School Policies

The policies set forth below apply to the main campus on 57 Street and the Vytlacil Campus of The Art Students League of New York.

Entrance Requirements
There are no entrance requirements or examinations.  Students are not required to have had any previous art experience. Instructors in some advanced classes may require an interview prior to class admission. You can register by phone or in person at the League. If you are registering for the first time and wish to register by phone, you must first fill out a Student Information Form.

General Registration Information
Registration is by the month, throughout the year. Students generally may enter any class at the Art Students League at any time, provided the class is not full. Waiting lists are maintained for filled classes. Students must pay an annual registration fee of $25, which is non-refundable and non-transferable. Class availability for both full- and part-time registration is restricted by the number of spaces available in any class at any one time and by instructor preferences.


Tuition for currently enrolled students is due by the first day of the following month. There will be no prorating of tuition for currently registered students in the event they are not present for any part of the same class the following month. First-time tuition will be prorated as of the date the student begins the class.

Class Tuition Refund Policy

Class tuition refunds will be made as of the date the office is notified of withdrawal. Notification of withdrawal may be made in person, by fax: (212) 541-7024 or by e-mail: Only seventy-five percent of the remaining balance of monthly tuition will be refunded from the day of notification. Refunds are by check or ASL credit only. Neither refunds nor credits are given for absences that occur in the course of the month. Weekly and daily tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Studio maintenance fees for clay sculpture and printmaking classes are non-refundable.
Workshop Refund Policy
In the event a student chooses to withdraw after registering for a workshop, a 75% tuition refund will be granted when a student submits a “Request for Refund Form” by fax: (212) 541-7024, email: or in person at least five (5) business days before the start date of the workshop. No refunds will be given within four (4) business days of a workshop. Refunds are by check or ASL credit, only. Materials fees are not refundable. Workshop and materials fees are not transferable.

Workshop Cancellation Policy
Workshops are subject to cancellation. In the event of cancellation by the Art Students League, registered workshop students will receive a 100% tuition refund. Workshops may be cancelled on short notice. No refunds are given for travel expenses due to cancellations or schedule changes.
Gift Certificates
Gift certificates are non-refundable. Gift Certificates purchased in the registration office are only valid for classes and workshops. The Art Supply Store has its own gift certificate; please see the store for details.
Children eight to twelve years of age may register in the children's classes which are held on weekends. During the regular public school year, no student under the age of 18 may be registered at the League during normal school hours unless permission is obtained from the administration.  For welding classes, a student must be at least 16 years old and have parents’ permission to register.
Standards of Conduct
Students, members and staff are expected to maintain a standard of behavior conducive to the fraternal spirit of learning and working at the League. Any violation, including physical confrontation, use of abusive language, destruction of school property, or any behavior deemed by the Executive Director or Board of Control to be in violation of the standards of behavior of the League, may result in expulsion.
The League is committed to maintaining an atmosphere free from all forms of discrimination or harassing behavior in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and other school-administered programs. All students have equal access to the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available at the League. Both League policy and law prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, race, color, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or sex. Any student who wishes to report violations of these policies should contact the executive director or the president of the Board of Control. Copies of the non-harassment policy in its entirety are available in the office.
The transcript is an official record of a student's class registration at the Art Students League. Students may request a transcript by submitting a Transcript Request Form, available in the League's office. Students who attended the League prior to 1990 will be charged $35 per transcript. Students who attended the League in 1990 or after will be charged $15 per transcript. Transcript requests are processed within 10 business days.
Veterans Training
The Art Students League of New York is approved to accept students who wish to use their Veterans Education Benefits. Students entitled to Veterans Education Benefits may register for one of the three Prescribed Courses of Study: Fine Arts Sculpture, Fine Arts Painting or Fine Arts Printmaking. Veterans who are not high school graduates are required to bring examples of the work for approval before registering. For an appointment, please call: (212) 247-4510, extension 102. To check your eligibility status, call the Veterans Affairs toll-free number: 1- 888-442-4551.
Prescribed Course of Study
The Art Students League of New York makes available Prescribed Courses of Study leading to a Certificate of Completion. The courses are offered in  Fine Arts Painting or Fine Arts Printmaking. These Prescribed Courses leading to a Certifcate will consist of a four-year program of classes with the student attending on a full-time basis, which is a minimum of 25 hours of studio work per week. Supplementary programs for the Prescribed Courses in each of the above categories are available on application to the office of the Art Students League.
The Prescribed Courses are structured to enable the student to make a progression in a planned sequence of classes. Students taking the Prescribed Course will be required to take classes in a specified order. An interview is required before registering for a program of Prescribed Courses.
End-of-Session Cleanout
The Art Students League closes for a short period of time at the end of each session (the week of Memorial Day and two weeks prior to Labor Day) to clean the studios. Prior to these cleaning periods, all materials, such as unfinished or drying paintings, palettes, sculptures, carving stones, drawing pads, etc., must be removed from all racks and storage areas at the close of each session. The League is not responsible for any materials that have been left in any of the studios during these clean out periods.

Please note that photography and filming/taping of League classes and workshops is prohibited.

Returned Checks
Returned checks will be charged a fee of $25.

It is the responsibility of the students to provide their own lock. Locks can be purchased at the League store. Locker fees are as follows: monthly fee $12; one-time deposit $24 (returned when student turns in locker).


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