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  • Parsons Pre-College Academy classes are divided into three groups, by traditional school grade level. Students should select the appropriate course by using the grade levels below as a guide. Course offerings vary throughout the year.


  • Summer 2016 Course Descriptions

    GRADES 3–5

    Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming
    PCAC 0050 Section A (Grades 3–5)
    August 8-19, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

    In this high-energy course, offered by the School of Jazz, you explore the rhythms, songs, and dance of Brazil. Learn to play the alfaia (bass drum), caixa (snare drum), abê (shaker), and gonguê (bell) and sing traditional Brazilian songs. The class focuses on the parallels between 400-year-old Maracatu rhythms and New Orleans grooves that helped shape jazz, funk, and R&B. At the semester’s end, students perform with musicians from Nation Beat, an international recording group. Instruments are provided. (Students in grades 3–5 who would like to take a morning class can register for Cartooning, Foundation Studio, or Toy Design.)
    Register here.

    Cartooning
    PCAC 0015 Section A1 (Grades 3–5)
    August 8-19, 9:00–11:50 a.m.

    Develop basic skills in rendering characters and narrative sketches. Learn to use marks to change facial expressions or create a sense of motion in your drawings. Create storyboards that lay the groundwork for animation design. (Students in grades 3–5 who wish to take an afternoon class must enroll in Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming.)
    Register here.

    Foundation Studio
    PCAC 0012 Section A1 (Grades 3–5)
    August 8-19, 9:00–11:50 a.m.

    Learn about observational drawing and the design process by working on two- and three-dimensional projects in which you examine and interpret everyday objects and places in new ways. Professionals visit your class, and you take field trips for research, inspiration, and discovery. (Students in grades 3–5 who wish to take an afternoon class must enroll in Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming.)
    Register here.

    Toy Design
    PCAC 0016 Section A1 (Grades 3–5)
    August 8-19, 9:00–11:50 a.m.

    Invent and innovate your own toys and games through the exploration of ideas and materials in this fun workshop class. We will explore the use of color, texture, drawing, construction, and experimentation with a variety of materials in the design and creation of original interactive projects.
    Register here.

    GRADES 6–8

    3D Studio
    PCAC 0109 Section A (Grades 6–8)
    August 8-19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Explore interdisciplinary approaches to the design process using professional techniques. Learn about architecture and product design and build three-dimensional prototypes. Like most professionals, students work independently and in teams to find creative solutions to three-dimensional design problems.
    Register here.

    Animation Studio
    PCAC 0103 Section A (Grades 6–8)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Design your own characters and learn how to animate them. In this course, students create original characters, develop their visual storytelling skills, and learn the principles of traditional animation to make characters move. Working with a professional animator, students experiment with both hands-on and digital animation approaches, explore the history of animation, and learn about animation as a career.
    Register here.

    Design and Wear
    PCAC 0112 Section A (Grades 6–8)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    With street fashion as inspiration, students design and make garments and accessories by deconstructing T-shirts and altering found items. Explore design through inventive exercises and repurpose everyday items and materials for your projects.
    Register here.

    Digital Video and Photography
    PCAC 0105 Section A (Grades 6–8)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    New York City provides visual inspiration for students as they explore themes and develop narratives using still photography and collaborate with classmates to create short films. Students view current exhibits and are visited by professionals working in the field. Students must have a DSLR camera.
    Register here.

    Fashion Design I
    PCAC 0107 Sections A1, A2 (Grades 6–8)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. In class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
    Register here.

    Game Design
    PCAC 0120 Section A (Grades 6–8)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Creativity is key as you plan, produce, and test digital and analog games. Conduct experiments exploring game design and interactive systems while learning about the processes involved in creating your favorite games. Develop skills in teamwork and systems thinking that can be applied in all types of creative projects.
    Register here.

    Painting and Drawing
    PCAC 0110 Section A1 (Grades 6–8)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Develop your ability to draw and paint from observation, a skill essential to visual expression. Work in the studio, in museums, and throughout New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Investigate line, value, form, color, and composition through structured assignments. Research, field trips, and visits from working artists deepen your understanding of the problem-solving methods used by artists in the past and today.
    Register here.

    GRADES 9-12

    Animation Studio
    PCAC 0645 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Design your own characters and learn how to animate them. In this course, students create original characters, develop their visual storytelling skills, and learn the principles of traditional animation to make characters move. Working with a professional animator, students experiment with both hands-on and digital animation approaches, explore the history of animation, and learn about animation as a career.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Architecture
    PCAC 0625 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Learn the fundamentals of three-dimensional and architectural design. Develop professional skills in field research, schematic drawing, and model making as you complete studio projects that involve conceptual and concrete architectural problems. Heighten your awareness of scale, form, and spatial relationships, essential for interpreting the built environment. Trips to design firms and architecturally significant buildings help you understand what it means to be an architect. Drawing is incorporated in the projects of this daylong studio.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Digital Video and Photography
    PCAC 0605 Sections A, A1 (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    New York City provides visual inspiration for students as they explore themes and develop narratives using still photography and collaborate with classmates to create short films. Students view current exhibits and are visited by professionals working in the field. Students must have a DSLR camera.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Fashion Accessory Design
    PCAC 0630 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Use sketching as a design process to develop a collection of handbags, belts, wallets, and shoes with the help of a professional. Design and make a handbag. Deepen your understanding of the fashion and accessory world through field trips and lectures by guest speakers. Develop portfolio pieces through drawing.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Fashion Design I
    PCAC 0607 Sections A1, A2, A3 (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. In class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Fashion Design II
    PCAC 0655 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Explore the role of fashion in society and the positive impact fashion designers can have on the world. Develop your skills in fashion drawing and garment construction. Hear guest speakers and take field trips to learn about socially and environmentally responsible design.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Game Design
    PCAC 0620 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Creativity is key as you plan, produce, and test digital and analog games. Conduct experiments exploring game design and interactive systems while learning about the processes involved in creating your favorite games. Develop skills in teamwork and systems thinking that can be applied in all types of creative projects.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Graphic Design
    PCAC 0604 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Graphic design is everywhere around you—on subway posters, websites, T-shirts, candy wrappers. It is a medium in which words and images merge to communicate powerful messages. In this hands-on course, taught in a traditional studio, students learn creative problem-solving techniques and the basics of form and expressive typography.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Illustration
    PCAC 0615 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Illustrators are visual thinkers who create comics, computer and film animation, video games, children’s books, graphics for skateboards, images for magazines and newspapers, and many other kinds of visuals. This course introduces students to the types of projects contemporary illustrators work on and helps them develop their skills and style.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Interior Design
    PCAC 0609 Section A1 (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    In this daylong intensive studio course, students work with a professional designer on a complete interior design project, from initial concept to final presentation. They develop skills in freehand sketching, manual drafting, collage, and model building to represent and test spatial and material ideas. Students consider clients’ needs and aesthetic preferences as they design a functional interior and choose appropriate finishes. Coursework focuses on spatial design applications and concepts rather than interior decorating.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Painting and Drawing
    PCAC 0635 Sections A1, A2, A3 (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Develop your ability to draw and paint from observation, a skill essential to visual expression. Work in the studio, in museums, and throughout New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Investigate line, value, form, color, and composition through structured assignments. Research, field trips, and visits from working artists deepen your understanding of the problem-solving methods used by artists in the past and today.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Portfolio Development: Design
    PCAC 0660 Sections A1, A2 (Grades 11 and 12 only)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. This section is dedicated to those students who wish to focus on graphic, fashion, product, and other areas of design. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students gain skills in communicating about their work in group discussions and learn to offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Portfolio Development: Fine Arts
    PCAC 0661 Section A1 (Grades 11 and 12 only)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. This section is dedicated to those students who wish to focus on drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students gain skills in communicating about their work in group discussions and learn to offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Printmaking: Drawing and Design
    PCAC 0650 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    In this introductory course, students explore graphics, color theory, drawing, design, and composition through various printmaking processes. They create portfolio-quality prints using professional techniques in a range of assignments, both representational and conceptual. The class covers etching, drypoint, and monotype as well as less conventional techniques.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Product Design
    PCAC 0610 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    August 8–19, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Learn from a design professional how a new product moves from a concept to the market. Invent your own product to solve a real-world problem by conducting research and creating a three-dimensional prototype. Students work in teams to find creative solutions while developing technical skills in drawing and model making.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

  • Fall 2016 Course Descriptions

    GRADES 3–5

    Foundation Studio
    PCAC 0012 Section A (Grades 3–5)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    Learn about observational drawing and the design process by working on two- and three-dimensional projects in which you examine and interpret everyday objects and places in new ways. Professionals visit your class, and you take field trips for research, inspiration, and discovery.
    Register here.

    GRADES 6–8

    Fashion Design
    PCAC 0107 Section A (Grades 6–8)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. In class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
    Register here.

    Digital Media Art
    PCAC 0130 Section A (Grades 6–8)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    From the “selfie” to gif animation, digital media is altering the way we experience the world around us. In this introduction to digital media art, students use video, animation, digital photography, and Adobe software to create narratives of the world around them. These narratives include mixed-media collages and time-based snapshots using New York City as the backdrop.
    Register here.

    Portfolio Development
    PCAC 0201 Section A (Grades 6–8)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    This course is for students interested in applying to specialized art high schools as well as those who wish to explore new techniques in drawing and painting. Students work in a variety of media and build a body of work through exploring themes. Students investigate media and process and communicate that learning in a presentation format.
    Register here.

    GRADES 9-12

    Animation Studio
    PCAC 0503 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    Design your own characters and learn how to animate them. In this course, students create original characters, develop their visual storytelling skills, and learn the principles of traditional animation to make characters move. Working with a professional animator, students experiment with both hands-on and digital animation approaches, explore the history of animation, and learn about animation as a career.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Architecture Sr.
    PCAC 0502 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    Learn the fundamentals of three-dimensional and architectural design. Develop professional skills in field research, schematic drawing, and model making as you complete studio projects that involve conceptual and concrete architectural problems. Heighten your awareness of scale, form, and spatial relationships, essential for interpreting the built environment. Trips to design firms and architecturally significant buildings help you understand what it means to be an architect. Drawing is incorporated in the projects of this daylong studio.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Digital Photography
    PCAC 0505 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    New York City provides the visual inspiration as you explore themes and develop narratives using still photography. Document the unique spaces, objects, and people that make the city so vibrant, and work in the digital lab to build your portfolio and presentation skills. Students are expected to visit current exhibits, and the class is visited by working professional photographers.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Fashion Design
    PCAC 0507 Sections A1, A2 (Grades 9–12)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. In class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Graphic Design
    PCAC 0504 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    Graphic design is everywhere around you—on subway posters, websites, T-shirts, candy wrappers. It is a medium in which words and images merge to communicate powerful messages. In the first half of this course students work in a traditional hands-on studio to learn creative problem-solving techniques and the basics of form and expressive typography. The second half of the class focuses on bringing projects into the digital realm using the Adobe Creative Suite. 
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Illustration
    PCAC 0501 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    Illustrators are visual thinkers who create comics, computer and film animation, video games, children’s books, graphics for skateboards, images for magazines and newspapers, and many other kinds of visuals. This course introduces students to the types of projects contemporary illustrators work on and helps them develop their skills and style.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Fine Arts 1
    PCAC 0508 Sections A, B (Grades 9–12)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    Develop your ability to draw from observation, an essential aspect of visual expression. In this class, you work in the studio and on location in museums and outdoors in New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Develop your skill in using the language of mark making, including line, value, texture, and composition.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Fine Arts 2
    PCAC 0701 Sections A (Grades 9–12)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    Expand your drawing proficiency and learn new painting techniques as you develop a thematic sequence of images. Strengthen your technical and visual problem-solving skills through structured projects in which you investigate form, color, and composition. Research, field trips, and visits from working artists deepen your understanding of the ways artists solve problems. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 1: Drawing or the equivalent.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Silkscreen
    PCAC 0551 Section A (Grades 9–12)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    From the Pop Art of Andy Warhol to the latest protest movement, generations of artists and activists have found their voice in the process of screen-printing. In this introductory course, students will explore graphics, drawing, and design while creating portfolio-quality prints using professional techniques. Assignments will explore representational and abstract subject matter, with and without typography. Students will also have the opportunity to print on different materials like fabric, shirts, and tote bags.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Portfolio Development
    PCAC 0801 Sections A1, A2, A3 (Grades 11 and 12 only)
    September 24 - December 10, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

    Build and organize your portfolio for college admission through rigorous assignments and critiques. Learn how to reproduce your work in digital media, an application requirement at many art schools. Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting or the equivalent.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

    Portfolio Development
    PCAC 0801 Section X1 (Grades 11 and 12 only)
    September 24 - December 10, ONLINE

    Build and organize your portfolio for college admission through rigorous assignments and critiques. Learn how to reproduce your work in digital media, an application requirement at many art schools. Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting or the equivalent.
    Register for noncredit.
    Register for certificate.

  • Looking to build your portfolio for selective high school or college admission? If you are seeking guidance on this process, we suggest enrolling in our Portfolio Development classes.

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