Parsons The New School for Design has opened an academic center in Paris, where students can benefit from our innovative approach to learning in combination with the unique resources of a European art and design capital.
Parsons Paris offers bachelor's degree programs taught in English and based on the curriculum and learning opportunities that attract students to Parsons' New York campus. Graduate programs are also in development for fall 2014. Applicants accepted to Parsons Paris programs become part of the academic community of The New School, a leading university in New York City. They can supplement their art and design coursework with classes in business, urban studies, environmental studies, and other subjects online or in New York.
A world capital of cultural and intellectual activity, the city of Paris is an essential part of the Parsons Paris educational experience. The new campus is located in the first arrondissement, surrounded by the city's many museums, ateliers, archives, historic landmarks, and venerable design houses. The program faculty—professionals from the European and New York art and design communities—will make full use of the setting, connecting students with local creative practitioners and cultural and civic organizations. Like their counterparts in New York, Parsons Paris students will use the city as a laboratory, collaborating on creative projects and exploring ways to apply art and design to the challenges of urban life.
Parsons Paris is located in a newly renovated historic building at 45 rue Saint-Roch, a short walk from the Louvre, the Palais Garnier, Gaîté Lyrique media arts center, and Notre Dame cathedral. Classes will be held here and at locations throughout the city. Course projects and collaborations will bring students into contact with the city's signature creative agencies, exhibitions, and industry-related events, such as the influential Maison & Objet design trade show and Paris Fashion Week.
Parsons Paris will confer bachelor's (BFA and BBA) and master's (MA, MFA, and MS) degrees and offer nondegree study options. Master's programs (MA, MFA, and MS) are in development. Classes will be kept small to foster collaboration and community. Program curricula are based on the courses of study developed for the New York campus but are adapted to the culture and context of Paris. Program courses will be taught in English, but students will have opportunities to take French language classes.
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The New School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Parsons is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD).