• Parsons Pre-College Shenzhen

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  • Due to the ongoing global pandemic, The New School will be postponing this program until we are able to safely and effectively deliver it in person in Shenzhen. For the latest news, please refer to the official WeChat account of CR Land South China Cultural Education. In the meantime, please feel free to consider our Online Summer Intensive Studies program.

    Experience Parsons’ acclaimed pre-college education from a global perspective. Our Shenzhen program recreates Parsons’ quintessential New York experience in one of the most dynamic cities in China. The curriculum pairs essential instruction in design disciplines and methods with guest lectures and inspirational field study.

  • This summer, for the first time ever, The New School’s Parsons School of Design – one of the world’s leading art and design schools – will offer an official pre-college summer program in China. In partnership with China Resources Land, the program will feature Parsons’ popular three-week, Design Studio course in Shenzhen. This summer’s innovative interdisciplinary program will be available as a day program and exclusively through this partnership between China Resources Land and The New School.

    Design Studio Course Introduction

    If you are interested in learning more about the world of art and design, Parsons’ pre-college Design Studio course is for you. The criteria for admission to many of today’s most competitive art and design schools are changing. It is no longer enough to present a beautiful finished work of art; you must demonstrate how you formulate ideas, make decisions and solve problems. Students are now expected to display their work along with careful documentation of the entire design process.

    Class Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9am-3:50pm with a one-hour lunch break

    Enrollment Type: Credit

    Number of Credits: 3 undergraduate credits

    Format: In Shenzhen

    What You'll Get

    • An introduction to Parsons’ design methodology, including research, concept development, sketching and prototyping, iterative project development, and written reflection.
    • An introduction to art and design disciplines, including fashion design, graphic design, and product design.
    • An introduction to the fundamentals of sketching, drawing, and making techniques using Adobe Creative Suite, digital photography, and 3D materials and processes.
    • Instruction on how to effectively document work in analog and digital formats.
    • Expert advice on developing portfolio content and applying to top art and design colleges abroad.

    The Design Studio class will be taught by Parsons faculty. Coursework will be supplemented by guest lectures from Parsons Admissions counselors and working artists and designers. Recent Parsons graduates will serve as bilingual course assistants. Classes will also visit exhibitions and events in Shenzhen, using this dynamic city for inspiration and research.

    All students will have the opportunity to create projects that they can include in their portfolios for college applications. They will learn how to talk about their design process and provide constructive feedback to classmates.

    Resources and Enrollment

    Registration will only be available through the China Resources Land South China Culture and Education Platform.

    A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 79 or higher on the Internet-based course is required, as classes will be taught in English. Students may also submit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 or higher. Visit TOEFL or IELTS for more information.

    This pre-college program is open to students between the ages of 16 and 19 who have not yet attended college. All students must be 16 years old by the start of the program. There are no exceptions to this requirement, as this course is for college credit. 

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