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About This Program

Join Parsons in the City of Light! Transplanting the successful Summer Intensive Lighting Design Studio to Parsons Paris provides another opportunity for a week-long immersive experience in lighting design. Designed for practicing professionals, this week-long intensive takes advantage of the full-time faculty and expertise in Parsons' MFA Lighting Design Program in the School of Constructed Environments, with a focus on curatorial lighting and the opportunity for field visits to several iconic museums within Paris. Participants will spend a full six days in the Parsons Paris studio environment working on a gallery lighting design project that includes the hands-on experience of hanging and focusing a lighting system in the Parsons Paris Romainville facility.

Come and enjoy springtime in the City of Light and learn design criteria and considerations along with design techniques to achieve excellence in lighting design with a curatorial emphasis. All sessions are taught in English. 

Program Dates: April 1-7, 2024 (Monday-Sunday) 

Faculty: Craig Bernecker

What You'll Gain

  • An unforgettable experience in the city famous for light
  • Knowledge about lighting design criteria and considerations for museums and galleries
  • A hands-on "feel" for the most effective technologies for lighting artwork and the spaces that house them
  • Techniques for the design and analysis of effective and efficient lighting systems for curatorial spaces
  • Experience with lighting measurement tools for assessing the performance of lighting systems

How You'll Learn

  • Immersion in a studio environment with a focus on the design of a gallery space and critiques throughout the week
  • A series of presentations of design criteria and cutting edge design techniques for lighting systems spaced throughout the intensive
  • One-on-one opportunities for interaction with a Parsons lighting design faculty member
  • Hands-on activities in a Parsons Paris gallery space
  • Field visits to several museum spaces in Paris with the opportunity for critique and evaluation
  • Interaction with your peers and faculty for feedback and networking

Who Should Enroll

Practicing professionals including lighting designers, architects, interior designers, museum and gallery lighting specialists, and others wishing to learn more about lighting museum, gallery, and exhibit spaces are welcome to enroll in this program. Students and educators from various disciplines are also welcome.

April 1-7, 2024 (Monday - Sunday)

  • Sunday, March 31 - students arrive, check-in to housing, acclimate
  • Monday, April 1 - 9am - 6pm
  • Tuesday, April 2 - 9am - 6pm
  • Wednesday, April 3 - 9am - 6pm
  • Thursday, April 4 - 9am - 6pm
  • Friday, April 5 - 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday, April 6 - 9am - 6pm
  • Sunday, April 7 - 9am - 1pm (final presentations and celebratory lunch)

Classes are held primarily at Parsons Paris' St. Roch campus with a hands-on experience at Parsons Paris' Romainville gallery space. 

Tuition: $3,500

Not included in the tuition fee: Airfare to and from Paris, housing, local travel and transportation, meals, entrance fees, class supplies, living and personal expenses beyond housing, insurance, and medical expenses

The program administrator will notify students when to book flights. Students book their own flights and housing accommodations to align with the program dates.

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