Art and Design Study trips to New York City

Curriculum Themes

Fine Art

Three-Dimensional Design

Graphic Communications

Moving image; TV and film

Textile Design


Why New York?

From the amazing art galleries of the Guggenheim and Museum of Modern Art, to the incredibly scenic views from the Top of the Rock and Empire State Building; New York is the ideal destination for any Art student. The Big Apple is surrounded by Art everywhere you turn, with around 1500 art galleries and more and more exhibitions appearing, you will never be short of artistic brilliance to explore. Not just that, but the city covers all forms of Art; there is the International Centre of Photography for the photography students, Museum of Fine Art for those with a lighter hand, and numerous TV and film studios for those wanting to discover moving images and this element of the curriculum.

‘I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline.’

This quote by Ayn Rand sums up the beauty of the city. One look of the dreamy skyline remains a picture in your mind; one sight of the amazing street art ignites a passion; one trip creates a life-long memory.

What to do on an art and design study trip to New York?

There is an enormous range of activities for students to explore the wonders of New York. Here we have just a few excursions we can include in a bespoke itinerary.

The International Centre of Photography founded in 1974 is a museum for photography and visual culture, as well as containing a photography school. The aim of the centre is to keep people talking about the role that photographs, videos and new media play in our society. Visitors are encouraged to explore photography as a medium of empowerment and as a catalyst for reaching a social change.
These galleries specialise in 19th, 20th and 21st century artwork. It first specialised in the Italian Renaissance and old master paintings but has now gone on to focus on Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism and Surrealism.


“One will no longer be able to make fake works of art,” article from Le Matin, pasted into Juan Gris’ painting, “The Man at the Café” – – #MuseumMonday: “The Man at the Café” is both the largest collage Juan Gris ever made and the only one to feature a human figure. The man has an air of mystery with obscured features, a dark shadow looming behind him, and a fedora covering his face. His hands grip the newspaper “Le Matin,” and his stein of foamy beer rests on the wood-grained table. The collaged newspaper features an article on art forgeries; the article begins, “It’s no secret, fake works of art are legion,” and details how future forgeries could be detected by fingerprints. Gris’ pairing of this suspicious figure with the article on forgeries adds to the collage’s sense of mystery. – – Sold by the gallery, the painting is currently on display in the @metmuseum’s exhibition “Birds of a Feather: Joseph Cornell’s Homage to Juan Gris” (on view through April 15, 2018). In this exhibition, twelve Cornell boxes inspired by “The Man at the Café” are displayed alongside Gris’ work. – – Juan Gris “The Man at the Café,” 1914 Oil and newsprint collage on canvas The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection – – #AcquavellaGalleries #JuanGris #Gris #JosephCornell #Cornell #MetMuseum #Cubism #CubistCollage #Collage #CurrentExhibitions #CornellBoxes #BirdsofaFeather A post shared by Acquavella Galleries (@acquavellagalleries) on

With a sister museum in Bilbao, Spain. The Guggenheim museum is the permanent home to a continuously expanding collection of impressionist, modern and contemporary art, as well as various other exhibitions throughout the year. The museum was originally named the museum of Non-Objective Painting before the owner Soloman Guggenheim died and the cylindrical building is identified as the ‘temple of the spirit.’

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Central park is an urban park classed as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is the most visited urban park in the United States with 35 million visitors annually. The scenery of the park is ideal for anyone who wants to sit and photograph the views, or alternatively, sketch the wonderful landscapes.


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In addition, you can also fill your days with the following

      • Statue of Liberty Boat tour
      • Visit the Top of the Rock
      • Broadway Show
      • Empire State Building
      • Madame Tussauds

Example Itineraries

Our educational travel experts have spent considerable time crafting a selection of ready-made itineraries for your Art Study trip to New York, which you will find below. However, we can also create a tailored itinerary to meet the educational needs of your group.

Day 1 Arrive in New York and transfer to accommodation. Free time to explore.
Day 2 Visit the Museum of Modern Art and visit the top of the rock for sketching opportunity
Day 3 Visit the Guggenheim and then enjoy some free time in Central Park. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Day 4 Boat tour around Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and world trade centre.
Day 5 Transfer to the airport to return back to UK.

Getting there

A flight is required to get to NYC where you can fly directly into a New York airport from any major UK airport. Coach transfers will be included for all airport transfers and excursions where needed.

Where to Stay

HI New York
Based in the heart of New York City and near bus and metro stations, this accommodation most notably ticks all the boxes in what is required to make for an incredible stay in the city centre. In addition to offering spacious dorms to all varieties of groups, the HI NYC also offers a full board meal plan to make things as simple as possible when touring in New York. The friendly staff are always on hand to assist with any requests. We can assure you, your team will settle in comfortably.

Hotel Pennsylvania, NYC
Situated just steps away is Macy’s and the spectacular Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Gardens. What’s more, it’s just a short walk from the world-famous Time Square and the monumental Empire State Building. With all of these landmarks located close by and a Metro station around the corner, all of the city is accessible.


When to visit New York?

New York can be visited all year round, however can get extremely cold in winter time. The best time to visit is between April and June, or September to early November as that is when the weather is not too extreme. The art galleries are open all year so pick a time that is suited to you and your group.

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