Earn Your Degree in the City of Lights
Beginning in fall 2013, Parsons The New School for Design will offer master’s and bachelor’s degree programs* in Paris taught in English and based on the curriculum and learning opportunities that attract students to Parsons’ New York campus.
Parsons Paris is located in a historic building at 45 rue Saint-Roch, a short walk from the Louvre, the Palais Garnier, Gaîté Lyrique media arts center, and Notre Dame cathedral. Classes will be held here and at locations throughout the city. Course projects and collaborations will bring students into contact with the city’s signature creative agencies, exhibitions, and industry-related events, such as the influential Maison & Objet design trade show and Paris Fashion Week.
Learn from leaders of Europe’s art and design communities
Parsons Paris will draw faculty from across art and design disciplines and practices throughout Europe. As the hub of Parsons’ network in Europe, the Parsons Paris community will capture, and contribute to, the leading edge of theory, practice, culture, and industry.
Global connections: Paris and New York City
Parsons students can take advantage of learning opportunities at other Parsons centers—so students in New York can study in Paris and students in Paris can study in New York. According to their graduate path of study, students from Paris will be able to study for one semester or a year in New York.
Applicants accepted into Parsons Paris programs become part of the academic community of The New School, a leading university in New York City. They can supplement their art and design coursework with classes in business, urban studies, environmental studies, and other subjects online or in New York.
Graduate Degree Programs at Parsons Paris
Design and Technology (MFA)
Students in this studio-based graduate program investigate interactive systems, including games, physical interfaces, interactive art, dynamic data visualization, mobile media and more. The curriculum draws on history, politics, economics, psychology, ergonomics, and other disciplines. Typical projects involve games, Web and mobile apps, and video, film, and audiovisual performance. Graduates embark on careers in creative, commercial, research, and educational fields.
Design Studies (MA)
This rigorous program is intended for students interested in theoretical, historical, philosophical, and social research related to design practices, products, and discourses. It situates design at the intersection of the humanities and social sciences, attracting students interested in becoming public intellectuals who transform information into insight. Graduates are prepared for careers in design research, writing, curating, and criticism, including advanced study.
Fashion Studies (MA)
In this groundbreaking program, fashion is studied as object, image, text, practice, theory, and concept. Students develop a critical understanding of its connections to personal and social identity and world history and culture. Graduates can pursue careers in fashion archives, museums, and galleries; media and consulting; and academia.
History of Decorative Arts and Design (MA)
Students in this graduate program investigate the stylistic, historical, and theoretical contexts of European and American decorative arts and design from the Renaissance to the present. Students benefit from opportunities to conduct research using local collections and work with curators, educators, and visiting scholars in Paris. Graduates go on to careers as historians, curators, and scholars in museums, universities, historic houses, auction houses, and galleries; work in publishing and communications; and develop entrepreneurial opportunities.
Also offered at Parsons Paris
Parsons Paris also offers summer programs and undergraduate degree programs in Art, Media, and Technology (BFA), Fashion Design (BFA), and Strategic Design and Management (BBA).
Parsons The New School for Design
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*The Paris campus is awaiting review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.