About This Program

Study art and design from anywhere in the world in this four-week, three-credit intensive program that includes a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning experiences. You'll study with Parsons' world-class faculty in real-time and benefit from hands-on project-based learning in small cohorts featuring group and individual instruction. Our online studio classes tailored to high-schoolers preparing to apply for college are academically rigorous and artistically stimulating, including virtual events such as art and design field trips, guest speakers from industry, and portfolio reviews.

Format: Online Combined Synchronous/Asynchronous

What You'll Gain

  • Deeper understanding of fine arts and design in a variety of specialized fields
  • Technical and creative skills necessary for success in future art and design programs
  • Three college credits
  • Portfolio preparation for admission to an art and design college

How You'll Learn

  • Individualized instruction in both live and self-paced sessions
  • One-on-one critiques and feedback from expert faculty members
  • Community building through small class sizes
  • Structured time away from the computer in which you investigate material for class assignments such as world events, social issues, and your own experiences and interests

If you missed our Summer Intensive Studies Pre-College webinar, please watch the recordings of the info session and the follow-up Q&A session. Or review the webinar program overview.

The program will run in July 2022, with six hours of creative programming each day, four days a week, Monday-Thursday, with the exception of week 1, when they will meet Tuesday-Friday due to the observance of the Independence Day holiday on July 4, 2022. The program features core classes, all for college credit, that focus on exploration of fine arts, design, design strategies, and portfolio development.

Session Dates: July 5 - July 28

All courses are hybrid synchronous/asynchronous and meet from 11a.m. to 5p.m. ET. Please check the corresponding course time range in your time zone.

Registration deadline:

June 30, 2022


You may register for one course per session from our website. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

$3,950 plus fees

College Credit

Students enrolled earn grades and three college credits upon successful completion of the program. We strongly recommend that participants consult an academic advisor at their home institution for further details of approval, transfer, and fulfillment of graduation requirements.

Academic Transcript Request

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 requestor 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.

Refund Schedule

Summer Intensives Online (July 5 - July 28) Refund Schedule

Please note: All refund schedules are effective until 11:59pm ET on a specified date.
Course Drop or Withdrawal Date Percentage of Tuition Refunded
On or before June 1 100
June 2 through June 15 50
June 16 and later 0

Age Requirement

Our pre-college program is for students ages 16-18*. We require that students are 16 by the start date of the program. Students who will turn 16 during or after the program will not be permitted to participate in the program with no exceptions. We recommend students under the age of 16 explore our non-credit course offerings in our Parsons Summer Academy (Grades 3–12) program, which will run during the first two weeks of August at our Greenwich Village campus.

* Students aged 18 with at least one full year of college enrollment may register for the New York Summer Intensive Studies (College & Adult) or Online Summer Intensive Studies (College & Adult) program.

Attendance and Workload

Classes convene twice daily. Each day, students participate in live sessions (one to two hours) using video conferencing. Between live gatherings, students participate in self-paced sessions (two to three hours). Students have opportunities to meet one-on-one with their professor each week and receive feedback on their progress. Courses are supplemented by special guest lectures, events with the Parsons Admission team, portfolio reviews, and virtual field trips.

True to Parsons’ innovative learning style, this program incorporates structured time away from the computer during which students investigate world events, social issues, and personal experiences and interests as material for class assignments.

Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate English language proficiency, as classes are taught in English. 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, or a DET (Duolingo English Test) score of 105 or higher is required. Visit TOEFL, IELTS, or DET for more information.

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)
  • Students will have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud for Students
  • Supplies on class list (estimated cost: $200)

Summer Intensive Studies 2022 Scholarship

Parsons Academy offers a limited number of tuition-only scholarships for pre-college level courses in June and July 2022. We seek applications from motivated students who for financial reasons would otherwise be unable to attend. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The application deadline is Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 11:59pm ET.

The following documents are required to complete the application:

  1. Scholarship application form
  2. Personal essay (300 words maximum) addressing the following points:
    • What interests you about art and design?
    • How do you anticipate this program will help you develop your interests and meet your future goals?
    • Be sure to describe your current awareness and exploration of art and design, your interest in the course you select, and comment on your plans for the immediate and distant future.
  3. A letter of recommendation (from someone who can speak to your academic endeavors)
  4. Proof of income (if selected as a finalist)

The selection of the scholarship recipients is based on the information from the scholarship application, your written essay, financial need, and access to similar programs in your school and geographic area.

As a Parsons scholarship recipient, you will be following in the footsteps of our previous recipients who have used this opportunity to open doors in the art and design industry. Many of our past scholarship recipients are now studying in degree programs at Parsons or other competitive colleges of art and design. Many others are established as successful artists and designers in their chosen fields.

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