This program is for college and adult applicants who have completed at least one year of college or are 19 years of age or older by the first day of class. Many college and adult-level students enroll in the program to acquire the skills they need to reach academic and professional goals or to complement their full-time degree programs. Others enroll to build a competitive portfolio for graduate program applications and prepare for advanced study.
Note: All Summer Intensive Studies courses may be taken in order to develop a portfolio for the college admissions process.
Session I(June 2–June 24, 2017) — morning
Fashion is a phenomenon that has always defined the body and the way it is understood in society. In this course, we explore this relationship, investigating it from historical, sociological, and anthropological perspectives. We examine the way bodies are constructed in fashion design, studying different design practices, pattern techniques, and silhouettes from the 20th and 21st centuries. We look at fashion shows, fashion magazines, and fashion exhibitions, exploring the way ideals of body are formed in fashion communication, investigating the history of modeling and how fashion images inform ideals of beauty and size within and outside of the fashion industry. Finally we look at the role of wearable technologies and how this new, innovative phenomenon will change the idea of the body in society.
(June 2–June 24, 2017) — morning
This three-week course exposes students to the varied ways in which design functions in business contexts and helps them understand the roles designers play in today’s industries. In readings, lectures, and class discussions, students explore strategic brand design, investigating how brands help businesses face global challenges. Brand development and design thinking skills, first employed in studio environments, now play an integral role in corporate strategies, helping companies find success through approaches that disrupt, simplify, engage, and humanize. By examining a number of case studies, students develop an understanding of the implications of branding and packaging for today’s society; they also gain insight into corporate organizations. The class is assigned to develop new brands and reinvent forms of packaging that reflect strategic design communication.
(June 2–June 24, 2017) — afternoon
This course is an immersive introduction to fashion industries and their management strategies. Students will explore the relationships between innovation, design, production, and marketing. The course also provides an overview of the Parisian high-end fashion market and its key actors, from designers to retailers. Through visits to Paris luxury stores and showrooms, students will gain an overall understanding of today’s fashion business.
Session I(June 2–June 24, 2017) — all dayThis course introduces students to various approaches and techniques involved in the design process for fashion products. Students are encouraged to experiment as they research and find inspiration for a fashion collection and devise innovative 2D and 3D production methods for their fashion pieces. Working on projects individually and in groups, students develop fashion concepts for which they draw on the unique resources of Paris and explore how fabrication methods and color affect collections. Students are also introduced to branding and merchandising basics used to identify and create work for targeted markets and consumers.
(June 30-July 22, 2017) — morning
The course is aimed at providing in-depth information on luxury as culture. We consider the origins of luxury and examine the anthropological parameters that influence people's perception of high-quality artifacts in different cultures, periods, and places. This perspective sheds new light on the craftsmanship and unique heritage of some of the most significant French and Italian luxury companies.
(June 30-July 22, 2017) — afternoon
This course provides in-depth understanding of contemporary communication issues in high-end fashion. We investigate the key aspects of corporate communication in a fashion organization, from public relations and events management to advertising strategies and the use of digital platforms. We also explore current and future trends and challenges in fashion and luxury communication.
(June 30-July 22, 2017) — all day
This is an intensive drawing course in Paris. The goal for students is to develop coordination between eye, hand, and mind and an understanding and enjoyment of methods and materials. Students earn to observe the world in a new way and communicate their impressions of it by drawing. Drawing is taught as an essential language for all forms of design and visual arts. In the first week, the class concentrates on the use of lines. In the second week, the class focuses on value, composition, and perspective. In the third week, the class explores methods of drawing from the imagination, or process-oriented drawing. There will be short lessons, discussions on classical and contemporary artists, still life drawing, figure drawing, and composition exercises in the studio. Numerous visits to museums, exhibitions and public places around Paris will support the learning process and allow students to work outside the studio. Guest artists will visit the classroom to present their work and lead workshops. There will be daily critiques and exchange of ideas, in which students will be encouraged to talk about their work and the work of their fellow students. Discussion and reviews are an essential part of the course and all are required to participate. Outside class time, homework assignments consist of collecting observations and drawings in a sketchbook on a daily basis. Students at all levels are welcome; the course will be helpful and challenging to all regardless of previous experience or skill level.
This course introduces students to the process of designing for fashion. Individual and group projects encourage students to develop fashion concepts that draw on Paris’s unique resources as an epicenter of global fashion and explore how fabrication methods and color affect collections. After researching to find inspiration for their own fashion collections, students experiment with innovative 2D and 3D production methods to create fashion pieces. Students are also introduced to branding and merchandising basics used to identify and create work for targeted markets and consumers.
Graphic design is everywhere around you — posters, websites, T-shirts, packaging. It is a medium in which words and images merge to communicate powerful messages. In this hands-on course, students learn creative problem-solving techniques and the basics of form and expressive typography. Through projects, students learn to employ narrative and storytelling methods and engage in design research, analysis, documentation, and implementation. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between individual creative and critical thinking skills and the designer’s role within the professional arena. Topics covered include creation of the elements of brand identity programs, such as logos, publications, advertisements, and websites.
Students learn to approach management as a strategic process that combines design innovation and business knowledge. In collaborative projects, they develop problem-solving skills and familiarity with design strategies through the application of research methods, prototyping, and quantitative analysis. Emphasis is placed on understanding a European setting and perspective and the way entrepreneurs, business innovators, and designers operate at the intersection of design and management. Students engage in design thinking and business strategy exercises, applying these approaches in a broad range of enterprises and real-world business contexts.
(June 30-July 22, 2017) — all day
Paris has long been appreciated as a city of light, and for photographers it is a special place for inspiration and innovation. Students explore the city and are encouraged to create a portfolio based on their photographic work of the city. This course is an introduction to photography as a visual language. Students learn the technique, aesthetics, and theory of photographic images through a variety of assignments, readings, field trips, and lectures. Students are encouraged to experiment with different modes of photography and to create a final project based on their individual interests. Although the course will look at the history of the medium and address specific issues related to traditional film-based photography, all work produced in the class will be made with digital technology. Students must have a DSLR digital camera. Please anticipate printing costs. A goal of the semester is to produce a small book of your final projects and, if time allows, an exhibition in the school gallery.
Paris and Barcelona
June 30—July 29, 2017
(Paris only: June 30—July 16, 2017)
In the first two weeks, in Paris, students are introduced to culinary design, food, and wine tastings in order to develop their own sensory categories and vocabulary. Particular attention is paid to the role of the senses both from a theoretical and an experiential point of view. Students learn about the history of food distribution in Paris, from Les Halles to Rungis, and they visit a number of markets as part of their tours of the city. They learn about the history of restaurants and visit historic restaurants as sites for food consumption over the ages. The course also provides an intensive introduction to wine and cheese tastings. A visit to the Musée de Sèvres and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs provides an introduction to the history of the arts de la table.
During the second two weeks, in Barcelona, students are introduced to Spanish tapas through the concept of “fast, good” food design, and also learn the tools and methodology of product design. They participate in sessions and field visits that put this topic in its proper historical context and learn about contemporary ideas and future visions for product design. Students also participate in workshops covering the history of food and beverage package design and discuss topics such as aesthetics and trends, branding, typography, materials, and sustainability.
July 3-21, 2017
this three-week intensive graduate seminar, students will study the history of
the Parisian domestic interior from the Renaissance chateau to the hôtel
particulier to the modern maison and the immeuble d’appartements.
The class makes visits to sites including the Musée de Cluny, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Hôtel
Soubise, Musée Nissim de Camondo, Musée
Cognacq-Jay, Hôtel Beauharnais, Musée Jacquemart-Andre, Maison de Verre, and
Maisons La Roche and Jeanneret. The decoration of domestic space and the
arrangement of furnishings are considered in light of the changing taste
and preoccupations of its inhabitants. This seminar is intended for graduate students
of decorative arts and design history, fashion history, and the history of
interior design. Curatorial practice in the historic house museum will also be
considered. Advanced undergraduates may register with permission.
Paris: 3 July - 7 July 2017London: 10 July - 14 July 2017New York: 17 July - 21 July 2017
Who decides what the latest themes, colors, silhouettes, styling details, and fabrics will be? Be at the head of the pack, sleuthing the trends. Learn how to predict what’s coming next and how to share this information across media. Analyze and project colors, design themes, silhouettes, fabrics, patterns, and styling details years in advance of the actual development and manufacture of the products that will come from them. Gain the skills necessary to be a trend forecaster, influential in fashion and lifestyle industries, monitoring the industry through travel, reading, networking, listening, and, most important, observing. Take your eye to the street and see what you find!
All Summer Intensive Studies Paris students earn three college credits upon successful completion of the course.
Participants are strongly encouraged to consult an academic advisor at
their home institution before registration to confirm any details
related to the approval and transfer of credits as well as fulfillment
of graduation requirements.
Transcripts for Parsons students are issued by the Registrar's Office and carry the signature and seal of The New School. A transcript is confirmation of a student's permanent record at the university. Students who complete Summer Intensive Studies Paris may request that their
transcript(s) be mailed to other colleges and institutions by submitting an official request to the Registrar's Office.
Amy NewmanAPI Paris Program Manager