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Parsons Paris

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Parsons Paris
TypePrivate Art and Design School
Parent institution
Parsons School of Design
DeanFlorence Leclerc[1]
ColorsWhite, Black, Parsons Red[2]

Parsons Paris is a degree-granting school of art and design in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the European branch campus of Parsons School of Design and part of The New School, a comprehensive university in New York City.


Parsons Paris currently offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as study-abroad and summer programs that reflect several core areas of study at Parsons School of Design in New York. These programs include:[3]

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Studies
  • Strategic Design and Management
  • Art, Media and Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • History of Design and Curatorial Studies

Students make full use of the setting in Paris and Europe by connecting with local creative practitioners, cultural and civic organizations and events such as Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Maison et Objet design trade show, and Paris Fashion Week. The school features a teaching faculty of French and European design educators as well as visiting professors from around the world. Classes are held at 45 Rue de Saint-Roch as well as other sites in Paris.[4] Students are able to supplement their studies through online classes or by spending up to two years at the main Parsons campus in New York City.

All courses are taught in English.[5]



The New York Times has described the new Paris campus as "both the oldest and newest overseas branch of an American university".[6] The presence of Parsons in Paris dates back to 1921, when Frank Alvah Parsons opened the Paris Ateliers of the then New York School of Fine and Applied Art.[6] The following year, the school made its home on the oldest planned square in Paris, the Place des Vosges. The school offered courses in architecture, interior decoration, stage design, and costume design, adding poster and graphic design a year later.

After closing before the onset of World War II in 1939, Parsons restarted its activities in Paris in 1948 offering a summer course combining travel and study. It reopened the school (at first with a summer abroad program in the late 1970s), which became known as Parsons Paris.

In 1980, Parsons expanded its Paris program, entering into an educational partnership with the American College in Paris (now American University in Paris), to offer Bachelor of Fine Arts and study-abroad options. Beginning in 1986, students matriculating in the Parsons Paris program were eligible to receive a degree from Parsons School of Design. In 2008, the contract between Parsons School of Design and Parsons Paris expired, and following a ruling by the International Chamber of Commerce in favour of Parsons, the Parsons name was dropped in 2010.[7] That institution, now called the Paris College of Art, is no longer affiliated with The New School or Parsons.

The new campus[edit]

In 2012, the president of The New School, David E. Van Zandt, announced that Parsons School of Design was opening a new academic center in Paris in the fall of 2013.[8] Its primary academic building is on Rue Saint-Roch in the 1st arrondissement of Paris.

In 2019, Parsons Paris announced plans for opening a site at the Komunuma visual arts complex in Romainville in 2020, adding to its main venue in central Paris. Students will divide their time between the two locations.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Paris Paris - About". The New School. 24 September 2022.
  2. ^ "The New School Brand Guidelines". The New School. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Study Options In Paris".
  4. ^ ELLA ALEXANDER (13 November 2012). "Parsons To Reopen In Paris". VOGUE.
  5. ^ BIBBY SOWRAY (13 November 2012). "Parsons heads to Paris". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b D. D. GUTTENPLAN (11 November 2012). "Parsons to Re-Open Campus in Paris". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "We'll Always Have Paris . . . And Shanghai, and Mumbai". 24 October 2012.
  8. ^ Andrew Russeth (11 December 2012). "Parsons Plans Paris Academic Center for Fall 2013".
  9. ^ Anna Sanson (15 October 2019), Imane Farès drops out of new Paris gallery complex The Art Newspaper.

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