Parsons Paris

Pre-College Studies

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    High school students are introduced to the art and design college experience through an immersive course of study. The program is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year and to recent high school graduates. Applicants must be 16–18 years of age by July 7, 2017. Exceptions cannot be made.

    Note: All Summer Intensive Studies courses may be taken in order to develop a portfolio for the college admissions process.

    Courses

  • Draping Design

    Session I
    (June 29-July 21, 2018) 

    Students explore draping techniques to translate their creativity into volumes and lines in the world capital of haute couture. Building on visual research, students experiment with creative tools with which they 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 planning to apply to a fashion design program can use the pictures of the drapes made in class to complete their portfolios.

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    Explorations in Drawing

    Session I 
    (June 29-July 21, 2018) 

    This is an intensive drawing course in Paris. The goal is to develop eye, hand, and mind coordination, plus an understanding and enjoyment of methods and materials. Students learn 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, students explore 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 support the learning process and allow students to work outside the studio. Guest artists visit the classroom to present their work and lead workshops. There are daily critiques and exchanges of ideas, in which students are 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. Homework assignments consist of collecting observations and drawings in a sketchbook on a daily basis. Students of all levels are welcome, and the course will be helpful and challenging to all, regardless of previous experience or skill level.

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    Fashion Design Process

    Session I
    (June 29-July 21, 2018) 

    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 to 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 Photography: History and Practice

    Session I
    (June 29-July 21, 2018) 

     

    This course combines theoretical and practical approaches, enabling students to acquire basic knowledge of fashion images and create them. Students learn how to analyze fashion photography using interdisciplinary tools, from history to sociology and semiotics. In parallel, students experiment with practical photography techniques at a professional level in order 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 will also appreciate it as a city of fashion subcultures in which social and political claims are conveyed through appearance.

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    Graphic Design Workshop

    Session I 
    (June 29-July 21, 2018) 

    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. Homework assignments involve collecting observations and drawings in a sketchbook on a daily basis. Students of all levels are welcome, and the course will be helpful and challenging to all, regardless of previous experience or skill level.

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    Introduction to Design and Management

    Session I 
    (June 29-July 21, 2018)

    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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    Portfolio Design

    Session I 
    (June 29-July 21, 2018)

     

    In this course, students develop a high-quality portfolio of work for higher education. They develop the skills and understanding needed to produce artwork for a portfolio. Students research, construct, and develop work using a range of digital tools and design a portfolio. This course develops students' editing and typographic skills, enabling them to frame and present their artwork with relevance and clarity, in an articulate manner, in both online and PDF format, with a range of digital tools and platforms, and to prepare for admissions. Students also familiarize themselves with life in Paris, participating in studio workshops and research trips to museums and galleries.

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    Sequential Imagery and Video

    Session I 
    (June 29-July 21, 2018)

    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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  • 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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