Explore how artists and writers have thought about and been inspired by the city by joining the conversation – dissect what a city is, how it works and what it can help us understand.

This advanced class will explore how classical and contemporary artists and thinkers have engaged with the city. All sorts of thinkers — novelists, architects, theologians, filmmakers, TV writers, poets, urban theorists and more — have turned their minds and talents to the metropolis with questions about what it is, what it should be, how it works and what it can help us understand or imagine.

Using New York City as a case study, students will be introduced to a wide range of viewpoints, understandings and art, as well as experiment with thinking, writing and creating in those styles. The course will be organized around themes which may include: the city as utopia, the city as a literary character or the city as a system for organizing information, among other topics. Each theme will be explored through the reading of passages, essays, and other written forms about the city. Students will examine and critique ideas from the readings in discussions and creative writing exercises.

Previous courses have visited:
The High Line Park
Museum of the City of New York
Ellis Island
Coney Island

Students enrolled in NYC Summer Academy will have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.

Previous speakers have included:
Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic, The New York Times
Luc Sante, author and frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books
Steven Johnson, critically-acclaimed author
Jeffrey Scales, photo editor, The New York Times

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*

Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: July 21- August 2

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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