Parsons' curriculum offers an array of global learning opportunities, including study abroad options, projects with external partners overseas, and classes that position creative and entrepreneurial activity in an international framework. Parsons is also leading new initiatives at the university to establish centers of learning that will anchor our expanding global presence.
Through the establishment of Parsons Paris and academic centers in Shanghai and other major cities, our global initiatives are designed to build learning networks connected by major urban centers of art and design. These initiatives join our existing study abroad offerings, online courses, and educational partnerships in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The plan allows us to share our proven educational methodology and give students opportunities to learn and work in real-world settings. Our goal is to develop students' global awareness, cultural literacy, and familiarity with the systems that shape creative, humanitarian, and entrepreneurial endeavors around the world.
In 1921, Parsons became the first American art and design school to establish a campus in Paris. There, in the 1930s, the famous Parsons Table, widely recognized as a model of modern design, was created in a class taught by celebrated interior designer Jean-Michel Frank. Paris has since remained an ideal setting for exploring the areas in which Parsons has distinguished itself, including fashion design, fine arts, media, and design management.
Parsons is now re-establishing its Paris campus, and Parsons Paris will begin to offer academic programming this summer, with bachelor's and master's degree programs launching in fall 2013. Our renewed presence in Paris will allow students to pursue a Parsons education that draw on the unique design resources offered by the city.