Parsons The New School for Design Visit Report by kalonity
Visit to Parsons The New School for Design in July 2007 by kalonity(Student, HS Class of 2008)
(Member since April 22 2007 with 111 posts)
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Admissions Interview: Yes - This was a portfolio review session held for Summer Intensive students. My counselor was very helpful and great to talk to. She even looked over/commented on ALL the work I had (a lot) :)
Information Session: Yes - Quite informative, though most of it one can find on the website. I did get some very useful information regarding the 5year BABFA program, and I think in another session they even showed sample work.
Campus Tour: Yes - To put it bluntly- there is no campus, it's just a bunch of buildings spread throughout a few blocks. But if you love the city, it should be no problem as everything you need is right there.
Classroom Visit: Yes - My summer classroom was on the 11th floor and overlooked 5th avenue. It was beautiful and had nice desks that propped up to be easels. Only setbacks- flunctuating temp, and thunderstorms too close!
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Campus Visit Notes for Parsons The New School for Design
I can't say it enough, New York City is so much love. After a month there, I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. It may not be the best place to go to school if you're easily distracted, though. Also, Parsons is somewhat hands-off from what I've seen, so it's really up to you to keep up with schoolwork and not fall through. There are a lot of people who work hard, but also many who slack off and go out to clubs every night instead of making art (in the end it's what you put into it that matters). Faculty seems pretty amazing, and the classrooms are great workspaces once you bypass the long elevator wait.
Oh, and I visited the fashion campus briefly-- it seems pretty nice, though I wonder if it can actually fit all the students? On that note, the fashion departments seems to be getting HUGE these days, and it does raise the question of whether the quality is keeping up.
Anyway, I loved Parsons for the time that I was there, but am not sure if I want to really attend for four years. I will be returning to the city for sure, though, after I graduate.
I realize my visit description is rather different from the usual since I was there so long, but hopefully it gives you a good impression of how the school is, and maybe a sense of how it feels to be a student there.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
Dorm comparisons: Marlton is cheap and home-y but somewhat inconvenient, 13th street is apparently where it's at (the laundry at least), Loeb has lovely suites, and Union Square = amazing locatio
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
EVA's if you live at Marlton for the best frozen yogurt and yummy healthy food! Cozi is always good.Joe's for the best coffee (near the cafe), Max Bruner if you're a chocolate freak lik
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Parking is what it always is in busy cities. Subway is amazing and gets you everywhere (30 day or week passes are great). I never needed to take a bus. The best local place is probably Union Square!