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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.

Fall 2014 Course Descriptions

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

3D Studio
PCAC 0109 Section A (Grades 6–8)

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.

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.

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.

GRADES 9–12

Illustration
PCAC 0501 Section A (Grades 9–12)

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.

Architecture
PCAC 0502 Section A (Grades 9–12)

Learn the fundamentals of three-dimensional architectural design. Develop professional skills in field research, schematic drawing, and model making by completing studio projects involving conceptual and concrete architectural problems. Develop an 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 into the studio projects.

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.

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.

Designer’s Toolkit
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 and Adobe Creative Suite software.

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.

Collaborative Silkscreen
PCAC 0551 Section A (Grades 9–12)

From the Pop Art of Andy Warhol to the Occupy Movement, artists and activists have communicated their messages through the process of screen-printing. In this introductory silkscreen course, students work together on projects commissioned by nonprofit groups active in New York City. Products include posters, tote bags, and other printable materials.

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.

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.

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.

 

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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