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API students have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from some of the best fashion and design minds in the world through study in this traveling program between Paris and Florence. Students begin in Paris at Parsons Paris – The New School, and then continue on to finish the program in Florence at Polimoda.
This program offers a series of cultural events and day trips in both cities.
During the program, students have the opportunity to broaden their classroom education through organized cultural events and day trips, which are included in the price of the program. Although locations are subject to change depending on availability, weather and other factors, students are provided with an itinerary for their program events prior to departure.
Possible cultural events in Paris include:
Possible cultural events in Florence include:
The Cinque Terre, five villages hidden in little coastal inlets and clinging to the rocks overhanging the sea, are located near of the Ligure Riviera. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore form the heart of the National Park, proclaimed a monument to the heritage of mankind by UNESCO.
TOTAL CREDITS - 6 semester credits
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).
Polimoda is the only Italian fashion school ranked in the world top 10 by the authoritative publication, The Business of Fashion. Its executive staff has esteemed backgrounds with decades of industry experience: Ferruccio Ferragamo (President), Danilo Venturi (Director), Linda Loppa (Advisor Strategy & Vision). The school is housed in two prestigious facilities in Florence: the Renaissance style Villa Favard beside the American Consulate and the state-of-the-art Design Lab in the renewed fashion production district.
Polimoda’s faculty come from the industry and currently work around the world in the fields of fashion marketing, management, finance, branding, communications, art direction, trend forecasting, footwear, textile development, and pattern and garment design. The school welcomes 1600 students, 70% from 70 countries outside of Italy. 90% of the courses are taught in English which makes Polimoda a hub of diversity in the heart of Florence.
Upon completion of the program, API students will receive a transcript for 6 credits issued by the Registrar’s Office and carry the signature and seal of The New School.
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
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Yune will be one of your Resident Directors at Parsons Paris and will be a resource for you on campus!
Allison Brown will be one of your Resident Directors at Parsons Paris and a resource for you while you are in France!
Valentina will be one of your Resident Directors in Florence and a resource for you while living in Italy with us!
Luxury Design Management is a specialized summer course on the essence, the heritage and the organization of high-end industries. It focuses on the strategic development of French and Italian leading luxury sectors and provides an interdisciplinary understanding of their processes and specificities at the crossroads of design innovation, business and culture.
The course is run by resident professors and guest lecturers from the industry in Paris and Florence, two of the main historical capitals of luxury.
During the Parsons Paris portion of the program, special focus is put on Haute Couture and the relation between French fashion heritage, local crafts, creativity and strategic management. These topics are examined more closely in the Italian part of the program through the exploration of the strong tradition of Florentine craftsmanship, the production of high-end leather accessories and the Made in Italy.
Language of Instruction: English
Recommended US semester credits: 6
Students have the option of living in shared apartments that are located throughout Paris and Florence. 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 either in Paris or Florence (or in both locations) for a deduction from the program cost.