About This Program

In our popular Parsons Summer Intensive Studies programs, students ages 16 through 18 can study art and design with Parsons' renowned faculty in real time from anywhere in the world.

This program facilitates learning through a hands-on, project-based curriculum. Students choose one interactive course in either Fine Arts and Design Explorations, which builds artistic skills in subjects including painting, photography, and graphic design, or Design Strategies, which provides an insider's view of design and management and fashion merchandising. Students benefit from small class sizes and participate in unique virtual field trips, special guest lectures, and individual portfolio reviews.

Format: Online Combined Synchronous/Asynchronous

Price: $3,475 (including fees)

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

The program will run in July 2021, with six hours of creative programming each day, four days a week for four weeks. The program features core classes, all for college credit, that focus on exploration of fine arts, design, design strategies, and portfolio development.

Tuesday, July 6 - Thursday, July 29
Courses in the July session meet 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 5, 2021.

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

Registration opens on Tuesday, February 9 at 10am ET.


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

Online July Session (July 6-29, 2021)

Registration Dates Rate Tuition Fees Total
Feb. 9 - Mar. 15 Early $2,950 $225 $3,175
Mar. 16 - June 30 Regular $3,250 $225 $3,475

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

Online July Session (July 6-29, 2021).

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 June 1 100
Before July 1 75
July 1 and later 0

The New School reserves the right to cancel courses. If a course in which you are enrolled is canceled, you will be notified and asked whether you wish to transfer to a different course or receive a full refund.

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)
  • Supplies on class list (estimated cost: $200)

Summer Intensive Studies 2021 Scholarship

Parsons Academy offers a limited number of need-based, tuition-only scholarships for online pre-college level courses in July 2021. 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 April 9, 2021 at 5pm 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 to art and design. 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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