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.
With the re-establishment of Parsons Paris and the opening of new academic centers in Shanghai and other major cities, our global initiatives are building learning networks that will connect the world's 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 has just re-established its Paris campus. The new Parsons Paris already offers bachelor's degree programs and several summer programs. Master's degree programs are recruiting students for fall 2014. Our renewed presence in Paris allows students to pursue a Parsons education that will draw on the unique design resources of that city.
Global in theory, global in practice, first-rate design education requires an understanding of socially-focused design education all over the world. As part of its expanding network of global hubs, Parsons is partnering with the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) to open a school in the dynamic city of Mumbai.
Parsons is contributing undergraduate and graduate curricula and faculty as ISDI prepares to enroll its first class of undergraduate students in July 2013.
As ISDI’s course offerings expand, Parsons students will be eligible to study in this emerging world design center. Parsons Mumbai will simultaneously serve as the institutional base for study abroad options, visiting faculty, and creative collaborations with ISDI and Parsons scholars in New York and globally.