Parsons Paris

  • Parsons Paris Summer Adult Program 750x422

    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.

    Courses

  • The Business of Fashion

    Half-Day Course

    SUMMER 1: May 29–June 20, 2020 (courses begin June 1 and end June 19)

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

    This course is an immersive introduction to fashion industries and their management strategies. Students 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 visits to Paris luxury stores and showrooms, students gain an overall understanding of today’s fashion business.

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    Fashion Design Process

    All-Day Studio Course

    SUMMER 1: May 29–June 20, 2020 (courses begin June 1 and end June 19)
    SUMMER 2: June 26–July 18, 2020 (courses begin June 29 and end July 17)

    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 and Art Direction

    Half-Day Course

    SUMMER 2: June 26–July 18, 2020 (courses begin June 29 and end July 17)

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

    In this course, students focus on a practice-based project that will expand their knowledge of art direction, fashion branding, and communication strategies, exploring the challenges of constructing a brand identity. Through case studies of Paris-based brands, students learn and engage with pragmatic concepts behind fashion communication practices and fashion brand challenges. Students also engage with fashion professionals exploring the multiple fields of art direction in fashion, from fashion design to fashion photography, styling, and publishing. The class consists of seminars, talks with practitioners, and visits to concept stores and leading agencies in the field of Paris fashion. Through the concepts and practice of art direction, this course emphasizes the relation between products, images, and communication.

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    Explorations in Drawing

    All-Day Studio Course

    SUMMER 2: June 26–July 18, 2020 (courses begin June 29 and end July 17)

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

    This course introduces students to drawing as both a fundamental part of the design process and an integral tool for media arts of all kinds. Students approach drawing as a way of thinking, a critical tool, and a means for observation, storytelling, and representation. Traditional and nontraditional methods, media, and theories of drawing are all explored.

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    Fashion Styling

    Half-Day Studio Course

    SUMMER 1: May 29–June 20, 2020 (courses begin June 1 and end June 19)

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

    This course focuses on the creation of contemporary fashion imagery following a professional brief. It offers an introduction to various fashion media and sheds 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 become familiar with cutting-edge fashion stylists, photographers. and editors in the Paris fashion scene. They 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.

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    Introduction to Design and Management

    All-Day Studio Course

    SUMMER 2: June 26–July 18, 2020 (courses begin June 29 and end July 17)

    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 26–July 18, 2020 (courses begin June 29 and end July 17) 

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

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

    Students learn how to analyze fashion photography using interdisciplinary tools ranging from history to sociology to semiotics. In parallel, students 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 explores 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 also learn to appreciate it as a city of fashion subcultures in which appearance can express social and political claims.

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    Luxury Design Management

    Paris and Florence
    June 26–July 24, 2020

    6 U.S. credits recommended
    For: College juniors and seniors, adults
    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 The New School, 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 relationship 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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    Explorations in Painting

    All-Day Studio Course

    SUMMER 2: June 26–July 18, 2020 (courses begin June 29 and end July 17)

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

    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 learn basic concepts of painting such as color theory and composition and techniques for using water-based paints. Drawing is also taught as a means for observation and representation. Traditional and nontraditional methods, media, and theories of painting are all explored. Time will be set aside for students to develop a personal project.

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    Paris: Fashion and Brand Heritage

    Half-Day Course

    SUMMER 2: June 26–July 18, 2020 (courses begin June 29 and end July 17)

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

    Today discourse about cultural heritage and local patrimony is at the center of a variety of public and private activities involving design and fashion. Fashion houses and ateliers are playing a role in organizing events like Le Journées Européenne du Patrimoine. But the concept of heritage has been recently employed in new and sometimes controversial ways by private and public institutions. In this course, we look at the intersections between heritage, patrimony, and memory in current discourse — with particular attention to their relationship to design and fashion. Through visits to major Parisian fashion archives and talks by experts from private and public museums, the class looks at fashion heritage in Paris and its multiple forms. Starting with UNESCO’s definition of and activities involving cultural heritage, students 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.

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    Introduction to Jewelry Design

    All-Day Course

    SUMMER 2: June 26–July 18, 2020 (courses begin June 29 and end July 17)

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

    This studio course is an introduction to the design and construction of jewelry objects and collections and a survey of the fundamentals of jewelry design, focusing on key contemporary methods and materials. It offers a full overview of the techniques, practices, processes, and opportunities that characterize this important sector. In the studio, students design and develop a line of jewelry, engaging in a professional design process, from field research to the sourcing of materials and from the initial experimentation with materials and creation of sketches to the development and presentation of a prototype.

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  • Campus and Classroom

    Classes will be held at Parsons Paris, a short walk from the Louvre and Opéra Garnier. Many classes will also meet in locations throughout the city, ranging from art and design exhibition settings to architectural landmarks and parks, with coursework complemented by excursions and day trips.

    Housing

    Housing is available for students registered for classes during both summer sessions.

    Supplies

    Students are expected to provide their own materials and supplies. If materials are required for the first day of class, a materials list will be provided before the summer session begins.

    Registration

    Registration for summer is managed by API, a third-party host specializing in study abroad.

    College Credit

    All Summer Intensive Studies Paris students earn three college credits (or six for Luxury Design Management) 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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