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Graduate Graduate Programs Programs The New School 2OI9–202O

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For 100 years, we’ve shared with the world the power of “the new”— creative thinking put into action. Our name has become synonymous with progress. This year, we honor the innovators from our community who have come before you, the scholars, artists, activists, and designers who have made their mark on the world. You join this remarkable lineage when you become a New Schooler. newschool.edu/100

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Architecture MArch


Communication Design MPS


Data Visualization MS


Design and Technology MFA


Design and Urban Ecologies MS


Fashion Design and Society MFA


Fashion Management MPS


Fashion Studies MA


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History of Design and Curatorial Studies MA


Industrial Design MFA


Interior Design MFA


Lighting Design MFA


Photography MFA


Strategic Design and Management MS Textiles MFA

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Theories of Urban Practice MA


Transdisciplinary Design MFA


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Parsons School of Design—recently named the Best School for Art and Design in the United States and ranked third in the world1—has offered innovative approaches to education

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since its founding in 1896. Today we’re the only major American art and design school within a comprehensive university, The New School, which also houses a rigorous liberal arts college, a progressive performing arts school, a legendary graduate school, and other renowned programs. Here you can master established creative practices or advance emerging ones and study a range of university disciplines. Surrounded by fresh perspectives and the university’s extensive resources, you research and practice in broader, deeper, and more forward-looking ways. And guided by Parsons’ faculty, you produce work that addresses human needs and responds to the call for innovation and change. Through creative and critical thought and action, you work to improve the world by design.

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A Legacy of Groundbreaking Work Parsons gives students the tools they need to achieve professional success and prepares them to think beyond current paradigms to develop human-centered solutions to the pressing problems of the day. Our students arrive here with diverse interests, perspectives, and backgrounds; they graduate prepared to critically and creatively address the need for change in an evolving world. Parsons has pioneered art and design education since its beginnings, championing new movements and teaching methods that have shaped generations of artists, designers, scholars, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Programs at Parsons are grouped into the following five schools:

»»School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT) »»School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT) »»School of Constructed Environments (SCE) »»School of Design Strategies (SDS) »»School of Fashion (SOF) Parsons Graduate Programs

This organizational structure supports Parsons’ educational mission, and its interdisciplinary approach builds community among students and faculty in related disciplines.



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13,129 Total enrollment at The New School

3,147 Total graduate enrollment at The New School

6,191 Total enrollment at Parsons

984 Total graduate enrollment at Parsons

58 Percentage of international graduate students at Parsons

16 Average class size

11:1 Student-to-faculty ratio at Parsons

Parsons’ faculty of leading design practitioners, artists, critics, historians,

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A Distinguished Faculty, a Collaborative Approach writers, and scholars reflects the spectrum of art and design disciplines. Instructors collaborate with students to develop technologies and refine research methodologies, creating work that is relevant to contemporary social, cultural, and economic systems. By combining art and design studio curricula with instruction in liberal arts and business, Parsons faculty members prepare students to lead in a range of fields and to excel in their creative practice. newschool.edu/parsons-faculty

A Diverse Learning Community Parsons, like The New School as a whole, is committed to achieving greater diversity by building a community that represents a variety of identities, origins, beliefs, and academic and professional practices. Parsons students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, making the university one of the most geographically diverse in the United States. Cultivating a learning environment in which all can thrive requires respect relevant to academia. It also develops in students a valuable capacity for productive collaboration with individuals of different perspectives and backgrounds in an increasingly global workplace. At Parsons, tomorrow’s designers, artists, and strategists devise innovative, thoughtfully considered solutions to a range of problems, including social inequities and injustices.

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and an understanding of the many social, political, and economic contexts

An Urban Focus Cities are models of sustainable living because of the efficient resource use and forms of community life that are possible in densely populated areas. New York City is an ideal setting in which to study the ecologies of urban environments. The city also offers opportunities to explore emerging areas, such as the design of services and new entrepreneurial and business models. Parsons instructors are part of the city, too; most are working


professionals who practice the disciplines they teach.

Parsons offers a comprehensive curriculum, providing students with many opportunities to collaborate across academic disciplines within a diverse intellectual community. And because Parsons is part of a large research university, students have access to courses in a range of subjects. Visit the university course catalog to see the variety of topics you can incorporate into your curriculum:



TOP: Parsons Paris offers degree programs and short courses that apply Parsons’ renowned curriculum in the Parisian context. MIDDLE: The Parsons Festival is an annual event that includes exhibitions of student work in all disciplines. The festival brings together the academic community and the public to celebrate and explore design practice.

BOTTOM: Designers at Parsons’ PETLab gaming incubator and residents of St. Louis, Senegal, created a game to develop systems addressing climate-related disasters for the Red Cross/Red Crescent. Versions of the game have been tested in Namibia, Kenya, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and the project was presented at the UN Climate Change Conference.

In addition to its graduate degrees, Parsons offers a variety of associate’s (AAS) degrees intended for mature students hoping to make a career change or add career-enhancing skills to their résumés. If you have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and lack the formal training or

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professional experience needed to be competitive for entry into a graduate degree program at Parsons, explore our AAS offerings at newschool.edu/ parsons-aas. Fields of study include Fashion Design, Communication Design, Interior Design, and Fashion Marketing and Communication. Graduate Minors In keeping with our commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration, The New School now offers graduate minors. These structured study pathways immerse you in disciplines outside of your primary field, expose you to alternative modes of research and practice, and broaden your skills and career options. Students in many of Parsons’ master’s programs have the option of completing a graduate minor in a complementary field, such as design studies or civic service design, or exploring other subjects and emerging interdisciplinary issues, such as impact entrepreneurship, global urban futures, and digital storytelling. newschool.edu/graduate-minors

Open Campus, The New School’s continuing education program, offers open enrollment courses with Parsons, enabling nondegree students of all ages to build portfolios, take art and design courses for credit or on a noncredit basis, or pursue certificates designed for career advancement. Intensive courses for undergraduate and graduate credit are offered each summer on the New York campus and in Parsons programs abroad. Some courses are offered online.

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Continuing studies through open campus

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their critical and creative abilities and gaining valuable experience.

Architecture M.ARCH Communication Design MPS Data Visualization MS Design and Technology MFA Design and Urban Ecologies MS Fashion Design and Society MFA Fashion management MPS Fashion Studies MA Fine Arts MFA

Industrial Design MFA Interior Design MFA Lighting Design MFA Photography MFA Strategic Design and Management MS textiles mfa Theories of Urban Practice MA Transdisciplinary Design Mfa Student work Gallery FACING PAGE: Taylor Rodriguez, FitNest, product series and app. FitNest transforms rooms into exercise spaces through rearrangeable climbing holds, shelves, and grid panels that attach to walls, making them scalable. The app employs augmented reality to depict new climbing routes on the basis of the user’s preferred difficulty level. Complementing the wall and app are other FitNest implements that hold fitness gear, enable users to power devices through physical activity, and support tablets for viewing exercise videos.


History of Design and Curatorial Studies MA

TOP: Students in the Design Workshop created new lockers and changing room pavilions for the Sunset Park Recreation Center and Pool in Brooklyn. BOTTOM: Jordana Maisie Goot and Mochi Liu, project for spring 2013 Housing Studio.

ARCHITECTURE m.ARCH The Master of Architecture (MArch)

The MArch curriculum focuses on

program is a three-year NAAB-accredited

contemporary issues directly affecting the

professional degree for students holding

field, ranging from new representational

a pre-professional undergraduate

techniques to sustainable built and natural

degree in architecture or a four-year

systems. It prepares students to enter the

nonarchitecture degree. New York City

professional architecture community and

provides students with a comprehensive

shape the built environment and the field. The MArch is a program within Parsons’

experience and explore the formal and

School of Constructed Environments

sociopolitical dimensions of architecture.

(SCE), alongside related degrees in

Students work with the NYC Department

interior, lighting, and product/industrial

of Parks and Recreation, the NYC Housing

design. In the SCE studio, members of

Authority, and studios addressing

the diverse student body collaborate on

environmental challenges presented by

complex design problems, from interiors

sea level rise and storm surge.

to comprehensive architectural volumes,

In the studio course sequence, students address demands imposed by use, site,

public spaces, and urban design. Graduates have gone on to open their

context, structure, and construction.

own practices and work in prominent firms,

Interdisciplinary electives in history, theory,

including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rogers

and technology highlight architecture’s

Marvel Architects, LevenBetts, Bernheimer

pivotal role in shaping culture. Students can

Architecture, Gensler, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis,

choose electives offered in other programs

Matter Architecture Practice, Smith-Miller

throughout The New School. Courses draw

Hawkinson, and Young Projects. Others

on Parsons’ network of municipal and

have pursued advanced study in fields

institutional partners, local practitioners,

including engineering.

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context in which to develop design-build

New York City

School of Constructed Environments

and commercial clients, providing students with internship, design competition, and

MArch/MFA Lighting Design Dual Degree

research funding opportunities.

Those who wish to pursue studies in lighting

Students in the Design Workshop design and construct—from schematics to punch list—a project for a nonprofit client. Established in 1996, the workshop embodies the progressive values of Parsons and The New School. It unites

design and architecture can apply to the dualdegree program, a four-year, 120-credit-hour curriculum that combines the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture and the MFA in Lighting Design. Interested students should apply directly to the dual-degree program; they will automatically be considered for admission to the individual Master

theoretical and hands-on learning and trains

of Architecture and MFA Lighting Design programs

students to develop practices to improve

as well.

the social and physical environment. Past projects include a sustainable laundromat

Career paths include

and information center for Hurricane


Katrina survivors, a rooftop garden with

Urban planning

educational and recreational facilities for

Landscape design

Bronx youth, and a pool pavilion for an

Interior design



NYC community.


School of Art, Media, and Technology

Communication Design MpS In an increasingly digital world,

postlaunch critical analysis of user

designers are often challenged to create

experience (UX) and user interface (UI).

technology-driven products and services

The New York City location enables you

for a variety of platforms and human

to take advantage of the city’s diverse

needs. Parsons’ Master of Professional

technology and design resources while

Studies in Communication Design

learning alongside like-minded designers

(MPS CD), with a concentration in

in the Parsons community.

Digital Product Design, offers you the

You graduate from the program

cutting-edge conceptual design methods

with your own unique, forward-looking

and technical skills you need to meet

aesthetic anchored in professional skills

this growing marketplace demand.

and knowledge acquired throughout the

This program is tailored to practicing

program, which include entrepreneurship,

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designers seeking to enhance their digital

strategic working methodologies, and

skills and leadership potential as well

contemporary prototyping. You are prepared

as professionals with relevant design

for digital design work settings, with

experience who want to enter the field of

competence in various industry-standard

digital product design. It encompasses

technologies, including contemporary

the full product development cycle in

front-end development skills (HTML, CSS,

communication design—from idea

and JavaScript), and experience navigating

conception to prototyping to feedback-based

professional partnerships with teams

refinements—and familiarizes you with

and clients.

business strategy. In this one-year, 30-credit program, you

The MPS CD program is housed in Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and

develop creative problem-solving strategies

Technology, along with MFA Fine Arts, MFA

for relaying and translating messages,

Design and Technology, MFA Photography,

information, and ideas. The full-time course

and MS Data Visualization. You can

of study is built on four components:

supplement core courses with related

instruction in advanced core design

university-sponsored public programs and

competencies, practices and methods

an elective offered at Parsons or another

courses, external partnerships, and the

school or college of The New School, such

core studio sequence. Parsons faculty—

as a class in psychology, marketing, data

skilled at bringing together design thinking,

science, or another field.

aesthetics, and technology—guide you in exploring innovative composition and

Career paths include

visualization methods, interaction design,

Interaction design

typography, and industry best practices.

User interface (UI) design

The specialized course of study provides coding experience and involves the iterative process and a range of collaboration

User experience (UX) design Digital product design Product management

and teamwork strategies. You work from design conception and pitching through



TOP: Diana Mejia, Compass. Using data about people’s favorite local sites, Compass generates travel routes that guide users to intriguing but often overlooked urban highlights. MIDDLE: Nikhil Misra, Is the New York Dream Still Real? Using this digital interface, users engage with the question of whether NYC is still a sanctuary for displaced people

by challenging them to guess the numbers of individuals accepted in recent years. They then record their estimates in a graph and compare it with one produced with official data. BOTTOM: Husani Barnwell, Power Up Fitness. This digital tool enables users to track workout goals, view lifting techniques in AR format, and connect with other gymgoers in real time.

TOP: Jonathan Thirkield, Visualizing Poetic Space: Mapping Dante’s Comedy. Thirkield’s 3D interactive tool is designed to help readers engage deeply with Dante’s Divine Comedy. The interface reimagines the poetic space of the literary classic using Javascript, the Three.js 3D library, and a MongoDB database. MIDDLE: Jacob Romer, Narrating Gender Inequality in Africa. Romer’s interactive digital tool enables users to see gender-related statistics for various nations. BOTTOM: A student presents her digital tool, created in a class partnership with the United Nations.

Data Visualization MS Parsons’ Master of Science in Data

The program’s setting in New York City,

Visualization is a multidisciplinary

a technological hub and pioneer of open-

program in which students develop skills

source culture, offers invaluable industry

bringing together visual design, computer

access. Students collaborate with industry

science, and statistical analysis.

leaders and external partners from the

The presentation of data plays a

New York City

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government, nonprofit, and commercial

critical role in the shaping of opinion,

sectors. Faculty invite guest lecturers and

policy, and decision making in today’s

critics to share their insights and expose

increasingly global society. Giving students

students to new possibilities in data

a competitive edge as they enter the field,

visualization and related career paths.

the MS program responds to the growing demand for experts who can turn data

Career paths include

into insight.

Data analysis Digital design Advertising and branding

year of full-time study or two years of


part-time study. Housed in Parsons’ School

Business consulting and analytics

of Art, Media, and Technology, the program

Strategy management

integrates theory and studio practice,

Strategic planning

so that students acquire the creative,


quantitative, and coding tools needed to

Social enterprise

analyze and depict data, gaining a holistic

Public policy

understanding of context, audience, and

Trend forecasting


Business intelligence

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MS Data Visualization’s 30-credit curriculum can be completed in one

In the MS in Data Visualization, students obtain the diverse skill set needed to succeed in a range of data interpretation–related careers. Students graduate with portfolios demonstrating their ability to create databases and Web-based software tools that reflect an understanding of data analysis and information visualization for varied





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DESIGN & TECHnology mFA Career paths

Designers today face two fundamental challenges: the


increasing influence of design within society and the

Creative technology

expanding role of technology within design. The Master

New media art

of Fine Arts in Design and Technology program provides a

Game design

lively environment in which to address these challenges.

Wearable technology

Working with peers in related programs, you explore a

Motion graphics

broad spectrum of creative disciplines, from fine art and

Digital filmmaking

photography to creative technology. The full-residency, two-year, 60-credit MFA in Design and Technology (MFA DT) curriculum is studio based, but

positions held by

critical thinking and study of the design process are central

Recent Graduates

to the program. Areas of practice include user experience

Open standards developer

and interaction design, physical computing, game design,

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Google+ Design analyst Frog Design Inc. Creative technologist Google Creative Lab Interaction designer IBM Design Creative technologist New York Times R&D Lab Senior UX design lead

new media art, digital fabrication, data visualization, statistical analysis, and critical design. Students develop their ideas through prototyping, synthesizing research and practice. Graduates embark on careers in creative, academic, commercial, and educational fields that engage with the growing influence of technology. In Collaboration Studio courses, students work with industry firms and nonprofits on real-world projects. Past partners include Apple, Eyebeam, Human Rights Watch, Mozilla, NASA, the Red Cross, Samsung, and the Whitney Museum of American

Microsoft Bing

Art. Students collaborate with peers from other schools and

Interaction designer

colleges of The New School, a progressive urban university

Disney Interactive Mobile interaction designer Nokia Research Center Beijing Creative manager Interbrand Founder and game designer Large Animal Games

emphasizing civic engagement. MFA DT is housed in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons, alongside programs in Communication Design, Fine Arts, Photography, and Data Visualization. Students supplement core courses with electives offered throughout Parsons and other schools and colleges of The New School.

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TOP: Students prepare their installations for the MFA Design and Technology Exhibition at the Parsons Festival. MIDDLE: Su Zhang, Small World. Small World is an interactive pop-up book that engages children in learning about the water cycle, using AR and cell phones to transform the pages. BOTTOM: Ren Du, Echo. A soundscape that mimics the sound of rainfall through PVC pipes, plastic bags, and wire coils, Echo comments on the dangers of romanticizing nature. FACING PAGE: MFA DT students inspect their code for an interactive project.

TOP: Students conducting research in Brazil participated in a studio project, drawing on their design skills to develop collaborative urban initiatives. MIDDLE: An on-site visit sparked discussion of the impact of Brazil’s first housing cooperatives. Developing planning and design schemes for sustainable, equitable cities is central to the program’s course of study. BOTTOM: The Sunset Park Gazette, a community publication collaboratively developed by students and local residents. Students used their design skills to communicate about complex urban phenomena with audiences ranging from community members to academics to public officials.

design & urban ecologies ms The 60-credit Master of Science in Design

Schools of Public Engagement. Using

and Urban Ecologies radically reframes

innovative methodologies and guided

the study of urban environments and

by internationally recognized urbanists,

design approaches to cities. Combining

designers, and activists, students engage

urban planning, policy, and design

with contested territories affected by

with activism and community practice,

globalization, deindustrialization, migration,

students gain the skills needed to

climate change, uneven development, and

address contemporary urban challenges.

shifts in urban policy and governance. A sequence of design studios connected

commitment to environmental and

to other courses enables students to

social justice, students design and

combine research, policy, planning, design,

implement strategic projects to bring

and activism through civic, nonprofit, and

about transformative change in urban

public partnerships. Subjects explored

environments on a global scale. This

include external forces transforming

studio-driven program, part of Parsons’

low-income areas; privatization and

School of Design Strategies (SDS), shares

commodification of housing, health, and

a 12-credit core curriculum with the

public services; solidarity economies and

36-credit research-based MA Theories of

cooperative practices; the social, economic,

Urban Practice program.

and environmental impact of urban mobility;

The first of its kind in the United States,

public spaces and infrastructures in relation

the MS Design and Urban Ecologies program

to development and management shifts;

employs design as a methodology with

and the role of women-led efforts in

which to explore and counteract social,

advancing social and spatial justice.

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In accordance with The New School’s

New York City

School of Design Strategies

economic, political, and environmental injustices within urban ecosystems. Using

Career paths include

world cities like New York as a laboratory,


students develop a deep understanding

Urban and regional planning

of the forces influencing urban decline,

Housing policy, development, and management

restructuring, and development. They work in teams—collaborating alongside and within the communities affected—to devise design strategies, spatial configurations,

Community organizing and development Public and urban policy Strategic design Development of social, cultural, and environmental enterprises

and infrastructures that lead to the

Urban research and analysis

transformation of social relations and urban

Nonprofit management


Neighborhood restructuring and planning

This two-year program brings together

Government administration

students with diverse educational and professional backgrounds. They become agents of change by drawing on the academic strengths of Parsons and other New School colleges, including The



New School for Social Research and the


School of Fashion

fashion design & society mfa Career paths

This MFA program is the first graduate program of its


kind in the United States. Both interdisciplinary and

Fashion design

international in scope, this academy for advanced studies

Textile and knitwear design

in fashion design trains a small cadre of world-class

Fashion direction

designers, who develop a global understanding of fashion.

Curation Research

Innovative and progressive, the Fashion Design and Society master’s program offers students the opportunity to make substantive contributions—both professional

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and conceptual—to the field of fashion design. Students in this two-year, 60-credit program learn to consider design, production, and distribution cycles as well as the social, critical, ecological, and communication dimensions of fashion in self-directed projects supported by the

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fashion industry. Visiting professional practitioners

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such as photographers, art directors, artists, curators,

Le Monde (Paris)

choreographers, and business consultants engage regularly

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with students in their coursework and are central to the collaborative strength of the program. Graduate collections are presented at New York Fashion Week each September, attracting press, stylists,


buyers, and other industry insiders. Students have won or


placed as finalists for the LVMH Prize, Swarovski & Vogue

ID Magazine

Talent New Generation Award, International Woolmark

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Prize, International Talent Support (ITS) awards, VFILES, and H&M Awards. Graduates have gone on to work as designers at major companies including NIKE, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta,

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Under Armour, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, JW Anderson,


Theory, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Opening Ceremony,


Kanye West for Adidas, Ralph Lauren Collections, Everlane,

Collezioni Trends Marie Claire (U.S.) Textile World SO-EN (Japan)

St. John, Burberry, Donna Karan International, Calvin Klein, Martin Greenfield Clothiers, COACH, GAP, Reed Krakoff, and Narciso Rodriguez. In addition to working for top firms, many of our graduates go on to start their own high-profile labels and brands. The program was initiated with the support of Parsons alumna and designer Donna Karan and has received further support from major names in fashion such as LVMH, Kering, Diane von Furstenberg, the Swarovski Foundation, and UNIQLO.



TOP: Selected looks from the 2017 Thesis Collections (Generation 6) by program graduates (from left to right): Zoe Champion, INLAY; NIHL (Neil Patrick Grotzinger), Masculine Effeminacies; Caroline Hu, That Moment.

ABOVE LEFT: Ruby Hoette ’12, graduate exhibition at Li & Fung, New York. ABOVE RIGHT: Yong Guo, Hualei Yu, Moana Mao, presentation board for Homeless But Not Hopeless, a fall 2017 Design Studio 1 collaboration with Rikers Island, NYC.

TOP: Faculty organize industry networking and knowledge-sharing events to enhance students’ educational and professional opportunities. A recent panel included Jeff Carvalho (left), managing director of HighSnobiety, and Christopher Lacy (right), program faculty member and former director of Customer Experience, Learning and Strategy at Barneys New York, shown here. MIDDLE: The evolving fashion retail landscape demands creative entrepreneurs who can help identify business opportunities, establish a brand voice, and develop compelling communications to consumers. BOTTOM: Project-based curricula bring together student teams to address aspects of fashion management, from research and product line development to supply chain planning and marketing and selling models.

FASHION MANAGEMENT Mps The new master’s program in Fashion Management at

Career paths

Parsons prepares students to advance and transform


their careers in the evolving fashion business landscape.

Fashion and brand management

In this one-year Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

Fashion styling

program, students learn to challenge industry paradigms and develop groundbreaking concepts for fashion businesses, start-ups, and apparel-related services. Parsons’ MPS Fashion Management program

New York City

School of Fashion

Fashion production Fashion editorial Merchandising Brand management Fashion marketing

guides students to consider the field of fashion as an interconnected system. The 12-month course of study challenges students to investigate a range of

online learning

phenomena connected to the rapidly changing fashion


industry, including technology, innovation, leadership,

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entrepreneurship, consumer psychology, strategic

MPS has been designed to

management, and new business and start-up models.

accommodate the needs of

Students engage in conversations on balancing creativity

working professionals around

systems, solving problems related to social media and e-commerce, and promoting sustainability and social responsibility at all levels of the industry. The program is designed to attract a dynamic cohort of working professionals with fashion industry experience and individuals with undergraduate degrees and backgrounds

the world. Starting fall 2020, Parsons will provide the option of completing this degree entirely online, enabling you to take all of the courses remotely as part of a global learning community.

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and commercial concerns, reinventing existing business

in other disciplines related to retail and consumer goods industries. Students develop insights and strategies that influence consumers’ perceptions, shopping habits, and interactions with brands and designers. Guided by expert faculty and experienced industry practitioners, students identify business opportunities, find new ways to streamline processes for maximum profitability and efficiency, and develop rapid innovation techniques that unlock emerging possibilities for retail. Students graduate with in-depth knowledge of and advanced skills in global and local manufacturing, ethical production, value chains, marketing, and merchandising. The curriculum consists of a series of intensive course modules. Throughout the program, students gain real-world experience with New York City fashion companies and ateliers through case studies, internships, and site visits, which provide them with a portfolio of experiences that can be immediately applied in careers



advancing innovation within the fashion industry.


School of Art and Design History and Theory

fashion studies ma In the groundbreaking interdisciplinary

Students have the opportunity to spend

Master of Arts in Fashion Studies

a second-year semester at Parsons Paris,

program, students develop a critical

where they have unparalleled access to

understanding of fashion and its complex

some of the most prominent fashion and

intersections with identities, histories,

textiles collections in France through the

and cultures in the contemporary world.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Palais

MA Fashion Studies investigates the

Galliera (see page 13 for more information).

material and visual dimensions of fashion

Depending on their research interests,

as dress, image, and bodily practice and as

MA Fashion Studies students may wish to

a major cultural industry that positions the

supplement their studies with the Graduate

individual within society and the world.

Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Students in the two-year, 42-credit

(GSS), designed to promote intellectual

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program are challenged to explore the

collaboration on issues of gender and

interdisciplinary theories and methodologies

sexuality in a variety of disciplines.

that have shaped fashion studies and to

The program also offers two optional

contribute to its advancement. Core and

pathways, in fashion curation and fashion

elective courses open up broad perspectives

journalism, enabling students to gain

on fashion and its connections with design,

deeper knowledge of fashion curatorial

production, consumption, imagination,

and archival practice or fashion journalism

representation, embodiment, and identity.

through a series of electives offered by the

Informed by perspectives from a variety of

program and others at the university.

disciplines, courses examine material from

MA Fashion Studies graduates have

art history, museum studies, gender studies,

gone on to pursue PhDs at leading

visual studies, film and media studies,

universities around the world and to

anthropology, sociology, and material

work at top fashion media companies

culture studies.

and publishing houses, including Rizzoli

The program draws on New York City’s

Publishing and Meredith Corporation, and

museums, exhibitions, and public events and

magazines such as Vogue, W, Nylon, and

also involves the study of people, streets,

InStyle. Other graduates work as archivists,

neighborhoods, and environments critical

educational consultants, researchers,

to fashion and its practices. Housed in

merchandisers, buyers, and public relations

Parsons’ School of Art and Design History

professionals in fashion houses, institutions,

and Theory, the program sponsors public

and corporations such as the Metropolitan

events, panels, and symposia on topics such

Museum of Art Costume Institute, Alexander

as fashion criticism and fashion curation.

Wang, Gucci, J.Crew, and Louis Vuitton.

Student-led projects, like the journal BIAS, offer opportunities to publish work and

Career paths include

collaborate with MA Fashion Studies peers.

Fashion archiving

Students complete internships at fashion

Curation and collections management

companies, magazines, and museums,

Museum and gallery administration

including Elle, V Magazine, the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Diane von Furstenberg, Comme des Garçons, Ralph Lauren, Halston, and Hermès.

Media and consulting Marketing/advertising, PR, and communications Fashion styling E-commerce Criticism and journalism Copywriting Academia and educational consulting


University teaching


TOP: BIAS is the annual student-run publication of the MA Fashion Studies program. Issue themes include Fashion + Violence, Fashion + Celebration, Fashion + Politics, Fashion + Surveillance, Fashion + Healing, and, most recently, Fashion + Time. BOTTOM: MA Fashion Studies students have the opportunity to work with pieces from Parsons’ Fashion Study Collection.

TOP: Ryota Sato, Why is the Internet so slow. Video, rocks, digital images, drawing, aluminum extrusion frames. MIDDLE: Photo of the 2017 MFA Fine Arts thesis exhibition, Second Nature. BOTTOM: Lisa McCleary, Corp Agus Fuil/Body and Blood (2018). Oil on aluminum, threaded rod, steel, concrete, 4 x 7 x 10 ft. FACING PAGE: Layo Bright, Must Go. High-density foam, Ghana-Must-Go fabric, Dutch-wax print, rope, tassels, cotton, silk. The piece was recently recognized with the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center.

FiNE ARTS MFA Students work alongside distinguished

perform an essential role in society,

faculty who exhibit and publish worldwide

the MFA in Fine Arts program provides

and whose work has appeared in the

students with a dynamic, challenging

Whitney Biennial, documenta, and the

environment in which to develop diverse

Sydney Biennale and at the Museum of

studio-based practices and pursue

Modern Art. MFA Fine Arts students also

interdisciplinary scholarship. Students

benefit from visits by artists and critics

come from many backgrounds and

who are redefining 21st-century art. Recent

cultures and work in media including

guests include Heather Hart, Xu Bing,

painting, drawing, sculpture, video,

Rosanna Raymond, Mark Dion, Cameron

performance, digital media, installation,

Rowland, and Alfredo Jaar. The Visiting

and photography.

Artist series is complemented by a Visiting Curators/Critics series and Public Art Fund

study and practice ranging from rigorous

talks sponsored by the Vera List Center for

formal and aesthetic investigation to social

Art and Politics at The New School, which

and political engagement. The two-year

recently hosted Anselm Kiefer, Nicole

full-time curriculum includes 27 studio,

Eisenman, Ai Weiwei, Amanda Ross-Ho,

12 academic, and 6 professional practice

and Anish Kapoor.

credits and a minimum of 15 elective credits.

MFA Fine Arts is housed in Parsons’

Students work independently in their own

School of Art, Media, and Technology

studios and participate in weekly critiques

(AMT), alongside the Communication

with an internationally acclaimed faculty of

Design, Design and Technology, Data

art professionals. The program curriculum

Visualization, and Photography programs.

centers on one-on-one studio visits, group

Shared faculty and collaborative projects

critiques, critical theory seminars,

allow students to explore the intersections

personalized classes, and writing and

between art, technology, design, and

research for studio practice, as well as

social critique. Students can also draw

professional practice seminars. The program

on the extensive resources of The New

also offers medium-specific advanced

School, a progressive urban university

practice courses and concept-driven

with a tradition of civic engagement and

transdisciplinary seminars.

renowned graduate programs in media

The New School

MFA Fine Arts encompasses modes of

studies and in urban studies and other social sciences. Career paths include Fine art Arts administration Curation Museum management Art criticism Teaching



Guided by the knowledge that artists

New York City

School of Art, Media, and Technology


School of Art and Design History and Theory

History of design & Curatorial studies MA Career paths

This prestigious two-year master’s degree program,


offered by Parsons in conjunction with Cooper Hewitt,

Curatorial and leadership

Smithsonian Design Museum, brings an object-focused

positions in museums

and practice-based approach to the study of European

and historic houses

and American decorative arts and design dating from

Specialist and management positions in auction houses Academia Consulting for private and corporate collections

the Renaissance to the present. Housed for more than 30 years at Cooper Hewitt—the only U.S. museum devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design—the program enables students to work directly with the


museum’s collections and its curators, conservators,

Criticism, journalism, and media

educators, and designers.


curriculum offers practical and theoretical instruction in

Career paths

researching and displaying interiors and design objects such

Graduates hold curatorial posts

as furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and works in

The MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies (HDCS)

in collections worldwide and Parsons Graduate Programs

specialist positions in auction houses and galleries. They serve in capacities related to interpreting,

other media. New courses in curatorial studies and courses exploring the history of design in social and cultural context reflect the program’s broadened scope and relevance.

promoting, and educating the

Students complete the 42 required credits in two years of

public about art and design.

full-time study or three to four years of part-time study.

Museum curatorial positions: Museum of Modern Art; Victoria & Albert Museum; Indianapolis Art Museum; Museum of Arts and Design; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian

At Cooper Hewitt, graduate students have opportunities to curate exhibitions, create public programming, and produce interpretive materials, which provide hands-on experience in museum and curatorial practices. Access to the Smithsonian’s Design Library, New School library holdings,

Design Museum; Wolfsonian

and the library consortium enriches object-based research.

Museum; M+ Museum (Hong Kong)

For-credit internships enable students to explore professions

Auction house, gallery,

in museums, auction houses, and galleries and on new online

and online specialist positions:

platforms. A limited number of master’s curatorial fellowships

Sotheby’s; Paddle.com; Christie’s; Doyle; Phillips; One Kings Lane Fellowships: Cranbrook Art Museum; Winterthur Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian

at Cooper Hewitt, which provide partial tuition remission, are available. MA students can also apply for paid teaching assistantships. Students can access courses and projects taking place

Design Museum; Metropolitan

throughout Parsons and The New School, which open up new

Museum of Art

areas of investigation in curatorial practice and historical

Editorial positions: New York Times; Metropolis; Martha Stewart Living; The Magazine Antiques Interior design industry positions: Peter Marino

research. In addition, they can pursue a nine-credit minor in Design Studies, available to graduate students across The New School, which addresses the complex relationship between design and society and investigates social, political, and ethical

Architects; HOK Associates;

aspects of design from a future-oriented perspective. Students

Archive Edition Textiles

in the HDCS program who declare the minor can pursue their

Academic positions: New York School of Interior Design; Parsons; National Institute of Design (India); Fashion Institute


of Technology; School of the Art Institute of Chicago

capstone with a design studies orientation. Students graduate from the MA HDCS program prepared to work in some of the world’s most prestigious nonprofit, commercial, cultural, and academic institutions. newschool.edu/parsons-mahistory

TOP: The program is housed at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Shown here are students conducting research in the National Design Library, North Reading Room. BOTTOM: Cooper Hewitt’s collection of more than 250,000 objects and its world-class library offer Parsons students unique opportunities for curating and interpreting design objects—and reaching new audiences.

TOP: Lisa Marks ’17, fruit bowl made from knitted strands of laser-cut bamboo veneer, created for the program’s Global Production studio course. MIDDLE: The design of Spiraloop, a vegetable masher created by program director Rama Chorpash, engages the production processes of a Brooklyn spring manufacturer. The product embodies the kind of decisions contemporary designers can make to influence systems involving employment, production and sustainability, and distribution, thereby advancing the field along responsible paths. BOTTOM: Parsons students and an in-house strategist at Poltrona Frau—a luxury furniture producer and frequent collaboration partner—explore the materials proposed for a competition project.

New York City

School of Constructed Environments

industrial design mfa Parsons’ Master of Fine Arts in Industrial

design practice. Local industry events

Design program offers an innovative

and collaborations with commercial and

two-year, 60-credit full-time graduate

nonprofit partners deepen connections to

curriculum that prepares students to

the field. A specialized thesis project offers

negotiate the seemingly contradictory

opportunities to develop designs that

forces at play in the growing product

advance—or challenge—industrial design

design industry. Students explore the

theory and practice. New York City boasts the country’s

(employing a “making in place” approach

largest number of creative-sector jobs

shaped by local needs and constraints)

and attracts top design talent. The

and global contexts (employing design

MFA Industrial Design program attracts

principles focusing on universal needs).

motivated, reflective students with

In the MFA Industrial Design program,

experience in product design but also

students combine advanced making skills

accepts candidates from other design

and critical inquiry to design for production

professions and disciplines such as

at all scales, from low volume to high

engineering, management, anthropology,

volume, from desktop manufacturing to

and fine arts.

systems involving global supply chains. The MFA Industrial Design program’s

Students graduate equipped with the ability to integrate the many considerations

curriculum balances competing interests

involved in product design and to lead as

such as economical production and

socially aware makers, strategists, and

sustainability, consumerism, social needs

industry specialists. Graduates emerge

and environmental preservation, and global

prepared to design innovative products and

and local production, investigating ways

lead the industries that manufacture them

to integrate and reconcile these forces as a

as well.

The New School

production of goods in both local contexts

whole. The faculty of design practitioners aims to develop a community of designers

Career paths include

committed to improving industry, protecting

Industrial design

the environment, and enhancing the quality

Product development

of life for all.


Students develop their knowledge and skills in the university’s state-of-the-art product prototyping and testing facilities. In their second semester, MFA students explore

Furniture design Humanitarian and service design Toy design Design management Architectural building systems

limited-run making in New York City, and in the third semester, they can investigate large-scale global production through virtual collaborations or study abroad. An innovation-focused university with programs in the social sciences, business and management, media studies, and the performing arts, The New School offers



complementary courses that enrich


School of Constructed Environments

interior design mfa The Master of Fine Arts in Interior

laboratory, the curriculum draws on

Design program at Parsons is uniquely

Parsons’ long-standing connections to

positioned to lead the practice of and

interior design and architecture firms,

discourse on interior design in the 21st

manufacturers, galleries, and museums.

century. Inaugurated in 2009 at Parsons,

During the second year, students develop

the school where formal interior design

a research project that culminates in an

education began, this graduate program

independent design proposition, written

builds on 100 years of leadership in the

thesis book, and exhibition. Graduates

field. Design as a social practice is the

are positioned to transform the field as

program’s guiding philosophy. Students

practitioners and educators by working in

explore design as a force for change, a

interior design and architecture studios,

means of environmental stewardship, and

developing new practices, and collaborating

a tool for shaping experiences.

with nonprofit, government, and

Integrating sustainable design strategies with new developments in technology

educational institutions. The program is offered by Parsons’

Parsons Graduate Programs

and materials, the two-year full-time

School of Constructed Environments (SCE),

professional MFA in Interior Design program

which also houses related programs in

prepares a new generation of designers to

architecture, lighting design, and industrial

address social changes and demographic

design. SCE students share research

shifts shaping clients’ needs today. A faculty

and fabrication facilities and work

of distinguished practicing professionals

together in an open design studio

work with students to imagine new

collaborating on projects, uniting

possibilities for the design of habitable

historically separate design disciplines

space. Conceptual connections between

to support cross-disciplinary innovation.

interior design and related fields including art, architecture, film, science, psychology,

MFA Lighting Design and

philosophy, medicine, and music shape

Interior Design Double Major

students’ work.

The School of Constructed Environments offers

A 60-credit studio-centered, researchoriented curriculum challenges students to analyze the relationship between human behavior, comfort, and perception and the built interior. Courses investigate materials and their environmental impact, fabrication

students wishing to combine studies in interior design and lighting design a unique double major. In the MFA Lighting Design and Interior Design double major, a three-year, 90-credit-hour curriculum, students develop an in-depth technical and aesthetic understanding of the relationship between light and interior design. Interested

and manufacturing processes, building

students should apply directly to the double major

systems and operational energy consumption,

program; they will automatically be considered for

drawing and digital representation, and the

admission to the individual MFA Interior Design and

history and theory of interior design. Students supplement core classes with electives offered throughout Parsons and in other New School colleges in fields such as design and technology, anthropology, psychology, and environmental and urban studies. Using New York City as an urban

MFA Lighting Design programs as well.

Career paths include Interior design Industrial design Sustainable design Consulting Teaching



TOP: MFA Interior Design students designed and built this booth for a fundraiser held by DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) called Dining by Design. Provided with $2,500 to create the booth, the students instead used found objects and donated the unused funds to DIFFA. Photograph: Marion Curtis/Starpix. MIDDLE: Somasree Chandra, Decolonizing Space. Cell blocks in an abandoned police station are repurposed into rooms

that display video projections made by community residents to tell their own stories. 3D model on Rhino, rendering on Photoshop and Illustrator, physical collaging by hand and scanning. BOTTOM: Joel Rice, Portal. A stripped interior corridor from the Neponsit Health Care Center melds with the landscape of 120 years from now, when it is re-inhabited. Model photography, graphite, digital and physical collage.

TOP: James Clotfelter, Silvia Mazzarri, and Jordana Maisie, Atrium electric lighting visualization. MIDDLE: Access to the Lighting Lab—a resource unique to this Parsons program—lets students take varying lighting conditions into account in their designs. BOTTOM: Eby Vincent Mathew and Joanna Filter, Beat Beam.

lighting design mfa The Master of Fine Arts in Lighting

design, and product/industrial design. In

Design program at Parsons, the first of

the open environment of the SCE design

its kind in the world, has trained leaders

studio, students work collaboratively on

in this rapidly evolving field for more

complex problems ranging from single

than 45 years. With a solid foundation

interior environments to comprehensive

in the intellectual, aesthetic, and

architectural volumes, outdoor public

technical dimensions of light, Parsons’

space, and urban planning.

interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on

The School of Constructed Environments

human experience, sustainability, and the

also offers two multidisciplinary programs,

social impact of lighting design.

described below, that enable students to

Students explore the relationships

New York City

School of Constructed Environments

develop an in-depth technical and aesthetic

between theory, technical application,

understanding of the relationship between

energy conservation, and social and

light, architecture, and interior design.

natural light. The two-year full-time

MArch/MFA Lighting Design

course of study is composed of 24 studio

Dual Degree

credits, 30 credits of seminars (on cultural,

Those who wish to pursue studies in lighting design

historical, and perceptual aspects of light),

and architecture can apply to this dual-degree

and six electives. The unique curriculum is

program, a four-year, 120-credit-hour curriculum

anchored in an integrated studio experience in which students interact with peers in architecture, interior design, and product design programs. Projects integrate research, conceptual design development,

that combines the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture and MFA Lighting Design. Interested students should apply directly to this dual-degree program; they will automatically be considered for admission to the individual Master of Architecture and MFA Lighting Design programs as well.

The New School

environmental aspects of electric and

innovative representational techniques, technical analysis, and full-scale study

MFA Lighting Design and

to uncover the experiential and social

Interior Design Double Major

implications of illumination.

The School of Constructed Environments offers

The birthplace of architectural lighting design, New York City offers students abundant opportunities for learning and career advancement. The MFA Lighting Design program’s strong connections with the international architectural lighting design

students wishing to combine studies in lighting design and interior design a unique double major. In the MFA Lighting Design and Interior Design double major, a three-year, 90-credit-hour curriculum, students develop an in-depth technical and aesthetic understanding of the relationship between light and interior design. Interested students should apply

community help students enter a robust and

directly to the double major program; they will

growing workforce ready to succeed. With a

automatically be considered for admission to the

100 percent professional job placement rate,

individual MFA Interior Design and MFA Lighting

graduates of the MFA Lighting Design and multidisciplinary lighting design programs are poised to become leaders in this exciting field. The Lighting Design program is part of Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments (SCE), along with closely related programs in architecture, interior

Design programs as well.

Career paths include Architectural and interior lighting design Light art Theatrical lighting Exhibition lighting Equipment design and manufacturing



Light fixture design and manufacturing


School of Art, Media, and Technology

photography mfa The MFA Photography program prepares

Rigorous critiques and regular meetings

students to become practicing artists

with faculty and professional artists help

and scholars who redefine the creative

students situate their work within broader

role of photography within contemporary

historical, theoretical, and visual culture

culture. The program challenges students

contexts. Program-sponsored conferences,

to move beyond current paradigms,

such as the recent “Photographic Universe,”

anticipating and setting trends rather

bring together practitioners and critics

than following them.

to explore contemporary issues in the field.

The flexible 26-month, 60-credit

Annual graduate thesis exhibitions and

MFA Photography curriculum enables

publications extend students’ reach into

students to undertake local internships

art communities. Graduates go on to

and apprenticeships and participate in

publish, exhibit internationally, and work

international projects. The program begins

in related positions.

with an eight-week summer session in

The MFA in Photography program is

Parsons Graduate Programs

residence at Parsons, the first of three, in

part of Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and

which students attend lectures by and meet

Technology (AMT), which is also home to

with visiting artists, curators, and critics.

the Communication Design, Fine Arts, Design

Recent visitors include Elinor Carucci, Lisa

and Technology, and Data Visualization

Oppenheim, Eva Respini, Anna Ostoya,

graduate programs and related bachelor’s

Charlotte Cotton, Tehching Hsieh, Matthew

programs. Photography students work

Buckingham, Louise Lawler, Jason Fulford,

together and access the many academic

Penelope Umbrico, Jill Magid, Dread Scott,

resources of The New School, including

Artie Vierkant, and James Welling. In the

all of Parsons’ programs, to support

fall and spring semesters, students engage

their research.

in faculty-supervised independent study and conduct focused research in courses on

Career paths include

campus or online.

Fine art

The school’s long-standing ties to the photography and art communities offer students access to New York City and international partners for internships, exhibitions, research, and representation.

Teaching Commercial photography Curation Editorial photography Fashion photography Documentary production Photo editing



TOP: Craig Callison, Desktop_003 (2014), pigment print. MIDDLE: Charlie Rubin, Red Rock Painted Truck Purple Tree. BOTTOM: Lara Atallah, The Abandoned Dinner Party (Coffee Time).

TOP: Students share their research at a public event held at Brooklyn’s Industry City. MIDDLE: Students in the recent Designing Thoughts workshop, led by trend analyst and program visiting fellow Zuzanna Skalska, learned about new economies, their effects on society and commerce, and the value of global awareness. They were then asked to imagine future business challenges and develop creative responses to them. BOTTOM: Through real-world projects, students in the program develop skill in translating the perspectives and needs of various teams involved in business management.

Strategic design & management MS The Master of Science in Strategic Design

is well suited to early- to mid-career

and Management brings together a diverse

professionals seeking to complement

group aspiring to initiate and lead change

their design and business expertise with

in emerging fields: business professionals

professional application. The program

wishing to complement their business

connects students to the broader community

skills with design capabilities, design

of Parsons and other schools and colleges

practitioners seeking to acquire expertise in

of The New School. Housed in Parsons’

business and leadership, and entrepreneurs

School of Design Strategies, the program is

looking to develop transformative business

part of a leading urban university known for

propositions for an evolving global

its courses on design thinking, leadership,

economy. Led by a world-class faculty,

entrepreneurship, and organizational,

the program is academically rigorous and

nonprofit, and sustainability management.

New York City

School of Design Strategies

industry focused. Students can complete the MS on campus, online, or through a

Global Executive Option

combination of on-campus and online study. The Global Executive Master’s in Strategic Design and Management responds to the major restructuring of economies worldwide. The program incorporates design thinking, service design, and sustainability frameworks. Students focus on the evolving global economy and are exposed to sophisticated real-world perspectives on operations, sustainability, management, leadership,

Management is an 18-month program conducted primarily online and with week- and weekend-long intensives in Paris, New York City, and China. Students can complete their studies while working full-time.

Career paths include Business Sustainability management

The New School

The MS in Strategic Design and

Innovation Social innovation

intrapreneurship, entrepreneurship, and


design innovation and research. This two-

Strategic and service design

year, 36-credit program is divided into two sections, each with its own distinct

Alumni Outcomes

pedagogy: academic courses and integrative

Graduates work in global firms, open their own

studios, both offered on campus and online.

consultancies, and launch design-led start-ups.

analyses of the new economy, which help students develop new business models and organization designs for creative industries. Courses provide hands-on experience in

Start-ups and consultancies: Founder/co-creator, Nazariya (artisans’ design business); founder, Kalsada Coffee Company (socially conscious global firm); founder/CEO, LOVESAC Designed for Life Furniture Co. (global home goods); co-founder, Blue Water Workshop (design strategy and innovation); founder/creative

designing, managing, and improving design-

strategist, Art Tap (fine art e-commerce); Dubai-based

intensive firms—and help students develop

innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurial advisor;

their capacity to inspire and lead creative

communications and experience design strategist

teams. In the studios, students apply their learning in projects structured like real-world industry consulting jobs. They can also take part in multimonth programs offered by

In-house design strategy: Vice president/senior insights and design strategist, Innovation Lab, Citibank; director/design and consumer experience strategy team leader, UnitedHealth Group; design strategist, Deloitte Digital; director of product strategy, eSapiens

Parsons’ ELab business incubator that are

(Brazil-based tech firm); senior strategist, Wolff Olins;

designed to develop entrepreneurship.

innovation associate, Fahrenheit 212

Offering evening classes and online instruction, this flexible graduate program

newschool.edu/parsons-mssdm newschool.edu/mssdm-global-exec


Coursework incorporates cutting-edge


School of Fashion

TEXTILES MFA Today makers, designers, and scholars

broad boundaries and developing hybrid

are reimagining textiles—from locally

practices that integrate Silicon Valley’s

crafted materials to 3D printed matter

high-tech innovations with the Hudson

to embellished fabrics—and pioneering

Valley’s craft techniques. Your studies

textile-based industries and theory.

prepare you for a future in which smart

Launched in fall 2018, Parsons’ Master

textiles play many roles, collecting and

of Fine Arts in Textiles offers you a

transmitting data in a variety of products,

curriculum that engages your passion

including domestic goods and woven

and the university’s extensive resources,


preparing you for the growing array of

New York Textile Month, a citywide

opportunities related to textiles in fashion,

event initiated by MFA Textiles founder

product, interior, and scenic design;

Lidewij Edelkoort, dean of Hybrid Design

research; fine arts; architecture; and

Studies at Parsons, reflects the program’s

hybrid fields.

community-based approach to promoting

In this two-year, 60-credit full-time

textile industries. The event’s local partners

Parsons Graduate Programs

program, you develop a critical

become your mentors, inviting you into

understanding of textiles’ sociocultural,

studios and businesses to build your skills

environmental, and emotional dimensions

and networks. The program also draws

and consider their potential for uniting

on Parsons’ institutional partners, such

craft and computational technology. In

as Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design

studios, you acquire skills in essential

Museum. Lectures by global designers and

fiber techniques—yarn making, weaving,

producers add dimension to your learning.

knitting—and are introduced to new creative

Textiles are integral to an array of

methods and materials, including smart

industries—from ubiquitous computing,

fibers, digital patternmaking, 3D knitting,

automotive design, aerospace, and

and wearable technology. You develop and

healthcare to fashion, set, and interior

apply color forecasting skills and explore

design—and represent a major growth field.

high-tech and biotech production. You refine

In the program, you are guided to take an

your aesthetic sensibilities and sustainable

active role in textile industries, preparing

practice on-site in NYC textile ateliers,

to re-shore businesses, lend studio skills

deepening your collaborative and studio

to firms ranging from fashion to biotech,

abilities. Instruction in small business best

launch a business as an independent

practices rounds out your learning.

designer or high-tech researcher, or pursue

This program is housed in Parsons’

advanced studies. In the process, you

School of Fashion (SOF). The school’s

cultivate the utopian aspects of creativity

interdisciplinary approaches connect

and promote textiles’ continuing role as a

a spectrum of design disciplines and

major form of cultural expression.

concerns ranging from human factors to environmental sustainability to social

Career paths include

justice. Accordingly, the program welcomes

Textile design

applicants from a variety of fields, including


textile research, studio design, and liberal


arts (philosophy, anthropology, history). The MFA Textiles community is diverse and committed to expanding the field’s

Sustainability consulting Criticism PR and communications Teaching



TOP: Pallavi Padukone, Fragrant Embroidery. MIDDLE: Jacob Olmedo, Botanical Tufting. BOTTOM: Sagarika Sundaram, 3D felting.

TOP: Fernando Canteli de Castro, Diagram of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. Students learn about the complexities and challenges of bringing about urban transformation in collaboration with local stakeholders and the nonprofit sector. MIDDLE: MA Theories of Urban Practice students Renae Diggs (left) and Joy Alise Davis (center) interview residents near Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, Queens, for their research.

BOTTOM: Student investigations and projects often focus on urban spaces with intertwined social, economic, and environmental problems. Here students visiting the South Bronx receive guidance from local community members and experts.

theories of urban practice mA The two-year, 36-credit Master of Arts

injustices, the logistics and politics of

in Theories of Urban Practice is an

infrastructure, women-led urban movements,

innovative urban research program

climate change and environmental justice,

engaging students in the critical study

the securitization of cities, resistance to

of design practices in the context of cities,

displacement, and alternative economies.

urbanization, and urban ecosystems

Students incorporate the study of politics,

as well as urban planning, policy,

visual and social art, critical geography,

and governance. The program is open

media, security, and the environment into

to students from diverse academic

their urban-focused inquiry. MA Theories of Urban Practice offers

are committed to social, spatial, and

an academic environment that fosters

environmental justice; applicants are not

innovative thinking and experimentation

required to have a degree or professional

with the design of cities, services, and

experience in architecture, urban studies,

ecosystems. The program, and Parsons as

or design. This research-driven program

a whole, reflect the commitment to social

is part of Parsons’ School of Design

and environmental justice of The New

Strategies (SDS) and shares a 12-credit

School, the university of which they are a

core curriculum with the 60-credit

part. The curriculum promotes participatory

studio-based MS Design and Urban

processes, equitable development, feminist

Ecologies program.

urban perspectives, and transdisciplinary

The MA Theories of Urban Practice

collaboration across the university. Guided

program focuses on the production of

by faculty mentors, students supplement

knowledge of the urban. Combining

their studies with electives relevant to their

research, fieldwork, policy, design, and

interests and thesis.

The New School

and professional backgrounds who

New York City

School of Design Strategies

activism, students investigate the evolution of urban practice and contradictions within the field by unearthing root causes, suppressed histories, and emerging theories. Students devise progressive research methodologies and collaborate with communities and agencies at the forefront of urban transformation. They explore design as a catalyst for new urban practices and planning that address contemporary challenges. Students become agents of change by engaging in urban investigations that bring

Career paths include Urban design and policy City planning Government administration Public housing Management of nonprofit, public, social, cultural, and environmental initiatives Community practice Teaching and academia Advanced/doctoral study Journalism, criticism, and curatorial practice Research and analysis Social enterprise

together urban studies, history, and theory through a design and spatial approach. Projects have addressed topics including social movements, urban governance, nonprofit management, sociospatial design



in the sharing economy, racial and gender


School of Design Strategies

transdisciplinary design mfa Emphasizing collaborative design-led

Strategic Design and Management, and

research, Parsons’ Master of Fine Arts in

Theories of Urban Practice. In its programs

Transdisciplinary Design program serves

and projects, SDS employs innovative

as an academic laboratory in New York

approaches to design and business

City for graduate students seeking to

education in the context of cities, services,

define the next phase of design globally

and ecosystems.

and effect positive social change. The MFA Transdisciplinary Design

This two-year, 60-credit program focuses on project-based work supported

program was created for designers

by electives chosen by students to

interested in developing and applying ideas,

complement the core curriculum. Our

tools, and collaborative and experimental

approach to challenges involves the

working methods to address the complex

following methodologies:

challenges posed by global systems. Students work in cross-disciplinary teams and learn from renowned researchers, Parsons Graduate Programs

practitioners, and industry leaders. They engage with larger issues through design and emerge from the MFA program with a portfolio that reflects the use of design processes to transform social practices and complex systems. Graduates go on to work in cutting-edge design consultancies as designers and researchers, with in-house design teams at private and public organizations, on challenges such as restructuring healthcare services, as project leaders for nonprofit organizations, and in their own design consultancies and microbusinesses. The MFA Transdisciplinary Design program is housed in Parsons’ School of Design Strategies (SDS), alongside graduate

»»Systems thinking—the integration of ecological, economic, technological, and social systems to achieve common ends

»»Sustainability in transition—building programs and infrastructure for resilience and longevity

»»Social innovation—the use of design to envision and develop more just modalities of social interaction Career paths include Service design Design consulting Academia Business development International development Entrepreneurship Positions as in-house design leads in government agencies and industry

programs in Design and Urban Ecologies,



TOP: Sophie Riendeau, Ankita Roy, and Juyeon Lee, The Emotion Invasion Lab. This group thesis is aimed at humanizing medical practice by developing young physicians’ capacity for empathy and introspection while they are still in training. The end goal: to fight physician burnout through changes to medical curriculum and design alterations to clinical spaces.

TOP LEFT: Doremy Diatta, Material Communications. For her thesis, Diatta developed objects for parents of children with disruptive behavioral disorders to use at home to practice techniques learned in therapy. With support from Parsons, Diatta presented her thesis at the 2015 “Design Indaba” conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

BOTTOM: Howard Chambers and Bland Hoke, Softwalks. Softwalks is a set of easily installed components in which construction scaffolding is used to support seating, plantings, and lighting, fostering social interaction in a greener urban landscape. Softwalks won Fast Company magazine’s Innovation by Design Award (Student Category).

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1. MFA Industrial Design Tim Ronco’s Electric Kettle Model 101 the Joule, developed for the New York Kettle Company, is manufactured in the region from long-wearing materials. Its detailing makes use richly experiential while hinting at the transparency of the product’s supply chain.

2. MFA Lighting design Min Young Kim’s Daylight & Shadow Parks takes inspiration from the atmospheric daylight of Central Park. Installed in a ceiling corner, her device filters light through dichroic glass and emits a range of colorful light-and-shadow patterns.

3. MFA Fashion Design & Society Mayako Kano collages historic and modern materials and techniques in a contemporary eight-look collection inspired by the Meiji period. Her pieces feature unusual proportions, unraveled and overpainted fabrics, and low necklines and waistlines. Embroidery unifies the collection’s looks.

4. MFA TExtiles Among the first of its kind, this new program guides students in the exploration of textiles—such as the 3D material shown at left and the hand-knit and embellished fabrics shown at right—and in the study of textile theory and the expanding array of textile-based industries.

5. MS Data Visualization Aseem Agarwal’s interactive digital project, How is Delhi Slowing Down?, employs hexagons to measure and depict traffic congestion. His tool is designed to help urban planners and analysts work effectively in one of the world’s most crowded and congested cities.

6. M.Arch Architecture Battery Grange, Raquel Richter’s thesis, reimagines 14 acres of coastal parkland as a space dedicated to urban farming, recreation, and education about rising sea levels, urban resilience, and the human connection to waterways.

7. MFA Photography The Gods Life is an audio and photo series by Sarah Wang and Zuri Smith that chronicles the life of Smith’s grandfather Clarence Edward Smith—founder of the Nation of Gods and Earths, an esoteric school of thought that flourished in Harlem in the 1960s.

8. MFA Transdisciplinary Design Juyeon Lee, Chengcheng Teng, and Oliver Arellano created Vitality Rhythm, a project incorporating crop-monitoring technology, to spark dialogue about the relationship between humans and nature. People develop empathy by caring for a plant nourished by soil from Freshkills Park—once the world’s largest landfill.

9. MFA Design & Technology In Danli Hu’s Touching the Void, haptic gloves enable users to interact with virtual objects. The project, which employs Leap Motion and Arduino technology, is aimed at exploring constructed realities and the ways humans form impressions of objects in their minds.

11. MPS Communication Design Husani Barnwell developed a corporate identity and a comprehensive suite of cross-platform branding elements for Tonic Conference, an event designed to convene young changemakers working in health and wellness industries.

12. MFA Fine Arts Paulina Kim Joo created a series of artifacts and artificial landscapes, including The Old Capital (2017), shown here. Her creations employ installation, video, and photography to explore the homesickness and loss of tradition caused by globalization.

13. MS Strategic Design & Management Marcio Oliveira Silva’s United for Innovation System is a strategic plan that helps organizations achieve desired team performance by bringing together people with different backgrounds and capitalizing on the diversity of their ideas.

14. MA Fashion Studies In Floral Flaneurs: Flower Beards and 21st Century Masculinity on the Internet, Anthony Palliparambil, Jr., proposes new conceptions of masculinity through the decorated beard, inviting men to adorn their facial hair with materials traditionally considered unmasculine.

15. MA Theories of Urban Practice Anna Nichole Gorman’s thesis, The Fight for Los Sures: Tracing Welfare Policy “Reform” and Resistance to Displacement, explores the relationship between federal social welfare policy and urban displacement in North Brooklyn and proposes alternative, more equitable systems.

16. MA history of design & Curatorial Studies Jacqueline Sullivan’s thesis, “All That Concerns Us”: The Art and Life of Trude Guermonprez, sheds light on one of the most influential practitioners and educators of the 20th-century fiber art movement. Sullivan analyzes Guermonprez’s complex weaving techniques and their role in her work.

17. MFA Interior Design Maria Claudia Narvaez Arango’s Space and Empathy: Design of a Hospital Patient Room for Emotional Well-Being examines the ways spatial arrangement can influence a person’s well-being and applies interior design strategies in reimagining the traditional in-patient hospital room.


10. MS Design & Urban Ecologies Jakob Winkler’s thesis project, Critical Cartographies of Change: Resisting Urban Renewal Through Radical Mapping, is a printed map and accompanying interactive version designed to aid readers investigating state-led renewal policies that forcibly displace New York City residents.

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University Resources

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University Resources

Some of Our Recent Partners



Access to state-of-the-art and traditional tools at the Making

Aperture Foundation

Center facilitates your creative growth and gives you hands-on

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experience using everything you’ll need as a creator. Available resources include a motion capture studio; 3D printers; laser cutters; CNC routers; high-speed plotters; printmaking equipment for all media; woodworking, metalworking, and

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sewing tools; and digital imaging, audio, and production gear.


The inviting, light-filled space is also a place where community

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forms: Students and faculty collaborate and discuss creative

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challenges at the center’s many ample work tables. LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES

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Supporting your research are the university’s libraries and


some of the country’s best academic resources, available


through the online Research Library Consortium of South

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Manhattan. On-campus resources include the List Center


Library, University Center Library, Performing Arts Library, and Kellen Design Archives & Special Collections at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Degree-seeking students

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can also use the extensive resources of NYU’s Bobst Library,


the Cooper Union library, and the New York School of


Interior Design and Cardozo libraries.

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At the Kellen Design Archives, you can explore Parsons’ celebrated history in studio disciplines and design studies. The archives span Parsons’ history from its founding to today, conserving primary-source materials produced by our


community, including illustrations, graphic design samples,

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fashion sketches, articles, photographs, and recordings.

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Galleries and Exhibition Spaces The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC), an award-winning space designed by Lyn Rice Architects, is a university hub of creativity and scholarship. Located

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on the ground floor of Parsons’ building at the corner of

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Fifth Avenue and 13th Street, the center offers programming


including exhibitions curated by the SJDC staff, student

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work exhibitions, and a rich variety of events advancing

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the university’s mission to promote public dialogue on the role of art and design in civic life. The center’s more than 4,000 square feet of gallery space, equipped to support the


full range of media, offers students opportunities to curate


and create programming as part of their coursework or

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by invitation.

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INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS Industry partnerships at the university harness your talent and connect you to leading organizations and brands whose mission, knowledge base, leadership, and creativity align with yours. Partnerships challenge faculty and students


to develop customized solutions that drive innovation and help businesses thrive in a complex, diverse global economy. Listed at left are some of our recent partners.

TOP: Parsons’ Making Center— more than 25,000 square feet of workspaces with cuttingedge and traditional creative tools—fosters collaborative work, hybrid making, and innovative manufacturing processes. MIDDLE: Libraries in the University Center building and on East 16th Street include quiet study rooms and spaces for group work.

BOTTOM: Parsons’ galleries— such as this one in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center—have large windows that face the street, inviting the public to take in exhibitions and programs.

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of Image-Makers Mannes Am TOP: The Tishman Auditorium in the University Center, shown here, is a venue for public programs that bring thought leaders and innovators to campus, extending learning beyond the classroom. MIDDLE: The New School Art Collection’s newest commission, installed in the University Center, is a wall drawing by pioneering conceptual artist Agnes Denes. BOTTOM: A student creates a composition using samples from the Healthy Materials Lab’s library of nontoxic products, such as rubber flooring, tile backing made from reused juice boxes, and flooring made from linseed oil, wood flour, and jute. Also shown are ecofabrics created in collaboration with Tide detergent.

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at The New School Citizen Clark.

Life of Principle: Film Screening a Panel Discussion Knowledge

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Studio Orchestra The Tar San

Songbook Creating an Inclus

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Some of Our Research Centers

Scholarship and creative learning happen both in and

Center for Data Arts

outside of the classroom at The New School. Across our

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campus, students and faculty come together in interactive, collaborative spaces to rethink, reimagine, and redesign the world. In these labs, centers, facilities, and research institutes, they generate groundbreaking work that

Center for Public Scholarship
 Center for Transformative Media

New York City


Collaboratory Community Development Finance Lab

challenges traditional approaches to problem solving. At

Designed Realities Lab

right is a list of some of our centers, institutes, and labs.

DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability)

The New School’s art collection makes passing through campus buildings a transformative experience. Installations

Lab Digital Equity Lab
(design-led entrepreneurial lab)

created expressly for our community—such as Glenn Ligon’s

Engage Media Lab

site-specific commission For Comrades and Lovers, which

Graduate Institute for Design,

envelops visitors to the University Center’s Event Café; José Clemente Orozco’s A Call for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood, a sweeping fresco cycle created in 1931; and Kara Walker’s Event Horizon, an immersive artwork filling Arnhold Hall’s stairwell—explore themes particularly relevant to The New School. Pioneering works from the

Ethnography, and Social Thought (GIDEST) Healthy Materials Lab
 Humanities Action Lab Open Style Lab PETLab (Prototyping, Evaluation, Teaching, and Learning Lab)

collection of nearly 2,000, including pieces by Martin

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

Puryear, Adrian Piper, and photographer and New School

Tishman Environment and

teacher Berenice Abbott, are found throughout campus, offering you moments of inspiration and discovery. Social Justice at the new school The New School’s Office of Social Justice develops and supports university initiatives that promote social justice in the world in four thematic areas: stratification (by race,

Design Center Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS)
 Urban Systems Lab Vera List Center for Art and Politics Zolberg Institute on Migration

The New School


and Mobility

class, income, sexuality, and sexual identity); immigration and migration; climate and environment; and technology in society. The Office of Social Justice also supports internal policy and culture change to foster a welcoming and inclusive university environment and advance The New School’s mission of cultivating engaged innovators equipped to address pressing social issues. NEW SCHOOL PUBLIC PROGRAMS Public Programs at The New School offers you more than a thousand events each year—most presented free— providing fresh perspectives and expanding your network. These lectures, conversations, exhibitions, concerts, and performances feature a range of intellectual leaders and include the Nth Degree, a series of events featuring thinkers, visionaries, and creators who bring about positive


change in the world.

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31 National Museum of the American Indian 1 Bowling Green 32 The New Museum 235 Bowery 33 Type Directors Club 347 West 36th Street 34 The Whitney Museum of American Art


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199 Cook Street, Brooklyn 24 The Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue 25 International Center of Photography Museum 250 Bowery 26 The Kitchen 512 West 19th Street 27 The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue 28 The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue 29 MoMA 11 West 53rd Street


30 MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens

Music & Theater 35 Blue Note Jazz Club 131 West 3rd Street 36 Brooklyn Academy of Music 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn 37 Lincoln Center 10 Lincoln Center Plaza 38 The Public Theater 425 Lafayette Street Politics & social Justice 39 International Rescue Committee 122 East 42nd Street 40 The United Nations 405 East 42nd Street 41 Urban Justice Center 40 Rector Street


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49 The Grey Dog 90 University Place

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University Resources

Parsons Graduate Programs


Tuition and cost of

The university offers graduate housing in


the 20th Street and 92Y residences; you can

For up-to-date information on tuition and

also choose to live off campus. To learn more

fees, visit newschool.edu/tuition-and-fees.

about both on- and off-campus housing

New York City


Financial Aid and

options, visit newschool.edu/housing.


All graduate students who apply by the

Career services for graduate students are

priority scholarship deadline of January 11

offered through the Center for Graduate

are considered for New School merit-based

Career and Professional Development.

scholarships; no additional application is

The center hosts job and internship

required. In addition, U.S. citizens or legal

fairs for graduate students and ongoing

residents should file the Free Application

professional development workshops as

for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between

well as sponsoring and co-sponsoring

October 1 and March 1 if they are applying

numerous career path panel discussions

for either the summer or the fall term. The

and other special events. Graduate students

FAFSA can be found online at fafsa.ed.gov

have access to a large online job database

(the New School/Parsons code is 002780).

(HireNew), guides, and subscription-based

Some graduate programs offer paying


research assistant and teaching assistant

positions that support research and develop

Graduate student career advisors offer:

students’ skills while defraying the costs of

»»One-on-one counseling 
 »»●Assistance with résumés, curricula

attendance. also maintains a list of scholarships and

internship search strategies, and

offers workshops to help students obtain

interview preparation

external funding. Students should also

»»Assistance with fellowship and

research non–New School scholarships and

grant application materials

grants that can be applied to graduate study.

The New School

The Office of Student Financial Services

vitae, portfolios, LinkedIn, job and

For a list of additional scholarship

We look forward to working with you.

opportunities, visit newschool.edu/

To learn more, visit newschool.edu/career-


services. To read alumni profiles, visit newschool.edu/parsons/alumni-profiles.

Contact Student Financial Services Office of Student Financial Services 72 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor New York, NY 10003 212.229.8930


 pplications received after January 1 may be considered if space is A available in the program. Late application may reduce chances of scholarship consideration.



University Resources


Contact the Admission Office

Most students who are considering

Parsons School of Design

graduate study begin the application

Office of Graduate Admission

process in the fall before their intended

72 Fifth Avenue

term of entry. The following timetable

New York, NY 10011

outlines a schedule of the necessary steps.

212.229.5150 thinkparsonsgrad@newschool.edu

Fall (September–December)

»»Review application requirements. »»Attend an admission event or

Visit newschool.edu/parsons/apply to apply.

portfolio review.1

»»Research non–New School scholarships. »»Register for the TOEFL or GRE if needed.

»»Contact those who are writing recommendations.

»»Request college transcripts.


Spring (January–May)

»»Apply for the fall/summer term by January 2 (priority scholarship deadline).

Parsons Graduate Programs

»»Check your application status online at newschool.edu/admissionhub.

»»Submit the FAFSA online by March 1. »»Check for correspondence from


Admission and faculty.

»»Check for an admission decision letter, sent out in mid-March or later.

»»Meet faculty and alumni at events for admitted students.

»»Submit your tuition deposit. »»Apply for an international student visa if necessary. Summer (June–August)

»»Explore housing options. »»Register for classes. »»MFA Photography students begin class in early June.

»»MFA Design and Technology students attend Bootcamp in late July.

»»Attend Orientation. »»Classes begin in late August.

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landing webpage to find the name of the

and Visit the Campus

director, and select the name to obtain an

There are a number of ways to connect with

email address. Or find contact information

us: campus visits, open houses, portfolio days,

using the New School online directory, at

and other admission events in New York

newschool.edu/directory. Some program

City and around the world. If you are unable

directors welcome class visits.

New York City

Learn More About Parsons

to travel, email an admission counselor. Information Sessions, Webinars, and Graduate Student Tours

Graduate Portfolio Days

Tours are recommended for prospective

Prospective students should attend

and admitted students and those who have

an information session to learn about

applied; they are intended not to provide

Parsons, The New School, and graduate

answers to questions about academics or

programs. Admission counselors explain

admission but rather to offer an overview of

the admission and financial aid process

The New School’s facilities. Schedule a tour:

and answer questions. Webinars are also


offered throughout the year. On Graduate

(Tours are not offered on national holidays

Portfolio Days, faculty members give

or when the university is closed.)

portfolio feedback before students

A highlight of the tour is the University

apply. For more information, including

Center—the hub of campus life, designed

upcoming session dates, visit

to facilitate collaboration within the New


School community. To learn more, visit newschool.edu/university-center.

Speak with an Admission Counselor

have questions, request an appointment

Speak to a program director to learn

with an admission counselor by emailing

more about programs. Visit the program



to Parsons or were recently admitted and

and Observe a Class

The New School

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Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. Parsons School of Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program: Master of Architecture (preprofessional degree + 90 credits). Next accreditation visit for this program: 2024. For full information on the university’s accreditation, visit newschool.edu/provost/ accreditation. The information published here represents the plans of the university at the time of publication and does not constitute an irrevocable contract between the student and The New School. The university reserves the right to change without notice any matter contained in this publication, including but not limited to tuition, fees, policies, degrees, programs, names of programs, course offerings, academic activities, academic requirements, facilities, faculty, and administrators. Payment of tuition or attendance at any classes shall constitute a student’s acceptance of the administration’s rights as set forth above. The New School is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Institution.

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