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Parsons School of Design
The Parsons School of Design, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, is a design school affiliated with the New School University. Founded in 1886 by impressionist painter William Merritt Chase, the School is named after Frank Alvah Parsons , who joined the faculty of what was then known as the Chase School in 1906 and later became its president. Under his direction, the School quickly became a pioneer in design education, launching the first programs in fashion design, interior design, graphic design, and advertising in the United States.
Parsons has approximately 2,400 undergraduates and more than 400 graduate students enrolled. The School also offers continuing education courses and certificate programs, as well as weekend and summer pre-college programs for high school students.
Parsons also has four affiliate schools, located in France, South Korea, the Dominican Republic, and Japan. These affiliate schools operate independently, but embrace Parsons' philosophy and teaching methodology.
There are 30 full-time faculty members and more than 675 adjunct faculty members, many of whom are successful working artists and designers in New York City. Faculty members and visiting critics include architect Brian Lewis and artist Brian Tolle .
- Donna Karan - fashion designer
- Tom Ford - fashion designer
- Marc Jacobs - fashion designer
- Edward Hopper - painter
- Norman Rockwell - painter
- Joel Schumacher - film director and producer
- Hector Luis Bustamante - actor
- Kelly Chen - hong kong singer
- Anna Sui - fashion designer
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