Course Directory

Medical Science students teach life saving techniques to the publicThe Science of the Future class tweaks the software on their roboticsstudents admiring the gallery opened by the Fine Arts class
Our students choose any two courses from the following lists, one as a morning MAJOR course and one as an afternoon WORKSHOP. Major courses meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework and require some project and preparation time outside of class. Workshops meet three afternoons a week, with no homework and all work contained within the class session. A Workshop offers a sample of a different subject than the Major, and most students find their Workshop to be a welcome opportunity to try a new subject for the first time.

There is no final application deadline. We accept applications on a rolling basis until a program is full, but we do have Course Guarantee Dates. Students who apply to The New York College Experience on or before January 27, 2017 and are accepted to the program have their first choice of courses guaranteed, subject to enrollment minima. As we begin receiving applications in September, we recommend that students apply as soon as possible for courses that may fill early.


  • The city’s museums and galleries become classrooms as students move between the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Guggenheim, and from paintings and sketches to sculptures and installations, learning how to read works of art and familiarizing themselves with the range of tools historians have developed to assess, analyze, and critique art.

Sciences & Social Sciences

  • Students explore the theoretical foundations and concepts involved in modern computer systems and information technology before moving on to study Application Design. Working in teams, they identify a need, develop a concept, work out user requirements, and create a design which they transfer to the screen. Lab fee of $150 US  for Major; $75 US for the Workshop.

  • How are companies structured and how do the different constituent parts interact? Students learn about forms of corporate ownership, including limited and unlimited liability and trusts. They analyze the roles played by boards, directors, CEOs, CFOs, and stakeholders, in pursuit of corporate governance, and how these work with corporate financing. By examining success stories such as Apple, and famous cases of fraud such as Enron, they assess the strengths and weaknesses of current legislation before elaborating proposals of their own.

  • Working in the city that famously developed its own variety of strong policing in order to defeat a rampant crime problem, and drawing on aspects of criminology, law, psychology, and forensics, students seek to understand what turns people into criminals and what society does in response to the challenges of criminal behavior. Students spend time with the NYPD officers who fight crime on the streets on a daily basis, and discover how society deals with criminals by meeting with criminal lawyers and visiting courthouses.

  • The city that over the past two centuries has contributed more than any other to making the world rich, while also bankrupting it on several occasions, becomes a classroom as students are introduced to the theories that govern economic thought as well as economic modeling. Guided by experts, and making full use of visits to Wall Street and professionals drawn from corporate New York, students go on to test their knowledge against contemporary economic problems in order to understand how the world economy might evolve.

  • Exploiting the resources of the world’s financial capital, students learn about the instruments and institutions that make up modern finance and are vital to budding entrepreneurs. They study bonds, stock markets, derivatives, and capital markets while familiarizing themselves with the principles of corporate accounting and reporting that assist businesses in their decision-making processes. Major course activities include trips to Wall Street and the NYSE, real-life case studies, a stock exchange investment game, and the design of a start-up.

  • Students discover the exciting disciplines that have emerged from recent genetic research and are transforming all our lives. Working on projects with researchers, they study medical genetics, genetic linkage, DNA manipulation, sequencing, genomics, and inherited diseases. At the same time they address the medical and ethical consequences of our ever-greater understanding of the cellular keys to life.

  • Students assess the key role that Wall Street has played in the development of the world economy. In doing so, they analyze its economic successes as well as the catastrophes that have punctuated its colorful history. Guided by some of the key figures working in the market today, students evaluate possible futures for New York in a global economy that features unprecedented competition.

  • In the city that is home to the United Nations, students delve into the theories and mechanisms that govern relations between states and blocs. They supplement their exposure to the international context by examining a variety of current issues. They learn how and why policy decisions are made, how they are enforced, and how their repercussions affect us. At the end of the course, students select a country to represent in a model UN project.

  • Students learn the principles and mathematics of engineering science. Both world-renowned and local examples - such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building - are examined as students apply principles of engineering to a variety of case studies to solve mathematical, mechanical, structural, and architectural problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own.

  • This course introduces students to key aspects of medical science and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the challenges faced in the field, and the range of careers in medicine.

  • Students are exposed to the awe-inspiring breadth of Physics, including Newtonian mechanics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics, as well as Einstein’s theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory. Touching on such diverse areas of knowledge, students look at theoretical advances in science as a means of imagining the future. Prerequisite: At least one year of Physics.

  • This course focuses on the history of political thought, the evolution of Human Rights within it, and the state of Human Rights today. Students tackle contemporary issues such as economic disparity, mass migration, new technologies, policy making, political power, and terrorism. They also discover how different types of governments, NGOs, and supranational agencies such as the European Union address Human Rights issues in practice. All this takes place in the city that is home to the United Nations.

  • Students investigate a wide range of psychological topics that include dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. As well as examining the history of the subject, select case histories, and various mental disorders, students are introduced to research methods and diverse analytical frameworks in order to design their own experiments under the guidance of specialists.

  • Classes cover a wide range of topics including marketing and ticket sales, fan loyalty, corporate sponsorships, brand management, ownership, and legal and financial structures. The primary focus is on American sports including the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, but the course also examines global models such as the Premiership, la Liga, the Olympics, and the FIFA World Cup. Students visit world-renowned sports venues including Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden.

Production & Workshop

  • In the home of Mad Men and Times Square’s neon lights, students discover the power of suggestion, persuasion, and product placement. Scouring New York for case studies and creative examples, they explore different types of advertising, and find out how new media are transforming the game. Using their creative skills, they study a range of design techniques and, having settled on a product, grow and run their own campaigns. Lab fee of $100 US for the Major.

  • Students compose fiction and poetry under the guidance of a published writer. Together they explore their potential as they experiment with new forms and styles of writing. Professionals give workshops and discuss both the creative process and the practicalities of publication. Students develop a portfolio of their best writing and collaborate to design, edit, and publish a literary magazine.

  • Students navigate from the blank page to the catwalk via the raw piece of tissue and the factory floor, in the process visiting and interacting with some of the most famous flagship stores and their Garment District suppliers. They analyze brand strategy and consumer experience, and come to grips with the fundamentals of clothes and accessory design. The course culminates in a fashion show in which they display their creations. Materials fee of $100 US for the Major; $50 US for the Workshop. 

  • From The Jazz Singer to The Avengers, few cities have featured in as many classic films as New York. Following in the footsteps of Baz Luhrmann and Martin Scorsese, students brainstorm, conceive, write, and produce short films that star the city, which they shoot with digital video cameras and edit with professional software. They screen their films at the end of the program. Lab fee of $300 US for Majors; $150 US for the Workshop.

  • Designed for all levels of expertise, this course explores a variety of media through which students engage imaginatively with New York. They receive formal instruction in, among others, oils, watercolor, pastel, pencil, charcoal, clay, video, photography, and collage, but spend most of their time outside the studio, capturing the visual splendor of New York. Students exhibit their best pieces at the end of the program. Materials fee of $250 US for Majors; $150 US for the Workshop.

  • Responding to the dramatic rise in popularity of digital media, students analyze the new ways in which we obtain and process information. They learn the fundamentals of investigative reporting, data visualization and analysis, social media for journalists, and, as a class, create and run a news website. Production fee of $100 US for the Major; $50 US for the Workshop.

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  • With workshops and masterclasses covering theory, technique, improvisation, voice, mime, movement, and script analysis, and from auditions and casting to rehearsals and the final curtain call, Major class students plan, rehearse, and put on a show that they perform at the end of the course. Students also attend a selection of Broadway shows. Production fee of $300 US for Majors; $150 US for the Workshop.

  • Beginners and experienced photographers transform the city into their private studio, honing their skills on assignments that cover portraiture, urban landscapes, photojournalism, and art photography. All students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. Students need to bring their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major course; $75 US for the Workshop.

  • From elocution to forming a convincing argument, this course provides students with a practical and diverse range of public speaking skills. Classwork also focuses on preparing and presenting regular debates on a variety of controversial topics related to New York and the United States. The course culminates in a formal debate judged by a panel of professionals. Workshop only.