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About This Program

Out of an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our students, the university has canceled all on-campus programming through August 2020.

Parsons Pre-College Academy provides diverse classes and certificate options for students in grades 3 through 12. The classes meet on Saturday mornings for 11 weeks in the fall and spring semesters and every weekday for two weeks in the summer. A wide selection of courses are offered, on subjects including animation, fashion, graphic design, interior design, drawing, painting, cartooning, photography, and portfolio development.

Timeline to Completion: 2-week intensive in the summer and 11 weeks in fall/spring

Grades 3-5
Cartooning, Grades 3-5
Foundation Studio, Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8
Digital Media Art, Grades 6-8
Fashion Design, Grades 6-8  
Illustration, Grades 6-8  
Portfolio Development, Grades 6-8  
Grades 9-12  
Digital Photography, Grades 9-12
Fashion Design, Grades 9-12  
Fashion Styling Studio, Grades 9-12  
Fine Arts I, Grades 9-12 
Fine Arts II: Drawing and Painting, Grades 9-12   
Graphic Design, Grades 9-12  
Interior Design, Grades 9-12  
Illustration, Grades 9-12  
Printmaking, Design & Drawing, Grades 9-12 
Web Design, Grades 9-12

Tuition & Fees: 

Spring 2020: 
$483 + fees

Summer 2020: 
Grades 3-5 (half-day); $656 + fees, grades 3-12 (full day); $1312 + fees


Program Details
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.

Spring 2020 Pre-College Academy Offerings

January 25 - April 11, 2020

Resources & Enrollment


Registration for Summer Programs begins at 10:00 a.m. on November 19. Registration for Spring 2020 begins December 10.


All students must pay a registration fee of $40. Additional fees, including University Fee and Health Fee may incur and vary by program. 


Before June 9: Full refund of tuition
Before June 23: Refund of tuition less 25% penalty
June 23 or later: No tuition refund

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