A New York Exploration of Art History

July 22-August 1, 2024 Rose Hill

This course will offer an introduction to the study of art history, approached through the lens of New York’s museums and galleries. We will analyze art works from Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Europe, to understand how and why people made and treasured paintings, sculptures, and buildings everywhere from Ancient Egypt to modern New York.

Class sessions will take place in the Met and other New York museums. Students will study major monuments of world art in person, and gain an understanding of the decisions artists made, and the periods in which they worked. In addition, this course will focus on the fundamental tools of art history as a discipline: attentive looking, clear writing, and careful research. Students will spend significant time inside and outside of class practicing these skills. As a result, participants will develop their visual literacy, while becoming completely at home in the museum environment.

Skills/Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will have:

  • The essential skills needed to flourish in college-level art history classes.
  • The ability to look attentively at familiar and strange art works, and derive meaning from that examination.
  • Developed as an art writer.
  • An introduction to the research practices art historians use to understand art works.
  • Become truly at home in a wide variety of museums and galleries.

Overall Takeaways

You will know:

  • The outlines of how art has changed from the ancient world to the modern.
  • How artists manipulate form and structure to convey meaning and make the viewer feel.
  • Some of the dynamics that shape museums, their collections, and their role in society.
  • The goals and functions of key works of art from around the globe from antiquity to today.
  • That the art history canon is always in flux, and why.

Course Schedule

Participants should anticipate engaging in activities that require walking as part of the learning experience. If you have any concerns or require accommodations related to mobility, please contact us to ensure your full participation.

A typical schedule:
9:30 a.m.: Meet at the Rose Hill classroom for an introductory writing activity. 
10 a.m.: Board Ram Van to a museum
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m.: Arrive on site
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Lectures, discussions, and looking activities in museum.
12:30 p.m.-1.30 p.m.: Lunch break
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: Lectures, discussion, and looking activities in the museum 
3:30 p.m.: Ram Van back to campus

Course Details

A New York Exploration of Art History
July 22-August 1, 2024, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Rose Hill Campus
Instructor: Dr. Richard Teverson

Course Number: SULA 1103 RP2
CRN: 15880

This course is for high school students only.


Residential: $3,665.00
Tuition for the residential program includes the course, course materials, housing, meals and excursions in and outside of class. Move-in for this program is Sunday, July 21, 2024 and move-out is Friday, August 2, 2024 by noon.

Commuter: $2,715.00
Tuition for commuters includes the course, course materials, lunches, and excursions in and outside of class. Additional meals are available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Fordham Bookstore, and any personal items they wish to purchase.


Application deadlines: course and housing: April 15, 2024; course only; May 1, 2024. Please note that admission decisions are rolling until the class is full, and course caps are around 20 students. We recommend early application.

Application Requirements: this non-credit course is open to high school students who have completed their first year. The course is recommended for those with a 3.0 or better. No prior experience with the subject matter is required.

To apply, you will need a copy of your high school transcript, and your fall report card if the grades are not reflected on your transcript.

If you are applying for housing, a brief letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, coach, instructor, or supervisor, attesting to your maturity and responsibility as a student is required.

Please make note of the course details above because you will select your course as part of your application.


If you are not ready to apply, you can sign up to stay informed about the Fordham Summer Leaders Academy too, or email us with questions!

It's not too late! Still accepting applications for classes with open seats until May 31!