Parsons has had a school in Paris since 1921, when Frank Alvah Parsons first established the Paris Ateliers of the New York School of Fine and Applied Art. The school offered courses in the decorative arts, architecture, scenography and costume design and counted Elise de Wolfe and Edith Wharton among its students. In 1930, Jean Michel Frank’s students at the school created the Parsons table, an icon of modern design. The Paris school closed in Paris in 1939 but was re opened in 1948 and has welcomed international students in Paris since then. In 1970, Parsons merged with The New School, a university founded in 1919 by a group of eminent scholars dedicated to the social sciences and the performing arts. The establishment Parsons Paris new academic center at 45 rue Saint Roch in 2013 reflects the integration of the design school to the pedagogical mission of the New School. Provost Tim Marshall said, "We set about to ‘design a design school' that could operate more deftly and strongly in the New School context, and—more broadly—that would have the agility to respond to, anticipate, and lead dynamic changes in the art and design professions and in the academy." This new educational programming places students and faculty within a dense network of colleagues that effectively responds to dramatic global shifts in demographics, economics, and culture.Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons New York describes the school's forward-looking pedagogy with these words: "Parsons' embrace of curricular innovation, pioneering technology, and a global perspective has once again put the school at the leading edge of art and design education: exploring new methodologies in existing disciplines, broadening the scope of those disciplines, and forging paths in new fields of services and transdisciplinary thinking." Parsons Paris offers students an opportunity to explore design culture in the city of light.
Parsons The New School for Design
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