December 6, 2012

Parsons the New School for Design opens new academic center in Paris

Parsons School of Design at The New School

The original Parsons table, photographed by George Chinsee. Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Archives at Parsons. Courtesy of John Esten.

Parsons the New School for Design has announced it will establish a new academic center in Paris, opening in Summer 2013, which will build upon its long history of engagement and exchange with this world capital for art and culture. In 1921, Parsons became the first American art and design school to establish a campus in Paris. Among its achievements, Parsons Paris was the birthplace of the Parsons table, an icon of Modern design, in a studio led by the designer Jean-Michel Frank in the 1930s.

Parsons Paris is situated in an intimate, atelier-like setting at 45 rue Saint-Roch in the 1st arrondissement near many of the city’s important cultural destinations, including the Louvre, l’Opéra, and Musée des Arts Décoratifs. The school will offer undergraduate, graduate and study-abroad programs that reflect the areas of study at Parsons in New York, while contextualized to take full advantage of the city’s cultural resources. This includes undergraduate programs in Fashion Design, Strategic Design and Management, and Art, Media and Technology; and graduate programs in Design and Technology, Design Studies, Fashion Studies, and the History of Decorative Arts and Design.

Parsons Paris will enroll an international mix of students, who will study with a faculty of French and European art and design educators as well as visiting professors from around the world. Students will become part of the larger community of the New School, the academic home of Parsons. This university, based in New York, offers interdisciplinary study in liberal arts, social sciences, international affairs, management, public policy, media studies and the performing arts. Students in Paris will be able to take New School courses online or study at the New York campus, supplementing their coursework with classes in other subjects. 

Application procedures and deadlines differ by program of study.  For information about applying for admission to Parsons Paris, please visit the Parsons Paris website

Parsons Paris represents the first step in a new global initiative at Parsons, which recognizes how the quickly expanding interaction between cultures, markets and regions of the world has revolutionized the practice of art and design. In addition to Parsons Paris, the university is also developing projects in Mumbai, Shanghai, and other major urban centers. For more information, visit

Parsons Paris, Office of Admissions
T +1 212 229 5900 / [email protected]

Parsons Paris, Office of the Provost (Faculty and Administrator Recruitment)
T +1 212 229 8947 / [email protected]




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