Parsons Paris

College/Adult

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    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.

    Courses

  • Introduction to Leadership and Innovation

    Session I
    (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.

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    The Business of Fashion

    Session I
    (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.

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    Design Process and Skills

    Session I
    (June 1–June 23, 2018) — afternoon

    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.

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    Draping Design

    Session I
    (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.

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    Fashion Design Process

    Session I
    (June 1–June 23, 2018) — all day

    This 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 

    This course 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.

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    Fashion Communication

    Session I
    (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.

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    Explorations in Drawing

    Session I 
    (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.

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    Luxury Systems

    Session I 
    (June 29-July 21, 2018) — all day

    What 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. 

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    Graphic Design Workshop

    Session I 
    (June 29-July 21, 2018) — all day

    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.

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    Introduction to Design & Management

    Session I 
    (June 29-July 21, 2018) — all day

    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.

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    Fashion Photography: History and Practice

    Session I 
    (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. 

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    Paris to Barcelona: Design and Food Cultures

    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.

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    Paris to Florence: Luxury Design Management - Luxury Matters

    Paris and Florence
    June 29—July 28, 2018  

    Luxury Design 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.

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    Sequential Imagery and Video

    June 29-July 21, 2018 - all day

    Paris provides 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.

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    Wine History and Fantasy

    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 ideological status.

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  • College Credit

    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.

    Academic Transcript Requests

    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.

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