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Course Description

Build and organize your portfolio for college admission through rigorous assignments and critiques. Learn how to reproduce your work in digital media, an application requirement at many art schools. This section is dedicated to those students who wish to focus on graphic, fashion, product, and other areas of design. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students gain skills in communicating about their work in group discussions and learn to offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience.

Course Notes: For the 2021 Parsons Summer Academy program (August), students may use free/inexpensive graphic design apps (to be suggested in class). For the Fall 2021 Parsons Academy program, students are required to have access to Adobe Creative Cloud (subscription not included). For the online sections of this course, all field trips and guest speaker presentations occur as virtual events and experiences.

Course Length - On Campus 11 weeks

See Access to Campus guidelines for on-campus sections.

Learner Outcomes

  • Gain experience with the design process including research, ideation, iteration, prototyping, executing, revising, and reflecting
  • Develop self-generated concepts in detail through the media of their choice Improve fluency in formal design language
  • Participate in a constructive dialogue about work and the work of peers
  • Explore ways of expressing personal voice through the process of generating work for, editing, curating, and reflecting on a portfolio
  • Understand how to document work digitally through a wide range of techniques
  • Demonstrate an understanding of an art/design studio practice by participating in a variety of activities including lectures, demos, and discussions; individual and collaborative exercises and projects; and self and peer critiques.

Additional Information

The 2021 Parsons Summer Academy online format is synchronous with hands-on live studio sessions occurring at the listed meeting times. For more information on schedule, requirements, registration, and refund policies, see program details.
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