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Students enrolled at Parsons Paris develop creative and critical thinking skills and apply them to challenges including environmental and economic sustainability and social concerns. Parsons’ network of interconnected design laboratories enables students to explore global phenomena at a number of sites and scales of engagement in on-campus research and initiatives with international partners that focus on urban life in Paris, New York, and elsewhere.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Paris programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
Students will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic French château and its surroundings in the Ile de France, name given to the Greater Paris region.
The Alsace region is located in the Rhine plaine in the north eastern part of France.
It is bordered by Germany and Switzerland. Over the centuries Alsace has been back and of forth under the control of France and Germany. It is well known for its flowery villages with timbered houses, its wine road, its blue Vosges mountains and forests with pleasant pine scents as well as its medieval eagles nest castles. A stop on the other side of the Rhine will be a nice opportunity to discover a part of the Schwarzwald region in Germany giving this three days excursion an international dimension.
On the Alabaster Coast, the gigantic chalky cliffs of Etretat are unmissable, but the dynamic ports are worth the detour: Le Havre turned to the seas of the whole world or Dieppe and the incessant ferry traffic with the English coasts. The pebble beaches also book beautiful shows; located in the valleys, they are particularly photogenic at low tide.
A bit further in the South, you find Honfleur which is the city best known for its picturesque old pond, characterized by its houses with slate facade, and for having been represented many times by artists, including Monet and Johan Barthold Jongkind, that contributed to the appearance of the Impressionism.
The city of Nantes, dynamic, particularly attractive, occupies a central position on the west. Capital of its department, Loire-Atlantique, it is also the main city of its region. Near the sea, its own vineyard and its own terroir. Also, due to its rich History, Nantes is a multicultural city: it used to be the capital of Brittany until the 15th century. The port town quickly became an important hub of triangular trade, and more particularly of slave trade in the 18th century.
Bordeaux is one of the largest cities in France and is located in the South West of the country, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.
The center of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and cultural destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most beautiful and elegant cities - indeed, half the city is Unesco-listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage site. Visitors appreciate both the monumental stone architecture and attractive nooks and crannies of this city, with its fascinating historical and cultural heritage around every corner. Also, it is now fastly connected to Paris with a new TGV line connecting both cities in just over two hours.
Capital of Anjou, Angers is a city of Art and History, a haven of remarkable culture thanks to its Castle : King René, and to its Museum of Fine Arts where you will discover works dating from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century, at the Gothic Cathedral of Saint Maurice or the Museum Jean Lurçat which presents beautiful pieces of contemporary tapestry, echo of the beautiful hangings of the Château d'Angers. Located in the Loire Valley, Angers also has a natural wealth thanks to its three rivers flowing into the Loire.
The French Riviera, or “Côte d’Azur” in French is a mythical, known all over the world for its beaches and the authenticity and charm of its hinterland little villages.
We will visit some of the famous cities by the Mediterranean sea, such as Cannes, Nice, Marseille or Antibes and also some genuine sites inland, such as Grasse or Saint Paul de Vence or even Bormes-les-Mimosas.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester
A leader in art and design education since its founding in 1896, Parsons has cultivated outstanding artists, designers, scholars, businesspeople, and community leaders for more than a century. Parsons has had a presence in Paris since 1921.
Located in one of the most vibrant creative economies in the world, the program takes full advantage of Paris, offering extraordinary educational, cultural, and professional opportunities for the growing number of students who seek a range of experience in art, design, media, technology, and culture.
Students majoring in the arts, fashion, or design will choose courses from within the Art and Design program.
Students who are new to the arts or are not majoring in fashion or design can participate in the CODA track program during the Spring semester. In this program students will choose one of the two preset tracks below, will choose one course open to visiting students and will take one June intensive course.
DESIGN CULTURES TRACK: APDM 3410 Global Prof. Practices; APDS 2102 Des., Dev. And Production; APHT 3101 The Making of Paris + one course open to visiting students + one June course
FASHION CULTURES TRACK: APFS 2011 Intro to Fashion Studies: Lecture and Recitation; APPH 2100 Intro to Photography; APFY 1050 Drawing: Fashion & Form + one course open to visiting students + one June course
June courses: Fashion Design Process, Fashion Styling, The Business of Fashion
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.
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).
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Email - [email protected]
Francine Bost-Millischer will be one of your Resident Directors in Paris and a resource for you on-site.
Violaine will be your Academic Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in achieving your educational goals with us in France!
Milena will be your Student Life Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in adjusting to life in France!
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.
Students choose to enroll in classes from one of the preset track offerings. Students are advised to obtain course pre-approval for at least 8-10 courses. Students should be flexible in their course choices.
The Registrar’s Office at Parsons (NY) issues credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits each.
Parsons Paris offers three levels of intensive French language instruction. All API students have the option to enroll in one of these 3-credit French courses each semester. A placement exam will be taken on campus during orientation.
Language of Instruction: French
The CODA suite is a series of 5 courses (15 credits) – 4 each spring semester plus one in June – in the field of design or fashion. They are designed for students with a strong interest in the arts, who are not necessarily art majors. Students may supplement their studies by taking additional courses at Parsons Paris (for an additional fee).
Language of Instruction: English
Course Level: Lower Division
Course Level: Lower Division
This course will present the aesthetics, practice and history of what has been coined New Media Art. Historical investigation will bring us back to Daguerreotype photography and 1920s avant-garde cinema, cybernetic sculpture and artists/engineers collaborations in the 1960s and 1970s, the democratisation of computers in the 1970s and 1980s, and the development of internet-based practices in the 1990s.
Course Level: Lower Division
Central Saint Martins' fashion alumni like John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney have changed theway that the world looks at fashion. In this 3 week course you will use research as the key to the design process, usingLondon's streets, museums and people as the starting point. You will then go on to develop your ideas into designsand explore a range of different illustration techniques to present them to finished portfolio standard.You will be expected to push your ideas to expand and explore what is possible through the design process. Duringthe class you will also visit specialist fabric shops and the costume collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. You willbe assessed on research in a sketchbook, sketches and rough design ideas, with designs developed from these ideaspresented as illustrations to portfolio standard.
Students can choose from liberal arts electives in a variety of subject offerings related to the arts, design, fashion, French culture, French language and history. Click on the syllabi link above to view the available liberal arts courses.
Language of Instruction: English
The integration of business and design provides students with new methodologies and techniques that look beyond the traditional skill set to manage existing and evolving businesses. Particular focus is given to the management of creative processes, guiding multidisciplinary teams to implement organizational strategic goals in brand, product and service development, creative business management, responding to new challenges by using the design approach as an integral part of solving problems and finding new areas of opportunity and the management of creative businesses, implementing business fundamentals in the collaborative environment of the creative field.
Students who choose to live with families are provided with five breakfast meals and two dinner meals per week with the family, along with a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals. Host families serve as a unique introduction into French culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, retirement-age couples, or a divorced or widowed woman with or without children. Most families live in apartments with 2-4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living/dining area. In some cases, there may be another API or international student in the same apartment. While most family placements offer a single room, some students share a double room.
Students also 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, and students receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.
Students in the dorm generally live in single rooms. Some rooms may be equipped with a sink, though students share bathroom and kitchen facilities. Most of the other students in the dorm are American. Students who select the dorm option are responsible for their own meals, though they will receive a grocery stipend card to offset the cost of meals.