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High school students are introduced to the art and design college experience in Paris. The program is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year and recent high school graduates. Many enroll to develop a portfolio for the college admissions process.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Resident Director


Medical and Life Insurance

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Monthly Transit Pass

Day Trips (one per session)


Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Ages: 16 – 18
  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A. (Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, and students below this threshold are encouraged to apply. These students may be asked to submit a letter of recommendation and participate in a Skype interview.)
  • Completed API application
  • Non-native English speakers must provide TOEFL scores of 79 or above or IELTS scores of 6.5 or above to show proof of English proficiency. These students may be asked to participate in a Skype interview to determine English proficiency.
  • Entry requirements for US and EU passport holders: a valid passport
  • Entry requirements for all other international students: consult the French Consulate in your home country
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 2 Jul 2, 2022 - Jul 23, 2022 $7,990 Mar 15, 2022 No Extension Apr 1, 2022

API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Paris programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Château de Chambord

    Visit the château de Chambord and take a hayride through the Chambord forest on the paths that Leonardo da Vinci used to wander with French king François the first. With its unique architecture and vast forestland, Chambord castle is one of the most famous Loire Valley châteaux. We will then visit a traditional French farm that produces goat cheese, marmalade, and blackcurrant syrup – tasting is included of course!

    Possible cultural events in Paris include:

    • Picnics and tastings (French pastries, cheeses, crepes)
    • Local tours (Quartier Latin, Hidden Marais, Pere Lachaise)
    • Visits to museums (Musee de la Mode, Louvre)
    • Visits to famous landmarks (Notre-Dame, Eiffel Tower, Montmartre)
    • Visits to local markets, the ballet, and/or the theater!

    Day trips and cultural events are subject to change

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3 semester credits

High school students are introduced to the art and design college experience in Paris. The program is open to high school students entering their junior or senior year and recent high school graduates. Many enroll to develop a portfolio for the college admissions process.

Classes are held from approximately 9am-4pm. Students will choose ONE course to complete over the three-week program. No pre-requisites required.


Meals are not included, but the hotel accommodation includes a daily continental breakfast. Students will be provided with information about affordable local options for meals near the Parsons building and near the hotel upon arrival in Paris.

All pre-college students are met at the airport by on-site staff on the program start date. A group return transfer to the Charles de Gaulle airport is also included on the last day of the program. Students receive detailed flight instructions upon their acceptance into the program and should wait to purchase a flight until receiving more information post-acceptance.


Transcripts for Parsons students are issued by the Registrar’s Office and carry the signature and seal of The New School. A transcript is confirmation of a student’s permanent record at the university. API will send one transcript per student to the address the student indicates on the Transcript Release Form. Students who need additional copies of their transcript may submit an official request to The New School Registrar’s Office.

Parsons Paris, founded in 1921, is accredited by NASAD (National Association of the Schools of Art and Design) and by MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education), and is recognized by the French Ministry of Education as a Private Establishment of Higher Education (Etablissement d’Enseignement Supérieur Privé).

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    Julia Nelson

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    Laetitia will be your Resident Director at Parsons Paris and a resource for you while you are in France!


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    Genell Metzler

    Genell will be your Career and Internship Coordinator at Parsons Paris and a resource for you while you are in France!


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    Geoffrey Thoma

    Geoff will be one of your Student Life Coordinators at Parsons Paris and a resource for you while you are in France!


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All Pre-College Summer 2 courses are full-day studio courses. Students provide their own art supplies. The supply list will be sent by the faculty to the students before the program begins. We usually estimate the cost to be $400 for most studio classes (drawing and fashion, especially). This cost can be lower if students already own some supplies and bring them from home, and it can be higher, if students choose more expensive fabrics and materials for final projects, etc.

Courses are not guaranteed to be offered. Students should be flexible with their course choices.


Courses are equivalent to 3 U.S. college semester credits. Transcripts will be issued by The New School, a U.S.-accredited institution.

Explorations in Drawing (All Day Course)

This is an intensive drawing course in Paris. The goal is to develop eye, hand and mind coordination, plus an understanding and enjoyment of methods and materials. There will be short lessons, discussions on classical and contemporary artists, still life drawing, figure drawing and composition exercises in the studio. Numerous visits to museums, exhibitions and public places around Paris will support the learning process and allow students to work outside the studio.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Explorations in Painting (All Day Course)

This course introduces students to painting as both a fundamental part of the design process and an integral tool for media arts of all kinds. Students will learn basic concepts of painting such as color theory, composition, and techniques for using water based paints. Drawing will also be taught as a means for observation and representation. Traditional and nontraditional methods, media, and theories of painting are all explored. Time will be dedicated for students to develop a personal project.

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Fashion Design Process (All Day Course)

This course introduces students to various approaches and techniques involved in the design process for fashion products. Working on projects individually and in groups, students develop fashion concepts for which they draw on the unique resources of Paris and explore how fabrication methods and color affect collections. Students are also introduced to branding and merchandising basics used to identify and create work for targeted markets and consumers.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Fashion Photography: History and Practice (All Day Course)

This course aims at crossing theoretical and practical approaches to let students acquire basic knowledge in understanding fashion images and in creating them. Students will learn how to analyze fashion photography using interdisciplinary tools, from history to sociology and semiotics. In parallel, students will experiment practical photography techniques at a professional level in order to be able to produce a fashion shoot, from the preliminary research to the final realization in collaboration with a model. Workshops, field trips, and exhibitions are also proposed during the course.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Introduction to Design and Management (All Day Course)

Students learn to approach management as a strategic process that combines design innovation and business knowledge. In collaborative projects, they develop problem-solving skills and familiarity with design strategies through the application of research methods, prototyping, and quantitative analysis. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of a European setting and perspective and the way entrepreneurs, business innovators, and designers operate at the intersection of design and management. Students engage in design thinking and business strategy exercises, applying these approaches in a broad range of enterprises and real-world business contexts.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Picturing Stories (All Day Course)

How do you tell a story through images, or accompany a written text visually? This course explores many forms of visual storytelling using a mixed media approach: drawing, painting, collage, digital renderings and more. Paris serves as the backdrop for exploration of French artists, illustrators and cartoonists through history. Course field trips to various Parisian neighborhoods provide points of departure for individual exploration. Visits to exhibitions and museum collections cover different stylistic, conceptual and material approaches.

Portfolio Preparation (All Day Course)

In this course, students create a high-quality portfolio of work for higher-level education. Students develop the skills and understanding they need to produce high-standard artwork for a portfolio. They research, construct, and refine work with a range of digital tools and design a consistent portfolio. They develop the editing and typographic skills they need to frame and present artwork in a clear and articulate manner, in both online and PDF formats, and with a range of digital tools and platforms and to prepare to apply to higher-level programs. Students also familiarize themselves with life in Paris, participating in studio workshops and research trips to museums and galleries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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  • Classes taught in English
  • World-renowned art and design school
  • Earn 3 U.S. college credits and a college transcript from a U.S. accredited institution (The New School)
  • Top U.S. and international accreditations (including NASAD and Middle States)
  • Intimate class size
  • Best-in-class education in creative disciplines, including art, design, business of design, and fashion
  • Courses taught by leading industry professionals from the world's two fashion capitals - New York and Paris
  • Metro pass included
  • Housing: double hotel room

Students will stay in a three-star hotel located 20-25 minutes via subway from Parsons Paris. All student rooms are double-occupancy with private bathrooms. Continental breakfast is included every morning. Internet service is available at the hotel and phone service is available for an extra fee. Laundry facilities located nearby are recommended, as the hotel's laundry service is expensive. Students can choose to opt out of housing for a deduction from the program cost.