NYAA is a graduate school that combines intensive technical training in the fine arts with active critical discourse. Students are taught traditional methods & techniques and encouraged to use these skills to make vital contemporary art. The curriculum incorporates drawing, painting, and sculpture.
The New York Academy of Art was founded in 1982 by artists, scholars and patrons of the arts, including Andy Warhol, to foster a resurgence in the training of figurative and representational art. The Academy has since developed into a non-profit cultural institution housing the nations first graduate school of figurative art, a continuing education program, the regions most in-depth figurative art library, an extensive exhibition and lecture series, and iconic New York City events such as Take Home a Nude and Tribeca Ball. The Academy received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) in May 2013. The Academy is located in the lower Manhattan historic district of TriBeCa, once a commercial area and the city's primary distribution center for textiles and dry goods. TriBeCa and its neighboring districts, SoHo and Chelsea, are noted for their restaurants, boutiques, galleries, museums and large population of artists; TriBeCa hosts its own annual film festival and an annual tour of artists' studios.