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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 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.
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.
No need to go miles away from Paris to discover some rich and unexpected heritage
In the footsteps of the impressionists (Auvers sur Oise, Chatou…) or a journey in the middle ages (Provins) or even an off the beaten path visit of Versailles ....
Honfleur looks so utterly enchanting, it is hard to remember that it was built essentially for commerce. Its harbour sits in a great location, tucked away on the southern side of the Seine’s estuary. During the Hundred Years War, the French king had this strategic spot fortified, but that didn’t stop the English taking over for several decades.
The little town of Etretat is located in the Pays de Caux, on a section of the coast of Normandy called “La Côte d’Albâtre”, and is renowned for its impressive white cliffs, featuring arches, a large rock needle and tunnels, famous Impressionists painted them so memorably. There’s also an amazing needle-like structure called « aiguille » !
CHAMPAGNE - Reims
The Champagne wine region is an historic terroir within the administrative province of Champagne in the northeast of France. The area is best known for the production of the sparkling white wine that bears the region's name. EU law and the laws of most countries reserve the term "Champagne" exclusively for wines that come from this region located about 100 miles (160 km) east of Paris. The viticultural boundaries of Champagne are legally defined and split into five wine producing districts within the administrative province: Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne.
A visit to a vineyard in the country side and a visit of Reims cathedral are a sine qua non
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.
Laure Bettencourt will be your Student Life Coordinator in Paris and will assist you in adjusting to life in France!
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.
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
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
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.
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.