Parsons Paris

Pre-College Studies

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    High school students are introduced to the art and design college experience through an immersive course of study. The program is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year and to recent high school graduates. Applicants must be 16–18 years of age by July 7, 2017. Exceptions cannot be made.

    Note: All Summer Intensive Studies courses may be taken in order to develop a portfolio for the college admissions process.

    Courses

  • Explorations in Drawing

    Session II 
    (June 30-July 22, 2017) 

    This is an intensive drawing course in Paris. The goal is to develop eye, hand and mind coordination, plus an understanding and enjoyment of methods and materials. Students will learn 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. The first week concentrates on the use of lines. The second week focuses on value, composition and perspective. The third week will explore 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 where 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 will consist of collecting observations and drawings in a sketchbook on a daily basis. Students of all levels are welcome and the course will be helpful and challenging to all regardless of previous experience or skill level.

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    Fashion Design Process

    Session II 
    (June 30-July 22, 2017) 

    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.

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    Graphic Design Workshop

    Session II 
    (June 30-July 22, 2017) 

    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.

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    Introduction to Design and Management

    Session II 
    (June 30-July 22, 2017) – all day

    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.

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    Photography in Paris

    Session II
    (June 30-July 22, 2017) 

    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 capturing 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.

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  • College Credit

    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.

    Academic Transcript Requests

    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.

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