This program is for college and adult applicants who have completed at least one year of college or are 19 years of age or older by the first day of class. Many college and adult-level students enroll in the program to acquire the skills they need to reach academic and professional goals or to complement their full-time degree programs. Others enroll to build a competitive portfolio for graduate program applications and prepare for advanced study.
Note: All Summer Intensive Studies courses may be taken in order to develop a portfolio for the college admissions process.
(June 1–June 23, 2018) — morning
In this course, we look at
prevailing frameworks of innovation — such as reverse, open, and disruptive
innovation — to identify and categorize contemporary innovations. The ways in
which innovators describe their own innovations and processes are examined,
compared, and assessed in terms of their validity and applicability.
The class also explores and develops
leadership skills for entrepreneurs.
(June 1–June 23, 2018) — afternoon
This course is an immersive introduction to fashion industries and their management strategies. Students explore the relationships between innovation, design, production, and marketing. The course also provides an overview of the Parisian high-end fashion market and its key actors, from designers to retailers. Through visits to Paris luxury stores and showrooms, students gain an overall understanding of today’s fashion business.
In this course, students
explore the design process and the fundamental visual principles integral to
all fields of design. They learn how to conduct design research, produce a
series of concepts, execute a final project, and present their work
professionally. The focus is on building skills in hand making, and project
outcomes can take the form of graphic design, typography, photography,
bookbinding, and 3D design. Design history is explored through research
inspired by the project assignments.
(June 29–July 21, 2018) — all day
Students explore draping techniques to translate
your creativity into volumes and lines in the world
capital of haute couture. Building on visual research, students experiment with creative tools that help them develop 3D pieces on a mannequin. Students
discover the techniques of the greatest masters of French couture, from
Madeleine Vionnet to Madame Grès, and learn about the various ways of
constructing innovative cuts and volumes around the body. Students who plan to apply
to a fashion design program can add the pictures of the
drapes made in class to their portfolios.
Session I(June 1–June 23, 2018) — all dayThis course introduces students to various approaches and techniques involved in the design process for fashion products. Students are encouraged to experiment as they research and find inspiration for a fashion collection and devise innovative 2D and 3D production methods for their fashion pieces. Working on projects individually and in groups, students develop fashion concepts for which they draw on the unique resources of Paris and explore how fabrication methods and color affect collections. Students are also introduced to branding and merchandising basics used to identify and create work for targeted markets and consumers.
Session II(June 29–July 21, 2018) — all day
introduces students to the process of designing for fashion. Individual and
group projects encourage students to develop fashion concepts that draw on the unique resources of Paris as an epicenter of global fashion and explore how
fabrication methods and color affect collections. After researching to find
inspiration for their own fashion collections, students experiment with
innovative 2D and 3D production methods to create fashion pieces. Students are
also introduced to branding and merchandising basics used to identify and
create work for targeted markets and consumers.
(June 1-July 23, 2018) — morning
Session II(June 29-July 21, 2018) — afternoon
This course provides in-depth understanding of contemporary communication issues in high-end fashion. We investigate the key aspects of corporate communication in a fashion organization, from public relations and events management to advertising strategies and the use of digital platforms. We also explore current and future trends and challenges in fashion and luxury communication.
(June 29-July 21, 2018) — all day
This is an intensive drawing course in Paris. The goal for students is to develop coordination between eye, hand, and mind and an understanding and enjoyment of methods and materials. Students earn to observe the world in a new way and communicate their impressions of it by drawing. Drawing is taught as an essential language for all forms of design and visual arts. In the first week, the class concentrates on the use of lines. In the second week, the class focuses on value, composition, and perspective. In the third week, the class explores methods of drawing from the imagination, or process-oriented drawing. There will be short lessons, discussions on classical and contemporary artists, still life drawing, figure drawing, and composition exercises in the studio. Numerous visits to museums, exhibitions and public places around Paris will support the learning process and allow students to work outside the studio. Guest artists will visit the classroom to present their work and lead workshops. There will be daily critiques and exchange of ideas, in which students will be encouraged to talk about their work and the work of their fellow students. Discussion and reviews are an essential part of the course and all are required to participate. Outside class time, homework assignments consist of collecting observations and drawings in a sketchbook on a daily basis. Students at all levels are welcome; the course will be helpful and challenging to all regardless of previous experience or skill level.
defines a luxury business, and what are the key strategies that determine the
growth of a high-end company in today’s transnational world? The analysis of
the various business models of companies of different sizes provides an
in-depth understanding of the business fundamentals and key managerial
strategies that allow brand development in compliance with specific values
and heritage. Particular emphasis is given to the articulations between design,
innovation, sourcing, development, production, marketing, distribution, and retail
and communication operations. Students acquire
knowledge of the specificities and complexities of the luxury creative
businesses in the Parisian context.
Graphic design is everywhere around you — posters, websites, T-shirts, packaging. It is a medium in which words and images merge to communicate powerful messages. In this hands-on course, students learn creative problem-solving techniques and the basics of form and expressive typography. Through projects, students learn to employ narrative and storytelling methods and engage in design research, analysis, documentation, and implementation. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between individual creative and critical thinking skills and the designer’s role within the professional arena. Topics covered include creation of the elements of brand identity programs, such as logos, publications, advertisements, and websites.
Students learn to approach management as a strategic process that combines design innovation and business knowledge. In collaborative projects, they develop problem-solving skills and familiarity with design strategies through the application of research methods, prototyping, and quantitative analysis. Emphasis is placed on understanding a European setting and perspective and the way entrepreneurs, business innovators, and designers operate at the intersection of design and management. Students engage in design thinking and business strategy exercises, applying these approaches in a broad range of enterprises and real-world business contexts.
(June 29-July 21, 2018) — all day
This course combines theoretical and practical approaches, enabling students to acquire basic
knowledge of fashion images and to create them. Students
learn how to analyze fashion photography using interdisciplinary tools, from
history to sociology and semiotics. In parallel, they experiment
with practical photography techniques at a professional level to produce a fashion shoot, from the preliminary research to the final
realization in collaboration with a model. Workshops, field trips, and
exhibitions are also part of the course. The class
explores photographic methods that enable students to see and interpret the
meaning of style. Paris is the historical capital of haute couture and luxury
fashion, but students also learn to appreciate it as a city of fashion subcultures
in which express social and political claims can be conveyed by appearances.
Paris and Barcelona
June 29—July 28, 2018
(Paris only: June 29—July 14, 2018)
In the first two weeks, in Paris, students are introduced to culinary design, food, and wine tastings in order to develop their own sensory categories and vocabulary. Particular attention is paid to the role of the senses both from a theoretical and an experiential point of view. Students learn about the history of food distribution in Paris, from Les Halles to Rungis, and they visit a number of markets as part of their tours of the city. They learn about the history of restaurants and visit historic restaurants as sites for food consumption over the ages. The course also provides an intensive introduction to wine and cheese tastings. A visit to the Musée de Sèvres and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs provides an introduction to the history of the arts de la table.
During the second two weeks, in Barcelona, students are introduced to Spanish tapas through the concept of “fast, good” food design, and also learn the tools and methodology of product design. They participate in sessions and field visits that put this topic in its proper historical context and learn about contemporary ideas and future visions for product design. Students also participate in workshops covering the history of food and beverage package design and discuss topics such as aesthetics and trends, branding, typography, materials, and sustainability.
Paris and FlorenceJune 29—July 28, 2018
Management is a specialized summer course on the essence, heritage, and
organization of high-end industries. It focuses on the strategic development of
French and Italian leading luxury sectors and provides an interdisciplinary
understanding of their processes and specificities at the crossroads of design
innovation, business, and culture. The course is
run by resident professors and guest lecturers from the industry in Paris and
Florence, two of the main historic capitals of luxury. It combines lectures,
seminars, workshops, and field trips to luxury fashion companies and production
sites in the Florence and Paris areas. During the course, participants receive
instruction and tutorship as they work on a research project, keeping written and
visual track of their work process. The first two
weeks are held at Parsons Paris, the only European campus of The New School, located in the first arrondissement of Paris. The second two weeks take place in Florence
at Villa Favard, part of Polimoda, the Italian fashion education institution. In Paris,
special emphasis is placed on haute couture and the relation between French fashion
heritage, local crafts, creativity, and strategic management. In Italy, students examine these topics more closely by exploring Florentine craftsmanship, the production of high-end leather accessories, and
the Made in Italy initiative.
June 29-July 21, 2018 - all day
inspiration for students exploring narrative through sequential digital imagery
and video. Students collaborate to create short digital
films. Professionals visit the class to discuss their craft and share
work. This course is recommended for students with some photography
experience. Students must have a DSLR digital camera and laptop computer.
June 29-July 21, 2018 - afternoon
This course combines theoretical and practical approaches, enabling students to acquire basic
knowledge of wine tasting by using their senses and intelligence.
Students learn today’s terminology and use interdisciplinary
tools drawn from history, art history, and enology. They also acquire practical wine tasting techniques. Workshops, field trips, and exhibitions are
also part of the course. Paris is the historical capital of the French savoir-vivre and
luxury restaurants, but students also learn to appreciate it as a city of subcultures in which consuming wine is an expression of social and
All Summer Intensive Studies Paris students earn three college credits upon successful completion of the course.
Participants are strongly encouraged to consult an academic advisor at
their home institution before registration to confirm any details
related to the approval and transfer of credits as well as fulfillment
of graduation requirements.
Transcripts for Parsons students are issued by the Registrar's Office and carry the signature and seal of The New School. A transcript is confirmation of a student's permanent record at the university. Students who complete Summer Intensive Studies Paris may request that their
transcript(s) be mailed to other colleges and institutions by submitting an official request to the Registrar's Office.
Rebecca CottAPI Paris Program Manager