University description (as per official university website)
Parsons Paris School of Art + Design was established in 1921 to provide the highest standard of American education
to undergraduates in fine arts and design wishing to pursue degree options in Europe. With the resources of its location in one of the world’s most resplendent cities, Parsons Paris
emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to academic programs coordinated with Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.
Parsons Paris draws students from around the world. The spontaneous cultural diversity this engenders complements the program and fosters a critical sensitivity toward theglobalization of visual culture and its impact on respective art and design fields. Parson Paris’multiculturalenvironment nurtures artistic practice
as well as individual growth. The intimate size of our classes provides for a unique contact between instructors
Students are encouraged to develop personal expression through creative problem-solving and process-oriented
research. Parsons Paris’ methodology gives students a competitive advantage, both academically and professionally, while emphasizing ethical interaction with society as a
whole. Through its international faculty of working professionals, the school maintains close ties with the
Parisian art and design culture.
Special events, exhibitions and conferences bring students in intimate contact with their distinctive European setting. Parsons Paris fulfills its mission on behalf of students
- whether in Communication Design, Design Management, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration or Photography
- by offering a unique and challenging learning opportunity.
Parsons Paris School of Art + Design,accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design
(NASAD), is legally structured as a non-profit institution in France. The formal title for the organization is
“Association Franco-Américaine de Design” (AFAD). AFAD also uses the name Ecole Parsons à Paris. The legal structure of the school is that of an independent organisation. Under an
arrangement with Parsons The New School for Design, since September 2008, students matriculating in the Parsons Paris program have been eligible to receive a Bachelor of Fine
Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Business Administration
(BBA) degree from the New School.
Ecole Parsons à Paris
In 1921, Parsons launched an art and design school in Paris, situated at the Place des Vosges with 22 students. By
1927, 17 nationalities were represented among the 217 students, including Austrians, Swedes, Swiss, Russians
and Australians. It was the first American art institution abroad to provide a formal full-time program in the visual arts. The school was close during World War II then reopened
first with a summer abroad program in the late 1970s and then in 1981, as Ecole Parsons à Paris, at its present
location near the Eiffel Tower, with full-time BFA programs.
Parsons The New School for Design, founded in 1896 by American painter William Merritt Chase, is one of the
oldest colleges of art and design in the United States and a pioneer in the field of education. Under the subsequent
leadership of Frank Alvah Parsons, the school expanded into