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  • Think big, and beyond just the summer. Master the skills, theories, and techniques that will stoke your creativity and set you apart from your peers all  year long.

    Pre-College Academy classes meet for two weeks in the summer. Students are divided into elementary school, 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.

  • Registration

    Course Dates: August 3-14, 2020

    Registration deadline: June 1, 2020 
    Tuition: grades 3–5 (half day): $656 + fees; grades 3–12 (full day): $1,312 + fees. A $40 registration fee is added to tuition.

    Certificate status (grades 9–12, full day): $1,312

    University credits: This is a noncredit program.

    Location: Parsons’ Greenwich Village campus

    Housing: Not available for this program

    Meal plan: Available

    Online Registration Instructions

    Online registration is the easiest and preferred method of registration. Use the link to your right to register online.

    If you have any difficulties or need assistance with the registration process, contact the Registrar's Office at 212.229.5620.

    Before your course(s) begins, you will receive additional program information by email. A billing receipt will be mailed under separate cover by New School Student Financial Services. For the fall and spring Saturday program, supply lists are distributed on the first day of class. For the summer program, students are emailed a supply list before the course.

    Payment Methods

    Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.

    Note: To ensure a smooth registration process, please check with your bank before submitting credit card information, especially if your credit card was issued by a non-U.S. bank. Make sure that the expiration date of the card is more than two months after the date on which you are submitting your payment. Remember that credit and debit cards usually have limits on how much can be charged.

    Online Registration: Payment can be made by credit card only. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted.

    Policies & Procedures

    Withdrawal and Refund Policies

    Refund processing takes approximately four weeks. If fees were paid by credit card, any refund will be credited to the same card.

    Parsons at Open Campus reserves the right to cancel courses. Courses are canceled most often because of insufficient enrollment or competition for space. Students enrolled in a canceled course will receive a full refund of tuition and fees unless they choose to transfer to another course.

    Summer Pre-College Academy Course Withdrawal Policy

    Students who registered online for the Pre-College Academy’s summer term should withdraw using the online registration system. Students who registered using the paper registration form must submit a written withdrawal request. This should be sent by email to summer@newschool.edu or by mail to:

    Parsons at Open Campus
    66 West 12th Street, suite 705
    New York, NY 10011

    Summer refunds are prorated and are calculated from the date the written notice is received by the Parsons at Open Campus office. Refund processing takes four to six weeks.

    Before June 1: full refund of tuition

    Before July 1: refund of tuition less 20 percent penalty

    July 1 or later: no tuition refund

    Note: These are firm deadlines, and no exceptions to this policy will be made.

    Schedule

    August 3–14, 2020

    Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:50 a.m. (grades 3–5)*

    Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming is available in the afternoon, 1:00–3:50 p.m. (grades 3–5)

    Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m. (grades 6–12)

    Students in grades 3–5 can choose to attend a half day (9:00–11:50 a.m.) or full day (9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break at noon). Students in grades 6–12 attend a full day.

    LOCATION AND TRAVEL INSTRUCTIONS

    All classes meet at our Greenwich Village campus, at one of the following locations:
    2 West 13th Street, just off Fifth Avenue
    6 East 16th Street, just off Fifth Avenue
    63 Fifth Avenue, at 13th Street
    25 East 13th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place

    The campus is easily accessible by public transportation. For detailed directions and student drop-off and pickup instructions, see Student and Parent Resources.

    Courses

    Grades 3–5

    Cartooning, Grades 3–5
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:50 a.m.
    Section A1: Enroll Now

    Develop your ability to draw characters and create narrative sketches. Learn how to change facial expressions and give motion to your drawings. Create storyboards, the foundation of visual narrative and animation design. (Students in grades 3–5 who wish to take an afternoon class must enroll in Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming.)

    Foundation Studio, Grades 3–5
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:50 a.m.
    Section A1: Enroll Now

    Learn about observational drawing and the design process by working on two- and three-dimensional projects in which you examine and interpret everyday objects and places in new ways. Professionals visit your class, and you take field trips for research, inspiration, and discovery. (Students in grades 3–5 who wish to take an afternoon class must enroll in Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming.)

    Toy Design, Grades 3–5
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:50 a.m.
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    Invent and create your own toys and games by exploring ideas and materials in this fun workshop class. We explore the use of color, texture, drawing, construction, and experimentation with a variety of materials in the design and creation of original interactive projects. (Students in grades 3–5 who wish to take an afternoon class must enroll in Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming.)

    Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming, Grades 3–5
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 1:00–3:50 p.m.
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    In this high-energy course, offered by the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, you explore the rhythms, songs, and dance of Brazil. Learn to play the alfaia (bass drum), caixa (snare drum), abê (shaker), and gonguê (bell) and sing traditional Brazilian songs. The class focuses on the parallels between 400-year-old Maracatu rhythms and New Orleans grooves that helped shape jazz, funk, and R&B. Instruments are provided. (Students in grades 3–5 who would like to take a morning class can register for Cartooning, Foundation Studio, or Toy Design.)

    Piano Lab, Grades 3-5
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 1:00–3:50 p.m.
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    Piano Lab is an exciting introduction to piano playing in a supportive and fun group environment. Students learn the fundamentals of piano technique and how to play melodies in various musical styles. The class gives students experience in playing music by ear as well as familiarity with the basics of music notation. Students also explore creative ways to apply the skills they have learned, including improvisation, arranging familiar melodies, and composition. (Students in grades 3–5 who would like to take a morning class can register for Cartooning, Foundation Studio, or Toy Design.)

    Grades 6–8

    Animation Studio, Grades 6–8
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A: Enroll Now

    Design your own characters and learn how to animate them. In this course, students create original characters, develop visual storytelling skills, and learn the principles of traditional animation to make their characters move. Working with a professional animator, students experiment with both hands-on and digital animation approaches, explore the history of animation, and learn about animation as a career.

    Design and Wear, Grades 6–8
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
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    With street fashion as inspiration, students design and make garments and accessories by deconstructing T-shirts and altering found items. Explore design through inventive exercises and repurpose everyday items and materials for your projects.

    Digital Video and Photography, Grades 6–8
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
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    New York City provides the visual inspiration for students as they explore themes and develop narratives using still photography and collaborate with classmates to create short films. Students view current exhibits and are visited by professionals working in the field. Students must have a DSLR camera.

    Fashion Design, Grades 6–8
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A1: Enroll Now

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. Through class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.

    Game Design, Grades 6–8
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A: Enroll Now

    Creativity is key as you plan, produce, and test digital and analog games. Conduct experiments exploring game design and interactive systems while learning about the processes involved in creating your favorite games. Develop skills in teamwork and systems thinking that can be applied in all types of creative projects.

    Painting and Drawing, Grades 6–8
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A1: Enroll Now

    Develop your ability to draw and paint from observation, a skill essential to visual expression. Work in the studio, in museums, and throughout New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Investigate line, value, form, color, and composition through structured assignments. Research, field trips, and visits from working artists deepen your understanding of the problem-solving methods used by artists in the past and today.

    Grades 9–12
    Animation Studio, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A: Enroll Now

    Design your own characters and learn how to animate them. In this course, students create original characters, develop their visual storytelling skills, and learn the principles of traditional animation to make their characters move. Working with a professional animator, students experiment with both hands-on and digital animation approaches, explore the history of animation, and learn about animation as a career.

    Architecture, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A: Enroll Now

    Learn the fundamentals of three-dimensional and architectural design. Develop professional skills in field research, schematic drawing, and model making as you complete studio projects that involve conceptual and concrete architectural problems. Heighten your awareness of scale, form, and spatial relationships, essential for interpreting the built environment. Trips to design firms and architecturally significant buildings help you understand what it means to be an architect. Drawing is incorporated in the projects of this studio.

    Digital Video and Photography, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0605 Section A; CRN 1045
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
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    Section A1: Enroll Now

    New York City provides the visual inspiration for students as they explore themes and develop narratives using still photography and collaborate with classmates to create short films. Students view current exhibits and are visited by professionals working in the field. Students must have a DSLR camera.
     
    Fashion Accessory Design, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A: Enroll Now

    Use sketching as a design process to develop a collection of handbags, belts, wallets, and shoes with the help of a professional. Design and make a handbag. Deepen your understanding of the fashion and accessory world through field trips and lectures by guest speakers. Develop portfolio pieces through drawing.

    Fashion Design I, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A1: Enroll Now
    Section A2: Enroll Now
    Section A3: Enroll Now

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. Through class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
     
    Fashion Design II, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A: Enroll Now

    Explore the role of fashion in society and the positive impact fashion designers can have on the world. Develop your skills in fashion drawing and garment construction. Hear guest speakers and take field trips to learn about socially and environmentally responsible design.

    Game Design, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A: Enroll Now

    Creativity is key as you plan, produce, and test digital and analog games. Conduct experiments exploring game design and interactive systems while learning about the processes involved in creating your favorite games. Develop skills in teamwork and systems thinking that can be applied in all types of creative projects.

    Graphic Design, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A1: Enroll Now

    Graphic design is all around you — on subway posters, websites, T-shirts, candy wrappers. It is the medium in which words and images combine to communicate messages effectively. This class is a traditional studio in which students focus on learning creative problem-solving techniques and the basics of graphic form and expressive typography.

    Illustration, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A: Enroll Now

    Illustrators are visual thinkers who create comics, computer and film animation, video games, children’s books, graphics for skateboards, images for magazines and newspapers, and many other kinds of visuals. This course introduces students to the types of projects contemporary illustrators work on and helps them develop their skills and style.

    Interior Design, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A1: Enroll Now

    Students work with a professional designer on a complete interior design project, from initial concept to final presentation. They develop skills in freehand sketching, manual drafting, collage, and model building while representing and testing spatial and material ideas. Students consider clients’ needs and aesthetic preferences as they design a functional interior and choose appropriate finishes. Coursework focuses on spatial design applications and concepts rather than interior decorating.

    Painting and Drawing, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A1: Enroll Now
    Section A2: Enroll Now
    Section A3: Enroll Now

    Develop your ability to draw and paint from observation, a skill essential to visual expression. Work in the studio, in museums, and throughout New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Investigate line, value, form, color, and composition through structured assignments. Research, field trips, and visits from working artists deepen your understanding of the problem-solving methods used by artists in the past and today.
     
    Portfolio Development: Fine Arts, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A1: Enroll Now

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. This section is dedicated to students who wish to focus on drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students gain skills in communicating about their work in group discussions and learn to offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience.
     
    Portfolio Development, Grades 11–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A1: Enroll Now
    Section A2: Enroll Now

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. This section is dedicated to students who wish to focus on graphic, fashion, product, and other areas of design. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students gain skills in communicating about their work in group discussions and learn to offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience.
     
    Printmaking: Drawing and Design, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    Section A: Enroll Now

    In this introductory course, students explore graphics, color theory, drawing, design, and composition through various printmaking processes. They create portfolio-quality prints using professional techniques in a range of assignments, both representational and conceptual. The class covers etching, drypoint, and monotype as well as less conventional techniques.
     
    Product Design, Grades 9–12
    August 3–14, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m
    Section A: Enroll Now

    Learn from a design professional about how a new product moves from a concept to the market. Invent your own product to solve a real­world problem by conducting research and creating a three­-dimensional prototype. Students work in teams to find creative solutions while developing technical skills in drawing and model making.

    FAQ

    College Credit
    Out-of-Class Assignments
    Models
    Supplies
    Pre-College Academy Certificate Requirements
    Certificate Course Fulfillment
    Attendance Policy
    All classes meet at our Greenwich Village campus
    Drop-Off and Pickup Safety

    College Credit

    Parsons Pre-College Academy is a noncredit program. Students in grades 9–12 who plan to apply to colleges of art and design should consider enrolling in the noncredit Certificate Program.

    Out-of-Class Assignments

    Faculty members expect Pre-College Academy students to complete short homework assignments that reinforce material presented in the classroom. This encourages students to develop their skills and work independently.

    Models

    Senior-level (grades 9–12) Pre-College Academy classes may use nude models. Junior- and elementary-level (grades 3–8) classes use only clothed models.

    Supplies

    Art supply requirements vary by course. Students are responsible for providing their own art supplies. Supply lists are distributed on the first day of class in the fall and spring and are emailed to students before the course in summer. A list of local art supply stores is published on our Student and Parent Resources page.

    PRE-COLLEGE ACADEMY CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

    1. Two (2) foundation courses: Choose from Fine Arts I: Drawing, Fine Arts II: Drawing and Painting, 3D Studio, and Digital Design Lab or Drawing and Painting (summer only)
    2. Three (3) elective courses (e.g., Graphic Design, Fashion Design, and Architecture)
    3. Portfolio Development for students in grades 11 and 12

    Students can fulfill the requirements by attending a combination of Parsons programs offered for pre-college students by Parsons Open Campus, described below.

    CERTIFICATE COURSE FULFILLMENT

    Fall and spring students can take one course on Saturday mornings each semester to apply toward their certificate requirements.

    Summer students have two options:

    1. Parsons Pre-College Academy classes meet five days a week for two weeks in early August. Classes taken in the academy summer program can be counted as one foundation course and one discipline-specific course.
    2. Summer Intensive Studies (SIS) pre-college courses meet five days a week for three weeks in New York or Paris and offer undergraduate credit. A grade of B- or higher in any SIS course also counts as three course requirements toward a Parsons Academy certificate. Note: Students must be 16 years of age or older at the beginning of the SIS program in order to register.

    Students who have completed senior-level Pre-College Academy courses in the previous academic year can have them applied toward their certificate requirements with the approval of the course instructors and staff of Parsons Open Campus.

    Upon completion of all required courses, students should file a petition form with Parsons Open Campus. Please submit the petition after the last class is completed. Certificates are issued three times a year: in February, August, and October.
    Download the Certificate Petition Form.

    Attendance Policy

    The success of Parsons' Pre-College Academy depends on the attendance and motivation of the student body. Each student's sense of achievement will be enhanced by attending and actively participating in the program.
    Students taking a course to be applied toward a Pre-College Academy certificate cannot miss more than two classes. Certificate students who miss class more than two times or fail to participate fully in class will fail the course and may be asked to leave the program.
    Students are expected to be on time for every class. Student participation in class is essential, and arriving late is disruptive to the entire class.
    If a student will be absent, please contact the office at 212.229.8933 or inform the faculty.

    All classes meet at our Greenwich Village campus:

    1. 2 West 13th Street, just off Fifth Avenue, OR
    2. 6 East 16th Street, just off Fifth Avenue, OR
    3. 63 Fifth Avenue, at 13th Street, OR
    4. 25 East 13th Street, between Fifth Avenue and University Place

    The Parsons campus is easily accessible by public transportation.

    Subway or PATH
    Take the 4, 5, 6, N, or R train to Union Square. Walk west on 14th Street. Cross Fifth Avenue and make a left. Walk one block south on Fifth Avenue to 13th Street and make a right.

    OR

    Take the 1, 2, 3, or F train to 14th Street. Walk east on 14th Street, cross Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas), and make a right. Walk one block south on Sixth Avenue to 13th Street and make a left. Walk east on 13th Street, toward Fifth Avenue.

    Taxi
    Students should instruct the cab driver to take them to Fifth Avenue and 13th Street.

    Car
    Metered and street parking is available in the neighborhood. There are also parking garages on 13th Street.

    Drop-Off and Pickup Safety

    When accompanying your elementary-level child to class, please escort him or her directly to the classroom.
    We ask that parents picking up junior- or senior-level students use the lobby of the classroom building as a meeting place.
    If an authorized person does not arrive to pick up a student, he or she will be taken to the Pre-College Academy program office at 2 West 13th Street, room 506, and the emergency contact on file will be called.

    Please file contact information with the Parsons SPACE office and update the information as necessary.

    Please call the office at 212.229.8933 to notify us if your child will miss a class.

    All parents should review with their children safety procedures to follow in the event of an emergency or change of plans. Be sure that your child knows how to respond in an emergency.

    The Parsons Security Office is located at 68 Fifth Avenue on the mezzanine level (212.229.5101).

    Supplies

    Required art supplies vary by course. For the fall and spring Saturday program, supply lists are distributed on the first day of class. For the summer program, students will be emailed a supply list before the course. Below is a list of local art supply stores that carry required materials.

    Utrecht, 21 East 13th Street (between University Place and Fifth Avenue)
    The Art Store, 1–5 Bond Street (between Lafayette and Broadway)
    New York Central Art Supply, 62 Third Avenue

    Questions? Please contact Parsons Open Campus.

    By email: academy@newschool.edu

    By phone: 212.229.8933

    By fax: 646.336.8437

    By mail:
    Parsons Open Campus             
    66 West 12th Street, room 705
    New York, NY 10011

    If you would like to receive future pre-college course mailings and notifications of special events, please add your name to our contact list here.

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