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Highlights

  • Classes taught in English
  • World-renowned art and design school
  • Top U.S. and international accreditations (including NASAD and Middle States)
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Parsons Paris – The New School)
  • Intimate class size
  • Best-in-class education in creative disciplines, including art, design, business of design, and fashion
  • Courses taught by leading industry professionals from the world’s two fashion capitals – New York and Paris
  • Metro pass included

Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Completed API application
  • Official transcript
  • University contact information form (U.S. applicants only)
  • Open to undergraduates, graduates, and adult learners
  • Ages: 19+ or 18 with 1 year of college
  • Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL scores of 79 or above or IELTS scores of 6.5 or above to show proof of English proficiency
  • Entry requirements for US and EU passport holders: a valid passport
  • Entry requirements for all other international students: consult the French Consulate in your home country
  • Students who are currently enrolled at The New School will not be required to submit a letter of recommendation, official transcript or university contact information form

Dates & Fees

SUMMER 1 2018
Jun 1, 2018 - Jun 23, 2018
$6,480 (1 course); $9,750 (2 courses)
SUMMER 2 2018
Jun 29, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018
$6,480 (1 course); $9,750 (2 courses)
SUMMER 1 & 2 COMBINED 2018
Jun 1, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018
$12,240 (2 courses); $15,510 (3 courses); $18,780 (4 courses)

Deadlines

SUMMER 1 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 15, 2018
SUMMER 2 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 15, 2018
SUMMER 1 & 2 COMBINED 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE
Apr 1, 2018
PAYMENT DEADLINE
Apr 15, 2018

Course Information

If you require syllabi that are not listed below, please contact your API Program Coordinator.

 

The program allows students to experience Paris from an insider’s perspective by exploring the history of European art and design firsthand in the many museums and design studios throughout Paris. The program is open to all students who wish to deepen their art and design knowledge and develop their skills in a rigorous academic environment.

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. Students who choose a course that is only held in the morning or in the afternoon can choose to add a second course (schedule permitting) for a total of 6 credits. These courses have no pre-requisites.

SUMMER 1 COURSES Classes with college students only

Morning

Fashion Communication

The course provides an in-depth understanding of the contemporary communication issues in high-end fashion. It investigates the key aspects of corporate communication in a fashion organization, from public relations and events management to advertising strategies and the use of digital platforms. The course also aims at exploring the current and future trends and challenges in fashion and luxury communication.

Introduction to Leadership and Innovation

This course will examine prevailing frameworks of innovation such as reverse, open, and disruptive innovation to identify and categorize contemporary innovations. The ways in which innovators describe their own innovations and processes will be examined, compared and assessed in terms of their validity and applicability. Additionally, the course will explore and encourage the development of leadership skills for entrepreneurs.

Afternoon

The Business of Fashion

This course is an immersive introduction to fashion industries and their management strategies. Students will explore the relationships between innovation, design, production and marketing. The course also provides an overview of the Parisian high-end fashion market and its key actors, from designers to retailers. Through the visits to Paris luxury stores and showrooms, students will gain an overall understanding of today’s fashion business.

Design Process and Skills

In this course, students explore the design process and the fundamental visual principles integral to all fields of design. They learn how to conduct design research, produce a series of concepts, execute a final project, and present their work professionally. The focus is on building skills in hand-making, and project outcomes can take the form of graphic design, typography, photography, bookbinding, and 3D design. Design history is explored through research inspired by the project assignments.

All Day

Fashion Design Process

This course introduces students to various approaches and techniques involved in the design process for fashion products. Students are encouraged to experiment as they research and find inspiration for a fashion collection and devise innovative 2D and 3D production methods for their fashion pieces. Working on projects individually and in groups, students develop fashion concepts for which they draw on the unique resources of Paris and explore how fabrication methods and color affect collections. Students are also introduced to branding and merchandising basics used to identify and create work for targeted markets and consumers.

Summer 2 (3-6 semester credits)

Summer 2 is open to college and pre-college students, as well as adult learners. Some courses are restricted to college students or adult participants, whereas other courses are open to all students.

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. Students who choose a course that is only held in the morning or in the afternoon can choose to add a second course (schedule permitting) for a total of 6 credits. These courses have no pre-requisites.

Morning

Luxury Systems

What defines a luxury business and what are the key strategies that determine the growth of a high-end company in today’s transnational world? The analysis of the various business models of companies of different sizes provides an in-depth understanding of the business fundamentals and key managerial strategies that allow a brand development in compliance with specific values and heritage. Particular focus is given to the articulations between design, innovation, sourcing, development, production, marketing, distribution, retail and communication operations. The course helps students acquire a consistent knowledge of the specificities and complexities of the luxury creative businesses in the Parisian context for a better design of their sustainable future.

Afternoon

Fashion Communication

The course provides an in-depth understanding of the contemporary communication issues in high-end fashion. It investigates the key aspects of corporate communication in a fashion organization, from public relations and events management to advertising strategies and the use of digital platforms. The course also aims at exploring the current and future trends and challenges in fashion and luxury communication.

Wine History and Fantasy

This course aims at crossing theoretical and practical approaches to let students acquire basic knowledge in understanding wine tasting by using their senses and intelligence. Students will learn how to analyze today’s terminology using interdisciplinary tools, from history to art history and enology. In parallel, they will experiment practical wine tasting. Workshops, field trips, and exhibitions are also proposed during the course.

The course will explore Western culture, taking wine as a prism to enrich students’ general education. Paris is the historical capital of the French savoir-vivre and luxury restaurants, but students will also appreciate it as a city of celebration subcultures in which drinking wine can express social and ideological claims.

All Day

Draping Design

In the world capital of Haute Couture, students will explore draping techniques to translate your creativity into volumes and lines. Students will experiment artistic and playful tools that help you develop 3D pieces on a mannequin, starting from a personal visual research.

Students will discover the techniques of the greatest masters of French Couture, from Madeleine Vionnet to Madame Grès, and understand the various ways of constructing innovative cuts and volumes around the body. The pictures of the drapes made in class will complete students’ portfolio if they plan to apply for a fashion design program.

Explorations in Drawing

This is an intensive drawing course in Paris. The goal is to develop eye, hand and mind coordination, plus an understanding and enjoyment of methods and materials. Students will learn to observe the world in a new way and communicate their impressions of it by drawing. Drawing is taught as an essential language for all forms of design and visual arts. The first week concentrates on the use of lines. The second week focuses on value, composition, and perspective. The third week will explore methods of drawing from the imagination or process-oriented drawing. There will be short lessons, discussions on classical and contemporary artists, still life drawing, figure drawing and composition exercises in the studio. Numerous visits to museums, exhibitions and public places around Paris will support the learning process and allow students to work outside the studio. Guest artists will visit the classroom to present their work and lead workshops. There will be daily critiques and exchange of ideas where students will be encouraged to talk about their work and the work of their fellow students. Discussion and reviews are a lively part of the course and all are required to participate. Outside of class time, ‘home work’ assignments will be collecting observations and drawings in a sketchbook on a daily basis. Students of all levels are welcome and the course will be helpful and challenging to all regardless of previous experience or skill level.

Fashion Design Process

This course introduces students to the process of designing for fashion. Individual and group projects encourage students to develop fashion concepts that draw on Paris’s unique resources as an epicenter of global fashion and explore how fabrication methods and color affect collections. After researching to find inspiration for their own fashion collections, students experiment with innovative 2D and 3D production methods to create fashion pieces. Students are also introduced to branding and merchandising basics used to identify and create work for targeted markets and consumers.

Graphic Design Workshop

Graphic design is everywhere around you—posters, websites, T-shirts, packaging. It is a medium in which words and images merge to communicate powerful messages. In this hands-on course, students learn creative problem-solving techniques and the basics of form and expressive typography. Through projects, students learn to employ narrative and storytelling methods and engage in design research, analysis, documentation, and implementation. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the individual, creative and critical thinking skills and the designer’s role within the professional arena. Topics covered include creation of the elements of brand identity programs, such as logos, publications, advertisements, and websites.

Introduction to Design & Management

Students learn to approach management as a strategic process that combines design innovation and business knowledge. In collaborative projects, they develop problem-solving skills and familiarity with design strategies through the application of research methods, prototyping, and quantitative analysis. Emphasis is placed on understanding a European setting and perspective and the way entrepreneurs, business innovators, and designers operate at the intersection of design and management. Students engage in design thinking and business strategy exercises, applying these approaches in a broad range of enterprises and real-world business contexts.

Fashion Photography: History and Practice

This course aims at crossing theoretical and practical approaches to let students acquire basic knowledge in understanding fashion images and in creating them.

Students will learn how to analyze fashion photography using interdisciplinary tools, from history to sociology and semiotics. In parallel, students will experiment practical photography techniques at a professional level in order to be able to produce a fashion shoot, from the preliminary research to the final realization in collaboration with a model. Workshops, field trips, and exhibitions are also proposed during the course.

The course will explore photographic methods that enable students to see and interpret the meaning of style. Paris is the historical capital of Haute Couture and luxury fashion, but students will also appreciate it as a city of fashion subcultures in which appearances can express social and political claims.

Sequential Imagery and Video

Paris provides inspiration for students exploring narrative through sequential digital imagery and video. Students collaborate to create short digital films. Professionals visit the class to discuss their craft and share work. This course is recommended for students with some photography experience. Students must have a DSLR digital camera and laptop computer.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

Students provide their own art supplies. The supply list will be sent by the faculty to the students about 2 weeks before the program begins. We usually estimate the cost to be $400 for most studio classes.