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This program allows you to experience Paris from an insider’s perspective by exploring the history of European art and design firsthand in the many museums and design studios throughout Paris. The program is open to all students who wish to deepen their art and design knowledge and develop their skills in a rigorous academic environment.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Resident Director

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Day Trips (one per session)

Housing

Housing

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Completed API application
  • Official transcript
  • University Approval Form (U.S. applicants only)
  • Open to undergraduates, graduates, and adult learners
  • Ages: 19+ or 18 with 1 year of college
  • Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL scores of 79 or above or IELTS scores of 6.5 or above to show proof of English proficiency
  • Entry requirements for US and EU passport holders: a valid passport
  • Entry requirements for all other international students: consult the French Consulate in your home country
  • Students who are currently enrolled at The New School will not be required to submit a letter of recommendation, official transcript or university contact information form
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 May, 2021 - Jun, 2021

Pricing Additional Information

2 courses: $9,980

Mar 15, 2021 Apr 1, 2021 Mar 20, 2021
Summer 1 and 2 Combined May, 2021 - Jul, 2021

Pricing Additional Information

3 courses: $15,840

4 courses: $18,980

Mar 15, 2021 Apr 1, 2021 Mar 20, 2021
Summer 2 Jun, 2021 - Jul, 2021

Pricing Additional Information

2 courses: $9,980

Mar 15, 2021 Apr 1, 2021 Apr 1, 2021

*Please note that the application and payment deadlines have been extended for this program:

- Summer 1: Application deadline extended to April 1, 2020; Payment deadline extended until April 10, 2020

- Summer 2: Application deadline extended to April 1, 2020; Payment deadline extended until April 15, 2020

- Summer 1 & 2 combined: Application deadline extended to April 1, 2020; Payment deadline extended until April 10, 2020

The prices below are for one course per session. Prices for additional courses per session are as follows:

  • Summer 1 - 2 courses: add $3,390
  • Summer 2 - 2 courses: add $3,390
  • Summer 1 & 2 Combined - 3 courses: add $3,390
  • Summer 1 & 2 Combined - 4 courses: add $6,520

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Paris programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Cultural Events and Day Trips

    During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized cultural events and day trips, which are included in the price of the program. Entrance fees and transportation to and from the locations are included. Although locations are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program day trips and cultural events prior to departure.

    Possible cultural events in Paris include:

    • Picnics and tastings (French pastries, cheeses, crepes)
    • Local tours (Quartier Latin, Versailles, Hidden Marais, Pere Lachaise)
    • Visits to museums (Musee de la Mode, Louvre)
    • Visits to famous landmarks (Notre-Dame, Eiffel Tower, Montmartre)
    • Visits to local markets, the ballet, and/or the theater!

    Day trips and cultural events are subject to change.

  • Cultural Events and Day Trips

    During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized cultural events and day trips, which are included in the price of the program. Entrance fees and transportation to and from the locations are included. Although locations are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program day trips and cultural events prior to departure.

    Possible cultural events in Paris include:

    • Picnics and tastings (French pastries, cheeses, crepes)
    • Local tours (Quartier Latin, Versailles, Hidden Marais, Pere Lachaise)
    • Visits to museums (Musee de la Mode, Louvre)
    • Visits to famous landmarks (Notre-Dame, Eiffel Tower, Montmartre)
    • Visits to local markets, the ballet, and/or the theater!

    Day trips and cultural events are subject to change.

  • Cultural Events and Day Trips

    During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through several organized cultural events and day trips, which are included in the price of the program. Entrance fees and transportation to and from the locations are included. Although locations are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program day trips and cultural events prior to departure.

    Possible cultural events in Paris include:

    • Picnics and tastings (French pastries, cheeses, crepes)
    • Local tours (Quartier Latin, Versailles, Hidden Marais, Pere Lachaise)
    • Visits to museums (Musee de la Mode, Louvre)
    • Visits to famous landmarks (Notre-Dame, Eiffel Tower, Montmartre)
    • Visits to local markets, the ballet, and/or the theater!

    Day trips and cultural events are subject to change.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3-6 semester credits per session (up to 12 total)

This program allows you to experience Paris from an insider’s perspective by exploring the history of European art and design firsthand in the many museums and design studios throughout Paris. The program is open to all students who wish to deepen their art and design knowledge and develop their skills in a rigorous academic environment.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

Meals are not included. Students will be provided with information about affordable local options for meals near the Parsons building upon arrival in Paris.

Students are met at the Charles de Gaulle airport by on-site staff on the program start date. Students receive detailed flight instructions upon their acceptance into the program and should wait to purchase a flight until receiving more information post-acceptance.

PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM

Parsons Paris also offers summer opportunities for pre-college students ages (16-18). For more information on this program, click here.

TRANSCRIPTS

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. API will send one transcript per student to the address the student indicates on the Transcript Release Form. Students who need additional copies of their transcript may submit an official request to The New School Registrar’s Office.

Parsons Paris, founded in 1921, is accredited by NASAD (National Association of the Schools of Art and Design) and by MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education), and is recognized by the French Ministry of Education as a Private Establishment of Higher Education (Etablissement d’Enseignement Supérieur Privé).

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    Milena Duviviez

    Milena will be your Student Life Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in adjusting to life in France!

COURSE OFFERINGS

COURSE INFORMATION

Summer 1 (3-6 semester credits)

Students will take approximately 3-6 hours of class per day. Seminar Courses are held in the morning from approximately 9am-12pm OR in the afternoon from approximately 1pm-4pm. Studio Courses are full-day. Students who choose a course that is only held in the morning or in the afternoon can choose to add a second course (schedule permitting) for a total of 6 credits. These courses have no pre-requisites.

Summer 2 (3-6 semester credits)

Summer 2 is open to college and pre-college students, as well as adult learners. Some courses are restricted to college students or adult participants, whereas other courses are open to all students.

Students will take approximately 3-6 hours of class per day. Seminar Courses are held in the morning from approximately 9am-12pm OR in the afternoon from approximately 1pm-4pm. Studio Courses are full-day. Students who choose a course that is only held in the morning or in the afternoon can choose to add a second course (schedule permitting) for a total of 6 credits. These courses have no pre-requisites.

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION

Students provide their own art supplies. The supply list will be sent by the faculty to the students about 2 weeks before the program begins. We usually estimate the cost to be $400 for most studio classes.

CREDIT INFORMATION

Parsons Paris is the European campus of The New School, an innovative university based in New York City. Building on the curriculum of Parsons School of Design, a globally acclaimed art and design school established in 1921, Parsons Paris students are part of a modern atelier where interdisciplinary learning and small classes prepare them for careers in fashion, management, digital innovation, and curatorial practice. The Registrar’s Office at Parsons (NY) issues credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits each.

The Business of Fashion - Half Day Seminar Course

This course is an immersive introduction to fashion industries and their management strategies. Students will explore the relationships between innovation, design, production and marketing. The course also provides an overview of the Parisian high-end fashion market and its key actors, from designers to retailers. Through the visits to Paris luxury stores and showrooms, students will gain an overall understanding of today’s fashion business.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion Design Process- All Day Studio Course

This course introduces students to various approaches and techniques involved in the design process for fashion products. Working on projects individually and in groups, students develop fashion concepts for which they draw on the unique resources of Paris and explore how fabrication methods and color affect collections. Students are also introduced to branding and merchandising basics used to identify and create work for targeted markets and consumers.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion Styling - Half Day Studio Course

This course will focus on the making of contemporary fashion imagery following a professional brief. It will offer an introduction to various fashion media. It will shed light on the sequences that lead to a strong fashion editorial concept and to the creation of an original narrative and its visual translation. Students will become familiar with the most cutting-edge fashion stylists, photographers and editors in the Parisian fashion scene. They will learn to select models, choose and assemble garments and accessories, and prepare professional shoots. The course concludes with the creation of a personal stylist portfolio.

Language of Instruction: English

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion Communication- Half Day Course

The course provides an in-depth understanding of the contemporary communication issues in high-end fashion. It investigates the key aspects of corporate communication in a fashion organization, from public relations and events management to advertising strategies and the use of digital platforms. The course also aims at exploring the current and future trends and challenges in fashion and luxury communication.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

The Business of Fashion - Half Day Seminar Course

This course is an immersive introduction to fashion industries and their management strategies. Students will explore the relationships between innovation, design, production and marketing. The course also provides an overview of the Parisian high-end fashion market and its key actors, from designers to retailers. Through the visits to Paris luxury stores and showrooms, students will gain an overall understanding of today’s fashion business.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion Design Process- All Day Studio Course

This course introduces students to various approaches and techniques involved in the design process for fashion products. Working on projects individually and in groups, students develop fashion concepts for which they draw on the unique resources of Paris and explore how fabrication methods and color affect collections. Students are also introduced to branding and merchandising basics used to identify and create work for targeted markets and consumers.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Explorations in Drawing - All Day Studio Course

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. 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 will support the learning process and allow students to work outside the studio.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Introduction to Design and Management - All Day Studio Course

Students learn 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion Photography: History and Practice - All Day Studio Course

Students will learn how to analyze fashion photography using interdisciplinary tools, from history to sociology and semiotics. In parallel, students will experiment practical photography techniques at a professional level in order to be able 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 proposed during the course.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion Illustration - All Day Studio Course

This is an intense fashion illustration course where students will explore Paris fashion in relation to local places, fashion history, and today's people in the city, through drawing as an investigative and representation tool. The course will investigate the Parisian fashion landscape and explore fundamental basic techniques focusing on the body, movement and fashion, themes that will be further explored and developed through experimental model drawing sessions, fashion research and illustration, as well as pattern and color workshops.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion Styling - Half Day Studio Course

This course will focus on the making of contemporary fashion imagery following a professional brief. It will offer an introduction to various fashion media. It will shed light on the sequences that lead to a strong fashion editorial concept and to the creation of an original narrative and its visual translation. Students will become familiar with the most cutting-edge fashion stylists, photographers and editors in the Parisian fashion scene. They will learn to select models, choose and assemble garments and accessories, and prepare professional shoots. The course concludes with the creation of a personal stylist portfolio.

Language of Instruction: English

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Paris: Fashion and Brand Heritage - Half Day Seminar Course

Today the discourse about cultural heritage and local patrimony is at the centre of a variety of public and private activities about design and fashion. While the organization of events such as “Le Journées Européenne du Patrimoine” are including fashion houses and ateliers, the concept of ‘heritage’ has been recently employed in new and sometimes controversial manner by private and public institutions. This course explores this field looking at the intersections between the current discourse on heritage, patrimony and memory – with a particular attention on its relation with design and fashion. Through visits to major Parisian fashion archives and talks by experts from private and public museums, the course will interrogate what is fashion heritage in Paris and its multiple forms. Starting from UNESCO’s definition and activities on cultural heritage, students will investigate the tensions between: the idea of heritage and patrimony; hierarchies and power in the identification of heritage; and the use of national, regional and city identity in the construction of personal and collective memories.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Introduction to Jewelry Design

In this introductory studio course, students will receive an overview of the fundamentals of jewelry design, focusing on key contemporary methods and materials. This specialized course is an introduction to the design and construction of jewelry objects and collections. It offers a full overview of the specific techniques, practices, processes and opportunities that characterize this strategic sector. The project developed within the studio focuses on the design and development of a line of jewelry items, including all the sequences of a professional design process, from the field research to the sourcing of materials, and from the initial material experimentations and sketches to the prototype development and presentation.

Fashion, Communication and Art Direction - Half Day Seminar Course

This course focuses on a practice-based project that will expand students’ knowledge in art direction, fashion branding and communication strategies. Through the use of case studies of Parisian based brands, students will learn and actively engage with pragmatic principles behind fashion communication practices and fashion brand challenges. Students will actively engage with fashion professionals exploring the multiple fields of art direction in fashion: from fashion design to fashion photography, styling and publishing. The class will consist of seminars, talks with practitioners and visits to concept stores and leading agencies in the field of Paris fashion. Through the idea and practice of art direction, this course will emphasise the correlation between products, images and communication and each student will produce an individual project, to explore the challenges of constructing a brand identity.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Explorations in Painting

This course introduces students to painting as both a fundamental part of the design process and an integral tool for media arts of all kinds. Students will learn basic concepts of painting such as color theory, composition, and techniques for using water based paints. Drawing will also be taught as a means for observation and representation. Traditional and nontraditional methods, media, and theories of painting are all explored. Time will be dedicated for students to develop a personal project.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion Design Process- All Day Studio Course

This course introduces students to various approaches and techniques involved in the design process for fashion products. Working on projects individually and in groups, students develop fashion concepts for which they draw on the unique resources of Paris and explore how fabrication methods and color affect collections. Students are also introduced to branding and merchandising basics used to identify and create work for targeted markets and consumers.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Explorations in Drawing - All Day Studio Course

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. 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 will support the learning process and allow students to work outside the studio.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Introduction to Design and Management - All Day Studio Course

Students learn 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.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Fashion Photography: History and Practice - All Day Studio Course

Students will learn how to analyze fashion photography using interdisciplinary tools, from history to sociology and semiotics. In parallel, students will experiment practical photography techniques at a professional level in order to be able 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 proposed during the course.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Explorations in Painting

This course introduces students to painting as both a fundamental part of the design process and an integral tool for media arts of all kinds. Students will learn basic concepts of painting such as color theory, composition, and techniques for using water based paints. Drawing will also be taught as a means for observation and representation. Traditional and nontraditional methods, media, and theories of painting are all explored. Time will be dedicated for students to develop a personal project.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Introduction to Jewelry Design

In this introductory studio course, students will receive an overview of the fundamentals of jewelry design, focusing on key contemporary methods and materials. This specialized course is an introduction to the design and construction of jewelry objects and collections. It offers a full overview of the specific techniques, practices, processes and opportunities that characterize this strategic sector. The project developed within the studio focuses on the design and development of a line of jewelry items, including all the sequences of a professional design process, from the field research to the sourcing of materials, and from the initial material experimentations and sketches to the prototype development and presentation.

Fashion, Communication and Art Direction - Half Day Seminar Course

This course focuses on a practice-based project that will expand students’ knowledge in art direction, fashion branding and communication strategies. Through the use of case studies of Parisian based brands, students will learn and actively engage with pragmatic principles behind fashion communication practices and fashion brand challenges. Students will actively engage with fashion professionals exploring the multiple fields of art direction in fashion: from fashion design to fashion photography, styling and publishing. The class will consist of seminars, talks with practitioners and visits to concept stores and leading agencies in the field of Paris fashion. Through the idea and practice of art direction, this course will emphasise the correlation between products, images and communication and each student will produce an individual project, to explore the challenges of constructing a brand identity.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Paris: Fashion and Brand Heritage - Half Day Seminar Course

Today the discourse about cultural heritage and local patrimony is at the centre of a variety of public and private activities about design and fashion. While the organization of events such as “Le Journées Européenne du Patrimoine” are including fashion houses and ateliers, the concept of ‘heritage’ has been recently employed in new and sometimes controversial manner by private and public institutions. This course explores this field looking at the intersections between the current discourse on heritage, patrimony and memory – with a particular attention on its relation with design and fashion. Through visits to major Parisian fashion archives and talks by experts from private and public museums, the course will interrogate what is fashion heritage in Paris and its multiple forms. Starting from UNESCO’s definition and activities on cultural heritage, students will investigate the tensions between: the idea of heritage and patrimony; hierarchies and power in the identification of heritage; and the use of national, regional and city identity in the construction of personal and collective memories.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English
    • World-renowned art and design school
      • Top U.S. and international accreditations (including NASAD and Middle States)
        • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (The New School)
          • Intimate class size
            • Best-in-class education in creative disciplines, including art, design, business of design, and fashion
              • Courses taught by leading industry professionals from the world’s two fashion capitals – New York and Paris
                • Metro pass included

    Students have the option of living in shared apartments that are located throughout Paris. Most are designed to house 4 students in double-occupancy bedrooms, though some may be larger. Meals are not provided, however, apartments are equipped with kitchen appliances, linens, and towels. Students can choose to opt out of program housing for a deduction from the program cost.

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