Art & Design School Trip to New York

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the creative scene in New York. As one of the world’s leading artistic hubs, artists, designers and creatives gather here to share new ideas.

The perfect destination for Art and Design GCSE & A-Level students, an art tour to New York allows budding creatives the chance to see where artists showcase their work, and absorb the inspiration that the Big Apple provides in abundance. A perfect destination for schools & sixth form colleges.


Tour Day 1

Fly to New York and take transfer to your accommodation, the Holiday Inn Express
Visit to the top of Empire State Building

Tour Day 2

A guided walking tour of Manhattan that includes Times Square, Broadway and so much more
Visit to the Metropolitan Museum

Tour Day 3

Go to the 'Top of the Rock' to sketch the New York skyline with the Empire State Building in it. Then visit MoMA to view contemporary art and design
Visit to the Guggenheim including time to sketch or photograph the building

Tour Day 4

Free time for some last minute shopping on Fifth Avenue
Depart New York for an overnight flight back to the UK

Tour Day 5

Arrive in the UK

Curricular Links

A WST Art & Design tour to New York may support the study of elements of the following exam board specifications.



3.5 Fine art

3.8 Three-dimensional design


3.4 Fine art

3.7 Three-dimensional design




Knowledge, understanding and skills in Fine Art

Knowledge, understanding and skills in Three-dimensional Design


Art and Design (Fine Art) (9FA0)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design) (9TD0)




2c(ii). Content of Art and Design: Fine Art (J171)

2c(vii). Content of Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies (J176)


2c(ii). Content of Art and Design: Fine Art (H601)

2c(vii). Content of Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies (H606)




Art and Design (Fine Art)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design)


Art and Design (Fine Art)

Art and Design (Three-dimensional Design)


Study Visits

Graffiti Street Art Tours & Group Workshops 

These awarding winning tours are fun, educational, current, and change every time they are given. They show all types and kinds of public art including classic graffiti, wheatpaste, stencil art, yarn bombing, tape art, and are adapted to what is currently being created and changed allowing an ever changing tour of the art of the streets.

Downtown Manhattan Graffiti Tour: The walking tour is led by real NYC graffiti artists and allows the client to interact directly with them. This tour teaches the history but also appreciates today’s street artists taking in over 25 of the best examples on the street. Look at tags, throw ups, and learn about today’s graffiti culture. Then, take a stroll through the Centrifuge art project that is using the New York City Subway as its canvas. This tour is in and around the Lower East Side and Bowery areas of Manhattan and lasts around 90 minutes.

Group Graffiti Workshops: Follow your tour with hands on team building experience completing a collaborative mural project. They are run by working artists and are done at the highest level of integrity and art teaching technical graffiti skills along with general art education.  A workshop can accompany a tour or can be standalone and takes place in lower Manhattan.

3D Printing Sessions 

This exciting new 3 hr session is provided by a senior designer at a state of the art store and office in Manhattan. An ideal addition to art and design trips to New York, these session will include an introduction to 3-D Printing technology, demonstrations, a short tour, a Q&A and your chosen souvenir 3-D printed object. Your visit can be tailored to your main area of interest and age of pupils. The standard sessions will focus on;

  • Possibilities of a Desktop 3D Printer and the latest material innovation (with sample objects)
  • A process overview from a concept idea to a 3D Printed object
  • Introduction to 3D design software
  • Demonstration of designing, preparing and printing a 3D design of choice

The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

The permanent collection covers art from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met also maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanic, Byzantine, and Islamic art. 

Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA)

Often seen as one the most influential museums of modern art, the MoMA offers a collection of both modern and contemporary art. 

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim is visited not just for its exhibitions of impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern and contemporary art, but also its iconic building which is known as one the 20th Century’s important architectural landmarks. The museum is located on the exclusive Upper East Side.  

The Whitney Museum Of American Art

The focus at ‘The Whitney’ is on 20th and 21st Century American Art. The permanent collection houses works from Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper, Mark Rothko and many more. It’s located in the Upper East Side area of New York. 

The Frick Collection

The Frick Collection is home to some of the most well-known paintings by the best European artists and major works of sculpture.

The International Center Of Photography

As the world’s leading institution of photography, the International Center of Photography is dedicated to the practice with an understanding of all forms of photography. At the ICP you can take advantage of the comprehensive resources and extensive collections on offer. 

Friends of the Highline

This unique visit allows the public to explore what was once a major train line known as New York Central Railroad. The train line, which was very popular in the 1930’s became less successful in the 1980’s, forcing it to close. In 1999, Friends of the Highline decided there was still life in the old railroad yet and embarked upon a journey of re-development. The train line is now a beautiful public park and architectural masterpiece. School groups can opt for a structured visit or they can simply guide themselves around. There are also free educational materials to support your visit available on their website.

Cultural Visits

Guided Tour Of New York

As always the best way to get around and see a city is on foot, especially when looking at it from a historical perspective. For school art tours New York offers a wide choice of walking tours that can be tailored to study needs and interests. The most popular walking tours are:

The midtown Manhattan walking tour:

This tour includes:

  • Fifth Avenue
  • 42nd Street
  • Central Park
  • Times Square
  • The Empire State Building

The downtown Manhattan walking tour:

This tour includes:

  • Wall Street
  • The New York Stock Exchange
  • Battery Park
  • Little Italy
  • Soho

Empire State Building

No visit to New York is complete without a visit to the top of New York’s most iconic skyscraper. Be aware that there will be queues here.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Located on the World Trade Center site this memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honour to the people killed in the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001. The main feature of the memorial is the twin reflecting pools which sit within the footprints of where the twin towers once were. The names of every person who died are inscribed into bronze panels edging the pools.The 9/11 Memorial Museum includes an exhibition on the events of 9/11 and the aftermath. 

Harbour Cruises

During school art trips to New York, students can get a close up view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island by choosing from two options:

The Liberty Cruise: A one-hour cruise of the harbour

The Island Cruise: A hop-on/hop-off cruise that gives students the opportunity to explore both Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

Hershey's Chocolate World

The Hershey’s Chocolate World Sweet Educational Tour is ready to show you a world you've never known. Set as A walking tour of the iconic Times Square location, this learning experience is about more than milk, sugar and cocoa. You'll learn more about Hershey’s iconic brands,why we decided to come to the crossroads of the World, Times Square, and of course taste several different Hershey’s products. Milton Hershey loved nothing more than to enrich the lives of others, and this tour plans to do just that!

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an American military and maritime history museum with a collection of museum ships in New York City. It is located at Pier 86 at 46th Street in the Hell's Kitchen neighbourhood on the West Side of Manhattan. The museum showcases the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST, a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance place and the Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

An insider’s look at this state of the art arena. You will explore the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms and relive historic moments with the new Garden 366 experience and Defining Moments exhibit. 

Metropolitan Opera

‘The Met’ opera company is located at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and is the largest classical music organisation in North America. The season runs from September to May and the schedule of performances offers some student rates on key performances throughout this time. 

NBC Studio Tour

Go behind the scenes of some of the most well-known TV shows. You will visit the NBC Sharp Globe Theatre, Broadcast Operations, the Make Up room, and even produce your very own news and weather programme.

NFL Experience 

Located in Times Square, this live attraction combines interactive games and a state of the art 4D theatre, bringing fans closer than ever to NFL Football (American Football).

Radio City Stage Door Tour

Explore the theatre, lounges and corridors of the city's most iconic theatre during a school art tour to New York. You can explore the art deco interiors, learn the secrets of the Great Stage one of the largest indoor performance stages in the world, view the celebrity signed guest book and meet a world famous Radio City Rockette.


The world’s preeminent spy museum and experience. You can explore the fascinating world of hacking and espionage, and discover your inner spy. Real spy challenges include lie-detection in interrogation booths, observation in surveillance missions, and agility in special ops laser tunnels. Their profiling system (developed with a former Head of Training at British Intelligence) will tell you what kind of spy you’d be. SPYSCAPE brings amazing spy artefacts and stories to life in a uniquely entertaining experience.

Sporting Events

Subject to availability your group can attend a sporting event in and around the city. If you ask us early enough we can look at what is available with all the different New York teams for something to suit your budget. 

TV & Movie Set Tours

Choose from a range of coach or walking tours around the city, taking in locations of well-known shows and movies, venues where the stars hang out and even see where your favourite celebrities live. Shows and movies include Friends, Seinfeld, Glee, The Devil Wears Prada, Spider-Man, Elf, Hitch and many more. Themed tours include Sex and the City Hotspots, Central Park Movie Sites, Gossip Girl Sites and Sopranos Sites.

On Location Tours is receiving very positive feedback from happy students - See for yourself what it’s all about…


Top of the Rock

The observation desk at the top of the Rockefeller Center provides a unique 360 degree view of New York, including the Empire State Building. 

One World Observatory 

The tallest observatory in the western hemisphere, located at the 9/11 memorial site, offering spectacular panoramic views of New York. The visit also includes numerous videos and multimedia experiences. There are 5 lifts including a sky pod elevator that ascends to the 102nd floor in under 60 seconds. You can choose from various cafés and restaurants.  Visit lasts approx. 45 to 60 minutes.  

Broadway Theatre Productions

Give your students an experience to remember by arranging a trip to a Broadway show. They’ll really go home with the ‘WOW’ factor. Current popular shows are Lion King, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Disney’s Aladdin, Chicago and Matilda.


A trip to New York is not complete without a trip to world famous shops and department stores: 

Fifth Avenue: Some of New York’s best known shops can be found here including FAO Schwarz, Apple Store, Abercrombie & Fitch and Saks 

Bloomingdales: Located close to Fifth Avenue, a little brown bag from Bloomingdales is an iconic souvenir from a trip to New York.

Macy’s: The largest department store in New York, located on West 34th Street 

Century 21: A bargain hunters paradise, located close to Ground Zero 

South Street Seaport: This Lower Manhattan eastside shopping destination offers a distinct mix of shops, restaurants and cafés.  


We can arrange evening meals at most of the restaurants in the city. The most popular choices for students are:

  • Planet Hollywood
  • Hard Rock Café
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp
  • Bucca Di Beppo
  • Dave and Busters
  • B Smiths
  • Bowlmor (bowling and dining)
  • Italian Restaurants
  • Chinese Restaurants

Carole Burrows is the most helpful person I have ever dealt with! Nothing was too much trouble for her and worked with me every step of the way to ensure an extremely successful trip! She is absolutely phenomenal and I will look forward to working with her again this year.
Bridgewater High School, New York