About the Portfolio Camp

Distinguished Instructors

NYSA’s portfolio camp invites six different professors from top art colleges each week for a unique experience. Our unparalleled faculty members are active professors and portfolio reviewers from RISD, SAIC, Pratt, MICA, Brown University and other prestigious art schools. 


Personal Drawing Book

The Personal Drawing Book is a student’s artistic diary and the critical factor in determining admission into a prestigious art school. The Drawing Book is a powerful weapon because it captures the history of the student’s work and provides a window into his/her unique creative thought process and artistic curiosity.


Presentation & Critique

We hold college-level presentation and critique sessions. Aspiring artists learn to present logically and defend their work during our program and have an opportunity to preview real college critique sessions under the guidance of current college professors.


Essay Service

NYSA’s Portfolio Camp provides essay support. Admissions essays are just as important as portfolios for art colleges. Our instructors teach students how to capture his/her artistic motivations, philosophies, processes, vision, and struggles on the paper.  


1:1 Director Consulting

Each student receives concentrated and detailed guidance from NYSA Directors throughout the six-week program. NYSA Directors are graduates of renowned art colleges and continuously use their intimate knowledge to direct each student on his/her individual works, major or concentration, and admissions. Every portfolio is completed under our Director’s careful and personalized guidance.

Professional Photo Shooting & Editing

Professional photographers record all artwork (paintings, sculptures, installations, and other diverse medias and genres) completed for your portfolio during the program. Each session is conducted under detailed direction from our instructors. The photographs are then expertly edited, retouched, and remastered to create a first-class portfolio to show your finest masterpieces.  


College Application Premium Service (CAPS)

NYSA’s CAPS provides start-to-finish services for the admissions process. Our program not only helps create portfolios, but we oversee every aspect of the application process including admissions consulting, professional photography for artworks, essay support, and application aid. We provide continued support until the day you receive your acceptance letter.


Portfolio Admissions Review

We invite current portfolio admission officers from top art colleges and conduct special portfolio reviews for our students. These special review sessions help to increase each student’s chances of entry and scholarships from prestigious art colleges. 


Professor Recommendation Letters

Letters of recommendation are influential for college admissions. Students have the privileged opportunity to receive personalized recommendation letters from active professors from the best art colleges. A personalized letter from a current professor of a top university can secure your entry into your dream school.  


Lodging Service

NYSA handpicks comfortable lodging and catered meals, so students can focus solely on their art during the camp. The NYSA care team will oversee for the safety and comfort of each student from the first day of camp to their last. 

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