All students entering the ESL +
Design program take a test to determine their English course
placement. Those who are waiting for admission to Parsons The New School for Design may have
to take ESL classes for one, two, or three semesters, depending on their level of English proficiency, to qualify for
admission to Parsons. BFA programs require
completion of ESL Level Six for admission. Associate's degree (AAS)
programs require completion of Level Five for admission.
ESL courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer terms. The full-time curriculum involves 18 hours in class per week for 12 weeks in the fall and spring and 10 weeks in the summer.
In the Design and Language Studio course, students work on their
English language skills in the context of art and design practice.
They work collaboratively on urban-themed design exercises and conduct
field research in New York City. They explore art and design
disciplines through independent and group projects. They gain
experience speaking English by participating in class discussions and
by collaborations. They develop their English writing skills by writing about their projects and by building art and
design vocabulary vital for creative practice.
Design and Language Studio can be
taken either as a noncredit course, like the ESL courses, or for 3
undergraduate credits. If taken for credit and if a passing grade is assigned, the course can be used to fulfill the Laboratory I requirement of the Parsons Foundation curriculum after admission to a Parsons BFA program.