Designed for students in grades 3 through 12, Parsons' Pre-College Academy meets for two weeks in August or 11 weeks in the fall or spring semesters. Classes are organized by grade level.
Students are divided into elementary, middle school, and high school groups. A wide selection of age-appropriate courses are offered, on subjects including animation, fashion, graphic design, interior design, drawing, painting, cartooning, photography, and portfolio development.
Pre-College Academy Certificate
Parsons offers a certificate program for students in grades 9 through 12 who plan to apply to art and design colleges. If you are entering the 11th or 12th grade, consider enrolling in our popular Portfolio Development course, which helps students prepare artwork and presentations for college admission applications.
Parsons Scholars Program
Every fall, Parsons recruits 10th-grade students from New York City public schools for the Parsons Scholars art and design college preparation program. This program offers scholarships to talented young students from lower-income families to study design at the college level. Parsons Scholars also explore the range of art and design careers and acquire skills and knowledge that will help them gain admittance to and succeed at Parsons or any other college of art and design.
Please see Program Information and Parent Resources for more information.
Fall 2019 Pre-College Academy Offerings
September 21 - December 7, 2019
Foundation Studio, Grades 3-5
Digital Media Art, Grades 6-8
Fashion Design, Grades 6-8
Portfolio Development, Grades 6-8
Animation, Grades 9-12
Architecture, Grades 9-12
Digital Photography, Grades 9-12
Fashion Design, Grades 9-12: Section A1, Section A2
Fine Arts I, Grades 9-12: Section A, Section B
Fine Arts II: Drawing and Painting, Grades 9-12
Graphic Design, Grades 9-12
Illustration, Grades 9-12
Portfolio Development: Design, Grades 11-12: Section A1, Section A2
Portfolio Development: Fine Arts, Grades 11-12: Section A1, Section A2
Portfolio Development Strategies (online), Grades 9-12