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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 2020 Course Descriptions

    Grades 3–5

    Cartooning, Grades 3-5
    Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.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.
    Register


    Foundation Studio, Grades 3-5
    Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Intermix art materials and found objects as you explore the basics of 2D and 3D design. Fun and challenging projects cover a spectrum of media that may include drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture.
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    Grades 6–8

    Digital Media Art, Grades 6-8
    Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    From the “selfie” to gif animation, digital media is altering the way we experience the world around us. In this introduction to digital media art, students use video, animation, digital photography, and Adobe software to create narratives of the world around them. These narratives include mixed-media collages and time-based snapshots using New York City as the backdrop.
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    Fashion Design, Grades 6-8 
    Saturdays, 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, Grades 6-8 
    Saturdays, 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, Grades 6-8
    Saturdays, 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.
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    Grades 9-12

    Digital Photography, Grades 9-12
    Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    Use photography to document the unique spaces, objects, and people that make New York City so vibrant. Then work in the digital lab to build your portfolio and presentation skills. New York City provides the visual inspiration for students as they explore themes and develop narratives using still photography. Students view current exhibits and are visited by professionals working in the field.
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    Fashion Design, Grades 9-12
    Saturdays, 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

     

     

    Fashion Styling Studio, Grades 9-12
    Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

    This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of wardrobe styling. Students learn 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 some of their ideas come to life. This leads to hands-on experiences that teach students how to creatively and technically adjust for both on- and off-figure styling. Ultimately students explore how to use clothing as a vehicle for storytelling.
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      Fine Arts I, Grades 9-12
      Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m. 

      Develop your ability to draw from observation, a cornerstone of visual expression. In this class, you work in the studio and on location in museums and outdoors in New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Develop your skill in using the language of mark making, including line, value, texture, and composition.
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      Fine Arts II: Drawing and Painting, Grades 9-12
      Saturdays, 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. Prerequisite: Fine Arts I or an equivalent drawing class. 
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      Graphic Design, Grades 9-12 
      Saturdays, 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. The second half of the class focuses on bringing projects into the digital realm using the Adobe Creative Suite.
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      Illustration, Grades 9-12
      Saturdays, 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

      Interior Design, Grades 9-12
      Saturdays, 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.
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      Portfolio Development: Design, Grades 11-12
      Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m. 

      Build and organize your portfolio for college admission through rigorous assignments and critiques. Learn how to reproduce your work in digital media, an application requirement at many art schools. 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, Design, and Drawing, Grades 9-12
      Saturdays, 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 how it can be a powerful tool through which to share your creative voice. Students gain access to video tutorials and online resources to explore techniques for shooting high-quality images of work samples and laying out visually striking final images using digital imaging software. Students explore how to use a sketchbook as an integral part of the portfolio and receive tips for including and writing a compelling personal artist statement. This course will help boost your confidence as you gear up for clicking Submit on your college application, and we’ll have a lot of fun building your unique portfolio along the way.
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      Web Design, Grades 9-12
      Saturdays, 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, we explore solid typographic and design practices to make stunning websites, question Internet infrastructure and culture, and develop basic interaction design principles. By the end of the eleven weeks, students will have gained coding skills in HTML and CSS while developing a deeper understanding of our digital world.
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    • Summer 2020 Course Descriptions

      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 can 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.
      Section A1: Enroll Now

      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.
      Section A: Enroll Now

      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.
      Section A: Enroll Now

      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.
      Section A: Enroll Now

      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.
      Section A: 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 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.
      Section A: Enroll Now
      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 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.

    • 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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