About This Program

Parsons Academy offers synchronous online courses in a variety of art and design disciplines for students in grades 3 through 12 and a certificate program for students in grades 9 through 12. Courses, which are held online in real-time, include subjects that range from drawing and painting to fashion, digital photography, and interior design. We also offer specialized portfolio development courses for fine arts and design. These non-credit classes meet for two weeks in August.

Parsons Academy classes are conducted in three groups, divided by traditional school grade level. Students should select the appropriate course by using their grade levels as a guide. In addition to summer courses, we offer a variety of fall and spring courses.

Format: Online Synchronous

Price: $550 plus fees

What You’ll Gain

  • Understanding of a variety of art and design disciplines
  • Guidance and feedback from renowned Parsons' faculty

How You’ll Learn

  • Small class sizes with peers in a similar grade level
  • Individual and group critiques
  • Specialized instruction from expert faculty

The program will run in August 2021, with three hours of creative programming each weekday, five days a week for two weeks. 

Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 13
All courses are synchronous and meet from 10am to 1pm ET (select courses are offered from 1pm to 4pm ET). Please check the corresponding course time range in your time zone.

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

Course Dates
August 2 - August 13, 2021

Registration Deadline
July 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET

$550 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 on class list (estimated cost: $75-$125)

Refund Schedule

August 2 - August 13, 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 July 16 100
Before August 3 75
August 3 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.

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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