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Learn the creative process involved in bringing a concept to life and building a fashion collection that tells a story! This 2-week or 4-week, virtual, intensive program tailored specifically to high school students explores the role of today’s fashion in social change and the expression of identity. Through flexible online learning, you will:

  • find your inspiration and experiment with techniques to create a design concept for a collection through drawing and illustration
  • observe a Paris designer bring a garment to life from research and inspiration to sketches, fabric choices, and final reveal!
  • receive direct guidance from a Parsons mentor who can support you throughout your journey and deepen your learning experience
  • participate in a special Insider’s Challenge where you can demonstrate your learning and immediately apply your newly found knowledge
  • earn a Certificate of Completion from Parsons Paris

This program is open to high school students and recent high school graduates. Many enroll to develop a portfolio for the college admissions process. No prerequisites required.

What's Included?

  • Advising
  • Tuition
  • Access to API alumni network & API Ambassador Program
  • Post-program evaluation

Application Requirements

  • Open to all high school students; no background or previous experience required.
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Each session involves 20-25 hours of asynchronous instruction and coursework, including engaging multimedia simulations, curated assignments, videos, and mentoring.

Inside Fashion Design: Becoming a Designer for the 21st Century

This immersive online course, designed specifically for high school students, will expose you to new views on fashion in the 21st century. What is fashion? Fashion design is a complex process, starting with pure creation and translating into various methods. Being a designer requires numerous skills, mixing an artistic sense with pragmatism. Fashion is no longer an escape from reality but a way to criticize, intervene and develop alternatives.

Throughout this course you will explore research methodologies, view demonstrations of traditional and experimental design processes, and practice your own experimentation through interactive exercises. You will also learn how to communicate your concepts and designs. In addition to the global system, you will also gain insights into how Paris operates as a Fashion Capital . The unique fashion resources, heritage, and legacy of Paris are a constant source of inspiration for designers the world over. This dynamic city has been an epicenter for collaborative and interdisciplinary culture for centuries, and it continues to attract the young generation of designers. You will benefit from industry insiders’ knowledge and vision, and from a network of cultural institutions, organizations and innovative businesses. At the end of this course, you will develop a unique portfolio displaying your process and design ideas.

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