Pre-College Academy

  • Spend Your Saturdays Exploring Art and Design at Parsons

    Designed for students in grades 3 through 12, Parsons' Pre-College Academy meets on Saturday mornings during the school year in the fall and spring and for two weeks in August. Classes are organized by grade level for elementary, middle, and high school groups.

    Take Classes on Saturday Mornings for 11 Weeks or Take a Two-Week Summer Intensive Course

    Pre-College Academy classes meet on Saturday mornings for 11 weeks in the fall and spring semesters and every weekday for two weeks in the summer. Students are divided into elementary, middle school, and high school groups. A wide selection of age-appropriate courses are offered, on subjects including animation, fashion, graphic design, interior design, drawing, painting, cartooning, photography, and portfolio development. Please see Program Information and Parent Resources for more information.

    Pre-College Academy Certificate

    Parsons offers a certificate program for students in grades 9 through 12 who plan to apply to art and design colleges. If you are entering the 11th or 12th grade, consider enrolling in our popular Portfolio Development course, which helps students prepare artwork and presentations for college admission applications.

    Parsons Scholars Program

    Every fall, Parsons recruits 10th-grade students from New York City public schools for the Parsons Scholars art and design college preparation program. This program offers scholarships to talented young students from lower-income families to study design at the college level. Parsons Scholars also explore the range of art and design careers and acquire skills and knowledge that will help them gain admittance to and succeed at Parsons or any other college of art and design.