1. Career Edge - NYU High School Summer Program

Exploring Visual and Graphic Design

Are you interested in pursuing a major in visual arts or graphic design? Do you see yourself pursuing a future career in design? This one-week pre-college experience will provide a thorough understanding of graphic design, with a special emphasis on its use in media across multiple platforms. Learn with like minded students from around the country and around the world by working through the creative process on a series of brand, print, social, and digital design projects. Each interactive session will include an in-class project that is centered around one of the three Adobe Creative Suite programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign - industry-standard programs used by professionals. Not only will you gain a strong knowledge of design principles, but you’ll also learn how to apply them to future careers in publishing, media, graphic design, and more. You’ll walk away with polished projects that can be used in an application portfolio and skills that can be immediately applied to school projects, work opportunities, and even building your own brand or website.

Please note: Students will need access to Adobe Creative Cloud to participate in this course.

Ideal For

  • High school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11
  • High school students who are interested in exploring careers in design

You'll Walk Away With

  • A foundational understanding of basic skills in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Knowledge of brand, print, and digital design as well as an understanding of how design is used to enhance business goals
  • Exposure to potential industry opportunities within visual and graphic design
  • An NYU transcript showing grade(s) earned upon completion of the course (Please note: No college credit or certificate of completion is granted for this course.)

Information Table

Students from around the world attend NYU summer programs, but only a college prep program like High School Academy provides the opportunity to explore both traditional and emerging career paths.

Projects and short assignments provide take-aways that prepare you for college classroom work, while demonstrating your newly acquired skills.

Career Edge Schedule


Application is now closed! We look forward to posting Summer 2023 information in early January 2023.

Application Requirements and Fees

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