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Parsons vs FIT

alamodealamode Registered User Posts: 2,063 Senior Member
for the summer precollege art courses...
is Parsons really better and more recognized than FIT?

because I was reading a couple of books that reccomend programs for people interested in the arts/design, and they mentioned RISD and Parsons, but not FIT.
and I just finished two 3week courses at FIT, and I'm kind of annoyed because it was hard work and I have a friend doing Parsons and it really seems to be the same level, but I picked FIT because RISD is like thousands of dollars, and Parsons is about $900-$1000 for 2 weeks, while FIT is only $700+ since I'm from NY, you get another $200 off, so it was only $500 for 3 weeks.
(keep in mind ~$100-$200 is additionally spent on supplies)
Also, I'm not from the city so I have no way of getting there besides that my dad works there, and his office is 2 blocks away from FIT but about 70 blocks away from Parsons and we already have to leave at 6:30 to make it through rush hour traffic and if I went to Parsons, we'd have to leave at like 5:30 in the morning, and my dad usually goes to work really late, like around 11AM, so I already had to work really hard to convince him to do this, and I didn't think I could stretch it THAT much.

anyways, do you think admissions officers will not look at my classes at the same level as students who took courses at Parsons?
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Replies to: Parsons vs FIT

  • handemomhandemom Registered User Posts: 449 Member
    admission officers will be looking more at your portfolio than anything.
  • eileennosauruseileennosaurus Registered User Posts: 67 Junior Member
    Admission officers at both FIT and Parsons put very little weight on extra curriculars. The books you were reading didn't mention FIT, because it's really only for kids who live in/near the city whereas Parsons and RISD both have residential programs. If you're applying to an art college, they want to see your skills. If you got them at camp that's great, but they'd rather have a talented student with no training than a mediocre student with a lot of training.

    For the most part, FIT and Parsons are the same in terms of prestige for the actual college. I know of people from all three of the summer programs you've mentioned, and they say a lot of the people treat it as a joke.

    Long story short: I hope you had a good time and learned a lot, but colleges could care less.
  • alamodealamode Registered User Posts: 2,063 Senior Member
    well, no I meant how the summer programs I participated in would look to a liberal arts college or a university.
    I plan on pursuing fashion/art as a hobby and passion, but I'm interested in history/sociology/anthropology as a major
    The summer program would be part of my arts-related extracurriculars
    but I am NOT going to be applying to FIT/Parsons come senior year
  • liek0806liek0806 Registered User Posts: 3,316 Senior Member
    I think if you're going to be pursuing history/sociology/anthropology as a major, the simple fact that you're attending a fashion school for a fashion summer program won't make much difference as to what school it is to your admissions at a LAC.

    The only way I imagine it'll benefit you is if you plan on attending New School University, and they see the relationship to Parsons(which is part of New School University).

    I think that if you're pursuing a summer art program that is more fine art as opposed to fashion, Parsons would look more favorable, as would Pratt Institute.
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