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  • Noncredit certificates offered through Parsons at Open Campus are available in Design Leadership for Business, Fashion Business, Fashion Design, Fine Arts and Foundation, Graphic and Digital Design, and Interior Design and Architecture Studies. The certificate programs 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 certificate programs offered through Parsons at Open Campus are a part-time, noncredit course of study with no entrance requirements. Some students are new to art and design; others enroll in the certificate programs to expand their skills and strengthen their portfolios.

    Pre-College Academy certificates and several online certificates, described below, are also available.

    Design Leadership for Business

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    Officially launching in fall 2017, this fast-paced noncredit certificate program is specially designed for professionals who understand the power of using a design-centered approach to develop innovative business solutions. Courses in the program use cross-disciplinary methods to change the way students approach their organizational context in its many facets—from strategy to outreach to service—empowering intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs alike to transform their business practices with creative solutions.

    Fashion Business Online

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    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 merchandising. This certificate can be completed online or through a combination of online and on-campus courses.

    Fashion Design

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    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).

    Fashion Industry Essentials

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    The noncredit Certificate in Fashion Industry Essentials consists of five exciting courses taught by more than 20 expert instructors from Parsons School of Design, Teen Vogue, and the fashion industry. The program is 100 percent online, 100 percent on demand, and 100 percent self-paced, so that students can easily fit studying into their busy schedules.

    Fine Arts and Foundation

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    Fine arts and foundation courses provide a basis for study of 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 advanced courses.

    Graphic and Digital Design

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    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 beginning and advanced students to make great strides during the semester. This certificate can be completed online, on campus, or through a combination of online and on-campus study.

    Healthy Materials and Sustainable Buildings

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    Developed by experts at Parsons’ Healthy Materials Lab, this series of four self-paced online courses brings a consideration of human health to all aspects of design and building practices. The course first introduces students and practitioners to basic construction materials, their chemical makeup, and their relationship to human health. We then focus on how current and aspiring designers and architects can specify better building materials in future projects.

    Interior Design and Architecture Studies

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    Courses in interior design and architecture studies develop students' sensibility of space design; decorative arts history courses introduce students to antiques and furnishings.

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