High schoolers! Study Art & Design in Paris this Summer [API Program Spotlight]

February 7, 2020

Spend your summer with Parsons Paris and join the ranks of prestigious alumni! Applications are now open for API’s Pre-College Art & Design Program. This program is ideal for high school students interested in the fields of art, fashion, photography and design. Spend your summer learning and creating at one of the world’s top art and design universities!

Parsons Paris students

Who is Parsons Paris?

Established in 1921 as the European campus of New York City’s The New School, Parsons Paris is a leader in art and design education. Studying with Parsons Paris adds you to a list of reputable alumni who have made their mark in the worlds of art, fashion, photography and design, including designer Marc Jacobs, model and fashion icon Bella Hadid, and designer Alexander Wang (who also studied abroad in high school!).

Located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, the campus is blocks away from the Louvre Museum and Jardin du Palais Royal. It is also walking distance from major stores like Chanel Paris, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga Paris and more.

What are the course options?

Browse through the Parsons course catalog and you will quickly understand why this program is perfect for art and design education. With courses in fashion, jewelry, photography and more, students are able to gain a valuable education in these industries (before they even get to college!). Fashion Design Process allows students to explore 2D pattern-cutting, 3D draping, photography, videography and more. Introduction to Design and Management teaches students to approach management as a strategic process that combines design innovation and business knowledge. 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. Other course options include Introduction to Jewelry Design, Fashion Photography: History & Practice, Explorations in Drawing, and more.

Students can also choose to enroll in Portfolio Preparation. This full-day studio course allows students to research, construct and enhance a personal project for their portfolio. From typography to illustration to digital tools, students will finish the course with a full, professional project for their resume and college applications.

What else is included?

In addition to attending a world-renowned art and design institution, your housing, excursions, cultural activities and more are all included in the program cost. Students stay in a hotel located a short subway ride from the Parsons Paris campus. API’s on-site staff and assistants are on hand 24/7 to ensure student safety.

API’s on-site staff will take Parsons Paris students on an excursion to the beautiful and charming Château de Chambord. You’ll have the opportunity to visit a real French castle and wander the same forests Leonardo da Vinci once did with French king François the First! Students then visit a traditional French farm that produces goat cheese, marmalade, and blackcurrant syrup – tasting is included, of course!

During the program, you’ll also have the option to take part in a variety of cultural activities. From visiting the world-famous Louvre Museum to sampling a variety of cheeses, pastries and crêpes, you’ll be able to check a LOT off your bucket list during your time in Paris… at no additional cost!

Who can enroll in the program?

Our pre-college program is open to 16-18 year old high school students entering their junior or senior year. Recent high school graduates are also encouraged to apply!

Want to learn more?

Click here to learn more or to start your application. And keep in mind, applications for this amazing program are due March 15th!


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