Parsons

  • Parsons Pre-College Academy classes are divided into three groups, by traditional school grade level. Students should select the appropriate course by using the grade levels below as a guide. Course offerings vary throughout the year.


  • Spring 2018 Course Descriptions

    GRADES 3–5

    Foundation Studio 
    PCAC 0012 Section A; CRN 6815 (Grades 3–5)
    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Intermix art materials and found objects as you explore the basics of 2D and 3D design. Fun and challenging projects cover a spectrum of media that may include drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture.
    Register here.


    Cartooning 
    PCAC 0015 Section A; CRN 6816 (Grades 3–5)
    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Develop your ability to draw characters and create narrative sketches. Learn how to change facial expressions and give motion to your drawings. Create storyboards, the foundation of visual narrative and animation design.
    Register here.

    GRADES 6–8

    Fashion Design 
    PCAC 0107 Section A; CRN 6817 (Grades 6–8)
    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. Through class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
    Register here.

     

    Illustration
    PCAC 0111 Section A; CRN 6818 (Grades 6–8)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Illustrators are visual thinkers. They create compelling visuals for media ranging from comics, computer and film animations, video games, and children’s books to graphics for skateboards and images for magazines and newspapers. This course introduces students to the kinds of projects contemporary illustrators work on and helps them develop their skills and style.
    Register here.

     

    Digital Media Art 
    PCAC 0130 Section A; CRN 6819 (Grades 6–8)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    From the “selfie” to gif animation, digital media is changing the way we experience the world around us. In this introduction to digital media art, students use video, animation, digital photography, and Adobe software to create narratives. These narratives include mixed-media collages and time-based snapshots using New York City as the backdrop.
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    Portfolio Development
    PCAC 0201 Section A; CRN 6820 (Grades 6–8)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    This course is for students interested in applying to specialized art high schools as well as those who wish to explore new techniques in drawing and painting. Students work in a variety of media and build a body of work through exploring themes. Students investigate media and process and communicate that learning in a presentation format.
    Register here.

     

    GRADES 9-12

    Illustration 
    PCAC 0501 Section A; CRN 6823 (Grades 9–12)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Illustrators are visual thinkers who create comics, computer and film animation, video games, children’s books, graphics for skateboards, images for magazines and newspapers, and many other kinds of visuals. This course introduces students to the types of projects contemporary illustrators work on and helps them develop their skills and style.
    Register here.

    Graphic Design 
    PCAC 0504 Section A; CRN 6824 (Grades 9–12)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Graphic design is all around you—on subway posters, websites, T-shirts, candy wrappers. It is the medium in which words and images combine to communicate messages effectively. This class is a traditional studio, in which students focus on learning creative problem-solving techniques and the basics of graphic form and expressive typography.
    Register here.

    Digital Photography
    PCAC 0505 Section A; CRN 6826 (Grades 9–12)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Use photography to document the unique spaces, objects, and people that make New York City so vibrant. Then work in the digital lab to build your portfolio and presentation skills. New York City provides the visual inspiration for students as they explore themes and develop narratives using still photography. Students view current exhibits and are visited by professionals working in the field.
    Register here.

    Fashion Design
    PCAC 0507 Section A; CRN 6828 (Grades 9–12)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. Through class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
    Register here.

    Fashion Design
    PCAC 0507 Section A2; CRN 6829 (Grades 9–12)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. Through class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
    Register here.

    Printmaking: Design and Drawing
    PCAC 0550 Section A2; CRN 6830 (Grades 9–12)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    In this introductory course, students explore graphics, color theory, drawing, design, and composition through various printmaking processes. They create portfolio-quality prints using professional techniques in a range of assignments, both representational and conceptual. The class covers etching, dry point, and monotype as well as less conventional techniques.
    Register here.

    Fine Arts I
    PCAC 0701 Section A; CRN 6831 (Grades 9–12)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Develop your ability to draw from observation, a cornerstone of visual expression. In this class, you work in the studio and on location in museums and outdoors in New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Develop your skill in using the language of mark making, including line, value, texture, and composition.
    Register here.

    Fine Arts II: Drawing and Painting
    PCAC 0702 Section A; CRN 6832 (Grades 9–12)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Expand your drawing proficiency and learn new painting techniques as you develop a thematic sequence of images. Strengthen your technical and visual problem-solving skills through structured projects in which you investigate form, color, and composition. Research, field trips, and visits from working artists deepen your understanding of the ways artists solve problems. Prerequisite: Fine Arts 1: Drawing or the equivalent.
    Register here.

    Interior Design
    PCAC 0704 Section A; CRN 6833 (Grades 9–12)

    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Students work with a professional designer on a complete interior design project, from initial concept to final presentation. They develop skills in freehand sketching, manual drafting, collage, and model building, while representing and testing spatial and material ideas. Students consider clients’ needs and aesthetic preferences as they design a functional interior and choose appropriate finishes. Coursework focuses on spatial design applications and concepts rather than interior decorating.
    Register here.

    Portfolio Development 
    PCAC 0801 Section A1; CRN 6834 (Grades 11 and 12)
    January 27 - April 14, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Build and organize your portfolio for college admission through rigorous assignments and critiques. Learn how to reproduce your work in digital media, an application requirement at many art schools. Prerequisite: Drawing + Painting, Fine Arts I or II, or the equivalent.
    Register here.

     

  • Looking to build your portfolio for selective high school or college admission? If you are seeking guidance on this process, we suggest enrolling in our Portfolio Development classes.

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