The Summer Program in Constructed Environments is a five-week program for current college students and college graduates of any age interested in preparing for advanced studies in architecture, the architectural interior, and industrial design.
This rigorous studio-based program immerses students in spatial and experiential design studies, including modes of design exploration and proposition, methods of design research along with contextual design history and theory, and introductions to hand and digital representation and making. Students develop a
design proposal for a project of graduate design admissions quality.
The program's comprehensive curriculum is designed to prepare
applicants for admission to professional degree programs (MArch, MFA in
Interior Design, MFA Lighting Design, MFA in Industrial Design) at Parsons and
other competitive graduate schools.
In this full-day program, students attend three-hour sessions
each morning that alternate drawing, digital representation, and fabrication
with exploration of the history and theory of design practice in New York City.
Students attend four-hour afternoon sessions in which they work with the
faculty on development and refinement of design propositions. In the program,
New York City and its greater region, and the experiences of people within it,
serve as a context for understanding designers’ expansive roles in the made
environment, across scales and types of making, from the architectural and
interior to product manufacture.
Parsons is located close to the Architecture Center; the Museum
of Modern Art; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; the Storefront for Art
and Architecture; and the Chelsea art gallery district. Site visits to these
institutions, as well as local design offices, are an important part of the
curriculum. Students participate in weekly site visits or walking tours of
significant sites in New York City.
can view past examples of student work, faculty profiles, and course materials here.
The faculty is made up of respected professional architects and
scholars drawn from New York City's international design community. All summer
program instructors are members of Parsons' faculty and are supported by
senior-level graduate teaching assistants.
in Greenwich Village near Union Square and situated within Parsons School of
Design, the School of Constructed
Environments is an internationally recognized center for the
study of the built environment. Its small size, atelier atmosphere, and urban
environment provide a unique and collegial context for the pursuit of
professional and pre-professional education in architecture, interior design,
and lighting. Classes take place in our large open-plan loft studios located at
25 East 13th Street.
in this program can live in New School residence halls convenient to the
Parsons Village campus. Visit Summer Housing for
Students who successfully complete the Summer Studies in
Constructed Environments program earn four undergraduate college credits.
Students are expected to provide their own art supplies. A list
of required and recommended materials is distributed by the faculty. Expenses
for most courses are estimated at $400. Lockers are provided for storage during
Registration for Summer Studies in Constructed Environments
begins in late fall. Visit Registration below for more details. Early
registration is advised.
Questions about the Summer Studies in Constructed Environments program can be directed to email@example.com.
Intensive Lighting Studio
Working alongside leading designers, you develop lighting plans
and build fixtures that demonstrate the ways in which light defines
architectural volume and space.
Bernecker at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Intensive Lighting Studio or visit
Registration below to enroll.
Deadline: Application must be received by May 15, 2018.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are accepted in the order in which they are received. Because class sizes are limited and most courses fill prior to session deadlines, early application is strongly encouraged. (Conditionally accepted School of Constructed Environments graduate students
should email email@example.com for registration instructions.)
and fees: $4,695. Full payment is required at the time of registration.
Please register for Summer Studies in Constructed Environments online (listed under College & Adult Programs) or by mailing the registration form with payment of your tuition to:
Registrar's Office, The New School, 72 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10011.
Online Registration: Pay by credit card; Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.
Note: Credit and debit cards often have limits on how much can be charged. Your bank may deny approval for a credit card payment if the card is issued by a non-U.S. bank. To ensure a smooth registration process, please check with your bank before submitting your
credit card information. Also make sure the card's expiration date is more than two months after the date you submit payment.
Registration: Pay by credit card, domestic check, money order, or cash.
Payment by credit card: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. Include your credit card number and expiration date on the Registration Form.
Payment by check: Foreign checks are not accepted. Checks submitted for payment must be drawn on a U.S. bank with a U.S. bank routing number and account number Mica encoded on the check.
by money order: International money orders such as American Express in United States dollars are accepted.
Mail your payment along with your completed registration form to:
The New School
72 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10011
Payment in cash: Payment in cash must be made in person. Please bring your payment and your completed registration form to:
Students who registered online should withdraw using the online registration system. Students who registered by mail or in person must submit a withdrawal request in writing. To qualify for a refund of tuition, students must submit all withdrawal requests before the deadline as stated below. Refund processing
takes approximately four weeks.
Prior to May 1: Full refund of tuition
Prior to June 1: Refund of tuition less a 20 percent penalty
June 1 or later: No tuition refund
Your notice of withdrawal may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Parsons at Open Campus
66 West 12th Street, room 705
New York, New York 10011
Note: If a course is canceled by Parsons, a full refund of tuition and housing fees will be issued automatically.
Students attend classes Monday through Friday for seven hours per day. Classes run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break. Attendance is mandatory for all participants. Students who miss more than two classes will fail the course, subject to faculty and administrative review. Students who do not meet course expectations may be asked to leave the program. Out of class work, assigned each day, is a substantial component of the program.
Sunday, June 24Residence hall check-in
11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, June 25Orientation, followed by first class
Friday, July 27Last day of class
Saturday, July 28Residence hall check-out
9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Parsons Summer Programs
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
63 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011