Exploring Architecture in Manhattan

Exploring Architecture in Manhattan

Are you a high school or college student considering architecture as a career? Are you looking to develop a design portfolio? Our four-week intensive college-level program provides hands-on experience in studio design exercises and projects along with field trips and lectures led by NYIT faculty and guest professionals.

Topics include:

  • Architectural design and history theory
  • Hand drawing
  • Model making
  • Digital applications
  • Shop fabrication

You’ll have full access to NYIT-Manhattan’s professional architecture facilities, including an open studio with a view of nearby Central Park, as well as our computer labs, model fabrication shops, library, and other resources.

No previous experience with architecture, drafting, or art is needed.

Upon successful completion of the course, students receive 3 academic credits and an official transcript from NYIT.


We offer two studio options supplemented by a visualization/representation course and a history/theory course. You must select either Studio 1 or Studio 2, which are at the same level of understanding but focus on a unique design aspect.

  • Studio 1: Learn to understand, analyze, and reinterpret the built environment using the language of architecture to reveal a method and strategy for making new forms and spaces. Through a series of short studio projects, we will transform a 2-D image into a 3-D model, which will become the framework for an architectural and spatial proposition that defines a scale for human occupation and implies the 4th dimension of movement.
  • Studio 2: Design and build a viewfinder, scaled to fit the occupation and scale of the human body, to be installed in a courtyard within the NYIT campus. We will explore the use of a cardboard prototype created to view site conditions in different ways, followed by other viewfinders. While working with our prototype, we will study and observe our projects to see what kind of data is gathered.


  • Studio 1 and Studio 2 are offered during one four-week session: July 9 – August 3

Courses are offered Monday – Friday on our Manhattan campus.

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Costs (four-week session)

  • Tuition: $2,550
  • Campus Life Immersion package: $4,250 (tuition not included)

About Campus Life Immersion

Are you from out-of-town or looking for a more complete New York City campus life experience? Our Campus Life Immersion package includes:*

  • Housing and meals for seven days—from the Saturday before your program begins to the Saturday after its conclusion.
  • Cultural and social experiences.
  • College preparation programming.
  • Airport transfers and daily transportation.
  • Interdisciplinary volunteer and community-service opportunities every Friday.

*Tuition is separate and not included.

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We will be offering a number of merit-based scholarships for each of our programs. Scholarships will be awarded to students based on their strong interest and commitment toward pursuing their selected area of study and on merit.

Scholarship Requirements

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be enrolled in high school (10th, 11th, or 12th grade) and submit the following:

  • Formal essay (300-350 words) explaining why you are interested in your selected program and how it will prepare you for college and your future career.
  • Two recommendation letters from a teacher or guidance counselor.
  • Copy of your most recent high school transcript.

The deadline for scholarship applications is May 1. Scholarship recipients will be notified the week of May 15.


NYIT Academy is for for students ages 15-20. To register, please submit the following:

  • Completed application form.
  • 250-word biographical statement (in English), telling us about yourself, your interests, and what you do in your spare time.
  • $500 deposit.
  • Copy of photo ID.
  • International students: Please submit a copy of your passport (valid for at least six months after the program ends) with your application materials.

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Registration for the program is on a rolling basis. Once the program has reached capacity, you will be put on a waiting list.

  • May 1: Deadline for scholarship applications.
  • June 1: Deadline for campus life immersion registration.
  • June 15: General registration deadline.
  • July 1: All payment and forms are due.