About This Program

Fall 2021: Grades 6-12, On-Campus and Online

Parsons Academy offers a variety of art and design courses for students in grades 6 through 12 in subjects ranging from fine arts to design disciplines such as fashion, graphic design, architecture, animation, and more. Included are specialized portfolio development courses. Classes meet over 11 Saturdays in both fall and spring semesters.

For Fall 2021, Parsons Academy will be held in an online synchronous format for students grades 6 - 8. High school students grades 9 - 12 will have a choice between on-campus and online synchronous courses. We will provide more information on COVID-related guidance for on-campus students upon enrollment.

We also offer a five-week Portfolio Development Strategies courses for students in grades 9 through 12. These students may take a series of courses to complete the certificate program. Parsons Academy also offers a two-week program in August.

What You'll Gain

  • Understanding of a variety of art and design disciplines
  • Deepened skills and technical knowledge and expanded artistic abilities
  • Guidance and feedback from Parsons' renowned faculty
  • Opportunities to collaborate with fellow students

How You'll Learn

  • Specialized expert instruction
  • Group and individual critiques from faculty

The program will run in Fall 2021, meeting either on-campus or online on 11 Saturdays. The program spans 12 weeks, with one Saturday off for Thanksgiving. 

September 25 - December 11

You may register for one course from our website. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Dates
September 25 - December 11

Registration Deadline
September 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET

$505 plus fees

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 from the list that is distributed on the first day of class (estimated cost: $75)
  • Some courses require access to Adobe Creative Cloud; please check the course description. To purchase a subscription, go to Adobe Creative Cloud for Students.

Refund Schedule

September 25 - December 11

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

Course Drop or Withdrawal Date Percentage of Tuition Refunded
Add/Drop through Oct. 1 100
Oct. 2 through Oct. 8 75
Oct. 9 through Oct. 15 50
Oct. 16 through Oct. 22 25
Withdrawal on or after Oct. 23 No refund

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.

Pre-College Academy Certificate

The noncredit Parsons Academy Certificate program supports students in grades 9 through 12 as they create a college admission portfolio. Our world-class faculty help students employ basic skills and original thinking in a collaborative environment.

Parsons Scholars

The Parsons Scholars program is a college preparatory program that makes Parsons available to talented students who might not otherwise have such an opportunity. The program offers multi-year scholarships to students attending New York City public high schools.

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