Art History & Studio Art Program

studio art

Art in New York City: Seeing, Learning, and Making Art and History

This course pairing will introduce students to the disciplines of both Art History and Studio Art, while also engaging students with art institutions in New York City. Numerous museums will act as learning opportunities for students to hone their skills as emerging Art Historians, while also seeing original work by professional artists. Renowned sites across the city will provide inspiration for art-making and landscape experience. Students will visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Staten Island Museum, as well as experience sites such as Snug Harbor, Battery Park, Madison Square Park, Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Students enrolled in our Art History & Studio Art Program will take:

  • AH 118: Introduction to Art History
  • AR 200: Making and Seeing Art in New York City

Upon successful completion students will receive 2 units equivalent to 6 transfer credits at other similar institutions.

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Course Information

  • AH 118: Introduction to Art History: The Ancient World from a Global Perspective. 
  • AR 200: Making and Seeing Art in New York City 
  • Tuition and Program Dates 
  • Application Information 
This course is designed to introduce students to the diverse variety of ancient material culture around the world. We will examine the artifacts, architecture, and art of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Aegean, Mesoamerica, Africa, India, China and Far East Asia, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and the Islamic world. The lectures will follow both chronological and thematic frameworks, examining each culture from the early formative periods (third millennium BC), through classical antiquity (Greece and Rome included), up through the medieval periods, and touch upon continuity in the modern and contemporary world. The goal of the course is to leave the students with a basic knowledge of ancient and global civilizations, as well as the ability to compare their use of visual expression to our modern concepts of art and architecture, and an introductory knowledge of art historical and archaeological methodologies. One Unit.  Instructor: Dr. Sarah J. Scott  Course Requirements:  Students will need the following texts, and be expected to pay for admissions to multiple museums.  Required Texts: 
  1. Marilyn Stokstad, Michael W. Cothren. Art: A Brief History, fourth, fifth, or sixth edition, Prentice Hall.
  2. Sylvan Barnet. A Short Guide to Writing About Art, 11th edition. New York: PearsInstructor: Sarah Scott
This class will consist of on-location drawing sessions in New York City with an emphasis on representation from direct observation. We will explore a variety of drawing techniques in order to transport that vision onto paper, with an emphasis on line and mark-making. The objective of the course is to perceive, analyze, and interpret visual information through the act of drawing, while at the same time, develop an individual drawing language that allows the student to express his/her own vision and ideas.  Particular sites and venues in and around the city will provide space, opportunity, and subject matter for drawing sessions. Additionally, works of art viewed on-location through museums and gallery trips will present students with the opportunity to see first-hand the fine drawing techniques of established artists. One Unit.  Instructor: Robert Geronimo  SUPPLY LIST:  Paint, ink, brushes, and large paper for in-class exercises supplied by the Department.  Students are expected to bring:  Blick Studio Drawing Pencils  Strathmore 400 Series Sketch Pads 11×14  Conte Crayon  Kneaded Erasers  Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens, BLACK 
July 8 – July 27, 2018  Tuition:
Residential – $4,599
Commuter – $3,599
  Tuition Includes: 
  • Housing in supervised residence halls
  • Meals
  • Entrance and transportation fees for required venues
  • Towels and bedding
  • Credit Transcript
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Application Requirements 
  • Must be either a sophomore, junior or senior in Fall of 2018 and provide an official high school transcript
  • 1 Page Essay (Why you want to attend the Wagner College Summer Pre-College Program and what you hope to gain from this experience)
  • Letter of Recommendation from Guidance Counselor attesting to current GPA
  • $50 Application Fee Upon acceptance application fee will go towards tuition


Life at Wagner

  • Residence Halls 
  • Dining 
  • Trips 
  • Schedule 
During your time here, you will be living in one of our four dorms equipped with Wi-Fi and amazing views of the surrounding area. Student lounges are located on all residence floors for social gatherings or for just spending time reading or socializing with new friends. Rooms for boys and girls are on separate floors, or in separate parts of the residence.  Learn more about our Residence Halls 
Our Pre-College students eat in Wagner’s cafeteria-style dining hall, which serves a range of healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dining hall provides vegetarian and vegan options at every meal, and special dietary needs (such as kosher or gluten-free meals) will be accommodated.  Students also have the option to purchase snacks, soda/coffee, and sandwiches in the Hawk’s Nest. 
During your stay, you will have opportunities to take trips to points of cultural, historical, or recreational interest in the New York City Area. Examples of excursions from past years include:  
  • Times Square
  • Broadway shows including: Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde
  • The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
  • Central Park
  • South Street Seaport
  • 9/11 Museum
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Chelsea Market
  • Staten Island Yankees Stadium
  • Brooklyn Bridge
Transportation, lunch, and entrance fees are included for all required excursions as they relate to each course.  
On the first day, you will arrive and have a chance to get situated in your dorm room. Parents and students will be invited to a welcome reception where you will have an opportunity to meet your professors, other instructors, staff, and fellow students.  Your program will begin the following day with breakfast in the Wagner Dining Hall and then on to your chosen classes. Typically, the academic classes will meet mornings and afternoons, with field trips to Manhattan and other venues scheduled once or twice a week and during the weekends.  When on campus, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the dining hall. When not in class, or traveling to NYC sights, you will participate in informal workshops about college admissions, college life, time management, study skills, and more. And, of course, time will be devoted to your coursework. Group study halls will be scheduled during the evening and weekends.  Sample Schedule:  8:00am-9:00am| Breakfast
9:00am –12pm| Instructor-led classroom session
12:00pm-1:30pm| Lunch/Free Time
1:30pm-4:30pm| Instructor-led classroom session
5:30pm| Dinner
7:30pm| Evening Activity/Study Time