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Art and Design High School

Art and Design High School is a coeducational public audition vocational school for students in grades 9 through 12.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Urban


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Art and Design High School says

For over seventy years, Art and Design High School has nurtured talented students through its extensive art program to become accomplished professionals. Located in the heart of New York City's cultural center, we are a community of scholars dedicated to fostering the creative and academic talents of each of our gifted art students. We are nationally known for our design programs in architecture, fashion design, graphic design, illustration and digital photography and video technology. Graduates from our school are leaders in the field of art and the community at large.

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Program majors offered: Architectural Design, Commercial Photography, Film and Video Production, Cartooning and Animation, Fashion and Costume Design, Illustration and Graphic Design. Art instruction time: 90-130 minutes daily; Partnership with the School of Visual Arts (students can earn up to 4 credits in art as juniors and seniors) ;Partnerships with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Frick Museum; Tribeca partnership at the school for film instruction; Internship program through Work-Based Learning (WBL); Partner school of Exploring the Arts (internships, apprenticeships and scholarships); PENCIL partner; College Now, Portfolio Development, Professional Mentoring with AIGA NYC


Study includes structures, space, color, form; focus on hand drafting, architectural design, model making and sketching; AutoCAD instruction; seniors complete city planning design project to address current zoning issues; visits to museums, professional studios; visiting professionals.

Program Specialization: Architecture

Available Seats in Freshmen Class: 56

Admission Method: Audition

9th grade Foundations; select CTE major in 10th grade: Cartooning and Animation, Fashion/Costume Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Digital Photography; Adobe programs AP-2D Design Portfolios evaluated by professionals; museum visits; rotating student exhibitions; visiting artists.

Program Specialization: Visual Art & Design

Available Seats in Freshmen Class: 276

Admission Method: Audition

Study includes pre-production, production, and post-production; students study text analysis, film analysis, script-writing, editing in Final Cut-Pro, and film theory; access to state-of-the-art equipment; participation in contests, film festivals; visiting artists and professionals.

Program Specialization: Film/Video

Available Seats in Freshmen Class: 28

Admission Method: Audition


Buses: M1, M101, M15, M3, M31, M50, M57, Q101, Q32, Q60

Trains: 6, E, M to Lexington Av/53 St; 4, 5, 6, N, Q, R to Lexington Av/59 St; F to Lexington Av/63 St



Public schools are supported through local, state, and federal funding, and do not charge tuition to students who attend them.



Entrance Requirements

  • Audition

Admission Priorities

  • Open to New York City residents

Important Dates

Regular Application Deadline: December 2



73% of students graduate from Art and Design High School

Test Scores

1315 Average score for the SAT Composite

Test Section Average Score
SAT Math 441
SAT Verbal 444
SAT Writing 430

NYC Report Card

Overall Score
College and Career Readiness
  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing
  • AP United States History
  • AP World History

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 1,342
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 345
10 302
11 334
12 361

Art and Design High School's relatively even enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Art and Design High School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 17 : 1
Gender 47% Male / 53% Female
Socioeconomic Diversity

64% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at Art and Design High School.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 13%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Hispanic/Latino 52%
Black or African American 26%
Asian 9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

There were 16 incidents of bullying last year at Art and Design High School, which equals 0.0125 incidents per student.


AIGA NYC (professional association for design) Mentoring, Animation Club, Film/Video Club, Apollo Theater Internships, Drama Club, Exhibitions in Kenny Art Gallery, Fashion Design Club, Gay/Straight Alliance, Interior Design Club, Literary Arts Journal, Mock Trial, Museum Hopping, National Honor Society, New York Cares/Kaplan Saturday SAT Prep, Newspaper, Old Hat Illustration Club, Peer Tutoring, Portfolio Development, School Student Leaders, Silk Screening, Spring Arts Festival, Teen Tutoring, Saturday Art Directors Club, The Art Students League of New York, Yearbook Club, CAE Internships, Studio in a School Internship and Portfolio Development Programs
  • Art Club
  • Drama Club
  • Drama/Theater
  • Film Club
  • Honor Society
  • Mock Trial
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Fencing
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
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