• Parsons Pre-College China Program (Ages 14–18)
  • About This Program

    Parsons’ Pre-College China program connects students with its world-renowned art and design curriculum and professors. The program features courses taught in English that allow students to explore innovative making methods, develop college preparatory skills, and connect with like-minded peers. Students realize their own design ideas, gain introductory skills, and create portfolio-building work.

    For the summer 2023 program, Parsons faculty will lead live online instruction in the morning, which will be supplemented with offline tutoring and making sessions led by art and design mentors in the afternoon.

    Parsons faculty provide real-time creative and technical design instruction, project guidance, and group and individual critiques. The art and design mentors facilitate supplemental sessions, supporting students’ progress throughout the semester.

    This program facilitates learning through a hands-on, project-based curriculum. Students benefit from a direct connection to Parsons faculty, access to design mentors, and learning alongside like-minded peers. This program is brought to China by Parsons and its partner, XNode.

    Format: Online 

    What You'll Gain

    • An introduction to Parsons’ design methodology, including research, concept development, sketching and prototyping, iterative project development, and written reflection
    • Understanding of the creative process that artists and designers use to develop and interpret original ideas
    • Instruction in effectively documenting work in analog and digital formats
    • Basic skills and technical knowledge and expanded artistic abilities
    • An understanding of art and design studio practice, developed through participation in a variety of activities, including lectures, demos, discussions, individual and collaborative exercises and projects, and peer and self-critiques
    • Guidance and feedback from Parsons' renowned faculty
    • Experience in describing your work in verbal and written formats using art and design vocabulary
    • Expert advice on developing portfolio content and applying to top art and design colleges abroad
    • Opportunities to collaborate with fellow students

    How You'll Learn

    • Instruction in live online sessions taught by Parsons faculty
    • One-on-one and group critiques and feedback from expert faculty members
    • Supplemental tutoring sessions with design mentors
    • Community building through class conversations and team activities
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