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Art & Design

New York - the liveliest and most exciting city in the world - offers art and design students a unique opportunity to experience their subject at the global centre of business, finance, media, theatre, art and entertainment.

Our 5, 6 or 7 day tours ensure that you have enough time to explore this remarkable city and to visit its incredible sights and attractions. Our range of educational programmes and visits will ensure that your students gain the maximum benefit from their time away and return with a real understanding of how their classroom studies apply to life in New York.

01 Tour Highlights

Highlights of Midtown Architectural Tour - this tour will feature viewing the major monuments of 20th-century American architecture and exploring the history of the communities in the Midtown areas. You will also view the interiors of some of these monuments. Highlights include: the hidden residential enclave Tudor City, the United Nations Building (exterior), the Chanin Building, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal, Carrère and Hastings’ New York Public Library and the Daily New Building.

Alternative New York Street Art: Lower East Side - join your guide in one of NYC’s oldest neighborhoods and let them bring the art alive. The Lower East Side is well known for its diverse ethnic neighborhoods and astonishing street art. Historically, the Lower East Side is known for hosting immigrants coming off Ellis Island, and in the second half of the 20th century, the area became flooded with artists. The growing counter-culture population in the Lower East Side drew more and more artists. Soon the area quickly exploded with creative expressive graffiti art that illustrated the social and cultural movements that would influence American society in the 21st century.

Alternative New York Street Art: Brooklyn - delve deep into the dynamic Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bushwick and Williamsburg through an exploration of their vibrant street art. A democratic art form offering unparalleled accessibility both to artists and their audience, street art offers a unique lens into contemporary American culture. Make your way to Bushwick and check out iconic work from bold urban artists. Learn how this subculture has been uniting people of diverse backgrounds for the past fifty years by fostering creative, non-curated public expression, and gain a new understanding of Brooklyn. Then, take to the streets of Williamsburg and view cutting-edge graffiti murals from some of NYC’s most innovative emerging artists. This concludes with the opportunity to shop and eat at some of Brooklyn’s trendiest stores and restaurants.

The Hidden History of the NYC Subway: Art and Architecture - discover the art and architecture of one the oldest and most extensive subway systems in the world. Learn the harrowing tales of how the subway was first constructed by workers called “sandhogs” and discover the innovative architecture and design that makes the NYC subway system famous. From its urban legends to its graffiti to its towering architecture, the NYC subway has captured the imaginations of generations of New Yorkers and helped make NY one of the greatest in the world.

Guggenheim Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright's stunningly designed museum has been a daring addition to Fifth Avenue landscape since the late 1950s. We can offer an interactive education programme in which students enjoy a thematic gallery tour, before participating in a related studio workshop experience, where they create their own works of art in the museum's digital or studio art labs.

Museum of Modern Art

MoMA has committed itself to amassing the world's leading collection of the art of our time. The collection is unparalleled and features the work of masters such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Warhol along with works of the greatest living artists of today. Through discussion-based guided lessons, MoMA educators encourage students to look closely at works of art and articulate their ideas about them.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Founded in 1870, this mighty museum has a vast collection of anything and everything of artistic value ever produced anywhere in the world.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

The Cooper-Hewitt Museum is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to the study of historical and contemporary design, exploring many diverse facets of art and design with outstanding temporary shows. The visit includes a guided tour and workshop.

Top of the Rock

A New York City landmark for nearly 75 years, the Rockefeller Center is located in the heart of Manhattan. At the start of a visit you can enjoy the multi-media theatre exhibit which presents the historyof the Rockefeller Center. The Sky shuttle elevators then take you at speed up to the Observation decks on the 67th, 69th & 70th floors which give spectacular views of New York City.

Empire State Building

Reaching a ¼ of a mile into the Manhattan sky, The Empire State Building is New York’s best known skyscraper conceived in the booming 1920’s and completed in the gloom of depression in 1931. The observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floor are open daily, late into the evening, offering 360-degree views of this vibrant city.

02 Accommodation

Comfort Inn
We work with a range of Comfort Inn’s all located in Midtown Manhattan. Comfort Inn is a well known hotel chain with modern furnishings and a good standard of accommodation.

The Row
Just a few minutes from Times Square and oldest hotel in New York City – the hotel has recently undergone extensive refurbishment and modernisation.

Quality Inn Midtown West
This is a great 2* hotel just 10 minutes walk from Times Square and the Broadway theatre district. A small hotel with modern furnishings and comfortable rooms.

Holiday Inn Express Midtown West
This popular hotel is located in Hell’s Kitchen, just a 15 minute walk from Times Square and Broadway. The furnishings are modern and all to a high standard. This is one of our most popular hotels in New York.

Freehand New York
Located in the Gramercy district, this modern hotel accommodates students in bunk beds in 4 bedded rooms. All rooms are en suite and a ‘grab and go’ continental breakfast can be arranged.

The Edison
This 3 star traditional style hotel is ideally located in the heart of Times Square.

03 Further Information

Your Meals

As there are numerous places on hand to grab breakfast, a snack for lunch, or a meal for dinner, it is easy to make your own arrangements. If however, you prefer, your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can prebook evening meals for your group to enjoy at a wide range of restaurants, such as Planet Hollywood, Buca di Beppo or more traditional New York diners.

Group Size

Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 20 students.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our New York trips are available throughout the year, during term time and also during half terms and holidays, you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students.

Our most popular travel periods for student groups are during the February and October half terms and the Easter holidays. Therefore should you be planning on travelling during these periods, we recommend that you contact us to plan your tour as early as possible to ensure we still have availability for your preferred travel dates.

Please note that during June and July, flight prices to New York are prohibitively high and therefore these periods are not recommended for travel for student groups.

Your Educational Visits & Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to New York your Tours Specialist is able to arrange a wide choice of educational visits, activities and dining options. Full details of everything you might wish to see and do are available in our New York ‘Educational Visits and Attractions Guide’.

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