Program Overview

Discover a career in the digital arts.

At the NSLC on Digital Arts & Design, you’ll develop your unique style through immersive workshops that expand your creativity. Choose a specialty in Photography, Animation, or Graphic Design and work closely with professionals in the field to explore how your love of art can become a full-time career.

Not only did I learn a lot about digital arts, I also got a better idea of what college life might feel like and where I might want to go.

Emma, Virginia

Choose your track.

Digital Arts & Design is divided into the specialty tracks below. Choose one when submitting your application.

Photography

Photography

Explore techniques to make the most of your camera.

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Animation

Animation

Discover the core concepts of animation.

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Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Explore visual storytelling through graphic design.

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Guest Speakers

Gain industry insights.

Interact with guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds that bring practical knowledge and real-world experiences to the Digital Arts & Design program.

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Trips & Tours

Go beyond the classroom.

Gain a new perspective on digital design through field trips that uncover how the industry works behind the scenes. A mix of educational and sightseeing tours allow you to explore the city surrounding the university.

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Columbia University Trips & Tours

Trips and tours may include:

  • Pratt Institute
  • Nickelodeon
  • Ad Agency Visit
  • City Photo Tour
  • The Mill Studio Tour
  • Poster House
  • Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian
  • MoMA
  • Fotografiska Museum NYC
  • International Center of Photography

Leadership
is in our name.

Each NSLC program contains a leadership curriculum designed to teach skills that can apply to all areas of life. Workshops on personality styles, communication and listening, resilience, and empathy set the foundation for a successful future, no matter where it may lead.

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Life on a College Campus

Dates, Locations, & Tuition

NSLC provides an immersive pre-college experience that prepares students for life beyond high school, allowing them to study in university classrooms, learn to navigate a campus, and experience living with roommates. All students are required to reside in supervised campus dormitories and will be provided meals through campus dining services.

What does my tuition include?

Columbia University*

New York, NY

$4,095 Residential

Summer 2024

Jun 17 - Jun 25

Jun 29 - Jul 7

Trips & Tours Sample Schedule

Columbia University Trips & Tours

Trips and tours may include:

  • Pratt Institute
  • Nickelodeon
  • Ad Agency Visit
  • City Photo Tour
  • The Mill Studio Tour
  • Poster House
  • Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian
  • MoMA
  • Fotografiska Museum NYC
  • International Center of Photography

* NSLC is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by Columbia University.

Pay over time.

Flexible plans allow you to pay monthly – until 30 days before your program – at no additional fee.
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Protect your tuition.

Affordable trip insurance protects your investment in case of emergency.
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Apply for a scholarship.

NSLC awards more than $500,000 in scholarships each year.
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Earn College Credit

NSLC has partnered with American University to offer an online college credit opportunity for students across all our programs and locations. AU’s faculty-taught courses are completed at home outside the dates of your program and tailored to complement your area of study.

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Your future starts here.

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