• Youth and Pre-College

  • Develop a talent or advance your studies while experiencing life in a university setting. Parsons Academy offers opportunities for inquisitive young minds and high schoolers to engage with Parsons’ world-class faculty and fulfill their creative potential. In both year-round weekend and summer intensive programs, children in grades 3 through 12 develop skills in music, art, and design that will last a lifetime.

  • Designed for students in grades 3 through 12, Parsons Academy meets on Saturday mornings in the fall and spring and for two weeks in August. Classes are organized by grade level for elementary, middle, and high school groups. Students leave prepared to flourish at top art and design, performing arts, or liberal arts colleges. Parsons Academy supports the development of creative lives, self-confidence, and deep social bonds.

  • Students ages 16-18 can now master the foundations of art and design with Parsons' renowned faculty from anywhere around the world. This program facilitates exploration in hands-on, project-based learning, using materials and making in drawing and painting, graphic design and illustration, fashion design, constructed environments, digital photography and video, and portfolio development. Several interactive course options are available, all centered on skill-building challenges and faculty critiques. Students benefit from the small class size, which allows for individualized portfolio reviews.

  • Parsons Summer Intensive Studies: New York is a three-credit introductory-level art and design program enriched by the vast resources of New York City. This immersion in the art and design college environment is designed for students entering grades 11 and 12 as well as recent high school graduates. In our studio courses, students explore techniques and develop portfolio pieces for college admission applications. 

  • First established in 1921, Parsons Paris is an ideal setting in which to develop global awareness and explore creative careers. In this three-week, three-credit summer program, a close-knit community of learners from around the world experience Paris as insiders. Students explore European design history and contemporary practice in design studios and museums with the guidance of our world-class faculty.

  • In partnership with China Resources Group, Parsons Pre-College Shenzhen offers students grades 9 to 12 a global perspective on art and design. This three-week program takes place in Shenzhen and offers three college-level credits upon completion.

  • During 30 hours of self-paced online instruction, Parsons Paris faculty and industry experts accompany high school students through the inner workings of the fashion business. These videos and mentoring sessions lead to a Certificate of Completion from Parsons Paris.

  • Take The Next Step

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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.