About This Program

Parsons’ Pre-College China program connects students with its world-renowned art and design curriculum and professors. The summer program features courses taught in English that allow students to explore innovative making methods, develop college preparatory skills, and connect with like-minded peers. Students realize their own design ideas, gain introductory skills, and create portfolio-building work.

Parsons faculty lead live online instruction, which is supplemented with tutoring sessions led by art and design mentors.

Parsons faculty provide real-time creative and technical design instruction, project guidance, and group and individual critiques. The art and design mentors will facilitate supplemental sessions, supporting students’ progress throughout the semester.

This program facilitates learning through a hands-on, project-based curriculum. Students benefit from a direct connection to Parsons faculty and university resources, access to design mentors, and learning alongside like-minded peers. This program is brought to China by Parsons and its partner, XNode.

Format: Online Synchronous

What You'll Gain

  • An introduction to Parsons’ design methodology, including research, concept development, sketching and prototyping, iterative project development, and written reflection

  • Understanding of the creative process that artists and designers use to evolve and interpret original ideas

  • Instruction in effectively documenting work in analog and digital formats

  • Basic skills and technical knowledge and expanded artistic abilities

  • 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

  • Guidance and feedback from Parsons' renowned faculty

  • Experience in describing one’s work through verbal and written formats using art and design vocabulary 

  • Expert advice on developing portfolio content and applying to top art and design colleges abroad

  • Opportunities to collaborate with fellow students

How You'll Learn

  • Instruction in live online sessions taught by Parsons faculty
  • One-on-one and group critiques and feedback from expert faculty members
  • Supplemental tutoring sessions with design mentors

  • Community building through class conversations and team activities

The program features one non-credit pre-college class that introduces students to an area of art and design.

The program will run from September 25 to December 18, with three hours of online creative programming each Sunday morning.

All courses are online synchronous, with sessions taught by Parsons faculty from 9:00am to 11:50am China Standard Time. Class will not be held October 9 or November 27 due to holidays in China and the U.S.

In addition to the online class content, the program includes several virtual webinars featuring content to help students prepare for college admission and study. Webinars will be led by university offices, along with counselors from the Parsons Admissions team. All students will have the option to complete a one-on-one portfolio review with a Parsons admissions counselor, receiving individualized feedback on their work.

You may register for one course for the fall session from our website. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations are accepted in the order in which they are received. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Fall Pre-College Program in China (September 25 to December 18)

Registration Begins Tuition Fees Total
August 1 $4,500 $40 $4,540

Fall Parsons Pre-College China Program (September 25 to December 18)

Please note: All refund schedules are effective until 11:59pm ET on a specified date.

Course Drop or Withdrawal Date Percentage of Tuition Refunded
Before September 1 100
Before September 27 75
After September 28 0

The New School reserves the right to cancel courses. If a course in which you are enrolled is canceled, you will be notified.

What You'll Need

  • A modern computer and mouse

  • Headphones, a microphone, and a webcam

  • A stable high-speed Internet connection

  • A digital camera (mobile device cameras are suitable)

  • Supplies on class list (estimated cost: $150 USD)

  • Some courses require access to Adobe Creative Cloud; please check the course description. To purchase a subscription, go to Adobe Creative Cloud for Students.

Attendance and Workload

Online classes convene on Sunday mornings for eleven weeks; students participate in the live three-hour sessions using Zoom video conferencing.

Students can only miss two of the online sessions in order to successfully complete the program. Students are expected to complete assignments each week, and they can receive support for these during the supplemental tutoring sessions with a design mentor.

The success of Parsons pre-college courses depends on students' attendance and motivation. Each student will enhance their sense of achievement by attending and actively participating in the program.

Students taking a course toward the Parsons Academy Certificate cannot miss more than two online classes with the faculty. Certificate students who miss class more than twice or fail to participate fully in class will fail the course and may be asked to leave the program.

Students are expected to be on time for every class and to have their camera turned on for the full session. Student participation in class is essential, and arriving late or not participating in the virtual studio environment is disruptive to the entire class.

Courses are supplemented by special guest lectures, events with the Parsons Admission team, and portfolio reviews.

Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate English language proficiency, as classes are taught in English. Students who attend a high school in which English is the primary language of instruction can submit a transcript or a letter from a school administrator confirming the language of instruction.

Alternatively, students can submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 79 or higher on the Internet-based course, an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5 or higher, a PTE (Pearson Test of English) score of 53 or higher, or a DET (Duolingo English Test) score of 100 or higher. Visit TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or DET for more information.

The Parsons Academy Certificate is a non-credit program for students in grades 9 through 12 who plan to apply to art and design colleges. Our curriculum and culture help students create a college admission portfolio that reflects and strengthens their ideas, skills, and understanding of technique.

The New School has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide transcript ordering via the Web. During the pandemic, only official PDF copies of New School transcripts will be issued. Official PDF transcripts are free of charge.

After you request your transcript from the National Student Clearinghouse, your transcript will be mailed electronically to you or another recipient, such as a university, that you have designated. If you are sending your transcript to a college or university, make sure the school accepts electronic PDF transcripts as official, and keep in mind the following when ordering:

The transcript link for the requester has a 30-day time limit.

  • Once the transcript is downloaded, there's no expiration date.

  • Unlimited views are allowed.

  • Printing is allowed.

  • Copying is not allowed.

Please email globalpartner@newschool.edu to speak with a program representative in English or Chinese.

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