Enrollment Update: Registration is open for all adult and pre-college fall courses.

About This Program

Parsons Academy offers a variety of art and design courses for students in grades 3 through 12 in subjects ranging from fine arts and illustration to design disciplines such as fashion, architecture, photography, animation, and more. Included are specialized portfolio development courses. Classes meet over 11 Saturdays in both the fall and spring semesters.

High school students in grades 9-12 may choose between on-campus and online synchronous courses. Class choices for students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 are solely on campus.

We also offer a five-week Portfolio Development Strategies asynchronous online course for students in grades 9-12. High school students may take a series of courses to complete the Parsons Academy Certificate program.

To learn about requirements for campus access as impacted by The New School's policies and protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our COVID-19 Community Guide.

Want more information? Watch a recording of our recent webinar on Parsons Academy: Spring 2023.

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 2023, meeting either on-campus (Grades 3-12) or online (Grades 9-12 only) on 11 Saturdays. The program spans 12 weeks, with one Saturday off for Thanksgiving.

On-Campus and Online: September 23 - December 9

Thanksgiving - No classes on Saturday, November 25

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

Course Dates
September 23 - December 9

Registration Deadlines
On-campus & Synchronous Online courses: September 29, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Asynchronous Online courses: October 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET

On-campus & Synchronous Online courses: $555 plus fees

Asynchronous Online courses: $450 plus fees

What You'll Need

Required for Online Students:
  • Modern computer and mouse
  • Headphones, microphone, and webcam
  • Stable high-speed Internet connection

Required for All Students:
  • Digital Camera (mobile device cameras are suitable)
  • Supplies from class list (estimated cost: $75)
  • Some courses require access to a modern computer and Adobe Creative Cloud; please check the course description. To purchase a subscription, go to Adobe Creative Cloud for Students.

Refund Schedule

September 23 - December 9

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

Course Drop or Withdrawal Date Percentage of Tuition Refunded
Within the first week of class 100
8 to 14 days from the class start date 75
15 to 21 days from the class start date 50
22 to 28 days from the class start date 25
29 or more days from the class start date 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.

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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