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  • Parsons Pre-College Program: Shanghai (Ages 14–18)
  • About This Program

    In Parsons’ inaugural pre-college program in China, the world-renowned art and design school will offer eleven-week courses taught in English for high school students based in Shanghai and Shenzhen. The course options include Fashion Design and Graphic Design. 

    Parsons faculty will lead live online instruction on weekend mornings, which will be supplemented with in-person group making sessions led by art and design mentors on weekend afternoons. 

    Parsons faculty will provide real-time creative and technical design instruction, project guidance, and group and individual critiques. The art and design mentors will facilitate making sessions in a studio space, supporting students’ progress through the course content. In this hybrid format, students will realize their own design ideas, gain introductory skills, and create portfolio-building work.

    This program facilitates learning through a hands-on, project-based curriculum. Students benefit from a direct connection to Parsons faculty, access to a studio space, and group making sessions with like-minded peers. This program will be brought to China by Parsons and its partner XNode.

    Format: Hybrid Synchronous Online/Studio

    What You'll Gain

    • An introduction to Parsons’ design methodology, including research, concept development, sketching and prototyping, iterative project development, and written reflection
    • Understanding of the creative process that artists and designers use to evolve and interpret original ideas
    • Instruction in effectively documenting work in analog and digital formats
    • Basic skills and technical knowledge and expanded artistic abilities
    • An understanding of an art/design studio practice by participating in a variety of activities including lectures, demos, and discussions; individual and collaborative exercises and projects; and self and peer critiques
    • Guidance and feedback from Parsons' renowned faculty
    • Experience in describing one’s work through verbal and written formats using art and design vocabulary
    • Expert advice on developing portfolio content and applying to top art and design colleges abroad
    • Opportunities to collaborate with fellow students

    How You'll Learn

    • Instruction in live online sessions taught by Parsons faculty
    • One-on-one and group critiques and feedback from expert faculty members
    • Small group in-person making sessions at a studio space led by art and design mentors
    • Community building through making sessions
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