As part of the School’s structure, students work from life, from compositional drawings and from their imaginations.

The New York Studio School’s curriculum is based on the atelier-system and a group teaching model for both the full-time and part-time programs. For students enrolled in the full-time programs, the School offers the opportunity to combine historical practice with independent, creative thought, and benefit from the studio-based method while having the time and space to explore their own individual creative efforts.

Part-time students, who can enroll in the Drawing Marathons (offered three times a year – in the Summer Session or in the fall and spring) or Evening & Weekend Classes, get to experience the intensity and rigor offered by the School in a more condensed manner. These courses are open to beginning and advanced artists regardless of their affiliation.

More about our programs in the 2019/2020 View Book.

MFA Program

The MFA programs, offered with concentrations in Painting or in Sculpture, continue the ethos of the teaching methods defined by the School’s history within a recognized degree program.

Certificate Program

New York Studio School offers students a three year intensive studio Certificate Program in their chosen areas of study: Painting or Sculpture, with Drawing as an integral component of each discipline.


The School’s internationally-recognized Marathon programs were developed in 1988 by Dean Graham Nickson. They are intensive, all-day programs that run for two weeks at the beginning of each semester and during the Summer Session.

Evening & Weekend Classes

Several courses in drawing, painting and sculpture are offered in the evenings and on the weekend during both the regular semesters and during the Summer Session.

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