Classes and Internships

Student sitting on the floor and sketching in train station

An art student sketching in Grand Central Station is one example of how AAP NYC uses the city as a classroom. photo / provided

Sample Class Offerings

AAP NYC offers a full roster of classes enriched by New York City's unique artistic, historical, and cultural resources and by AAP's extensive alumni network of noted metropolitan professionals, who frequently teach and serve as guest critics and mentors. Specific class offerings vary by semester.

  • B.Arch. Classes and Internships

    Required Classes

    • ARCH 4101 Design VII or ARCH 4102 Design VIII or ARCH 5101 Design IXAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options in, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation.
    • ARCH 5201 Professional PracticeExamination of organizational and management theories and practices for delivering professional design services. Includes a historic overview of the profession and a review of the architect's responsibilities from the pre-contract phase through cost estimating and specifications to construction. Application of computer technology in preparing specifications.

    Elective Classes

    • ARCH 3308 Special Topics in the Theory of Architecture IThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Theory of Architecture. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
    • ARCH 3819 Special Topics in History of Architecture and UrbanismThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of History of Architecture and Urbanism. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
    • ARCH 4509 Special Topics in Visual Representation IThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
    • ARCH 5204 Professional TrainingTheme directed experience of internship host firms.

    Internships

    In addition to their class work, B.Arch. students at AAP NYC are given the option to undertake in an internship at one of many prestigious New York City architecture or design firms. Internships are coordinated through AAP Connect.

    Upon acceptance to the AAP NYC semester, students submit a questionnaire and portfolio to AAP Connect's internship coordinator and choose five firms of interest from the list of participating firms. Portfolios must be approved by the Department of Architecture's review committee before acceptance into the internship program. Matches are made based on the student's portfolio and compatibility with the firm's required skills, including software competencies. Frequently, an in-person or phone interview is required before confirmation of placement. AAP NYC makes every effort to work exclusively with firms that offer their interns payment, but this is not always possible.

    Students have the option to receive 1 credit for a related seminar, ARCH 5204 Professional Training. Students seeking internships should plan for a lower than usual credit load. International students who opt to participate in the internship program must also register for Curricular Practical Training through ISSO, and for ARCH 5204 Professional Training. This must be approved by a supervising faculty member before work begins at any internship site.

    Below is a list of architecture firms who have previously hosted AAP NYC interns:

  • B.F.A. Classes and Internships

    Required Classes

    • ART 3003 New York City StudioThis class will concentrate on the development, through research and material experimentation, of a studio practice informed by historical and social context.¬† Different research and production methodologies will be encouraged to develop a practice that is critical, self-sustaining, and flexible. Students will be encouraged to engage the intellectual and artistic resources available in New York City that relate to the development of their work. Required course for B.F.A. students participating in AAP NYC.
    • ART 3103 New York City SeminarThis seminar involves readings, discussion, writing, trips to museums and galleries, artists'¬†studios, other field trips, and presentations by leading critics and scholars who present and examine issues of contemporary art in one of the world-class art centers. The seminar is developed to conceptually connect to the studio and art/architecture history course in which students are enrolled.
    • ART 3805 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Metropolitan StudiesThis course introduces students to the key concepts in art and urbanism in the 19th-21st centuries, ranging from politics to social changes, technology to representation, as major factors and issues that have been influencing in the past and still continue to shape a contemporary Metropolis. Focusing on representation of the city in different media and multi-disciplinary approach to urban theory, with New York as a case study, the class will be structured around several field trips, weekly lectures followed by film excerpts screenings, individual student presentations, and discussions of the assigned readings.
    • ART 3903 Professional PracticeThis course will investigate the existing formats, guidelines and limitations that artists negotiate within the context of art practice. This will be accomplished through image presentations, selected readings, discussions, field trips, and visiting lecturers. The guest visitors may include a selection of: artist(s), gallery director, non-profit director or curator, museum curator, art critic, art lawyer, art fabricator, grant spokesperson, and others. Throughout the course, students will be engaging in various forms of statement writing as well as presentations on their work. Student's work may be discussed as it is relative to the presentations, and writing assignments. This course requires a separate internship component and will serve as a platform for discussion of the internship experience.

    Internships

    In addition to their class work, B.F.A. students at AAP NYC are given the option to undertake a two-day-per-week internship (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) at one of many prestigious New York City art institutions, artist studios, or galleries. Upon acceptance to the AAP NYC semester, students submit a questionnaire and portfolio to AAP Connect's internship coordinator. AAP NYC students will work with the AAP Connect internship coordinator and the AAP NYC faculty to secure internship placements.

    Internships provide students with experience in the day-to-day operations of a dynamic and professional arts organization, gallery, or artist studio, and also offer the opportunity to learn new skills and build work experience.

    Below is a sample of participating internship hosts:

  • M.Arch. Classes

    Required Classes

    • ARCH 5114 Core Design Studios IV: Integrative Design PracticesFocus on the development of architectural ideas in constructed, material form. The studio explores emergent topics and constructive methods in contemporary architectural practice. Design study includes the creation of a comprehensive set of representations that describes an architectural project in detail. Students work in collaborative groups and in consultation with advisors drawn from professional practice to develop a project that engages a complex range of topical areas, including: structural and environmental systems, building envelope systems, materiality and construction, life-safety planning, and sustainability.
    • ARCH 5201 Professional PracticeExamination of organizational and management theories and practices for delivering professional design services. Includes a historic overview of the profession and a review of the architect's responsibilities from the pre-contract phase through cost estimating and specifications to construction. Application of computer technology in preparing specifications.
    • ARCH 5615 Building Technology II: Structural ElementsConcepts and procedures for design, manufacturing, and construction in steel, concrete, masonry, timber, and new materials supplemented by examples and case studies. Taught concurrently with the integrative design studio, this course will also include field trips to construction sites, recently completed buildings, and/or fabrication shops/labs, in order to understand and design the integration of elements in both contemporary and emerging construction and fabrication.
    • ARCH 5616 Environmental Systems II: Building DynamicsThis course examines the design and analysis of the building envelope, with a focus on the material and energetic transformations taking place at the boundary between architecture and environment. Topics include: comfort, building thermodynamics, envelope assemblies, thermal modeling, active and passive control systems, daylighting and architectural acoustics.

    Elective Classes

    • ARCH 5819 Special Topics in the History of Architecture and UrbanismThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Theory of Architecture. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage
    • ARCH 6308 Architectural TheoryThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Theory of Architecture. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage
    • ARCH 6509 Special Topics in Visual Representation IIThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • M.L.A./M.R.P. Classes and Internships

    Required Classes

    • CRP 5172 NYC Workshop: Land Use, Environmental Planning, and DesignThis workshop examines the evolving structure of New York City and the way large-scale developments have influenced its form, patterns of growth, opportunities for economic development, value creation, and investment. The coursework and related tours examine the historical forces that have influenced New York City, including models of urban analysis, contemporary theories of urban design, environmental impact analysis, and implementation strategies used in redevelopment projects. Other American and international cities will be used as comparisons.
    • CRP 5173 Integrated Urbanism as a Platform For EngagementThis studio will dive deep into the complex balance between architecture and urbanism, policy and public housing, focusing in particular on campus of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) property.
    • CRP 5174 Professional PracticeThis course examines the critical work of selected Cornell alumni from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, specifically from the Department of City and Regional Planning and also from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The course explores the career trajectories development of alumni, and in some cases, their transitions into other professions as attorneys, educators, advocates, real estate developers, organizational consultants, etc.

    In addition to these three required classes, M.R.P. students are expected to enroll in the appropriate exit project research class with their advisor. The optional internship may serve as the foundation for the exit project.

    • CRP 8901 M.R.P. Exit Project: Research PaperA student preparing a Research Paper (as defined by the Department of City and Regional Planning) to satisfy the M.R.P. Exit Project Requirement must complete this course and . A student will use CRP 8901 for conducting research for the Research Paper. A student may not earn any credit connected to his/her Research Paper beyond that awarded for completion of CRP 8901 and .
    • CRP 8903 M.R.P. Exit Project: Professional ReportA student preparing a Professional Report (as defined by the Dpartment of City and Regional Planning) to satisfy the M.R.P. Exit Project Requirement must complete this course and . A student will use CRP 8903 for conducting research for the Professional Report. A student may not earn any credit connected to his/her Professional Report beyond that awarded for completion of CRP 8903 and .
    • CRP 8905 M.R.P. Exit Project: ThesisA student preparing a Thesis (as defined by the Department of City and Regional Planning) to satisfy the M.R.P. Exit Project Requirement must complete this course and . A student will use CRP 8905 for conducting research for the Thesis. A student may not earn any credit connected to his/her Thesis beyond that awarded for completion of CRP 8905 and .¬†

    Internships

    The opportunity for planning-related internships in New York City is vast. Two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) are set aside each week for students who opt for a professional internship experience in addition to their class work. Below is a list of places where students have held internships or places that may be of interest. Contact AAP Connect's internship coordinator for information on securing an internship.

  • M.S. AAD Classes

    Required Classes

    • ARCH 7111 Design AExploration of themes, methods, and technologies in contemporary design.
    • ARCH 6110 Graduate Design SeminarA seminar developing themes explored in .
    • ARCH 6301 Design ResearchIntroduction to themes of inquiry in contemporary architecture, including critical motives in research, topical " problems," and materials and tactics of investigation.
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