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  • Parsons Pre-College Academy classes are divided into three groups, by traditional school grade level. Students should select the appropriate course by using the grade levels below as a guide. Course offerings vary throughout the year.


  • Spring 2019 Course Descriptions

    Grades 3–5

    Foundation Studio
    PCAC 0012 Section A; CRN 5355 (Grades 3–5)
    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Cartooning
    PCAC 0012 Section A; CRN 5356 (Grades 3–5)
    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Develop basic skills in rendering characters and narrative sketches. Learn to use marks to change facial expressions or create a sense of motion in your drawings. Create storyboards that lay the groundwork for animation design.
    Register

    Grades 6–8

    Digital Video and Photography
    PCAC 0115 Section A; CRN 8046 (Grades 6-8)
    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register


    Fashion Design
    PCAC 0107 Section A; CRN 5357 (Grades 6–8)
    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Illustration
    PCAC 0130 Section A; CRN 5358 (Grades 6–8)
     
    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Illustrators are visual thinkers. They create compelling visuals for media ranging from comics, computer and film animations, video games, and children’s books to graphics for skateboards and images for magazines and newspapers. This course introduces students to the kinds of projects contemporary illustrators work on and helps them develop their skills and style.
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    Portfolio Development
    PCAC 0201 Section A; CRN 5360 (Grades 6–8)

    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    This course is for students interested in applying to specialized art high schools as well as those who wish to explore new techniques in drawing and painting. Students work in a variety of media and build a body of work through exploring themes. Students investigate media and process and communicate that learning in a presentation format.
    Register

    Grades 9-12

    Illustration
    PCAC 0501 Section A; CRN 5363 (Grades 9–12)

    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Graphic Design
    PCAC 0504 Section A; CRN 5364 (Grades 9–12)

    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Digital Photography
    PCAC 0505 Section A; CRN 5363 (Grades 9–12)

    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    New York City provides the visual inspiration as you explore themes and develop narratives using still photography. Document the unique spaces, objects, and people that make the city so vibrant, and work in the digital lab to build your portfolio and presentation skills. Students are expected to visit current exhibits, and the class is visited by working professional photographers.
    Register

    Fashion Design
    PCAC 0507 Section A; CRN 5366 (Grades 9–12)

    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Printmaking: Design and Drawing
    PCAC 0550 Section A; CRN 5368 (Grades 9–12)

    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    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, dry point, and monotype as well as less conventional techniques.
    Register

    Interior Design
    PCAC 0704 Section A; CRN 5371 (Grades 9–12)

    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    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 to represent and test 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.
    Register

    Fine Arts I
    PCAC 0701 Section A; CRN 5369 (Grades 9–12)

    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Expand your drawing proficiency and learn new painting techniques as you develop a thematic sequence of images. Strengthen your technical and visual problem-solving skills through structured projects in which you investigate form, color, and composition. Research, field trips, and visits from working artists deepen your understanding of the ways artists solve problems.
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    Fine Arts II: Drawing and Painting
    PCAC 0702 Section A; CRN 6308 (Grades 9–12)

    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    In this course, students build upon and strengthen their drawing and painting skills. The class explores both formal and thematic issues that provide a framework within which to develop individual ideas and approaches. Students conduct both visual and written research and collect and assemble images and objects to generate ideas. Critiques and discussion develop students' analytical and evaluative skills.
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    Fashion Styling Studio
    PCAC 0517 Section A; CRN 8045 (Grades 9-12)

    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    This course provides the fundamentals of wardrobe styling. Students learn some of the core requirements of being a stylist, including imagination, research, communication, and collaboration. They learn to process ideas to build mood boards and have the chance to see their ideas come to life. Hands-on experiences teach students how to creatively and technically adjust for both on- and off-figure styling. Ultimately students explore the use of clothing as a vehicle for storytelling.
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    Web Design
    PCAC 0510 Section A; CRN 8047 (Grades 9-12)

    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Explore what makes up the Internet and learn how to create your own website. In this course, students learn to apply typographic and design practices to make stunning websites, question Internet infrastructure and culture, and master basic interaction design principles. By the end of the 11 weeks, students will have gained coding skills in HTML and CSS while developing a deeper understanding of our digital world.
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    Portfolio Development: Design
    PCAC 0801 Section A1; CRN 5372 (Grades 11 and 12)
    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. This section is dedicated to those 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. 
    Register

     

    Portfolio Development Strategies
    PCAC 0802 Section X1; CRN 7988 (Grades 11 and 12)
    January 26 - April 13, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    This five-week online course focuses on portfolio development strategies for students who are in the process of applying to colleges of art and design. We explore what a portfolio is, share examples, and discuss the way it can be a powerful tool with which to share your creative voice. Through video tutorials and online resources, students explore techniques for shooting high-quality images of work samples and laying out visually striking final images using digital imaging software. The class explores how to use a sketchbook as an integral part of the portfolio and receives tips for writing a compelling personal artist statement. This course will boost your confidence as you gear up to click Submit on your college application, and we’ll have a lot of fun crafting your unique portfolio along the way.
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  • Summer 2019 Course Descriptions

    Grades 3–5

    Cartooning, Grades 3–5
    PCAC 0015 Section A1; CRN 1035
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:50 a.m.
    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.)
    Register

    Foundation Studio, Grades 3–5
    PCAC 0012 Section A1; CRN 1034
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:50 a.m.
    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.)
    Register

    Toy Design, Grades 3–5
    PCAC 0016 Section A1; CRN 1036
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:50 a.m.

    Invent and create your own toys and games through the exploration of 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.)
    Register

    Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming, Grades 3–5
    PCAC 0050 Section A; CRN 1037
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:50 a.m.

    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.)
    Register

    Grades 6–8

    Animation Studio, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0103 Section A; CRN 1038
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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 them 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.
    Register

    Design and Wear, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0112 Section A; CRN 1042
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
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    Digital Video and Photography, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0105 Section A; CRN 1039
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Fashion Design, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0107 Section A1; CRN 1040
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Game Design, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0120 Section A; CRN 1043
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Painting and Drawing, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0110 Section A1; CRN 1041
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Grades 9-12

    Animation Studio, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0645 Section A; CRN 1059
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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 them 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.
    Register

    Architecture, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0625 Section A; CRN 1054
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Digital Video and Photography, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0605 Section A; CRN 1045
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Digital Video and Photography, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0605 Section A1; CRN 1046
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Fashion Accessory Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0630 Section A; CRN 1055
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Fashion Design I, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0607 Section A1; CRN 1047
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    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.
    Register

    Fashion Design I, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0607 Section A2; CRN 1048
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Fashion Design I, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0607 Section A3; CRN 1049
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Fashion Design II, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0655 Section A; CRN 1060
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Game Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0620 Section A; CRN 1053
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Graphic Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0604 Section A; CRN 1044
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Graphic design is all around you — on subway posters, websites, T-shirts, and 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.
    Register

    Illustration, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0615 Section A; CRN 1052
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Interior Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0609 Section A1; CRN 1050
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Painting and Drawing, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0635 Section A1; CRN 1056
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Painting and Drawing, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0635 Section A2; CRN 1057
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Painting and Drawing, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0635 Section A3; CRN 1058
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Portfolio Development: Fine Arts, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0661 Section A1; CRN 1063
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. This section is dedicated to those 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.
    Register

    Portfolio Development, Grades 11–12
    PCAC 0660 Section A1; CRN 1061
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. This section is dedicated to those 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.
    Register

    Portfolio Development, Grades 11–12
    PCAC 0660 Section A2; CRN 1062
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. This section is dedicated to those 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.
    Register

    Printmaking: Drawing and Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0650 Section A2; CRN 1881
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    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.
    Register

    Product Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0610 Section A; CRN 1051
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Learn from a design professional about how a new product moves from a concept to the market. Invent your own product to solve a real­-world 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.
    Register

  • Looking to build your portfolio for selective high school or college admission? If you are seeking guidance on this process, we suggest enrolling in our Portfolio Development classes.

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