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TIPS FOR GETTING INTO PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN NYC

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Valeria Segal

Valeria S.

WASHINGTON, DC,
United States

30 posts

Does anyone have any tips or suggestions about applying/getting accepted to Parsons New School for Design in NYC?
i'm currently in the middle of my junior year of highschool and it has always been my dream to go there.
i am an artist, and im working towards getting my portfolio ready. Also, my gpa is several points higher than the average needed for parsons (yay?)

does anyone have any suggestions on how to best approach this school?
thank you so much :)

almost 8 years ago

#2
Valeria Segal

Valeria S.

WASHINGTON, DC,
United States

30 posts

thank you so much! :)
my apologies i havn't checked my forums/email in a looong time so i just now saw your comment.

0 · January 30, 2011

#4
Molly Madness

Molly M.

HAWAII,
United States

80 posts

Learn to draw.

0 · February 7, 2011

#5
Valeria Segal

Valeria S.

WASHINGTON, DC,
United States

30 posts

@Molly M.

Mm not be egotistical, but I think I can, pretty well actually :) hehe. Thanks for the advice though..

0 · February 7, 2011

#6
Richard Ramirez

Richard R.

LOS ANGELES,
United States

249 posts

I had an interview with someone from Parson's and they reviewed my portfolio at National Portfolio Day in LA. These are tips they gave me and some info.

1) They see thousands of people who can draw, design, etc. Yes, be good at what you do, scratch that....be EXCELLENT at what you do, but your work has to have that 'it' factor. Technical skills are great, but they can be taught. Show work that is original and something that screams VALERIA.
2) Show range with your work. If your strong point is graphite, do portraits, landscapes, etc. In addition to that show some water colors, acrylics, maybe some photography?
3) STILL LIFE. Most art/design schools I saw on that portfolio day want still life when submitting your application. These people see thousands of drawings so this was the ladies suggestion "Surprise us, don't do fruit." She suggested doing drawings that show a lot of skill. She suggested bathrooms because all of the different textures, perspectives, and surfaces.
4) Critique's before you send/show your work! These people will look everything over and over and critique it. If you have a critique or two before hand you can fix some stuff, made add more value, or fix the perspective.

I have two questions.
What do you want to major in their?
Are you sending an application without meeting an admissions person in person or are you going to be able to meet with someone?

0 · February 7, 2011

#7
Valeria Segal

Valeria S.

WASHINGTON, DC,
United States

30 posts

@Richard R.

Hello Richard!
wow thank you so much for all this advice, it was exceptionally helpfull :) i'm so jealous that you had a chance to meet with a representative, i was planning to attend NPD but sadly i had a conflict but deff. next year! However i was lucky enough to catch a seminar by the head of the admissions dept. that showed the group some sample quality portfolios (BIG HELP!!)

to answer your questions;
1. I want to major in fashion design, specifically going into haute couture as opposed to just mass marketed items.
2. Im actually attending the summer intensive studies this summer, so hopefully ill get a chance to meet some good people and have some meetings while there. Also, upon submission of my application, i plan on scheduling an interview, since i am also interested in any scholarship/financial aid opportunities.

how about yourself?
are you applying for next fall? if yes, did you get accepted?
what do you want to major in?

0 · February 7, 2011

#8
Richard Ramirez

Richard R.

LOS ANGELES,
United States

249 posts

@Valeria S.

For fashion, you still do an art portfolio. Just so you know :P

I am planning on applying, probably sometime this week :D
Best of luck to both of us.

0 · February 7, 2011

#9
Michael Ewing

Michael E.

NEW YORK,
United States

204 posts

Parsons is easy to get into. You'll have no problem.

0 · February 9, 2011

#10
Valeria Segal

Valeria S.

WASHINGTON, DC,
United States

30 posts

@Richard R.

yes, i'm aware (:

oh wow, good luck!
let me know how it goes?

0 · February 9, 2011

#11
Valeria Segal

Valeria S.

WASHINGTON, DC,
United States

30 posts

@Michael E.

do you know from experience?

but that's actually reassuring to hear hehe :)

0 · February 9, 2011

#13
Shara Hernandez

Shara H.

United States

1 posts

Need help !!! My dream school is Parsons school for design ,but i heard it is hard to get into i want to major in fashion styling , i am currently a senior in high school working on my portfolio i have a 3.5 gpa and a 22 in me ACT score can i be able to get in ? p.s do i need a SAT score and what other tip or thing i nedd to do to help me to get into parsons . help !!!!!

0 · August 22, 2013

#15
Kadeja

Kadeja

United States

2 posts

hi! im also in the middle of my junior year and my dream is to attend parsons. I want to major in fashion design but my gpa is not all the way there. I have a passion for fashion but not for science in math so it brought my gpa down . Any tips?? Also do you think it would help any if I took a trip to parsons to speak and let them know how hard I will work ? Do you think this will better my chances of being accepted ??? Thankyou so much!!

0 · February 2, 2014

#16
Kadeja

Kadeja

United States

2 posts

@Michael E.

really !? my gpa isn't that good!!!

0 · February 2, 2014

#17
Nikki Dee

Nikki D.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK,
United States

54 posts

Hi Agata!
I went to Parsons and it's a great school.
If you are very talented at art you'll have no problem, just make sure your work is very creative and not just technical.

Concerning exams, they are aware that things are different for international students. You can take ESL at Parsons if you get accepted but I don't think you need it. Talk to an advisor about your grade translation.

0 · February 13, 2014

#18
Nikki Dee

Nikki D.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK,
United States

54 posts

@Shara H.

Fashion styling is not a major at Parsons.
Maybe you could go into Design Management to be a stylist.
And yes, you need an SAT score

0 · February 13, 2014

#19
Cathy Chandra

Cathy C.

LYNNWOOD, WASHINGTON,
United States

1 posts

Hi ! I'm going to apply to Parsons for this fall in the BBA program (strategic design and management). Do you guys have any suggestions as for the parsons challenge as well as the essay, especially for those who were admitted at this program? I really want to enter Parsons.. Please help me ~
Thank you so much!
Cheers,
Cathy.

0 · February 25, 2014

#20
Akshita

Akshita

United States

1 posts

Okay I have been planning to go to parsons from two years now, I am a junior at high school and I think and worry about this all the time. If anyone is able to help me, I would really really appreciate it. I am good at art and I actually want to major in fashion marketing/business, I don't want to be a designer but want to major in a business field in Fashion. I heard parsons's business program is one of the best, and I don't really like FIT. My gpa is 3.2 and I am actually studying in a very very competitive school, I have 1700 as my SAT score and have several collage credits from art (subject) at my high school. Can I anyone tell me if I will be suffering from some problems in the application for Parsons next year? Or do I need anything specific?
Please help asap, PARSONS is my DREAM.

0 · September 4, 2014

#26
Nikki Halley

Nikki H.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA,
United States

1 posts

Hi,
I'm applying to Parsons School of Design for Photography.
Does anyone know how hard or easy that major is? Also, what kind of things they look for in photography portfolios.
Thanks so much.

0 · January 20, 2015

#27
Penny Turner

Penny T.

WINDERMERE, FLORIDA,
United States

1 posts

Hi my daughter has just been accepted into Parsons for photography on early admissions, her GPA is 3.72 but I dont think this was a major factor. She is well rounded in terms of varsity sports community participation and success in art competitions etc. She recently had her portfolio assessed by several big colleges at NY portfolio day recently. What are they looking for.... well in my opinion they want edgy photography technically good, stories rather than snapshots...something different, do not just take pictures of things around you be prepared to talk about your work (this goes for the submission too) have an inspiration theme or two. Think billboard advertising think differently be prepared to show your processes as well as your end result. Theres a competition to win tuition paid for the four years .... its crazy expensive. But its an honor to be accepted and Parsons opens doors....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcOcVmcyvi0

This is her entry, it doesn't show her work but you may get some inspiration... she also needs view likes and comments on her video to help her....

0 · January 27, 2015

#28
Aya Ng

Aya N.

MANILA,
Philippines

325 posts

I took Product Design there and also got accepted for MFA (but I did not push thru with the MFA)
I'd say create a good portfolio that would exhibit your creative range. I always want to show my process in the folio, sketches and studies along with the final product.

0 · April 20, 2015

#31
Katie Wang

Katie W.

Australia

1 posts

Hi! I am also interested in applying for parsons, but i was wondering, in the portfolio can you submit outfit designs or must they be fully made and photographed? Also, it was abit unclear on the website, or i still haven't looked hard enough lol, but are international students able to apply for the Fall term? are international students only able to apply for the spring term?
Sorry, another question: Does the portfolio only show the finished product? or should you show the process in which you took that led you to the finished product?
Thank you! c:

0 · July 21, 2015

#32
Boris R

Boris R.

Ukraine

2 posts

When you are preparing for a competition it is important to know that there are places prohibited for photographing fixthephoto.com/photo-tips/photography-is-not-allowed.html

0 · 26 days ago

  

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