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Summer Programs—Career Edge

Career Edge

Career Edge

Summer 2018 application will be available in January 2018.

The NYU School of Professional Studies High School Academy Career Edge program offers high school students the opportunity to live and learn in the heart of New York City, the cultural and financial capital of the world.

One-week, professionally oriented intensive programs of study allow you to explore career options. Our courses immerse you in an industry and allow you to gain a comprehensive view of a career path that interests you. Group projects, guest lecturers, and field trips help to enrich the classroom experience. Each course culminates with the creation of a project that can be added to your college portfolio.

Enjoy the use of NYU facilities, while you take in all that NYC has to offer during the summer.

To apply, you must have successfully completed grades 9, 10, or 11, and must submit an application. In addition, you must submit an official high school transcript and a 250-word essay.

Housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


International Students

International students who wish to participate in this program may need to obtain a student visa in order to attend.  Learn More


Program Sessions

Career Edge courses are offered from mid-July through the beginning of August. Courses during each session vary and allow you to plan ahead for the summer learning experience of a lifetime. Take one course or attend multiple sessions depending upon your summer schedule and your educational goals and objectives.

Program Information

Application Deadlines
International Students: May 1, 2017
Domestic Residential Students: July 1, 2017
Domestic Commuter Students: July 1, 2017

Fees
Tuition
: $1,995 per one-week course
Program Fee
: $100 per week
Dining Fee
(required for residential students): $166 per week (includes 10 meals and 30 dining dollars*)
Housing Fee (optional): $244 per week (live in an NYU dorm)

Program Contact
Phone: 212-998-7006
Email: sps.hsacademy@nyu.edu

 

*Commuter students can opt into the meal plan.

Session check in is the day before the start of the course (Sunday) and check out is after your final class (Friday). You may select one course from the following options being offered during this session. All courses meet Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

NEW–Applied Arts for Social Justice

This course is ideal for students who are passionate about social justice and are interested in how artistic platforms are used to raise awareness and fight injustice. Creative projects offer unique opportunities for exploring conflict and justice and sometimes can serve as catalysts for cultural and political change. But how exactly do these activities make space for change? What societal underpinnings are necessary to sustain the change that these works seek to create? As a student enrolled in this program, you will engage with an array of artists and practitioners who are experts in their fields, providing opportunities to ask questions and become familiar with how art practices impact the world around you. Through case studies and guest speakers, this course will explore the work of the Philadelphia-based Mural Arts Project; the work of Afghanistan Human Rights Democracy Organization; the New York-based Bond Street Theatre in Afghanistan; the storytelling and applied theatre-based project, We’re Here Now in the Rio Grande Valley, and the hip hop dance movements in Ghana and South Africa. You’ll gain an understanding of how and when practitioners use arts-based practices to effect social and political change, acquire knowledge of how the arts can serve marginalized and oppressed populations, and learn how creative and socially minded work can become a career.

Art History: New York's Masterpieces

There is no better city than New York in which to see and study exquisite art that is filled with stories of love, intrigue, and pathos. In this course for aspiring artists, art historians, and the intellectually and visually curious alike, spend each class session visiting one of the great museums or galleries in the City, viewing and discussing art close at hand to discover both minute details and broad themes. Among great works we will visit and discuss are The Unicorn Tapestries at The Cloisters; Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party at the Brooklyn Museum; Edward Hopper’s Early Sunday Morning at the Whitney; the great impressionist collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and dozens of other paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. Throughout the course, discover that art history is a visual way to explore how people have lived, thought, and moved for centuries, with surprising links to the world we know today. By the last session, you will have learned the rudiments of crafting a brief visual analysis of a favorite painting or sculpture, and you will have the opportunity to serve as a docent and present a work of art to other students.

Destination Marketing: A Spotlight on New York City—The Tourism Capital of the World

New York City is a world-class destination and one of the most international cities in the world. According to NYC & Company, the City’s official convention and visitor bureau, over 56 million American and international tourists were welcomed to New York City in 2014. Destination marketing organizations (DMOs) at the city, state, and national level play a pivotal role in developing, organizing, and implementing marketing activities that influence where people travel. This course will immerse you in the exciting world of tourism and destination marketing through the lens of New York City. Discover how transportation, lodgings, museums, theatres, attractions, restaurants, and other businesses all work together to draw travelers to a destination and to deliver authentic, exciting, and sustainable experiences. Through site visits and lectures by industry professionals, become familiar with the role of each stakeholder in the tourism business and learn how to develop a cohesive marketing campaign for an up-and-coming NYC neighborhood. At the end of the week, you will have an appreciation for the activities involved in marketing destinations to a global audience, an understanding of the importance of tourism to a city, and knowledge of the ways that tourism serves as a transformative experience for travelers and the local community.

Digital Journalism: Spreading the News Through New Media

Journalists are no longer just writers. Working across digital media, journalists are now digital photographers, videographers, bloggers, and social media community managers, in addition to polished and professional writers. Gain an introduction to this fascinating field and learn about exciting new ways for innovative reporting. In this hands-on workshop, gain technical proficiency in taking photos and capturing and editing audio and video. Develop a foundation in the basics of producing and editing digital video, audio, and photos for use on online news sites, blogs, and social media sites. Learn the fundamentals of researching, writing, and producing multimedia journalistic work, including news stories and human-interest profiles, and using social media to build an audience. Students will work in small groups to produce a three- to five-minute video story as well as accompanying photographs, a blog post, and a social media distribution plan.

Finance NYC: An Insider's View (Full)

There is no better place to study finance than New York City, the financial capital of the world. If you are contemplating a career in this fast-paced and continually evolving field, this multidimensional course of study provides a unique insider’s view. Acquire an introduction to the foundations of financial analysis and investment management that are practiced on Wall Street. Explore the nature of the financial system, the types of assets that are traded, techniques for measuring and managing the risk and return of a portfolio, the key role of the Federal Reserve System, the use and abuse of financial derivatives, and current economic conditions. From time value of money (comparing the value of cash flows at different points in time) and capital budgeting techniques to the fundamentals of risk and return, you will be exposed to topics that provide a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the finance industry. Taught by top experts in the field, this dynamic program provides the solid grounding helpful for pursuing an undergraduate academic path in a broad array of finance and business-related disciplines.

Integrated Marketing: Innovation and Strategy

Every industry—healthcare, consumer goods, manufacturing, fashion, entertainment, nonprofit, and financial services—needs skilled marketing strategists to design campaigns that appeal to the minds that matter most: the customers. Campaigns must be innovative and timely yet enduring, and they must speak to the image that the brand endeavors to portray. In this course, you will discover how the practice of marketing actually works, independently and within an integrated communication plan. This course defines the parameters and possibilities within the field of integrated marketing through both tactical and strategic approaches. You will have the opportunity to analyze the many attributes of the integrated marketing field, including but not limited to, how it relates to relevant industry practices and how it continues to evolve and support the overall communication function. You also will acquire a deeper understanding of current trends, strategies, and career paths through classroom lectures, site visits, and experienced industry guest speakers. There will be an intensive analysis of integrated marketing practices as seen through an industry expert’s eyes. This course also will briefly touch upon the new role of interactive and digital marketing and the critical part they play in today’s business environment. With your classmates, you will produce innovative marketing plans that you can add to your portfolio, which will be helpful for the college application process. Whether you are considering a full-fledged career in marketing or preparing for a career in a related field, it is crucial to understand the powerful role that integrated marketing plays in building a brand. By the end of this course, you will have gained a working knowledge of integrated marketing and its role in creating a strong, innovative, enduring, and measurable communication strategy.

NEW–Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field that involves the development of new approaches and business models to solve society’s toughest challenges. Social enterprises focus on the "triple bottom line," prioritizing both social impact as well as profits. Successful social entrepreneurs require creativity and passion, as well as a solid understanding of business operation and management principles. This course offers young social entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn about what a social enterprise is and provides foundational skills to launch one of their own. Through case studies, lectures, and classroom dialogue, you will develop a deeper understanding of the social entrepreneurship sector and the skills necessary to fund, launch, and administer a venture.

Photographing NYC: Through the Mind's Eye and the Camera Lens (Full)

Whether you’ve already worked in photography and love it or are a complete beginner, New York City offers great inspiration. You will find visual stimuli 24/7 in the city that never sleeps. The sights, smells, sounds, and people are sure to inspire you and to provide you with a new way of looking at things. Each morning, visit sites around the City—including a ride on the Staten Island Ferry—while creating a digital image bank of your work. Meet and mingle with students from across the region and the country, and share your ideas while developing your own photographic style. Spend afternoons exploring what goes into taking great photos—color and composition, form and content, and emotional resonance in the use of atmosphere and exposure—and acquiring technical aptitude in digital photography. Gain familiarity with digital photography, including the technical use of a digital camera; basic art terms and meanings; manipulation of elements such as color, composition, and form; and introductory skills in photo editing.

Real Estate NYC: From Design to Development

Over a third of the world’s wealth is invested in real estate, and more than nine million people in the United States work in the real estate industry. What goes on behind the scenes? What makes New York City among the most expensive real estate markets in the world? How does one get started in the field? Learn from top industry professionals during this one-week course offered by the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate, one of the largest and most prestigious educational entities dedicated to the real estate and construction industries in the US. Delve into all aspects of the real estate development process, and gain an understanding of the procedures, issues, and complexities that come into play in the development of real estate. Explore how real estate projects are conceived, designed, valued, financed, constructed, and managed. By week’s end, you will have gained an in-depth understanding of the phases of real estate development and the role that each sector of the industry plays in the process. Topics covered include the history of real estate design and development, the varying roles of members of the development team (architect, engineer, builder/cm, attorney), real estate underwriting metrics, valuation, project feasibility, design phase/construction phase considerations, sustainability measurements, and property and asset management.

Screenwriting—Visual Storytelling: From Short to Feature-Length Films

Spend a week in New York City learning about the foundations of screenwriting for short and feature-length films, while exploring the essential elements of visual storytelling. Start by analyzing the scripts of your favorite films to gain a deeper understanding of what makes them appealing and commercially viable. Take part in a writing workshop to solidify your ideas, collaborating with a professional screenwriter to develop vibrant characters and to gain experience honing your ear for authentic dialogue. Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting, including narrative arc, dialogue, and character development. Develop the first act of a feature-length screenplay and hear from guest speakers working in the City’s vibrant film industry. Gain a perspective of the movie industry as a whole and explore how the screenwriter fits into the entire filmmaking process—from first draft of the screenplay to delivery of the final product. The only prerequisite for this engaging and highly creative course is a love of movies. As a student enrolled in this class, you also will gain experience in analyzing films and scripts as a screenwriter.

NEW–Sports Branding and Sponsorship

Have you ever gone to a baseball game and wondered why you see so many signs with company names on them in the outfield? Or why companies choose well-known athletes to represent their products and services across media? This course will help you to answer those questions and will take a deeper look into the multibillion-dollar world of sports branding and sponsorship from the viewpoint of the team, the brand, and other entities involved in the process. It will also examine how teams and brands work together to achieve their marketing goals and get fans involved in the game. Coursework will include guest speakers from the industry and at least one trip to a stadium to see sponsorship in action. If you are considering a career in sports marketing or branding, this course can provide a helpful overview for defining your career path, while allowing you to gain a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to build and deploy successful sports branding campaigns and sponsorships.

Video Game Design: From Concept to Completion

We know you like to play video games. Ninety-one percent of teens do, so you're not alone. But what about creating and developing them? Did you know that in 2013 the video game industry had over $93 BILLION in sales (and it continues to grow)? That is a really big number, and gaming is really big business. This hands-on course, designed for those with little to no experience in game development, will show you what’s behind some of the games you play and will start you on a path to becoming a game developer. Work with experienced game designers as you take a game from idea to completion, learning what goes into making a video game from the ground up. Focus on planning your idea, designing and creating the artwork for your game, and learning the programming basics by creating your own game within the Unity cross-platform game development engine. During the week there will be a site visit to a game development studio. You will leave the class with a functioning game containing your own artwork that is playable on the web, a computer, or a mobile device.

Session check in is the day before the start of the course (Sunday) and check out is after your final class (Friday). You may select one course from the following options being offered during this session. All courses meet Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

NEW–Computer Information Systems: Cyberdefense

This course offers the unique opportunity to develop your technical and critical thinking skills by interacting with experienced instructors who are leaders in this growing industry. Working with them, you immediately will begin to learn the science and the art of investigating computer crimes and building secure networks. You will study computer forensics and cybersecurity through real-world simulation scenarios, and you will be instructed in how to collect and preserve digital evidence using investigative procedures that are employed by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. You also will gain valuable experience applying cybersecurity techniques to protect computers and networks against attack. This course will incorporate collaborative and action-learning experiences, wherever appropriate, and will provide you with the ability to explore career opportunities in this fast-growing field, while enhancing the quality of your college applications. A major component of this learning experience is a final team-based project.

Creating and Writing a Television Series

Spend a week in New York City learning the art and craft behind the hottest and fastest-growing area of dramatic storytelling: writing for television. From Game of Thrones and Empire to Black-ish and Silicon Valley, television writing is more popular than ever, with a continuously widening array of critically acclaimed shows and styles now appearing on networks, cable channels, and web-streaming sites. In this hands-on workshop, learn script writing techniques and treatment skills specific to the television industry. Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of dramatic writing, including premise, setting, characters, story idea, and narrative arc. Focus on creating interesting stories with great characters that will have viewers binge-watching your show. By the end of the week, have a polished idea for an original series and 10 pages of the script for your pilot episode written.

Creative Writing: Finding Your Muse in the Metropolis

Generations of writers, from J. D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye) to Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) and Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), have drawn inspiration from the hustle and bustle, diversity, and culture that make New York City unique. This summer, immerse yourself in the craft of creative writing in the heart of Greenwich Village, the haunt of some of the most provocative writers of the past and the home of a lively contemporary writing community. Learn from the pros as you transform your ideas and stories into compelling writing. Spend mornings developing the techniques that are fundamental to all types of fiction writing—literary fiction, dystopian fantasies, fairy tales, and mysteries—and focusing on story structure, character development, description, and dialogue. Afternoon sessions include lectures, visits with noted authors, literary events, and tips on publishing your work. Through this program, improve your creative writing by working on your narrative arc, world-building, authentic dialogue, and character development. Also, gain exposure to workshopping your writing and giving constructive feedback to and receiving it from peers.

NEW–Criminal Justice: From Crime Scene to the Courtroom...and Beyond

The criminal justice system is made up of many distinct segments, each playing a critical role in the ultimate goal of deterring crime and controlling criminal behavior. The system is continually evolving based on societal needs, advancing technology, and the changing landscape of criminal acts, such as the upsurge in active shooters and acts of terrorism. If you are considering a career in criminal justice or you are interested in learning more about it, this course will provide an overview of the criminal justice system and the practices of the various parts of that system—police, courts, and corrections—focusing on specific areas in which these entities have gained significant public attention through the media and popular culture. Topics will include criminology and criminal behavior, forensic investigations, civil and criminal trials, evidence admissibility, and current issues and impacts of the system on society and criminal justice policies and procedures. In addition to the introduction of theoretical concepts, the course will feature case studies based on current events to facilitate group discussions and enable critical thinking. You will discuss the investigation and social impacts of recent highly publicized police shootings and active shooter incidents. Upon completion of this course, you will have a deeper understanding of the US criminal justice system; criminal investigation; anthropological, biological, sociological, and psychological theories of criminal behavior; the process of criminal investigation, including crime scene investigation, death investigation, evidence analysis, and reconstruction of events; and US courts, legal concepts, corrections, and rehabilitation.

Debates in Global Affairs: The Ethics of Justice

If you are considering a career in global affairs, then take this course for a basic introduction to international relations theory and the major debates in foreign relations. Program content will help you to prepare you for AP exams and college course work, and the written and verbal exercises will help you to develop the necessary skills to construct and deliver effective position statements. This class provides a window into the continually evolving world of global affairs and the many pressing issues that affect the lives of people around the world. We will ask pertinent questions and seek the answers to them: Why do nations and nonstate actors enter into conflict? How does the UN system operate in the 21st century? What is the “responsibility to protect” and how should the global community respond to this mandate? What is the ICC and how does it operate both during and after conflicts? Historical and current case studies will introduce you to the skill of crafting arguments and to the special considerations required when addressing complex peace and security issues.

Digital Filmmaking: Telling the Story Through Technology

From low-budget, independent features to major Hollywood productions, an increasing number of movies are shot digitally. If you are considering a career in filmmaking, this program can provide the essential skills needed for advanced film study in college. Learn from faculty members and guest speakers who are working industry professionals. Through this week-long program, gain a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of this digital art form, including lens usage, light metering techniques, blocking, and professional conventions. Work in small production crews and share rotating responsibilities, learning about writing, producing, storyboarding, cinematography, audio recording, and editing. In addition, explore how to develop creative concepts and to capture them digitally—from the first shoot to the final edit. Morning and afternoon sessions are packed with hands-on instruction, which conclude in a showcase screening of your final film. You will shoot outdoors at local venues.

Discovering New York City Architecture: A Foundation in Design, Theory, and Practice

Architecture is about the making of places where people spend their lives. Architects are concerned with not only the exterior and interior design of a building, but also the environment as a whole. This course, designed for students who are considering a career in design, introduces the theory and practice of architecture, from the ancient world through today, with emphasis on the Western tradition. Lectures, exercises, and workshops provide you with the knowledge to understand architectural products within their formal, structural, and functional contexts. Building on this foundation, the course then explores the physical and cultural determinants of architecture and the relationship of the architectural products to their environment. Tours that highlight Manhattan architecture will expose you to art deco splendor, Moorish Revival magnificence, and quintessential glass-curtain modernism.

NEW–Exploring Visual and Graphic Design

Do you experiment with design elements and see yourself working in design in the future? Are you interested in publishing and media and want to know more about creating book and magazine visuals? Perhaps you want to use design to improve school projects or create your own website. In this one-week course, you will gain a thorough understanding of graphic design, with a special emphasis on its use in media. You will learn by working through the design process on a series of brand, print, and digital design projects. Each hands-on, lab-based session will include an in-class project that is centered on one of the three Adobe Creative Suite programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Not only will you gain a strong knowledge of design principles, but you also will learn how to apply them to future careers in publishing, media, graphic design, and more.

Finance NYC: An Insider's View

There is no better place to study finance than New York City, the financial capital of the world. If you are contemplating a career in this fast-paced and continually evolving field, this multidimensional course of study provides a unique insider’s view. Acquire an introduction to the foundations of financial analysis and investment management that are practiced on Wall Street. Explore the nature of the financial system, the types of assets that are traded, techniques for measuring and managing the risk and return of a portfolio, the key role of the Federal Reserve System, the use and abuse of financial derivatives, and current economic conditions. From time value of money (comparing the value of cash flows at different points in time) and capital budgeting techniques to the fundamentals of risk and return, you will be exposed to topics that provide a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the finance industry. Taught by top experts in the field, this dynamic program provides the solid grounding helpful for pursuing an undergraduate academic path in a broad array of finance and business-related disciplines.

From Writer to Reader: The Art of Editing Books

Are you a lover of books? Do you like to write? Do you see yourself working as an editor someday, or in another position at a publishing company? If so, this course could be for you. During this intensive program of study, learn what an editor does and how books are produced, while gaining insight into the world of publishing. The most successful editors are entrepreneurs who don’t wait for book manuscripts to come their way; rather, they cultivate writers and scour the worlds of entertainment and digital media (including blogs and Twitter) for exciting ideas. In this course, learn how to think like an editor and gain an understanding of how a concept becomes a commercially viable and exciting project. Outcomes include knowledge of publishing house operations and the latest publishing trends, and the ability to identify new ideas for books and to edit pages of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts.

Integrated Marketing: Innovation and Strategy

Every industry—healthcare, consumer goods, manufacturing, fashion, entertainment, nonprofit, and financial services—needs skilled marketing strategists to design campaigns that appeal to the minds that matter most: the customers. Campaigns must be innovative and timely yet enduring, and they must speak to the image that the brand endeavors to portray. In this course, you will discover how the practice of marketing actually works, independently and within an integrated communication plan. This course defines the parameters and possibilities within the field of integrated marketing through both tactical and strategic approaches. You will have the opportunity to analyze the many attributes of the integrated marketing field, including but not limited to, how it relates to relevant industry practices and how it continues to evolve and support the overall communication function. You also will acquire a deeper understanding of current trends, strategies, and career paths through classroom lectures, site visits, and experienced industry guest speakers. There will be an intensive analysis of integrated marketing practices as seen through an industry expert’s eyes. This course also will briefly touch upon the new role of interactive and digital marketing and the critical part they play in today’s business environment. With your classmates, you will produce innovative marketing plans that you can add to your portfolio, which will be helpful for the college application process. Whether you are considering a full-fledged career in marketing or preparing for a career in a related field, it is crucial to understand the powerful role that integrated marketing plays in building a brand. By the end of this course, you will have gained a working knowledge of integrated marketing and its role in creating a strong, innovative, enduring, and measurable communication strategy.

Session check in is the day before the start of the course (Sunday) and check out is after your final class (Friday). You may select one course from the following options being offered during this session. All courses meet Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Creative Writing: Finding Your Muse in the Metropolis

Generations of writers, from J. D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye) to Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay) and Cassandra Clare (City of Bones), have drawn inspiration from the hustle and bustle, diversity, and culture that make New York City unique. This summer, immerse yourself in the craft of creative writing in the heart of Greenwich Village, the haunt of some of the most provocative writers of the past and the home of a lively contemporary writing community. Learn from the pros as you transform your ideas and stories into compelling writing. Spend mornings developing the techniques that are fundamental to all types of fiction writing—literary fiction, dystopian fantasies, fairy tales, and mysteries—and focusing on story structure, character development, description, and dialogue. Afternoon sessions include lectures, visits with noted authors, literary events, and tips on publishing your work. Through this program, improve your creative writing by working on your narrative arc, world-building, authentic dialogue, and character development. Also, gain exposure to workshopping your writing and giving constructive feedback to and receiving it from peers.

Digital Filmmaking: Telling the Story Through Technology

From low-budget, independent features to major Hollywood productions, an increasing number of movies are shot digitally. If you are considering a career in filmmaking, this program can provide the essential skills needed for advanced film study in college. Learn from faculty members and guest speakers who are working industry professionals. Through this week-long program, gain a thorough understanding of the technical aspects of this digital art form, including lens usage, light metering techniques, blocking, and professional conventions. Work in small production crews and share rotating responsibilities, learning about writing, producing, storyboarding, cinematography, audio recording, and editing. In addition, explore how to develop creative concepts and to capture them digitally—from the first shoot to the final edit. Morning and afternoon sessions are packed with hands-on instruction, which conclude in a showcase screening of your final film. You will shoot outdoors at local venues.

Fashion Design in New York City

From the luxury and sophistication of the Upper East Side to the punk rock grit of the Lower East Side, New York City is a vibrant and diverse center of fashion. In this introductory course, explore the fashion industry, from design and marketing to merchandising and styling, and find your individual style. Examine the history and future of fashion through visits to the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Cooper Hewitt, as well as the studios of luxury accessory designers. Learn the fundamentals of a fashion career by meeting with industry leaders—including designers, merchandisers, and stylists—and discussing design, craft, construction, trend spotting, and what it takes to succeed in the fashion industry today. Through fashion sketching, create a signature look and then build toward sketching a six-piece collection by the end of the week. Please note: This course does not include hands-on experience with sewing or garment construction.

Finance NYC: An Insider's View (Full)

There is no better place to study finance than New York City, the financial capital of the world. If you are contemplating a career in this fast-paced and continually evolving field, this multidimensional course of study provides a unique insider’s view. Acquire an introduction to the foundations of financial analysis and investment management that are practiced on Wall Street. Explore the nature of the financial system, the types of assets that are traded, techniques for measuring and managing the risk and return of a portfolio, the key role of the Federal Reserve System, the use and abuse of financial derivatives, and current economic conditions. From time value of money (comparing the value of cash flows at different points in time) and capital budgeting techniques to the fundamentals of risk and return, you will be exposed to topics that provide a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the finance industry. Taught by top experts in the field, this dynamic program provides the solid grounding helpful for pursuing an undergraduate academic path in a broad array of finance and business-related disciplines.

Hit Songwriting: Creating, Recording, and Marketing Your Music

Are you thinking about a career in songwriting? This course is designed for both beginners and more advanced musicians, as well as for singers and lyricists. Taught by multi-Grammy Award nominee Larry Dvoskin, who has earned gold and platinum hit records collaborating with iconic music stars, this program guides you through the internal creative process of finding your unique signature as an artist, writing songs and recording them, and using the Internet and social media to market and promote your music. Songwriting topics covered will include analysis of timeless lyrics, tension and release structure in melody, and the most current and popular chord patterns and arrangements. Also, explore types of recording software, both digital and analog, and learn how to record on your home computer and how to find the right producer. This course also covers an overview of how to build relationships with managers, agents, publicists, DJs, producers, engineers, and record label executives—who all play critical roles in the lasting success of a career musician. Upon completion of the program, you will come away with at least one finished new or reworked song and a step-by-step strategic and creative plan to record and promote it. As an added bonus, this course may feature guest appearances by one or two recording stars.

Interior Design Studio: From Concepts to Color Theory and Beyond

With the center of the design world at your doorstep, gain firsthand experience of the interior design industry in New York City. Learn the concepts fundamental to designing commercial retail spaces, leisure spaces, and private homes or offices. Course work provides an overview of essential interior design concepts, including perspective, color theory, design aesthetic, and presentation methods. Explore aspects of design critique, stages of concept development, and presentation as you begin creating an interior design portfolio. Participate in several walking tours of NYC, during which you will be making real-world connections to historical and modern design strategies and creating photographic design journals to develop your designer’s eye. Site visits include meetings with working designers in interior design studios and showrooms known for innovative and sustainable materials. Learn the verbal and graphic skills needed to communicate your design ideas and prepare beautiful and effective design presentations, both digitally and by hand. The week-long studio experience is creative, artistic, and intuitive—not just technical.

NEW–Journalism: The Who, What, Where, Why, and How of Writing Feature Stories

If you are contemplating a career in journalism, this course provides the essentials—who, what, where, why, and how—of reporting and writing journalistic feature stories. In this immersive, hands-on course, you will gain the fundamental skills of print-based journalism by mastering techniques that are applicable to all journalistic forms, including newspaper, magazine, digital, and broadcast. In a collaborative environment, you will learn to identify story ideas, conduct research, and interview subjects. You will hone your writing skills to craft clear, concise, and engaging stories and headlines, while delving deep into the critical issues of journalism ethics, including plagiarism and libel. This course also will explore careers across the journalism industry and will provide a comprehensive view of the ways in which technology has—and hasn't—changed a journalist’s job. Gain experience having your work closely reviewed by a professional editor, and leave the class with a polished feature story and a blog post.

Pre-Law Boot Camp (Full)

It’s never too early to start thinking about a career in law! Whether you want to become an attorney, a judge, a legislator, an academician, or an activist, law school may be the right option for you. This class provides you with an overview of what it takes to become an attorney and knowledge of careers in the law, basic substantive law, and litigation trials. You can expect a combination of in-class lectures; speaker panels; and trips to Manhattan courthouses, law firms, public interest organizations, and government agencies to gain an insider’s view of all that the study and practice of law has to offer. You also will study actual legal topics and cases that introduce you to the law. Whether you’ve been dreaming of being an attorney since you were a toddler or you are only marginally considering a career in law, this course will provide a great perspective of the many possibilities the field has to offer.

NEW–Sabermetrics: The New Statistical Genetic Code of Baseball

The origins of "America's national pastime" are deeply entrenched in statistical analysis. Since Henry Chadwick created the sport’s first box score in 1859, baseball managers, participants, and fans have been infatuated with numbers. Statistics are deeply woven into the genetic code of the sport. Whether about home runs, strikeouts, or stolen bases, fans love participating in friendly debates involving the achievements of their favorite ball players, as well as those of all-time legends. A passion for baseball analytics also can become the starting point for a fascinating career. With new and innovative ways available to collect and process data, a statistical revolution is taking place in baseball that offers an emerging wave of professional opportunities for those who are fluent in sabermetrics—the statistical analysis of baseball that measures in-game activity. Experts in this growing and evolving field can help teams to plot their strategy and help agents to prove their client’s worth. In addition, these experts can work for a variety of media outlets, crunching the numbers and reporting on key trends. If you are interested in a career in baseball analytics, this course will provide a solid foundation in the elementary principles of sabermetrics. You will learn to analyze the performance of ball players, conceptualize and construct a major-league pitching rotation using data and technology, and assess the relevance of traditional statistics versus the advancements in sabermetrics. Learn from the pros, building your analytical skills and your appreciation for the numbers behind the game.

Session check in is the day before the start of the course (Sunday) and check out is after your final class (Friday). You may select one course from the following options being offered during this session. All courses meet Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Universal Rights

Economic inequality, energy sources and climate change, development and humanitarian assistance—if you have an interest in global affairs or are thinking about it as a potential career path, then enroll in this week-long program to receive a comprehensive overview of political economy, regional dynamics, and the conflicts between developing and developed economies. Explore how our increasingly connected world reacts to climate change, resource scarcity, natural disasters, displaced populations, global pandemics, and the growing need for energy access. Join faculty members who address these issues in their professional lives for a week that is sure to change your perspective on the world in which we live. A crisis simulation exercise will conclude the week and will increase participants’ insights into these complex issues. Program activities include special site visits to international NGOs and advocacy organizations such as the Rain Forest Alliance.

Exploring the Wonderful World of Special Events in New York City

From multimillion-dollar awards shows, sporting events, product launches, and festivals to fundraisers, holiday parties, and weddings, special events share one thing in common: they bring people together and create memorable experiences. There is no better career than event management and no better place to study events than New York City, an epicenter of business, leisure, and entertainment and one of the most popular destinations in the world. This course will present an overview of the event-planning process and the role of the event manager in helping clients and organizations to achieve their goals with measurable results. Get a peek into the career path of a special event manager, and gain an understanding of what it takes to succeed in this field. At the end of this course, you and your classmates will create a proposal for a potential client for a special event. Your comprehensive presentation will include budget, timeline, location, agenda, vendors, staffing, and theme, among other critical components. This course will include site visits to venues such as hotels, lofts, and other special event spaces. Also, top industry experts will join the class as guest speakers. Additional areas covered will include marketing and sponsorships, design and decor, menu planning, career opportunities, and industry associations.

NEW–Introduction to Computer Science Using Java

This course is an introduction to computer science in the context of scientific, engineering, and commercial applications (students will need prior knowledge in Java). The goal of the course is to teach basic principles and practical issues, while at the same time preparing students to use computers effectively for applications in computer science and other disciplines. The class is designed to challenge students to think like a computer scientist. Students will hone their skills in Java, while enduring the rigor the class will provide. When the student is done with this class he or she would have gone on trips to help the student understand the different algorithms he or she will create.

Investment Banking Fundamentals

New York City is a major hub in the world of investment banking and an ideal place to learn about this complex industry. Investment banking offers a wide range of career options to choose from because of its highly specialized nature. Managers, analysts, traders, brokers, hedgers, and retirement planners all take part in this industry, each with his or her role to play. This course will provide you with an understanding of the origins of investment banking; the history of some key financial products; strategies related to relationship management, trading, IPOs, and fixed income; and synergies in mergers and acquisitions. Upon completion of this program, you will have an understanding of how investment banks provide a broad range of products and services to both issuing and investing clients and where you might fit in as you contemplate your own career path.

The Music, Literature, and Art of New York City: The Jazz Age to the 1980s

Some of the greatest writers, poets, artists, architects, and musicians have called New York City home. From Greenwich Village to Harlem, and from the glitzy Jazz Age to the gritty 1980s, artists across neighborhoods and decades have found inspiration in New York’s chaotic energy. In this interdisciplinary course, study the history of New York-based creatives: read works by Dorothy Parker, E. B. White, Truman Capote, Langston Hughes, and Joan Didion; view the artwork of Andy Warhol and his factory, Diane Arbus, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Chuck Close; visit famous neighborhoods and explore architecture; and listen to the music of Leonard Bernstein, Patti Smith, and Lou Reed. We will use the City as our classroom, tracing New York’s influence of on its artists, and the artists’ influence on the fabric and character of the City. Using these artists as our inspiration, students will write a short story or personal essay, analyze a song or poem, and give a presentation on an iconic piece of NYC art or architecture.