Courses

Oxbridge students at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Courses

Students on our Oxbridge in New York program choose two courses; a Major, which they take six mornings a week, and a Workshop, which they take three afternoons a week. There are 19 courses available in this program, all of which are inspired and influenced by the unique energy of New York City and its industries. From Creative Writing and Criminology to Medical Science and Musical Theater, there is truly a course for every interest on our Oxbridge in New York program.

Advertising and Media

Studying within walking distance of Times Square in the city that's home to Mad Men, 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 branding, and find out how new forms of media are transforming the game. Drawing on their creative skills, students study a range of design techniques and, having settled on a product, design and run their own campaigns. Lab fee of $100 US for the Major.​

Criminology

Working in the city that famously developed its own variety of strong policing in order to defeat a rampant crime problem while drawing on aspects of criminology, law, psychology, and forensics, students seek to understand what turns people into criminals and how society responds to the challenges of criminal behavior. They spend time with the NYPD officers who fight crime on the streets, discover how society deals with criminals by meeting with lawyers and visiting courthouses, and learn how the authorities are adapting to challenges such as cybercrime and terrorism.

Finance And Business

Utilizing the resources of the world’s financial capital, students discover the instruments and institutions that make up modern finance and are vital to budding entrepreneurs. From principles of finance such as compound interest, time value of money, and portfolio theory, they move on to how finance and financial markets actually work. They address the main business principles of strategic planning, marketing, economics, finance, and accounting. Concepts covered include SWOT analysis, developing a marketing strategy, and the creation of a product-centered company. For their final project, students create a mock company that they present in a “Shark Tank” scenario, mirroring the high pressure, quick tempo presentations used at colleges, business schools, and startup incubators around the world.

Politics and Human Rights

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.

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In the city that’s home to Mad Men and working within minutes of 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, branding, and find out how new media are transforming the game. Drawing on their creative skills, they study a range of design techniques and, having settled on a product, design and run their own campaigns. Lab fee of $100 US for the Major.

Working with a published writer, students compose fiction and poetry, exploring their own potential as they experiment with new forms and styles of writing. Professional poets and writers give specialized workshops and students discuss both the creative process and the practicalities of publication with professional authors. Students develop a portfolio of their best writing and collaborate to design, edit, and publish a literary magazine.

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. They spend time with the NYPD officers who fight crime on the streets, discover how society deals with criminals by meeting with lawyers and visiting courthouses, and learn how the authorities are adapting to challenges such as cybercrime and Terrorism.

Working through case-studies and experiments, students are introduced some of the main types of careers in Engineering, notably Mechanical, Electronic, and Civil.  They discover how these disciplines are taught at university and how they are experienced professionally. Students complete the course by working in a team to design a model engineering project of their own.

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.

Few cities have featured in as many classic films as New York. Following in the footsteps of Woody Allen, Baz Luhrmann, and Martin Scorsese, students brainstorm, conceive, write, and produce short films, 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 the Major; $150 US for the Workshop.

Exploiting the resources of the world’s financial capital – Wall Street, the NYSE – students discover the instruments and institutions that make up modern finance and are vital to budding entrepreneurs.  From principles of finance, such as compound interest, time value of money, and portfolio theory, they move on to how finance and financial markets actually work. They address the main business principles of strategic planning, marketing, economics, finance, and accounting. Concepts covered include SWOT analysis, developing a marketing strategy, as well as working through how to create a product centered company and draft a business plan. For their final project, they create a mock company that they present in a “Shark Tank”, mirroring the high pressure, quick tempo presentations used at colleges, business schools, and startup incubators around the world.

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 the Major; $150 US for the Workshop.

Using New York City, home to the UN and the center of banking and finance, as their classroom, students analyze the behavior of economic agents as they make decisions to allocate scarce resources in multiple markets. The course will focus on the theoretical foundations of international trade flows and international economic policy to explore patterns of international trade and production, gains from trade, tariffs and other impediments to trade, welfare implications of international trade and trade policies, balance of payments, and foreign exchange markets.

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.

This course covers the fundamentals of investigative reporting: writing a news story, cultivating a beat, and the art of interviewing. Alongside it examines how social media and new technologies, not to mention the way information is processed, have altered the reporter’s toolkit. How is journalism offering exciting new opportunities? And what are the challenges – not least the problems of truth and objectivity in an age of fake news? The class creates a digital magazine as it comes to grips with modern reporting. Production fee of $100 US for the Major; $50 US for the Workshop.

This hands-on 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 main challenges that medical science faces today, and are introduced to the wide and growing range of possible careers in medicine. 

From Uber to iTunes, smart phones and apps are engines of our modern existences. Students learn to design and implement basic phone apps. In doing so, they are introduced to key aspects of Swift and Java. To gain an even deeper understanding of the context in which they are working, they are also introduced to basic principles of operating systems, as well as some of the theoretical foundations of computing. All told they leave the course with a deep understanding of smart phones and app development. Lab fee of $150 US for Major; $75 US for Workshop. 

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 the Major; $150 US for the Workshop.

An introduction to photography in which students learn to use their camera's manual shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings to control exposure and effects. They learn composition and lighting, and experiment with angle, framing, lens choice, and exposure. They present their work and learn how to give and receive criticism. Using LA as their backdrop, they practice different styles of photography. Finally, each student curates a selection of photographs to exhibit in a final show. Students need to bring their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8GB memory card. (Workshop Only)


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.

Led by researchers engaged in cutting-edge work in experimental psychology, students address a different topic each morning. These include introductions to mental processes and problem solving, evolutionary psychology, clinical psychology, behaviorism, and psychoanalysis. In addition to surveying various fields, students learn how research projects are developed and experiments are undertaken. 

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.