Parsons Paris

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    This program is for college and adult applicants who have completed at least one year of college or are 19 years of age or older by the first day of class. Many college and adult-level students enroll in the program to acquire the skills they need to reach academic and professional goals or to complement their full-time degree programs. Others enroll to build a competitive portfolio for graduate program applications and prepare for advanced study.

    Note: All Summer Intensive Studies courses may be taken in order to develop a portfolio for the college admissions process.

    Courses

  • The Business of Fashion

    Half-Day Course

    SUMMER 1
    May 31, 2019 - June 22, 2019

    3 U.S. credits recommended
    Language of Instruction: English

    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.

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    Paris Photo

    All Day Studio Course

    SUMMER 1
    May 31, 2019 - June 22, 2019

    3 U.S. credits recommended
    Language of Instruction: English

    Course description currently unavailable.

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    Fashion Design Process

    All Day Studio Course

    SUMMER 1
    May 31, 2019 - June 22, 2019

    SUMMER 2
    June 28, 2019 - July 20, 2019

    3 U.S. credits recommended
    Language of Instruction: English

    This course introduces students to various approaches and techniques involved in the design process for fashion products. Students are encouraged to experiment as they research and find inspiration for a fashion collection and devise innovative 2D and 3D production methods for their fashion pieces. 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.

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    Fashion Communication

    Half-Day Course

    SUMMER 2
    June 28, 2019 - July 20, 2019

    3 U.S. credits recommended
    Language of Instruction: English

    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 to explore the current and future trends and challenges in fashion and luxury communication.

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    Explorations in Drawing

    All Day Studio Course

    SUMMER 2
    June 28, 2019 - July 20, 2019

    3 U.S. credits recommended
    Language of Instruction: English

    This is an intensive drawing course in Paris. The goal is to develop eye, hand, and mind coordination along with an understanding and enjoyment of methods and materials. Students will learn to observe the world in a new way and communicate their impressions of it by drawing. Drawing is taught as an essential language for all forms of design and visual arts. The first week concentrates on the use of lines. The second week focuses on value, composition, and perspective. The third week will explore methods of drawing from the imagination or process-oriented drawing. 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. Guest artists will visit the classroom to present their work and lead workshops. There will be daily critiques and exchange of ideas where students will be encouraged to talk about their work and the work of their fellow students. Discussion and reviews are a lively part of the course, and all are required to participate. Outside of class time, students will be assigned homework of collecting observations and drawings in a sketchbook on a daily basis. Students of all levels are welcome, and the course will be valuable and challenging to all regardless of previous experience or skill level.

     

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    Strategic Brand Design

    Half-Day Course

    SUMMER 1
    May 31, 2019 - June 22, 2019

    3 U.S. credits recommended
    Language of Instruction: English

    This three-week course exposes students to the wide variety of ways that design functions in business contexts and helps them understand the roles designers play in today’s industries. Seminars are based on readings, lectures, and class discussions focusing on brand strategy and brand innovation. Students will explore Strategic Brand Design, investigating how brands help businesses face global challenges. Brand development and design thinking have evolved away from traditional service to becoming an integral part of a corporate strategy where brands “Disrupt/Simplify/Engage/Humanize” their way to company success. Students will examine a number of case studies to focus on the implication of branding and packaging for today’s society. Students will be given insights to corporate organizations and develop new "brands" and reinvent forms of "packaging" that constitute strategic design communication.

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    Fashion Illustration

    All Day Studio Course

    SUMMER 2
    June 28, 2019 - July 20, 2019

    3 U.S. credits recommended
    Language of Instruction: English

    This is an intensive drawing course in Paris. The goal is to develop eye, hand, and mind coordination along with an understanding and enjoyment of methods and materials. Students will learn to observe the world in a new way and communicate their impressions of it through drawing. Drawing is taught as an essential language for all forms of design and visual arts. The first week concentrates on the use of lines. The second week focuses on value, composition, and perspective. The third week will explore methods of drawing from the imagination or process-oriented drawing. 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. Guest artists will visit the classroom to present their work and lead workshops. There will be daily critiques and exchange of ideas where students will be encouraged to talk about their work and the work of their fellow students. Discussion and reviews are a lively part of the course, and all are required to participate. Outside of class time, students will be assigned daily homework of collecting observations and drawings in a sketchbook. Students of all levels are welcome, and the course will be valuable and challenging to all regardless of previous experience or skill level.

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    Introduction to Design & Management

    All Day Studio Course

    SUMMER 2
    June 28, 2019 - July 20, 2019

     

    3 U.S. credits recommended
    Language of Instruction: English

    Students learn to approach management as a strategic process that combines design innovation and business knowledge. In collaborative projects, they develop problem-solving skills and familiarity with design strategies through the application of research methods, prototyping, and quantitative analysis. 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. Students engage in design thinking and business strategy exercises, applying these approaches in a broad range of enterprises and real-world business contexts.

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    Fashion Photography: History and Practice

    All Day Studio Course

    SUMMER 2
    June 28, 2019 - July 20, 2019

     

    3 U.S. credits recommended
    Language of Instruction: English

    This course aims to cross theoretical and practical approaches in an effort to guide students to acquire an understanding of fashion images and how to create them.

    Students will learn how to analyze fashion photography using interdisciplinary tools ranging from history to sociology to semiotics. In parallel, students will experiment with practical photography techniques at a professional level in order to produce a fashion shoot from the preliminary research stage to the final realization in collaboration with a model. Workshops, field trips, and exhibitions are also proposed during the course.

    The course will explore photographic methods that enable students to see and interpret the meaning of style. Paris is the historical capital of haute couture and luxury fashion, but students will also appreciate it as a city of fashion subcultures in which appearance can express social and political claims.

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    Luxury Design Management - Luxury Matters

    Paris and Florence
    June 28, 2019 - July 27, 2019

    6 U.S. credits recommended
    Language of Instruction: English

    Luxury Design Management is a specialized summer course on the essence, the heritage, and the organization of high-end industries. The class focuses on the strategic development of French and Italian leading luxury sectors and provides an interdisciplinary understanding of their processes and specific features 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. It combines lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips to luxury fashion companies and production sites in and around Florence and Paris. During the course, participants receive instruction and tutoring for their work on a research project and track their progress in writing and visual documentation.

    The first two weeks are held at Parsons Paris, the European campus of Parsons School of Design, which is located in the city's first district. The second two weeks take place at Polimoda, at the site of Villa Favard in the heart of Florence.

    In Paris, special focus is placed on haute couture and the relation between French fashion heritage, local crafts, creativity, and strategic management. These topics are examined more closely in Italy through the exploration of the strong tradition of Florentine craftsmanship, the production of high-end leather accessories, and the Made in Italy brand.

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  • College Credit

    All Summer Intensive Studies Paris students earn three college credits upon successful completion of the course.

    Participants are strongly encouraged to consult an academic advisor at their home institution before registration to confirm any details related to the approval and transfer of credits as well as fulfillment of graduation requirements.

    Academic Transcript Requests

    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. Students who complete Summer Intensive Studies Paris may request that their transcript(s) be mailed to other colleges and institutions by submitting an official request to the Registrar's Office.

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