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About This Program

New for July 2023, Parsons Paris and ESRA are launching a unique collaboration on the French Riviera, offering college and adult students courses on fashion and film. ESRA is the leading film school in France, with campuses in Paris, Nice/Cannes, Rennes, Brussels, and New York. Since 1972, the school has trained more than 10,000 people, who have gone on to work in all fields of the audiovisual industry: cinema, television, live recording, advertising, sound, music, visual effects, video gaming, and social media.

Application Deadline: March 27, 2023


Fashion Film
In this course, students are introduced to fashion film and its many facets. Guided by Parsons faculty, they will watch, analyze, and discuss various fashion films, from commercials and campaigns to independent artistic projects, multimedia art, and documentaries. This serves as the research basis for the collaborative realization of various cinematic ideas. After creating visual concepts and short storylines and receiving a brief introduction to filming and editing, students develop several moving images on a sketch-based level. Students may use their own previous fashion projects or collections, or ready-to-wear or vintage clothing, as source material for their filmic work.

Introduction to Filmmaking
In this course, students will learn from industry professionals and work in teams to produce a short movie. They master the fundamental steps of audiovisual production through theoretical lectures and practical workshops. They learn the basic principles of film analysis and screenwriting for fiction, essential for understanding the essence of storytelling. Working in groups, they write a short movie script, prepare and organize the shooting, shoot scenes, complete each step of the post-production process, and deliver the master. They engage in hands-on workshops on screenwriting, learning to direct the actors, use the camera, adjust lighting, make sound recordings, and edit the film.

What You'll Gain

  • Deeper knowledge of fashion, film, and the intersection between the two fields
  • The opportunity to refine your skills while exploring Cannes, France
  • Lasting connections to a small community of students

How You'll Learn

  • Small classes, allowing for individualized attention
  • Hands-on projects
  • Critiques from leading faculty practitioners and industry professionals

Schedule: July 10-28, 2023, full-day

Registration Deadline: March 27, 2023

Ages: 19+ or 18 with a year of college

Location: Cannes, France

Language of Instruction: English

Tuition and Fees: $7,985

Housing is included in the tuition

3 U.S. credits recommended (non-liberal arts)

Parsons Paris partners with Academic Programs International (API), our preferred partner specializing in study abroad, to enroll you and provide on-site support services. Visit API's Summer Art and Design page and email the API team at studentoutreach@apiexperience.com to learn more. You can apply by clicking the Apply Now button to create an online account, gather necessary materials, and complete the application.

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