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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.

SPRING 2015 Course Descriptions

(For Summer 2015 course listings, please see further below)

 

grades 3–5

Foundation Studio
PCAC 0012 Section A (Grades 3–5)

Intermix art materials and found objects as you explore the basics of 2D and 3D design. Fun and challenging projects cover a spectrum of media that may include drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture.

Register here.

Cartooning
PCAC 0015 Section A (Grades 3–5)

Develop your ability to draw characters and create narrative sketches. Learn how to change facial expressions and give motion to your drawings. Create storyboards, the foundation of visual narrative and animation design.

Register here.

Toy Design
PCAC 0016 Section A (Grades 3–5)

Invent and develop your own toys and games through the exploration of ideas and materials in this fun workshop class. We examine the use of color, texture, drawing, and construction and experiment with a variety of materials while designing and creating original interactive projects.
Register here.

 

grades 6–8 

Fashion Design
PCAC 0107 Section A (Grades 6–8)

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.

Illustration
PCAC 0111 Section A (Grades 6–8)

Illustrators are visual thinkers. They create compelling visuals for media ranging from comics, computer and film animations, video games, and children’s books to graphics for skateboards and images for magazines and newspapers. This course introduces students to the kinds of projects contemporary illustrators work on and helps them develop their skills and style.

Register here.

Digital Media Art
PCAC 0130 Section A (Grades 6–8)

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)

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)

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

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Graphic Design
PCAC 0504 Section A (Grades 9–12)

Graphic design is all around you—on subway posters, websites, T-shirts, candy wrappers. It is a medium in which words and images combine to communicate messages effectively. This class is a traditional studio, in which students focus on learning creative problem-solving techniques and the basics of graphic form and expressive typography.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Digital Photography
PCAC 0505 Section A (Grades 9–12)

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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Digital Design Lab
PCAC 0506 Section A (Grades 9–12)

Create effective visual communications—from t-shirt graphics to poster designs—that convey your ideas about social and urban topics. Learn design theory and explore concepts and create your projects in the digital media lab using a combination of hand skills, video editing, and Adobe Creative Suite software.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Fashion Design
PCAC 0507 Section A (Grades 9–12)

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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Fine Arts I: Drawing
PCAC 0508 Section A (Grades 9–12)

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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here. 

Printmaking: Design and Drawing
PCAC 0550 Section A (Grades 9–12)

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, dry point, and monotype as well as less conventional techniques.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Fine Arts II: Drawing and Painting
PCAC 0701 Section A (Grades 9–12)

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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Interior Design
PCAC 0704 Section A (Grades 9–12)

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 while representing and testing 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Portfolio Development
PCAC 0801 Section A (Grades 11 and 12 only)

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.

 

SUMMER 2015 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

GRADES 3–5

Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming
PCAC 0050 Section A (Grades 3–5)
August 3–14, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

In this high-energy course, offered by The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, 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 A (Grades 3–5)
August 3–14, 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 A (Grades 3–5)
August 3–14, 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 A (Grades 3–5)
August 3–14, 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 3–14, 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 3–14, 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 them 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 3–14, 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 3–14, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

New York City provides the 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 Section A (Grades 6–8)
August 3–14, 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 3–14, 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 A (Grades 6–8)
August 3–14, 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 3–14, 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 them 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here. 

Architecture
PCAC 0625 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Digital Video and Photography
PCAC 0605 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

New York City provides the 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Fashion Accessory Design
PCAC 0630 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Fashion Design I
PCAC 0607 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Fashion Design II
PCAC 0655 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Game Design
PCAC 0620 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Graphic Design
PCAC 0604 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Illustration
PCAC 0615 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Interior Design
PCAC 0609 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Painting and Drawing
PCAC 0635 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Portfolio Development
PCAC 0660 Section A (Grades 11 and 12 only)
August 3–14, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Printmaking:  Design and Drawing

PCAC 0650 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

Product Design
PCAC 0610 Section A (Grades 9–12)
August 3–14, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

Learn from a design professional about 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.

For Noncredit: Register here.

For Certificate: Register here.

  

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.