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.
Half-Day Course SUMMER 1May 31 - June 22, 2019
3 U.S. credits recommendedLanguage 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.
All-Day Studio Course SUMMER 1May 31 - June 22, 2019
This is a hands-on course using the city of Paris as a laboratory for digital photographic experimentation. Course field trips to various Parisian neighborhoods provide points of departure for individual urban exploration. Morning sessions are designed to provide historical and practical learning; afternoons are dedicated to on-site photo shoots. Technical exercises on natural and artificial lighting, efficient use of lenses and camera settings, editing, and production develop students' skills in documentary and fine art photography. Visits to photo exhibitions and collective presentations cover composition, stylistic approaches, and narrative. This course is recommended for students with some photography experience. Students must have a DSLR digital camera.
All-Day Studio Course
SUMMER 1May 31 - June 22, 2019SUMMER 2June 28 - July 20, 2019
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.
Half-Day CourseSUMMER 2June 28 - July 20, 2019
The course provides an in-depth understanding of the contemporary communication issues in high-end fashion. The class 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. They also explore current and future trends and challenges in fashion and luxury communication.
All-Day Studio CourseSUMMER 2June 28 - July 20, 2019
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.
Half-Day CourseSUMMER 1May 31 - June 22, 2019
This three-week course exposes students to the wide variety of ways in which 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.
SUMMER 2June 28 - July 20, 2019
This is an intensive fashion illustration course in which students explore Paris fashion in relation to local places, fashion history, and people in the city today using drawing as an investigative and representational tool. Exploring daily life in Paris, students are encouraged to grasp and translate field observation and information through a variety of sketching and drawing techniques in various formats. The class investigates the Parisian fashion landscape and explores basic techniques focusing on the body, movement, and fashion, themes that are further explored and developed through experimental model drawing sessions, fashion research and illustration, and pattern and color workshops. Toward the end of the course, students design and draw a small experimental 2D capsule collection. This course is designed for students at all levels of experience and skill.
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.
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.
Paris and FlorenceJune 28 - July 27, 2019
6 U.S. credits recommendedLanguage 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.
Fashion is everywhere in Paris. This course is aimed at connecting the dots between a long tradition and current trends that make Paris the global capital of fashion, from Paul Poiret to Jacquemus, from the Ballets Russes to the spectacle of fashion shows, from 19th-century department stores to today’s concept stores. We explore the history of a design practice and culture in the context of the French capital: Les Années Folles and Chanel; Christian Dior’s New Look, introduced after World War II; the “youthquake” of the 1960s; and finally, from the 1980s onwards, the invasion and recontextualisation of punk, deconstruction, grunge, and minimalism.
The class also investigates wider questions such as the dialogue between fashion and the visual arts, exploring the relationship of fashion with contemporary and modern art, performance, and architecture. Through lectures, readings, class discussions and field trips to fashion museums, exhibitions, and landmarks, students gain an understanding of how and why Paris became the city of fashion.
All Summer Intensive Studies Paris students earn three college credits (or six for Luxury Design Management — Luxury Matters) 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.
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.
Rebecca CottAPI Paris Program Manager