Subject Spotlight: The Arts

The Arts are how we as individuals and as a society express ourselves. From the dawn of cave paintings to the digital media art of today, from silent films to blockbuster hits, from classical music to top 40, humans have communicated their stories, emotions, and conditions through a multitude of art forms. Whatever your talent or passion, NYU Precollege offers a wide range of choices for you to express your creative side, learn a new skill, or be boldly exposed to territory you’ve never ventured art

Here is just a sample of some of the art courses being offered at NYU Precollege:

Art History: ARTH-UA.6: Modern Art

Art in the Western world from the late 18th century to the present. The Neoclassicism and Romanticism of David, Goya, Ingres, Turner, Delacroix; the Realism of Courbet; the Impressionists; parallel developments in architecture; and the new sculptural tradition of Rodin. From postimpressionism to Fauvism, Expressionism, Futurism, Cubism, geometric abstraction in sculpture and painting, and modernism in architecture in the 20th century. After World War I, Dadaism and Surrealism. Developments since 1945, such as Action painting, Pop art, Minimal art, and numerous strands of Postmodernism.

Music: MUSIC-UA.100: Music of New York

This course is designed to take advantage of New York’s dynamic music community. There are in-class presentations by local musicians and scholars, and students regularly attend performances throughout the city. The focus is on the everyday practices of musical life in New York City by both performers and listeners in a number of the City’s musical constituencies: immigrant communities; amateur and professional music-makers; and popular, classical, and avant-garde scenes. Examination of these processes of music-making will be enhanced by a look at the histories of these different kinds of music-making. There will also be a historical discussion of the vibrant musical life of New York in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which will contribute to an understanding of why New York is seen, and sees itself, as a musical city.


Drama: THEA-UT 705 :Realism & Naturalism, European Origins

This course will examine the primarily 19th century European movement toward Realism and Naturalism that remains a major influence in today’s theater, shaping both dramatic practice and audience expectation. It will look at the relationship of Realism and Naturalism to the philosophical climate of the 1800s (Hegel, Darwin, Marx, Freud), to other theatrical movements (Romanticism, Symbolism, Expressionism and Aestheticism), to contemporaneous dramatic and literary forms (melodrama, the well-made play, the novel, photography), and to concrete historical trends (the rise of nation states, changing sex roles and family structures). The course focuses on the plays of the major European dramatists who defined the movement (Zola, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw), and tentatively traces its transformation in early to middle 20th century American drama.


Cinema: CINE-UT.393: NYC on Film

Summer in the City: This course examines New York City’s role as America’s second “movie capital” from the time of the invention of motion pictures right up through the mid-1980s. Topics covered include: New York’s centrality to the creation of the American film industry in the early silent period; the City’s role as an icon of modernity in Hollywood movies of the 1930s and ‘40s; and Manhattan’s emergence in the Postwar period as a center for alternate filmmaking practices, especially independent and exploitation features, “underground” experimental films, and early televisual forms such as “direct cinema” and live “anthology” dramas. In sum, the course analyzes a set of generic and formal practices intimately associated with Greater New York as well as offering an introduction to the City’s rich cultural history. Screenings include Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Escape from New York (1981), King Kong (1933), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Twelve Angry Men (1954).


Film: FMTV-UT 1083: Intro to Special Effects Make-Up

 This is an introductory level hands-on workshop designed for students wishing to develop their artistry, experienced make-up artists seeking advanced techniques, non-make-up artists just starting out, and anyone who has always wondered “how’d they do that?” This course explores the art of special effects make-up. Topics include skin safe molding procedures; casting and painting silicone replica props; applying “out-of-kit” make-up effects including cuts, bruises, black eyes, scabs, scars, wounds, burns, and decayed flesh; designing an executing a zombie make up, designing and executing a frozen death make-up; sculpting a 1;1 scale Replica Character Maquette; using anatomical reference to enhance a character sculpt and safely using all tools and materials. Students receive a make-up kit specially designed with all materials necessary to complete in-class projects.


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Of course, there are more courses being offered– this is just a select sampling! Check out the full Precollege 2016 course listing can be found here.

Subject Spotlight: Business

New York City is sometimes referred to as the financial capital of the world. Some of the buisiness!.jpglargest and leading business and financial firms are located right here. So if you’re considering a future in business, or getting into the business side of any field, what better way than to take some courses this summer in the midst of all the action? There are several business-related courses available in NYU Precollege.

The College of Arts & Science is offering :
ECON-UA.1-060: Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON-UA.2-060: Introduction to Microeconomics.
These courses provide the fundamental basics needed for a major and career in economics, and economics is often required for business degrees.

The College of Liberal Studies is offering:
ECI-UF 101-060: Principles of Macroeconomics
This course is similar to ECON-UA, dealing with basic concepts of macroeconomic theory. Topics include unemployment; inflation; aggregate demand; income determination and stabilization policies; fiscal and monetary policies; and the Keynesian monetarist debate over stabilization policy.

The Tisch School of the Arts is offering:
FMTV-UT.1095-060: Producing for Film
In this course, you will learn about how a production company is formed and be able to analyze, schedule, and budget a 90-minute feature film of your choice!

The Wagner School of Public Service is offering:
UPADM-GP 242.60: The Business of Nonprofit Management
This course is a general introduction to not-for-profit management, with heavy emphasis on practical application. What are the core elements of a “good” not-for-profit company? And, what, exactly does not-for-profit even mean?

Summer @ Stern

In addition, the Stern School of Business is offering Summer @ Stern courses, MULT-UB.275-060: Business and Investments and MULT-UB.276-060: Behavioral Economics and the Science of Decision Making. However, before you can enroll in these, you will need to submit an application. Click here for more information, including course descriptions. Depending on when you apply, course application decisions will be sent by Stern every three weeks beginning April 4th. While you wait, we recommend that you register for alternative Precollege courses so they don’t fill up in the event you aren’t approved for Summer @ Stern. We also hope that you would still decide to participate in NYU Precollege if you don’t get into Summer @ Stern, and we would be happy to help you explore your interests in other areas, so feel free to write to us at


Be sure to browse the Precollege course search for the full listing of options, and as always, contact us with any questions!


Subject Spotlight: The Humanities

In this blog, we’ve talked about the different science options available to Precollege students– but what about the humanities?hue-manatee

What are “the humanities”? 

The humanities are the general category given to subjects that study human culture, especially literature, history, art, music, and philosophy. (Spoiler alert: It has nothing to do with actual manatees).

Why study the humanities? 

Regardless of what your major will be in college, taking a humanities course for Precollege can be good preparation for core classes and the higher-level thinking you’ll need to succeed academically. Also, humanities classes can be a lot of fun!  Try exploring a field you might not have studied before, like comparative literature or philosophy.

So, what kind of humanities study does Precollege offer? 

We’re glad you asked! Check out some of the highlights for the subjects below:

Philosophy: “Philosophy strives to answer the most fundamental questions about the world and our place in it…philosophy as a discipline seeks to identify and answer them through rigorous and informed inquiry and reasoning.” Read more about Philosophy

Art History: “The Department was established to provide a rigorous and wide-ranging education in the many facets of the history and theory of art, a mission that its faculty continues to enthusiastically embrace. Students become familiar with global art from antiquity to the present.” Read more about Art History

Comparative Literature: “Comparative literature is an innovative major that encourages students to follow their passion for literature by venturing beyond national and disciplinary boundaries. In the spirit of our times, students delve into literature from all over the world and explore its intersections with other media and disciplines, such as cinema studies, art history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, history, and linguistics.” Read more about Comparative Literature

History: “The history department is bound together in the pursuit of educational excellence and ground-breaking research. Students are able to pursue their interests in historical scholarship in a unique and enriching environment, utilizing the many resources available within the classroom, the NYU campus, and the greater New York City metropolitan area.” Read more about History or check out two of the summer courses the History Department is running below:



Whatever you choose, don’t be afraid to get creative and explore the unfamiliar– it’s what the humanities are all about! And of course, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us for input or advice.



Subject Spotlight: Psychology

Ever wonder how the mind works? Psychology is “the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.” Sound interesting? You might have a budding interest in Psychology. Lucky for you,  NYU Precollege is offering Intro to Psychology (PSYCH-UA 1) this summer.


PSYCH-UA 1  will cover the fundamental principles of psychology, with emphasis on basic research and applications in psychology’s major theoretical areas of study: thought, memory, learning, perception, personality, social processes, development, and the physiological bases of psychology. Students in this class will be able to partake in direct observation of methods of investigation through lab demonstrations and by participation in current research projects.

Psychology can go hand in hand with many other subjects; after all, there is a human component to every field. A course in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Politics, or from many other subjects can be a good compliment to this course.

For more information, feel free to visit the NYU Department of Psychology’s website, and as always, you may contact us with any questions.

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Subject Spotlight: Sciences

Still not sure what classes to take? Over the next couple weeks, we’ll be spotlighting different subjects you might not have previously considered. Today, we’ll take a look at the sciences. science rules

If you have a knack for the sciences or if you are considering a science major in the future, then Precollege is the perfect way to experiment in this area.

What kind of sciences are there?

When most high school students hear the word “science,” they probably think of biology, chemistry, or physics. And NYU offers a lot of those options! If you’re interested in studying “the workings of life in all its varied forms,” then Biology is for you. NYU offers lots of Biology courses for Precollege, so you can read more about Biology.

But did you know there are other types of sciences too? 

Environmental Studies “…provides students with the breadth of understanding and skills necessary for resolving environmental questions and creating a sustainable future on scales ranging from local to global.”If this sound appealing to you, you can read more about Environmental Studies.

Social sciences are fields of study that interpret human behavior, institutions, and society based on the scientific method.

Can you tell me more about these “social sciences”? 

Of course we can! Check out some descriptions from the NYU department websites for…

Anthropology: “The scope of the discipline’s interests effectively bridges the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Anthropology asks basic questions concerning the origins and development of humans and their cultures and divergent systems of thought, belief, and social order.” Read more about Anthropology.

Sociology: “Sociologists study the ways that social structures and interactions shape human life. We seek to understand the full range of social institutions and practices, from couples and small groups, to social organizations such as businesses and government agencies, to communities, cities, and nations.” Read more about Sociology.

There are many exciting options to choose from so be sure to browse the complete Precollege 2016 course listing and course descriptions in Albert for more information.You may also contact your Academic Advisor, Isaac Amad, at with any questions! Happy course hunting!

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