Graduate Portfolio Prep


NYART Portfolio Graduate Portfolio Prep. course is designed for those applying to graduate art and design programs and in need of building a conceptually cohesive portfolio. Our Graduate Portfolio Course students have been admitted to highly competitive schools such as Harvard, Yale, SAIC and RISD, which only accept less than 20% of the applicants.

Our professional instructors and admission staff specialize in devising individual curricula based on students’ top-choice major and schools, previous GPA, and background. NYART Portfolio Prep, if combined with Admission Management program, includes all aspects of assistance in the entire art school admission process including consultations, essay writing, application submission, interview preparation, documentation of portfolio works and communication with colleges.

NYART instructors work individually with each student to develop each project designed just for the student, so everyone gets different projects and a unique portfolio.

We offer long-term, as well as short-term classes to accommodate student needs.

txt_red OVERVIEW

Regular Course

  • For a graduate art program applicant in need of a cohesive, well-rounded portfolio
  • Specialized curriculum for each individual according to major and school of choice
  • Conceptually cohesive and well-thought out portfolio for major graduate art programs
  • One semester = 12 weeks
  • 4 hours / class
  • Flexible number of classes per week

Customize your class schedule from 12 – 36 classes in a 12-week term.

Intensive Course

  • For a graduate art applicant in need of a cohesive, well-rounded portfolio anytime soon
  • More time-efficient and effective portfolio prep
  • Portfolio completion in a short term with high-quality work
  • Popular among out-of-state and international students (lower living expenses)
  • One semester = either 8 or 12 weeks
  • (4 hours / class)﹡2 classes = 8 hours / day
  • 80 classes (5 days / wk within 8 wks)
  • 120 classes (6 days / wk within 12 wks)

Above are MINIMUM CLASS LOADS SUGGESTED BY NYART in order to build a solid portfolio for Graduate Admissions. You can build your own MFA Prep Course by adding more classes.
*Students who have less than 16 weeks away from their first MFA application deadline should choose an intensive or private lessons option.

  • Popular with students living outside USA or NYC, or those with busy schedule who can’t make enough time for a standard course
  • The same focused learning experience virtually possible without physically coming to class
  • Continuous email communication with instructor aside from actual class sessions
  • Personalized lessons and schedule catered to your needs
  • Efficient time allocation– no need to stay in one sitting for 8 hours
  • customized class duration and schedule
  • One-on-one portfolio preparation throughout the whole class duration
  • The most effective and highest rate of student acceptance
  • Most successful rate of scholarships awarded
  • customized class duration and schedule
A 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
B 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
A 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
B 4:00pm – 8:00pm

txt_red REGULAR

  • Anyone on any skill level applying to a graduate art program
  • Prepare your portfolio at a steady pace

Enroll every 12 weeks
Flexible number of classes per week
4 hrs / class

 12 classes within 12 wks
 24 classes within 12 wks
$2,960 originally  $3,000 
 36 classes within 12 wks
$4,300 originally  $4,500 


  • Time-efficient and effective with lower per-class tuition rate
  • Dense amount of classes within a short term for faster portfolio completion

Enroll every 8 or 12 weeks
4 hrs / class﹡2 = 8 hrs / day

 80 classes within 8 wks
  (5 days / wk)
$8,640 originally  $10,000
 120 classes within 12 wks
  (5 days / wk)
$12,000 originally  $15,000
New York Art Studio issues certificate upon completion of full-time 1-year program or equivalent class hours.


  • Each class is 4 hours, except Private Lessons or Online Lessons.
  • All Graduate Prep Students have studio access for “self-study” during business hours.
  • For a well thought-out and cohesive portfolio that is desired of a graduate art applicant
  • Emphasis on individualized and focused portfolio directions, critiques, and reviews



  • Anyone with a limited time to prepare for graduate admissions
  • International or out-of-state residents who want to save money by expediting portfolio building process
  • Non-major/major students both welcome
  • Course duration can be CUSTOMIZED. Please contact us


  • Anyone who would like to prepare a portfolio in New York City but is worried about living costs
  • Anyone who always wanted to study art but are too busy to squeeze in the time
  • Anyone who feels their portfolio is weak and need some improvement
  • No need to worry about an extra living– stay where you are but still study virtually in New York!
  • Effective results and a high satisfaction rate


  • Anyone hoping to build a portfolio for art school admissions at a steady pace.
  • Both major and non-major students are welcome
  • Anyone who wishes to customize their preparation schedule; (you may also add more classes for your needs. Contact us !)
  • Anyone who needs to make a graduate-level conceptually advanced art portfolio
  • Anyone looking to build a portfolio in a focused environment.


  • Anyone willing to commit full time to making a complete portfolio for summer
  • High School students and international students welcome !
  • Anyone who wants the benefits of our INTENSIVE course AND special activities
  • Workshops, portfolio reviews, art college information sessions, school visits, museum field trips.


  • Anyone who urgently needs to develop and finish the portfolio within a limited time
  • Anyone who needs to make a high-quality portfolio within a short period of time (4 months or shorter)
  • Anyone who wants highly focused, most specialized one-on-one private instruction with instructors from the nation’s top art schools
  • Anyone who can stay focused for a short period of time for the maximized outcome


Total care program for all procedures and requirements for admission upon completion of a portfolio.

  • Application process assistance
  • Selection of artwork for portfolio
  • Professional portfolio photo shoot (up to 20 artworks)
  • Slideroom Upload Assist
  • Portfolio Digital Formatting
  • Essay/SOP revision (500-750 words)
  • NY ART Transcript
  • Recommendation letters (ask our faculty directly)
  • Prepare for college/graduate school interviews
  • WES Application Assistance
  • Report test results to each school applied (IBT/IELTS)
  • Info Sessions from major art schools’ admission officers(summer applicants only)
  • All communications included from submission to decision notice

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