Parsons noncredit certificates, which are available in Fashion Business, Fashion Design, Fine Art and Foundation, Graphic and Digital Design, and Interior Design and Architecture Studies, provide basic introductions for adults who are interested in the practice of these professions. More flexible and less rigorous than a standard university degree program, the Parsons Certificate Program is a part-time, noncredit course of study with no entrance requirements. Some students are new to art and design, others enroll in the Certificate Program to expand their skills and strengthen their portfolios.
Pre-College Academy certificates and several online certificates, described below, are also available.
Fashion business online courses, which teach basic business practices in the context of fashion and design, prepare students to work in a variety of fields in the fashion industry including marketing, retailing, and/or merchandising. This certificate can be completed online, or in a combination of online and on campus courses.
Fashion Design merges sketching and general visual skills with the power of the imagination. Parsons fashion students have always been on the cutting edge of style. Courses range from the general (e.g. Design Sketching) to the specialized (e.g. Costume Design History).
Fine Art and Foundation courses provide a basis for all the art and design disciplines. Beginning artists and illustrators are introduced to essential tools and ideas. Artists with more experience develop their skills and expand their creativity in more advanced courses.
Today's graphic designers must know current technologies and be aware of the rapidly changing image market. Graphic and Digital Design classes emphasize design and creativity while providing intensive technical training. Instruction is flexible and inclusive, enabling both the beginning and advanced student to make great strides during the semester. This certificate can be completed online, on campus, or in combination.
Courses in Interior Design and Architecture Studies develop students' sensibility of space design, while Decorative Arts history courses introduce students to antiques and furnishings.