Nurture Your Inner Artist During Summer Residencies


“The residency allows students to devote six whole weeks to an intensive experience in our studios with a supportive community of peers who are doing exactly the same thing. It encourages growth in their professional practice and in their roles as artists.”

Dr. Mary Hafeli, Professor of Art and Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Street signsSpending your summer in New York City, an international hub for the arts, is an immersive cultural experience. The M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) gives our students a chance to take classes on campus and spend their summers in a richly inspiring environment.

The Teachers College Art Studios are both historic and unique. Though the spaces have been part of Teachers College since the early 1900s, they now feature the latest technology and amenities. The spaces include:

  • Painting and Drawing studio
  • Sculpture studio
  • Photography and Video studio
  • Makerspace
  • Printmaking studio
  • Ceramics studio

During the Summer Residency, students have the opportunity to bond with peers from their cohort and faculty from the program. Many of the people students meet in the Summer Residency will be in their online and on-campus courses for the rest of the program.

The six-week Summer Residency includes studio courses, theoretical courses, and courses designed for professional development. The studio courses meet two or three times a week, and students will spend time creating their artwork both during and outside of class hours. They will also discuss and critique their own work, as well as the work of their classmates, and engage with visiting artists.

In addition, students have time during their residency to soak up inspiration at the many museums and galleries around the city, including:

  • American Folk Art Museum
  • Asia Society
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • El Museo del Barrio
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • MoMA/PS1
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • New-York Historical Society
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • The Guggenheim Museum
  • The Met Cloisters
  • The Museum of Arts and Design
  • The New Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Noguchi Museum
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • The Whitney Museum
  • Queens Museum

Housing Options

Our program coordinator is available to connect you with resources to identify and secure housing for the Summer Residency. M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) students have multiple options, including residence halls, short-term sublets, and rentals. Teachers College (TC) recommends students stay in or near the Upper West Side or Morningside Heights for a short commute to Teachers College at 525 West 120th Street. You will also be close to Central Park, Lincoln Center, and numerous internationally acclaimed museums and musical venues.

The Office of Residential Services offers a limited number of spaces in on-campus residence halls for our M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) students. For more detailed information about room rates, please visit the Summer Conference Housing page.

On-campus housing for Summer students is known as Summer Conference Housing and has a separate application process than school-year housing. When you apply for housing, please complete the Summer Conference Housing Application, and indicate that you are planning to enroll in the M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) program. Do not use the Academic Year Student Housing application.

If you are interested in applying for Teachers College housing, we recommend contacting the Office of Residential Services as soon as possible. You can visit their website or call them at (212) 678-3235.

For more information about housing options, please contact an admission counselor toll-free at (877) 251-1533 or studioarted@tc.columbia.edu. As in any leasing circumstance, we advise students to use caution and common sense when exploring off-campus options.


Costs Associated with the Summer Residency

Students are responsible for housing, transportation, meals, and personal expenditures.


New York City’s Morningside Heights Neighborhood

Check out the About Our Neighborhood page to learn more about the vibrant neighborhood that is home both to the College and many of our students during their time with us.


Explore Arts and Culture–Free of Charge

Your TC ID grants you free admission to most of the major museums in New York City. You can visit www.nycgo.com for a weekly listing of concerts, plays, and events in and around the city.


Register Early for Summer Courses

Summer courses fill up quickly, so we strongly encourage you to register as early as possible for Summer Residency courses. International applicants seeking a visa are especially encouraged to register early in order to secure their spot in summer courses.

To register for classes, newly admitted students must first pay the non-refundable TC enrollment deposit through the Application Status page. Registration dates and deadlines vary by term; please review the Teachers College Registration Deadlines page for more information.

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