Parsons Summer Intensive Studies: New York is an exceptional academic art and design program enriched by the vast resources of New York City. Whether you're a high school student preparing to apply to college, a college student interested in enhancing your own program and earning transfer credits, or an adult investigating career options, our summer courses can help you define and achieve your goals.
This intensive four-week, four-credit program is open to anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of art and design in an academically rigorous and artistically stimulating environment. Students spend five days a week in studio classes and receive demanding homework assignments. Courses are supplemented by special events, including portfolio reviews, Parsons alumni career panels, and industry guest lecturers, all designed to prepare students for admission to design school or direct them toward relevant career paths.
Activities are scheduled outside of classes that provide opportunities for students to become acquainted with each another and learn their way around New York City. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the vast artistic and industrial resources of New York, home to some of the world's most important museums, galleries, design studios, libraries, and design-related businesses. Visit our Local Guide for more information.
Summer Intensive courses are taught by members of the Parsons faculty and by a number of independent New York-based artists and designers. Besides the course instructors, guest lecturers and critics offer presentations about current professional practices and trends in their respective disciplines.
Most classes are held at The New School's Greenwich Village campus. Studio courses are usually in Parsons' Sheila Johnson Design Center at Fifth Avenue and 13th Street. This facility also also houses the Gimbel Design Library. Digital workshops are held in the University Computer Center at 55 West 13th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Fashion design classes are usually conducted at the David Schwartz Fashion Education Center at Seventh Avenue and 40th Street, a short subway ride from the downtown campus and dorms.
Summer Intensive Studies students may live in New School residence halls convenient to the Greenwich Village campus. Visit Summer Housing for more details.
Students must provide their own art supplies. A list of required and recommended materials is distributed by the instructor for each course. Cost of materials for most studio courses is estimated at $300–$400 at most. Lockers are provided for storage during the program.
Registration for Parsons Summer Intensive programs begins in late fall of the previous year. Early registration is advised. Visit Registration for more details.