What You'll Need
- A modern computer and mouse
- Headphones, a microphone, and a webcam
- A stable high-speed Internet connection
- A digital camera (mobile device cameras are suitable)
- Supplies on class list (estimated cost: $150)
- Some courses require access to Adobe Creative Cloud; please check
the course description. To purchase a subscription, go to Adobe Creative
Cloud for Students.
Attendance and Workload
Online classes convene on Sunday mornings for 11 weeks; students participate in the live three-hour sessions using Zoom video conferencing.
Students can miss only two of the online sessions in order to successfully complete the program. Students are expected to complete assignments each week, and they can receive support for these during the supplemental tutoring sessions with a design mentor.
Students' success in Parsons pre-college courses depends on their attendance and motivation. Students will enhance their sense of
achievement by regularly attending and actively participating in the program.
Students taking a course toward the Parsons Academy Certificate cannot miss more than two online classes with the faculty. Certificate students who miss class more than two times or fail to participate fully in class or the group making sessions will fail the course and may be asked to leave the program.
Students are expected to be on time for every class. Student participation in class is essential, and arriving late is disruptive to the entire class.
Courses are supplemented by special guest lectures, events with the Parsons Admission team, and portfolio reviews.
Students must demonstrate English language proficiency, as classes are taught in English. Students who attend a high school in which English is the primary language of instruction can submit a transcript or a letter from a school administrator confirming
the language of instruction.
Alternatively, students can submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 79 or higher on the Internet-based course, an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 or higher, a PTE (Pearson Test of English) score
of 53 or higher, or a DET (Duolingo English Test) score of 115 or higher. Visit TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or DET for more information.