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parsons school of design undergraduate programs

Discover a university dedicated to unleashing your creativity. Parsons School of Design, a globally top-ranked art and design school, has offered students innovative approaches to education since its founding in 1896. Today we’re the only 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 programs. Here you can master established art and design fields or advance emerging ones and study across all university disciplines. Guided by Parsons’ faculty, students draw on the university’s extensive resources to challenge convention and innovate, improving people’s lives directly and preparing for an evolving world as a collective force of new creative thought and action.



Parsons students used weather balloons outfitted with digital cameras to map Union Square and other Manhattan green spaces to study change in urban ecosystems over time.


For Empowerhouse, students across the university partnered with local civic and government agencies to demonstrate how design and policy can improve social and environmental conditions on scales ranging from a single home to a national organization’s system of building. The project resulted in a two-family house built with Habitat for Humanity and changes in Habitat’s construction policies to allow for more energy-efficient and affordable dwellings.

A recent course challenged students to design a garment leaving no scrap fabric. An anorak created for the class was put into production and sold by eco-fashion retailer Loomstate, the external partner for the project.




Can a School Change the Way You Think About Art and Design? From the moment you arrive at Parsons, you sense that in the right hands, art and design can be more powerful than you ever imagined. They have the capacity to disrupt the status quo. They can be employed to confront climate change, address race relations, and transform industry through thoughtfully conceived objects and ideas. Here becoming an artist or designer means working across disciplines, learning to collaborate, and questioning every assumption in order to create more reflectively and responsibly. The new school PARSONS

OPPOSITE: Professor John Jerard recently led an interdisciplinary class in which students designed and built sets, props, costumes, and posters for productions staged by The Mannes Opera, part of The New School’s Mannes School of Music.

ABOVE: Students and faculty of

Parsons’ DESIS Lab, the U.S. branch of an international social innovation incubator, interviewed Brooklyn residents with the aim of developing environmentally sustainable alternatives to cars.


Can the Walls Between Classrooms and New York City Disappear? NYC offers endless creative inspiration and opportunity. And at Parsons, it’s a vital shared workspace. From the first semester, courses take you out into the city to design creative ways to improve urban life. In internships and collaborations with nonprofits, government, and commercial partners, you test ideas and develop skills and networks that support you during your time on campus and beyond.

TOP: First-year students visit Flavor

Paper, a small Brooklyn producer of handcrafted wallpaper, and develop their color theory abilities on-site.

BOTTOM: Your education at Parsons involves exploring ways in which green spaces like Manhattan’s High Line park (shown here) make cities more livable, resilient, and inclusive. Here art and design are means of engaging with communities and with urbanizing settings.



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For the Experimental Typography course, students placed 3D letterforms throughout the city, giving subway riders an opportunity to reflect on public art and students a chance to witness the effects of changing scale and setting in communication design.



Experienced in a range of media and teaching methods, Parsons instructors can help you express your ideas effectively and explore new techniques.


Build a Learning Community of Faculty and Peers

Your community lasts long after you graduate. Alumni connect at universitysponsored networking events and reunions. Some students start businesses together after graduating.

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At The New School, you’re surrounded by teachers and peers who help you grow as a creator and a member of a community. Our accomplished faculty encourage you to boldly experiment and guide you to become technically proficient, conceptually sophisticated, and reflective about your work. They are also working professionals who share their experience and creative connections. Your fellowstudents are your collaborators and critics and even become your professional colleagues. They are open-minded, independent, diverse, and aware. And they come from every state in the United States and more than 100 countries worldwide, making our university’s student body one of the most international in the country.



Make Four Years Last a Lifetime Learning here readies you for a creative life of your own design. For four years, you’re challenged to elevate your creativity with critical thought. You partner with peers throughout the university—performers, media makers, policy analysts—sharpening your collaborative skills. You focus your vision while broadening your abilities. Parsons’ approach to education sets us apart and sets you on your path—with the tools and a creative community to last a lifetime.



ACADEMICS Our curriculum spans all art and design disciplines and draws on a range of newer interdisciplinary fields, such as service design, urban design, and sustainability studies. We also offer minors in a variety of disciplines, such as foreign languages, psychology, and management. See page 36 for details. Majors Offered in New York City Architectural Design (BFA) Communication Design (BFA) Design and Technology (BFA) Fashion Design (BFA) Fine Arts (BFA) Illustration (BFA) Interior Design (BFA) Photography (BFA) Product Design (BFA) Strategic Design and Management (BBA)

Majors Offered at Parsons Paris (see page 41) Art, Media, and Technology (BFA) Fashion Design (BFA)

Schools Undergraduate and graduate programas at Parsons are grouped into the following schools to facilitate collaboration and resource sharing: School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT) School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT) School of Fashion (SOF) School of Design Strategies (SDS) School of Constructed Environments (SCE)

The School of Art and Design History and Theory offers an array of seminars and lectures in history, criticism, and writing that focus on visual and material culture. These courses are integral to studio work and help you develop a systematic understanding of the role and function of visual culture, art, and design over time and in various geographical settings.

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Integrated Design (BFA)



TOP: A first-year visit to an urban bike-making studio introduces you to ways designers can promote health benefits and awareness of the consequences of fossil fuel use.

BOTTOM: Policymaking at The United Nations directly affects global climate change. In the first-year Sustainable Systems class, you learn how.



Your First Year Your first year is one of discovery and exploration. Studio courses build a variety of making skills, while seminars expand your ability to reflect critically on art and design and their connections to the wider world. Together they provide a base for your creative practice over the next three years. They also introduce you to systems-based approaches to design, in which you consider a range of factors—sustainability, technological change, user experience, globalization—to create work suited to the rapidly changing world.

The first year also allows those entering as undeclared students the opportunity to explore a range of art and design disciplines that help them decide on a major.

First-year studio-and-seminar pairings enable you to explore topics creatively through research combined with making and followed by written reflections on your work. These broadly applicable design processes serve you during your education and later in your creative career.

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The process takes you throughout New York City, where you encounter firsthand the ways creativity fuels urban life. You apply your new perspectives and critical-thinking and communication skills to share your insights.


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Eva Neves BFA Integrated Design/ BA Environmental Studies Senior

“Stories are within each of us; through art and design, we discover ways to build community around them, stepping outside our comfort zone along the way.” Eva draws on various media to tell compelling

Studies program, involved research into

stories interwoven with economics, politics,

food systems, helping her develop skills and

and culture. She often creates textiles—a

new perspectives. She combined the fields

preferred medium—that are equally rich

in a self-designed interdisciplinary project,

tapestries of color, fibers, and narrative

Depending on the Cotton, which examines

(see photo). It’s a natural way of working

the cotton industry.

in Parsons’ Integrated Design program,

Anchored by a story quilt, Eva’s

where students combine disciplines and

installation piece explores cotton’s history

formats to remarkable effect. Eva’s interests

and its effects on U.S. culture. She created

include agriculture and writing, so she opted

a narrative on cotton fabrics printed with

for the BFA/BA dual degree, which allows

historical scenes linking the Industrial

her to explore environmental studies and

Revolution, slavery, and cotton’s origins

communications in depth alongside her

while raising awareness about present-day

studio art.

working conditions. As a radio drama plays

in the background, viewers are invited to pin

A Parsons class in dyeing fabrics with

natural materials sparked Eva’s curiosity

or stitch their own contributions onto the

about cotton, a material deeply rooted in

quilt. Eva explains, “Stories are within each of

American history. Urban Agriculture and

us; through art and design, we discover ways

Food Activism, a course in the Environmental

to build community around them, stepping outside our comfort zone along the way.”



Architectural design (BFA)

School of Constructed Environments In this pre-professional program, you investigate the history, language, and social practice of architecture within a fine arts context. You create socially engaged, collaboratively made, and globally oriented work. In internships, courses, and workshops, you build collaborative skills and broaden your design knowledge with peers in related interior, product, urban, and lighting design programs. Visits to architectural firms and manufacturers provide further insight into the world of The new school PARSONS

professional practice. The program offers design-build opportunities within New York City, such as the Street Seats public seating initiative and housing studios with community partners. Career paths include— architecture, landscape architecture, environmental art, urban design, exhibition design, product/industrial design, interior design

model, The Edge TOP RIGHT: Manasi

Punde, rendering, Descending Pavilion, project for Studio 2 BOTTOM: Mitsuto Mori,

rendering for Tall Buildings Competition

TOP LEFT: Angelina Putri,



Communication Design (BFA)

School of Art, Media, and Technology In this major, you focus on typography and interaction and choose an industry-related area of study such as Advertising, Information Design, Branding, Editorial, Motion Graphics, Type Design, or Web/Mobile Product Design. You learn how to create and share compelling messages from concept stage to final form. You explore the social and environmental dimensions of communication. You work directly with peers throughout The New School,

including fellow students in programs housed at other schools within the university, and with external partners in hands-on, collaborative courses. Electives on topics like package design, environmental graphics, and design for social engagement—and ones in areas including the humanities, media studies, and business—enhance your learning.

Career paths include— advertising, motion graphics, publication design, package design, branding, information visualization, interaction design, exhibition/retail design, environmental graphics

TOP LEFT: Gabriela Demato, publication, Young Gun Magazine, Issue 01 TOP RIGHT: Huy Luong,

publication, The Memory Cookbook BOTTOM RIGHT: Nika Simovich,

digital interface, Post Nostalgia



design and technology (BFA)

School of Art, Media, and Technology Choose a pathway—Game Design or Creative Technology— and solve design problems by remixing software, hardware, art, and design creatively. Code becomes your second native tongue and expressive means of connecting with others. You develop a sustainable and unique process for researching, experimenting, designing, prototyping, iterating, and producing projects that keeps pace with an evolving industry.

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The Game Design pathway at BFADT immerses you in the world of indie game design and development. It gives you tools and pipelines that grow and expand with your skill set and provides you with an understanding of the process from brainstorming to game publication. Creative Technology focuses on bringing art- and human-centric design into programming and engineering, providing a set of tools drawing on physical computing, creative coding, user experience, and fabrication. Career paths include— game design and development, virtual reality and immersion experience design, motion graphics, advertising, software design, hardware engineering, computational arts

BOTTOM: Or Zubalsky, installation and instrument with electronics, Meeting Table

TOP: Jon Murry, virtual reality project, Ready Made Exhibition

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student profile ACADEMICS

Jessy Jo Gomez BFA Design and Technology Junior

“Designing games that make working together and fighting injustice fun is my idea of a worthy challenge.”

Jessy Jo first encountered Parsons as a Parsons Scholar, participating in the school’s intensive college preparation and art and design program for New York City high schoolers. Jessy Jo’s creativity had already brought her to an arts high school, but the Scholars program took her abilities, ambitions, and cross-disciplinary approach further. When it was time to apply to college, she chose Parsons for its embrace of young creators eager to pioneer new fields. Jessy Jo had been interested in digital technology, youth rights, and education for years. In high school, she joined Games for Change and Global Kids, working on justice-focused digital games. In her degree program, she’s combined disciplines and interests, employing digital code and

Arduino technology to create interactive objects and games designed to promote social good. She also leads coding workshops at Win to Learn, a company she co-founded offering computer science– focused STEM classes to middle and high school students. These experiences sparked a recent discovery for Jessy Jo: interest in a career combining design and education. “Designing games that make working together and fighting injustice fun is my idea of a worthy challenge. Digital design might be my route to becoming a teacher.” As a teacher, Jessy Jo says, she could design curriculum empowering a new generation to foster social opportunity through technology.



FASHION DESIGN (BFA) School of Fashion This innovative program has trained five generations of designers who have shaped the global industry. Employing design thinking and creative problem-solving strategies, you develop research and explore form, image, material, and process—guided by social and environmental imperatives—to create innovative, ethical, and responsible fashion for an evolving field.

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The holistic design-led curriculum embraces an integrated approach aimed at developing your personal working methodology while refining your creative vision. Research encompasses 2D, 3D, and 4D processes while balancing artisanal craft techniques with innovative digital technology. Coursework pushes you to critically engage with the discipline through research, design, business, cultural curation, image making, and visual communication. Your design philosophy shapes your senior thesis, which is self-proposed and expressed in a collection, systems, research, media, narrative, or documentary format. Faculty, lecturers, and critics engage you on creative, intellectual, and practical levels. External partners offer you opportunities to connect with professional practice through scholarships and collaborative projects and competitions that complement your academic experience. Offered both in New York City and at Parsons Paris.

Career paths include— fashion design, styling, merchandising, marketing, public relations

MIDDLE: Moon Kyung Hwang,

menswear, Detective RIGHT: Leonid Batekhin,

womenswear, Numbereleven

LEFT: Atsuko Yagi, sketch, menswear



Fine Arts (BFA) School of Art, Media, and Technology This major exposes you to a range of studio practices, ideas, communities, and global dynamics related to contemporary art. You learn to translate concepts into expression through composition, color, form, space, and performance while developing skills and artistic strategies. You cultivate the conceptual and critical abilities needed to establish a professional art career. This program guides you to discover your voice, familiarizing you with traditional techniques of painting, drawing, and sculpture as well as innovative interdisciplinary methods in media involving public engagement, video, animation, photography, and digital imaging. Internships and electives in topics such as art history, theory, and professional practices broaden your perspective.

Career paths include— fine art, arts administration, curatorial studies/practice, museum/auction house/gallery/art fair management, art history and criticism, education, publishing

TOP LEFT: Andrea Sundt, sculpture, Water Compulsion TOP RIGHT: Yu Tada, digital print, Comment Series BOTTOM: Robert Hickerson, photography, Objekt Permanence



Illustration (BFA) School of Art, Media, and Technology Cultivate your vision, authorial voice, creative problemsolving abilities, and curiosity while translating ideas into forms including picture books, graphic novels, hand lettering, editorial and advertising illustrations, toy designs, animations, and surface and display design. In this major, you create work for mass reproduction and distribution, developing your visual storytelling skills through representational drawing and painting, in three dimensions, and across time.

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University electives broaden your skills and perspectives. You apply your learning in projects and internships with partners including Nickelodeon, Toon Books, the New York Times, Moleskine, Barnes & Noble, and Brooklyn Industries. Events like Comic Arts Brooklyn, MoCCA Fest, and gatherings of professional organizations build your network. Career paths include— illustration, comics, animation, graphic novels, publishing, children’s books, toy/product design, pattern/surface design, advertising, motion graphics, fine art, installation design

TOP RIGHT: Paula Searing, storyboard for a toy theater, The Best Time I Have Had in a Long Time BOTTOM RIGHT: Sophia Coco, handmade book,

Love Immortal

LEFT: Anna Outridge, animated short still, Eliot Trix



Integrated design (BFA) School of Design Strategies

Today, as technology and global networks transform the world, designers must be versatile, knowledgeable problem solvers. This program develops these qualities, preparing you to work in social, cultural, and ecological fields. Many graduates combine design and entrepreneurship in innovation-focused businesses. The flexible curriculum, which provides a creative and intellectual base for integrative work through thematic interdisciplinary studios and labs, facilitates focused study or disciplinary exploration. Learning is anchored in collaborative and entrepreneurial approaches applied in projects with partners including the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the United Nations, and JPMorgan Chase. Electives offered at Parsons and throughout The New School broaden your knowledge and interdisciplinary skills.

Career paths include— entrepreneurship, service design, urban design, fashion design, sustainability management, consulting, fine arts, and career paths related to minors offered at Parsons

LEFT: Daniela Jacobs, jewelry, untitled MIDDLE: Amplify: Creative and Sustainable Lifestyles in the Lower East Side. Amplify addressed sustainability and the everyday needs of older adults in NYC through collaborative support services. RIGHT: For her LYSIS collection, Integrated Design student Alexis

Walsh fashions couture garments featuring 3D sculptural elements created with Shapeways software.

ACADEMICS student profile


Peter Zweifel BFA Product Design Sophomore

Peter Zweifel came to Parsons to study product design after many years in another expressive field—classical dance. Aware that a dancer’s career has limits, he began looking for a way to combine his creativity and passion for environmentalism for the next chapter of his life. A trip to New York City to see his sister’s graduation show from Parsons’ BFA Product Design program gave him some new ideas. Taking in the impressive student work on view at a major industry venue, Peter imagined himself on a new creative path. Much of the student work reflected surprising ways of thinking about environmental sustainability, community, and the boundaries of design itself. “Until then, I hadn’t made the connection that product design—all design, really—involves a problem-solving system, and that it is

as expressive as the field I was already in.” He traveled back to Texas, where he was a principal dancer with the Texas Ballet Theater, with a plan. Now Peter is a BFA Product Design sophomore, putting his ideals into action through projects exploring new materials, methods, and settings where design makes sustainability a priority. He’s also discovered the broad applications of the design research process. Working with his sister’s social innovation–focused design firm, Peter has helped lead workshops demonstrating to major companies how to apply design methods to promote innovation. “Design is giving me a career in which my values are central to the process.”

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“Design is giving me a career in which my values are central to the process.”

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Katiuscia Gregoire BFA Fashion Sophomore

“What I learned in the first year led me to explore sustainable fashion.”

Raised by family members who designed their own clothes, Katiuscia was at home creating colorful fashions at her arts-focused Miami high school. For her senior show, she presented a collection reflecting a love of painting and ability in draping and construction. So, arriving at Parsons with a solid base of art and design skills, Katiuscia expected to dive straight into fashion. But she discovered that the first year at Parsons is a carefully thought-out path through art and design. In paired studios and seminars, students explore a variety of topics, media, and techniques instead of focusing on a single discipline immediately. The process took some getting used to. “I made art every day in high school. I wanted to get right to work on dress forms in the studio,” says Katiuscia. “It took me a while

to understand how learning about ecology and sustainability would take my design to the next level.” But she brought an open mind to her first-year Sustainable Systems class and was rewarded with discoveries that changed her creative work and daily life. “Surprisingly, my most important learning didn’t have to do with a new garment construction technique or fabric—it was about sustainability and our food system. What I learned in the first year led me to explore sustainable fashion.”



INterior design (BFA) School of Constructed Environments In 1906, Frank Alvah Parsons established the country’s first interior design curriculum, framing the practice as an intellectually rigorous creative force in everyday life. Today this research-based, design-intensive major prepares you for careers in which you create comfortable, imaginative, and intelligently designed interiors.

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You work with faculty, peers, and outside professionals designing interior environments that reflect an understanding of sustainability, cultural differences, and the human need for comfort and well-being. Courses guide you through the study of materiality and two- and three-dimensional form and space, and a studio sequence introduces interior and architectural issues of increasing complexity, with a focus on product design, lighting, color, and textiles. You develop designs using hand drawings, physical models, collage, and digital renderings. Lectures and access to local firms and showrooms broaden your practice. Career paths include— interior design, sustainable design, set design, exhibition design, historic preservation, consulting

TOP RIGHT: Hayden Manders and Meredith Woolfolk, rendering, co-housing project for homeless mothers, created for the Design Studio 3 course BOTTOM: SeulBi Lee, model, The New School Museum

TOP LEFT: Natacha Hongladaromp, rendering, Social Interactive House



PHOTOGraphy (BFA) School of Art, Media, and Technology In this major, you develop the technical, conceptual, aesthetic, and professional skills needed to establish a successful creative practice. You explore analog and digital processes that extend to video/motion production, photo books, and installation art. The BFA Photography curriculum facilitates study of photography in relation to social engagement, fashion culture, creative industry, imaging technology, and contemporary art while helping you develop research, writing, and critical skills in art and design history and theory courses. You focus your interests in electives offered throughout the university and in internships at galleries, publishing houses, and cultural and commercial organizations. Access to stateof-the-art labs, shooting studios, and equipment supports your creativity; student exhibitions and critiques build your network.

Career paths include— commercial, editorial, or fashion photography, visual art, photojournalism, publishing, gallery/studio management, arts production/administration

LEFT: Zeta Gao, fashion editorial, Youthquake RIGHT: Patricia Lopez Ramos,

digital C-print, Food for Thought



PRODUCT DESIGN (BFA) School of Constructed Environments In this major, you cultivate the technical and critical skills needed to design products that enhance human abilities and relationships. You address contemporary realities including sustainability and technological change while exploring materials, fabrication, aesthetics, and social engagement in both local and global contexts.

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Courses help you acquire broadly applicable studio and critical thinking skills, including graphic representation, prototyping, and research and presentation techniques. Electives—on topics such as digital and physical model making, professional practice and entrepreneurship, material innovation, experimental ceramics, and design for the public realm—enrich your practice. Projects and internships with companies like Poltrona Frau and Areaware engage your creativity. Museums, archives, and organizations like Material ConneXion complement Parsons’ research resources, including the Parsons Making Center and Healthy Materials Lab Career paths include— industrial design, product development, manufacturing, furniture design, humanitarian/service design, health design, toy design, creative direction

Frisk, chair

TOP RIGHT: Gabriella

Ravassa, coffee bean collecting bucket, Coco


Daniel Martinez, Prism

LEFT: Carl



STRATEGIC Design and management (BBA) School of Design Strategies

Immerse yourself in the entrepreneurial side of design and the design aspects of business. In studios and seminars combining business, design, and liberal arts, you apply interdisciplinary learning through projects and research. This curriculum integrates innovation and sustainability research, entrepreneurial skill building, quantitative reasoning, financial management, visual communication, and information design. Courses and projects led by practicing professionals enable you to work with entrepreneurs, designers, activists, and academics at organizations like the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, JPMorgan Chase, LVMH, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering. In electives offered throughout The New School, you explore interests and career paths; internships give you real-world experience. You graduate prepared to develop design-driven strategies, manage projects and marketing, and assume entrepreneurial and leadership positions. Offered both in New York City and at Parsons Paris.

Career paths include— management, innovation, entrepreneurship, branding and marketing, design strategy

LEFT: Students create media in a range of platforms to market design-focused goods and services.

BOTTOM: L. Curry Aycock, mobile app, The Art of Balance

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Alex FiCquette BBA Strategic Design and Management Alumnus

If you wonder whether design can bring people together—or drive them apart— ask Alex. While a student in the BBA Strategic Design and Management program, Alex delved into the human factors that effective design takes into consideration to make products and services successful. His aptitude for listening, reflecting, and finding creative solutions to problems big and small brought him success in internships at Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, Barneys New York, and a Broadway PR company. He ended up in one of his field’s most coveted positions: design researcher at IDEO, the legendary design and innovation consultancy. At IDEO, Alex took the human-centered “what if we…?” approach he learned at Parsons and applied it to projects for local nonprofits and global firms. He interviewed research participants across the country,

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“Parsons taught me that observation and asking questions are as important as studio skills—they can take you anywhere.”

synthesizing his insights on untapped opportunities and proposing design-based approaches to address needs. From his studies at Parsons Alex knew that problem-solving techniques based in design research are surprisingly adaptable to a range of settings. But in the course of researching user experience for a media client, he learned just how valuable his own design and management skills had made him. Word of his talent at predicting user behavior and his success in coordinating the many steps to positive user experience quickly got around. Soon he was approached for a media job, which led to his current position as associate plaza producer for NBC television’s Today Show. Reflecting on his providential career shift, he says, “Parsons taught me that observation and asking questions are as important as studio skills—they can take you anywhere.”



Minors A growing array of minors offered at Parsons and throughout The New School advance your study of art and design, broaden your professional skills and perspectives, and give you a competitive edge on job and graduate school applications. Alternative Fashion Strategies*

Food Studies


French Studies

Art and Design History

Gender Studies

Capitalism Studies

Global Studies

Chinese Studies

Hispanic Studies

Comics and Graphic Narrative


Communication Design

Interdisciplinary Science

Contemporary Music

Japanese Studies

Creative Entrepreneurship*

Jewish Culture

Creative Technologies for Performative Practice*

Journalism + Design

Culture and Media

Museum and Curatorial Studies


Music Composition*

Data Visualization Design Studies Digital Humanities Dramatic Arts*


Philosophy Photography* Politics


Post-Genre Music: Performance and Creation*

Environmental Studies


Ethnicity and Race


Fashion Communication*

Religious Studies

Fashion Studies


Film Production

Social Practice

Fine Arts*

Sociology Sustainable Cities Temporary Environments Theater Urban Studies Visual Studies Writing *Space

limitations in some programs make applications necessary for selected minors. For updated information, visit academics/minors.



BA/BFA Option In this five-year interdisciplinary program, you study both art and design and the liberal arts in depth, earning a BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and a BFA from Parsons.* The BA/BFA (BAFA) dual degree equips you with the superior critical thinking and studio skills you need to succeed in today’s complex globalized workplace or in advanced study.

Pre-College and Continuing Studies


in BBA Strategic Design and Management cannot participate in the dual-degree option.

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Want to build a portfolio or take art and design courses before beginning undergraduate studies? Parsons offers open enrollment courses for nondegree students of all ages for credit or on a noncredit basis. Classes for high school students are held on Saturday mornings and over the summer. 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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Parsons Paris Parsons Paris, located in the heart of the city, offers you an intimate, atelier-like environment in which to create, guided by Parsons’ signature curriculum. The learning community is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from around the world, including ones visiting from the university’s NYC campus and other colleges. Bachelor’s programs currently offered are Art, Media, and Technology (BFA); Fashion Design (BFA); and Strategic Design and Management (BBA). Summer Intensive Studies programs are open to pre-college students (ages 16 years and older).

*By Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, a London-based global provider of specialist higher education and career information. Ranking based on feedback from both academic peers and employers.

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In Paris—recently voted the best city in which to study*— you discover how bringing together heritage brands, new technologies, and social innovation enriches your work and makes design relevant worldwide. Small classes foster close interaction with faculty and interdisciplinary collaboration with peers in all programs and with study abroad students from throughout The New School and beyond. Our exclusive local partners—ENSCI–Les Ateliers (École nationale supérieure de création industrielle) and ENSAD (École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)— enable you to explore a range of studio practices. Renowned institutions including the Musée des Arts Décoratifs provide unparalleled research opportunities. All of these resources are offered as part of the university’s commitment to preparing you for global creative industries.


Explore Art and Design in Global Settings Art and design speak clearly in the global cultural and commercial conversation. Learn the language through workshops and courses in which you work directly with creative communities around the world, sharing skills, knowledge, and perspectives. International educational partners—and Parsons Paris, our European hub—offer sustained cultural and academic immersions. Parsons orients you in global contexts, where creativity catalyzes innovation and change.

Designers at Parsons’ PETLab gaming incubator and residents of St. Louis, Senegal, created a game to develop climate-related disasterpreparedness systems 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.

OPPOSITE, TOP: Designer and alumna Donna

Karan partnered with faculty and students on an initiative in Haiti, working with local designer Paula Coles on the DOT (Design, Organization and Training) Center, a new vocational education hub for Haitian artisans. Students helped design the space, explore products to develop, research local practices, and lead making workshops.


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MIDDLE: Parsons and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts students explored the relationship between the arts and urbanism in Phnom Penh and New York at the Season of Cambodia Festival. Students curated a related multimedia exhibition documenting the role of the arts in civic life.

BOTTOM: Students from Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments and graduate students in the university’s international affairs program traveled to Jinga, Uganda, to collaborate with Slum Women’s Initiative for Development (SWID) on a project to develop housing.




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Transform Your Concepts into Creations

Photo studios, fabrication and modeling shops, a lighting simulation lab, a video “green room,” and our new Innovation Lab engage your imagination in a range of media. You can work with peers throughout the university at staffed computer stations and collaborate with partners around the world using networked meeting spaces with video links. Groupwork meeting rooms, quiet-study areas, and practice rooms for students creating with performing arts peers offer you additional collaboration spaces. The University Center, our sustainably built campus anchor, encourages interdisciplinary work through its open design and ample co-working areas. 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 Manhattan. 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 primarysource materials produced by our community, including illustrations, graphic design samples, fashion sketches, articles, photographs, and recordings.

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Access to state-of-the-art and traditional tools at the Making Center facilitates your creative growth and gives you hands-on experience using everything you’ll need as a creator. Available resources include 3D printers; laser cutters; CNC routers; high-speed plotters; printmaking equipment for all media; woodworking, metalworking, and sewing tools; and digital imaging, audio, and production gear.


Surround Yourself with Creativity and scholarship The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC), shown on the facing page, is a university hub of creativity and scholarship. Located on the ground floor of Parsons’ building at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street, the center offers programming including exhibitions curated by the SJDC staff, student work exhibitions, and a rich variety of events advancing the university’s mission to promote public dialogue on the role of art and design in civic life. Gallery spaces offer students opportunities to curate as part of their coursework or by invitation. The New School’s Art Collection makes passing through campus buildings a transformative experience. Installations created expressly for our community—such as Glenn Ligon’s site-specific commission For Comrades and Lovers (bottom center), which envelops University Center Event Café visitors; José Clemente Orozco’s A Call for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood, a sweeping fresco cycle created in 1931 for The New School; and Kara Walker’s Event Horizon (bottom right), an immersive artwork filling Arnhold Hall’s stairwell—engage with themes and spaces of The New School. Pioneering works from the collection of nearly 2,000, including pieces by Martin Puryear, Adrian Piper, and photographer and New School teacher Berenice Abbott, are found throughout campus, offering you moments of inspiration and discovery.


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In Become Paris, a digital artwork by Parsons Paris student Diva Helmy, images of historic Parisian statues are projected onto tourists’ faces, suggesting the layers of experience making up an individual’s identity. The use of new media to make historical art relevant is one way Parsons students create work that builds on the past while looking to the future.


Can art and design prepare you for a world that doesn’t exist yet?

Students Zach Lieberman and Evan Roth created EyeWriter, a low-cost eye-tracking apparatus built on open source code that allows graffiti artists with paralysis to draw through eye movements.

BFA Product Design students developed humanpowered vehicles for the Protoyping 3 course, building mockups to test the components and constructing functional final products. The Monster, shown here, features rack-and-pinion steering and a seat that glides, turning the drive chain.

In a collaborative class, students from Parsons and Mannes School of Music reimagined ways to present live music. Parsons students created wearable technology and other devices with motion-capturing sensors that controlled projected video animations, transforming a recital into an audiovisual experience.

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At Parsons, we embrace the new, the unknown, the unimagined. It’s our legacy as innovators since the school’s founding in 1896. Here you boldly face the future with our proven approach to learning, which gives you the perspective and skills you need. Discover creative problem solving, collaboration, visual communication, iteration, prototyping, and analysis—tools that enable you to confidently, flexibly navigate a world in the making. On the solid platform of your Parsons education, you can become a leader in fields that already exist—or pioneer in new ones.


Discover Your Creative Path Staff from throughout the university are on hand to help you find your way through your studies and later to a creative career. We listen and offer thoughts on your choice of courses. We show you how to apply classroom learning in professional contexts such as internships and develop job-seeking skills, materials, and networks. And at events, we help you explore careers and find work after you graduate—and even jobs while you’re a student. At the Parsons Career Expo, more than 100 recruiters gather to discuss creative positions with you, review your portfolio, and invite you to apply for jobs. And if you want to pursue advanced studies or start your own business, we offer resources for those next steps, too. The Parsons Alumni Association offers you career resources along with opportunities to stay connected to the community.



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Souda designers, graduates of the BFA Product Design program, shown here in their studio, employ hand processes to make one-of-a-kind pieces and machine tools for production-scale manufacturing. They partner with outside designers who create pieces that are compatible with their sustainable production business model.


Join A Community Designed for your success We do everything possible to help you join the Parsons community and make your experience transformative. Our team is ready at the planning stages—applying, making the financial commitment, finding housing—and once you’re on campus as well. Staff members devoted to addressing learning-related needs ensure that your academic life flourishes.

Housing Housing isn’t just four walls and a roof. It’s an opportunity to form bonds, ease the transition from home to college, learn to appreciate differences, and make new friends for life. Our five residences extend from Greenwich Village to Chelsea and offer a nurturing, supportive environment for every student as well as many social, educational, and cultural activities. We guarantee housing to every incoming freshman who applies by the housing deadline.


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Financial Aid

Student Resources

The New School is for students from a

We want you to enjoy yourself, make new

variety of backgrounds. We help fund

friends, and have a smooth adjustment to

institutional scholarships, fellowships,

college life. We are here so that you don’t

grants, and stipends as part of a compre-

have to do it alone. If you have questions,

hensive financial aid program. We also

we have answers, on these topics and more:

participate in government grant, loan, and work-study programs as well as programs for veterans of the U.S. armed services. If you are admitted to an undergraduate

• Athletics and recreation • Health and wellness • Student disability services

degree program, you will automatically

• Student employment

be considered for merit aid on the basis

• Meal plans

of academic and artistic ability. Students interested in applying for government and institutional financial assistance programs must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), using The New School’s code of 002780. File this application electronically at You can email your questions to

• Safety and security • Technology help For more information,email us at


International Student and Scholar Services

Academic and Career Advising

We welcome students from around the

We want your experience at The New

world. Whether you are an international

School to be rewarding and inspiring, one

student or scholar or an exchange visitor,

you look back on with satisfaction. We are

you are joining a diverse and thriving

here to help you make that happen.

academic and artistic community in one of the world’s great cities. We offer both immigration advice and cultural support in a welcoming and friendly environment. We want The New School to be your home away from home. We achieve this by

experience and help you succeed creatively and intellectually. They will work with you to help you navigate matters including: • Courses • Degree requirements

throughout the U.S. visa application

• Academic policies

process and offering advisement

• Internships

on the maintenance of legal immigration status, employment, reinstatement,

• Career options

changes of status, program changes,

• Study abroad programs

and other immigration-related matters

• Veteran services

• Advising incoming students and scholars on higher education practices in the United States and other cultural adjustment issues • Supporting U.S. students seeking to study abroad through Fulbright programs • Providing excellent international student programs at The New School and with other institutions in New York City and in other countries

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• Providing expertise and support

Our advisors can guide your academic




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Can Looking Closer TAke you further?




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Glimpse your future in the present. At Parsons, seeing isn’t just believing—it’s what changes everything. Connect with us. We‘re waiting for you with information, answers, questions of our own, and thoughts that can transform your path ahead. 72 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10011 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040



Parsons and other colleges throughout The New School offer a rich mix of undergraduate, graduate, and associate’s degrees as well as continuing education, pre-college, and certificate programs. Discover how design sparks change at parsons/academics.


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A few facts that

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set us apart


#1 FOR SMALL CLASSES: Among national

• Founded in 1919.

universities, The New School had the highest proportion of classes with fewer than 20 students. 2015, U.S. News & World Report #1 ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL: Parsons School of Design was named the Best College for Art and

• Located in the heart of NYC in Greenwich Village, with a branch campus in Paris. • Houses five schools and colleges. • Offers 151 degree and diploma programs and majors and more than 49 minors.

Design in the United States.

• Has more than 10,000 degree-seeking students.

2015, Quacquarelli Symonds World

• Students come from all 50 states and 115

University Rankings #1 MOST INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY: We have a higher percentage of international students than any other U.S. university.

foreign countries. • The New School also offers a range of graduate schools and programs. See details at

2014, U.S. News & World Report

Membership and Accreditation


The New School is a member of the

American Institute of Architects named the New School University Center one of the greenest buildings in the United States—and it’s the largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified urban university building.

Association of American Colleges and Universities and is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The New School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. All degree programs at the New York City campus of The New School are registered by the New York State Department of Education. Parsons School of Design is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). BBA Strategic Design and Management meets NASAD standards for the Bachelor of Arts—4 years: Design and Management. Registered as a BBA through the New York State Education Department (NYSED). For full information on the university’s accreditation, visit In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. 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 (pre-professional degree + 90 credits). Next accreditation visit for this program: 2016. 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. For important information including accreditation, student rights, campus safety statistics, and tuition and fees, visit The New School is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. Published 2016 by The New School. Produced by Marketing and Communication, The New School. Photo credits: Martin Seck, Matthew Septimus



Undergraduate Programs PARSONS

Contemporary Music BA



Culture and Media BA

Bachelor’s Program

Economics BA

Bachelor’s Programs

Environmental Studies BA or BS

Design and Technology BFA

Global Studies BA

Fashion Design BFA

History BA

Fine Arts BFA

Interdisciplinary Science BA

Illustration BFA

Journalism + Design BA

Integrated Design BFA

Liberal Arts BA or BS

Interior Design BFA Photography BFA Product Design BFA Strategic Design and Management BBA

BA concentration in Urban Ecosystems and Public Policy; BS concentration in Urban Ecosystem Design

Self-designed program

Literary Studies BA

Concentrations in Literature and in Writing

Philosophy BA Politics BA Psychology BA


Screen Studies BA


Sociology BA

Bachelor’s Programs

Bachelor’s Program Jazz and Contemporary Music BFA Concentrations in Composition, in Instrument, and in Vocal. Areas of study include Bass; Drum; Guitar; Piano; Saxophone; Strings; Trumpet, Trombone, and Horn; Voice; and Other Instruments.


Theater BA

Bachelor’s Programs

Urban Studies BA

Environmental Studies BA, BS

Art, Media, and Technology BFA Fashion Design BFA


Food Studies BA, BS


Global Studies BA


Liberal Arts BA, BS


MANNES SCHOOL OF MUSIC Bachelor’s Programs

Media Studies BA, BS


Composition BM, BS


Guitar BM, BS

Strategic Design and Management BBA

Harpsichord BM, BS

Bachelor’s Programs Anthropology BA The Arts BA Concentrations in Arts in Context, in Dance, and in Visual Studies

Self-designed program

Musical Theatre BFA

AMDA Integrated graduates only

Psychology BA Urban Studies BA

Orchestral Conducting BM, BS

Associate’s Degree Program

Orchestral Instruments BM, BS

Food Studies AAS

Piano BM, BS Theory BM, BS Voice BM, BS

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Communication Design BFA

Architectural Design BFA

Dramatic Arts BFA

Integrated training in acting, directing, playwriting, aesthetic inquiry, design, and new dramatic media

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PARsons school of design UnderGraduate Programs

2016 Parsons School of Design Undergraduate Viewbook  
2016 Parsons School of Design Undergraduate Viewbook