API in Paris, France: Parsons Paris Art and Design Summer Programs


A leader in art and design education since its founding in 1896, Parsons has cultivated outstanding artists, designers, scholars, businesspeople, and community leaders for more than a century. Parsons has had a presence in Paris since 1921.

Students enrolled at Parsons Paris develop creative and critical thinking skills and apply them to challenges including environmental and economic sustainability and social concerns. Parsons’ network of interconnected design laboratories enables students to explore global phenomena at a number of sites and scales of engagement in on-campus research and initiatives with international partners that focus on urban life in Paris, New York, and elsewhere.

Located in one of the most vibrant creative economies in the world, the program takes full advantage of Paris, offering extraordinary educational, cultural, and professional opportunities for the growing number of students who seek a range of experience in art, design, media, technology, and culture.

Summer 1 (3-6 semester credits): 

  • Students will take approximately 3-6 hours of class per day. Seminar Courses are held in the morning from approximately 9am-12pm or in the afternoon from approximately 1pm-4pm. Studio Courses are full day. No pre-requisites required.

Summer 2 (3 semester credits):

  • Students will take 6 hours of class per day. Courses are offered from approximately 9am-4pm. Students will choose ONE course to complete during the three week program. No pre-requisites required.

Additional Program Information:

  • Meals are not included. Students will be provided with information about affordable local options for meals near the Parsons building upon arrival in Paris.
  • Students are met at the Charles de Gaulle airport by on-site staff on the program start date. Students receive detailed flight instructions upon their acceptance into the program and should wait to purchase a flight until receiving more information post-acceptance.
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