunity to go on field trips.

Minor in Studio Art

Students who pursue the 16-credit minor must take a total of four courses from the following three areas: drawing/painting/printmaking, ceramics/metalsmithing/sculpture and design/digital art/photography/video.

Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art

This MFA program requires two years and 60 credits to complete and culminates in a thesis exhibition. The program emphasis is on interdisciplinary studies.

Other School Option

Along with the studio programs described above, Pace University in New York City offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with an option to concentrate in drawing and painting.

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