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Parsons School of Design—recently named the Best

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TODAY CREATIVITY IS TRANSFORMING EVERYTHING. FIND YOUR VOICE, YOUR community, YOUR PATH TO CHANGE AT PARSONS. School for Art and Design in the United States and ranked second in the world1—has offered innovative approaches to education 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 programs. Here you can master established creative practices or advance emerging ones on a campus that immerses you in an environment of interdisciplinary inquiry. Surrounded by fresh perspectives and the university’s extensive resources, you research and create in broader, deeper, and more forward-looking ways. And guided by Parsons faculty, you produce work that reflects 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. By Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (2018), 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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Your Future, in Focus Pursue the career you want—in graphic design, fashion design, fashion marketing and communication, or interior design—with an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City. It takes commitment and hard work, but you leave the program prepared for a new professional life, with the skills, perspectives, and relationships you need to thrive in and lead global creative industries. Whether you’re coming to Parsons’ AAS program as an attorney, dancer, banker, healthcare worker, or chef, you are passionate about entering a creative industry. You’re joining the AAS community to learn alongside experienced professionals establishing new careers at a world-class art and design university in a cultural capital. While acquiring the skills to become a merchandiser, graphic artist, fashion designer, interior designer, trend forecaster, or design PR officer or consultant, you’ll discover that many of the talents and abilities you developed in other fields complement your studies. The AAS educational approach builds on this expertise, making you sought after for your marketable combination of academic and professional experience. As you embark on a new path, you’ll see your professional future coming into focus.

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An Intensive, Flexible Curriculum Parsons’ AAS degrees are intensive programs designed for mature students who want to pursue a new career. AAS students benefit from the same resources as bachelor’s and master’s students enrolled throughout The New School. Applicants are required to have college experience or a minimum of two years of professional experience. Most AAS students have bachelor’s or advanced degrees, but even if you have no transferable credits, you can earn an AAS degree in two years. (If you are a current or recently graduated high school student, consider our bachelor’s degree programs.) Working professionals can study part-time. In addition, many classes are offered in the evening, and elective options across the university are offered both on-site and online. Most students with some eligible transfer credit finish the program in about three semesters of full-time study. Students who receive the maximum number of appropriate transfer credits may qualify for the fast-track option and earn a degree in two semesters. For complete curriculum and course information, visit In addition to its AAS curricula, Parsons offers a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. If you have questions or want to discuss options based on your interests and goals, email us:


Parsons’ faculty of leading design professionals anchor your studies. Instructors apply current theory and practice in the studio and to projects

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Professionally Taught you undertake with design firms. Virtually all faculty members work in the fields they teach, so you gain inside perspectives on concepts and developments shaping creative industries, including ethical and sustainable practices and global networks. The faculty also connect you to industry professionals and advise on internships and other learning opportunities.

Schools Structured for Learning Programs at Parsons are grouped into five schools—the School of Art and Design History and Theory; School of Art, Media, and Technology (which includes the AAS Graphic Design program); School of Constructed Environments (which includes AAS Interior Design); School of Design Strategies; and School of Fashion (which includes AAS Fashion Design and AAS Fashion Marketing and Communication). This organizational structure supports Parsons’ educational mission, and its interdisciplinary approach


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builds community among students and faculty in related disciplines.


Recent AAS Internship Placements

Career Services AAS academic and career advisors assist you in applying


for professional internships that offer rich opportunities


to network—an important aspect of working in creative

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fields. The New School’s Student Success staff cultivate


relationships with individuals and firms working in design,

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inviting design professionals and program alumni to

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campus for career-building events.

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work, including:

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The office offers a range of services to help you find

»»One-on-one counseling on job strategies »»Résumé, portfolio, and interview preparation »»On-campus job and internship fairs »»Access to an online job database with more than 15,000 registered employers

»»Alumni career panels, workshops, and special events


programs are best suited to students with college experience who are clear about their interests in the field of design and prepared for rapid immersion in a professional course of study. Our students enter the school as experienced attorneys, bankers, teachers, stockbrokers, and chefs. When they graduate from Parsons, they are merchandisers, fashion designers, graphic artists, and interior designers versed in the language, process, and technology of their new fields.

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Fashion Design AAS

Fashion Design

Fashion Design As you consider a career shift into fashion design, you’re probably aware that Parsons has launched the careers of many of the world’s most successful fashion designers. But the accomplishments of Parsons AAS Fashion Design graduates go beyond the boldface names. Program alumni are equally impressive for their contributions to the industry at all scales—from leading innovation in sustainable fashion technology to working in international design studios, developing local businesses, and building brands globally. Working with Leaders, Developing Your Designs AAS Fashion Design graduates apply the industry-focused perspectives they acquire in the program to positions with a variety of fashion companies. Graduates have joined the most respected companies in the business: Chanel, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, EILEEN FISHER, Ralph Lauren, and GAP, to name a few. Some AAS alumni—such as Jay Godfrey and Aimee Kestenberg—start their own lines right out of the

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gate. The program’s reputation for quality, industry relevance, originality, and comprehensiveness opens doors throughout the fashion industry. Refining Your Vision The program provides opportunities to have your final body of work showcased and photographed, giving you documentary portfolio material. Your work is promoted on a variety of platforms, and selected work is presented during the annual Parsons Festival. Your design practice is developed under the guidance of Parsons’ faculty of fashion professionals and reflects an awareness of the industry’s social, historical, and economic dimensions.


TOP RIGHT, TOP LEFT: Xianyang Zhang ’18, Research_Tech+Fashion+Design MIDDLE: Anna Shen ’18, sketches BOTTOM: This series of process sketches, by Katrina Larida ’18, highlights the design details of a garment of transparent fabric that is folded and draped into an elegant silhouette.

TOP LEFT: Madison Heston TOP RIGHT: Wen Ting Hsu ’18 BOTTOM LEFT: Anna Shen BOTTOM RIGHT: Pilar Fernandez Santos ’18, Tears of Joy

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In the program, you study the process, techniques,


production, along with the essentials of presenting your work and designing with ethical and sustainable methods. You design womenswear, menswear, and accessories, learning everything from the basics of drawing, draping, patternmaking, and sewing to tailoring and haute couture. You benefit from stateof-the-art tools found throughout the Making Center network. At the center of the curriculum is the School of Fashion Lab Series, which includes weekly public talks given by an array of prominent professionals, such as Narciso Rodriguez, Jenna Lyons, and journalist Cathy Horyn, who share their perspectives on campus with students. Projects with external partners like COACH, Louis Vuitton, Under Armour, Swarovski, Allen Edmonds, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America provide you with opportunities to work with major industry and media firms while developing your own creative practice. Curriculum Core classes focus on research, fashion history, design thinking, and construction techniques relevant to work in the industry. Other courses offer you visual communications tools and familiarize you with industry software for ideating fashion collections, creating presentations, and documenting work for portfolios. Electives give you opportunities to specialize

Senior Menswear Design Consultant Tommy Hilfiger Senior Sweater Designer Theory/Theyskens’ Theory Accessories Designer Proenza Schouler Senior Swimwear Designer Victoria’s Secret Designer Michael Kors Senior Designer, Women’s Sportswear True Religion Brand Jeans Manager, Color and Concept Department A|X Armani Exchange Associate Designer Yigal Azroël, Inc. Associate Designer and Line Coordinator Nicole Miller

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and language of fashion design from concept through

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Fashion Design from Concept to Production

in accessories, tailoring, textiles, or knitwear. You can complete your degree in two to four semesters of full-time study, depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to your AAS program. Most students


finish the program in about three semesters.

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Erin Beatty Parsons Associate’s Degree Programs

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Creative Director SUNO Erin Beatty entered fashion after earning a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish at the University of California. Beatty began at GAP, Inc., working as a buyer and then as a product manager. Encouraged by GAP’s creative director to study design, Beatty entered Parsons’ AAS program. She followed her boss to Generra, working there while completing her degree. Beatty and her friend Max Osterweis then established SUNO, launching a collection in 2009. The inaugural line was produced in Kenya from vintage fabrics. Their business included sustainably produced pieces made in India, Italy, Kenya, New York, and Peru and known for high-end tailoring and dynamic prints. In 2013, SUNO won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear; Beatty was also named creative director of Tory Burch’s ready-to-wear line while continuing to serve as creative director at SUNO. Beatty has recently been profiled in T Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. “Parsons grads are my best employees,” she says. “They’re motivated and skillful at translating ideas into the visual realm.”


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President and Creative Director Ardistia New York After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees

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Ardistia Dwiasri

in industrial engineering and management from Northeastern University, Ardistia Dwiasri enrolled in the AAS program to turn her longtime interest in fashion into a career. While at Parsons, Dwiasri interned at Diane von Furstenberg; she later worked for Tommy Hilfiger, GAP, and Ann Taylor. Winning a 2007 Biore/Gen Art Fashion Award brought her exposure as she prepared to open her own womenswear company. The AAS program gave Dwiasri “a practical foundation in fashion, a network, and the ability to combine creativity with solution finding,” all useful in the launch of Ardistia New York in 2007. Her award-winning designs, featured in publications ranging from the New York Times and WWD to Nylon and Lucky, are sold worldwide, bringing Dwiasri’s signature draping


and wearable separates to women everywhere.

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Prabal Gurung Fashion Design


Creative Director and CEO Prabal Gurung LLC Prabal Gurung’s glamorous style has a worldwide following that includes former First Lady Michelle Obama and Demi Moore. In 2011, Gurung was the winner of the CFDA/Swarovski Award for Womenswear and a finalist for a National Design Award, given by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; in 2010, he was a runner-up for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. Before launching his line in 2009, he worked under Cynthia Rowley and served as design director for Bill Blass. After learning fashion basics in India and London, Gurung came to Parsons in 1999. There he Parsons Associate’s Degree Programs

refined his vision and deepened his mastery of the craft. “It was a crucial time for me in my career,” says Gurung. Gurung has collaborated with some of fashion’s most popular brands, including J.Crew, Target, and MAC Cosmetics. His work is currently featured in WWD, Farfetch, Vogue, and other top fashion media outlets.


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Jay Godfrey CEO and Creative Director Jay Godfrey A job in fashion wholesale sparked Jay Godfrey’s interest in design—a passion he pursued at Parsons after studying finance at McGill University and working on Wall Street. While in the AAS program, Godfrey interned at Oscar de la Renta, where he applied the techniques he learned in Parsons’ studios and refined his vision. Soon after, Godfrey launched his own collection, featuring exquisite eveningwear that earned him a following among the fashion media and celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Leighton Meester, and Katherine Heigl. Godfrey credits Parsons with “allowing me to realize my vision with the exacting professional and artistic standards that Parsons is known for.” His line is sold in luxury department stores and online retailers worldwide, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Revolve Clothing, and at his


flagship store in New York.

TOP RIGHT: Saruta Chaochavanil, Situational Analysis: Rifle Paper Co. MIDDLE LEFT: Hannah Reinehr, Situational Report: Zimmermann 2019 MIDDLE RIGHT: Saruta Chaochavanil, Situational Analysis: Rifle Paper Co. 2019 BOTTOM LEFT: Min Jae ’15, print collateral, New Simple

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Fashion Marketing AND COMMUNICATION AAS Fashion Marketing and Communication at Parsons is an intensive, flexible program centering on the fundamentals of communication strategy. You will explore the relationship between brand, product, and audience and the role of marketing and communication practices within wider fashion systems. You will learn about trend, visual, and consumer research and gain skills in interpreting data to extract insights. The program develops students who can identify and distill social, cultural, and economic trends and attitudes and influence discourse on topics such as gender, race, consumption, and well-being. Taught by working professionals, the curriculum reflects the evolving industry and the forces that shape it.

A core part of the curriculum is the School of Fashion Lab Series, which includes weekly lectures by internationally prominent figures in the fashion industry. Presentations focus on current practices in relationship to larger trends in design, marketing, media, technology, and sustainability. The discussion of concepts and issues that emerge from the weekly lectures supports students in applying current industry practice and

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A Lecture Series Exposing You to the Industry

insights in their own work and allows them to reflect on and shape their professional aspirations. Paths into Many Fashion Fields The program employs an integrated approach to research, design, strategy, and creative thinking. Projects and competitions with external partners such as Louis Vuitton, HUGO BOSS, Under Armour, ISKO, Byredo, and CARE provide opportunities to research concepts and strategies and


bring innovative solutions, products, and systems to the global stage.

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The curriculum focuses on the way users interface with

Account Executive Givenchy Global Marketing Manager Ralph Lauren Public Relations and Communications Manager ZARA Account Executive Alexander Wang Public Relations Coordinator Thomas Pink–LVMH Marketing Coordinator Charlotte Russe Online Merchandiser Saks Fifth Avenue Associate Production Manager POLO–Ralph Lauren Fashion Editor U Magazine

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Merchandising Analyst Diesel Assistant Buyer Marc by Marc Jacobs Digital Account Executive Syndicate Media Group Wholesale Assistant Elie Tahari Public Relations Assistant Roger Vivier Handbag Production Coordinator Michael Kors Brand Assistant BHLDN–Urban Outfitters Associate Planner Macy’s Inc. Production Coordinator Theory Senior Assistant Buyer, Couture Bergdorf Goodman E-commerce Manager Nicole Miller

brands. Students learn the fundamentals of communication strategy and how to develop a written, visual, and digital narrative. Electives allow you to specialize in an area of fashion communication, and courses shared with the AAS Fashion Design program prepare you to think creatively and conscientiously about the current status of the fashion industry. Internships develop your skills and network, making you a competitive member of the fashion workforce. You can complete your degree in two to four semesters of full-time study, depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to your AAS program. Most students finish the program in about three semesters. For more curriculum, faculty, and course information, visit


TOP LEFT: Patricia Marquez ’12 TOP RIGHT: Seung Yeon Lee and Jessica Laura Antar ’12 BOTTOM RIGHT: Marita Manrique ’12

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Fashion Marketing and Communication ’18

U.S. PR and Marketing Coordinator The Rug Company

Following her graduation from AAS Fashion Marketing in 2018, Gillies was awarded the YOOX Net-A-Porter Group

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Marketing Prize and completed a six-month

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marketing internship with the group. Gillies

in media and communications at the

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coordinator. In this role, Gillies assists in

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developing marketing strategies, events,

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The program was then called AAS Fashion Marketing.

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Kerry Tham Fashion Marketing and Communication ’11

Chief Operating Officer BLU’s Womens Wear commerce from the University of Alberta and worked as an accountant before coming to Parsons. Her educational and professional background served Tham well in the AAS program 1 where her business analysis skills opened up a path for a career in merchandise

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Kerry Tham received a bachelor’s degree in

planning. An AAS-organized competition to develop a lifestyle collection for Under Armour was part of her career preparation as well. After Tham and a BFA Fashion Design collaborator won the contest, they entered an intensive fashion design and merchandising mentoring program at Under Armour’s headquarters. An internship at Donna Karan helped Tham land a job as a merchandise planner on Karan’s team immediately after her graduation from Parsons. According to Tham, “The program opened doors to the fashion industry. Parsons provided a strong support network and exposed me to opportunities in a fiercely competitive market.” Now, after returning to her home country, Tham is directing operations for Canadian luxury fashion retailer BLU’s Womens Wear. The program was then called AAS Fashion Marketing.



Graphic Design

GRAPHIC DESIGN Graphic design has never been more relevant. If you want to become a creative professional guiding the graphic design industry, Parsons’ AAS program offers you a community in which to develop the conceptual foundation and skills you need. Leading the AAS Graphic Design program are accomplished designers whose professional experience and networks help you enter and thrive in this growing industry. Award-Winning Students and Faculty Industry awards open doors, so our faculty help you submit work for professional competitions. Recently the Type Directors Club (tdc) recognized AAS work in the Typography 33 competition, awarding certificates for typographical excellence to a dozen AAS students. As an AAS student designer, you deepen your professional abilities, learn collaborative processes, and add published work to your portfolio by designing annual compendiums of work by peers in other AAS programs. In a recent juried competition, five AAS students had their greeting

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card designs produced for a fundraiser sponsored by AID FOR AIDS International and Marc Jacobs Inc. Your Education: Broad, Deep, and Rigorous The field of graphic design is broad and deep, so your education is, too. Rigorous and intensive, the AAS curriculum presents the historical foundations of graphic design, instructs you in conceptual approaches and transdisciplinary methods of addressing design challenges, and provides training in industry software and other digital and nondigital tools, including ones found throughout the Making Center network (see page 50). You learn to design for print and the Internet, exploring typography, publication design for print and the Web, and interaction design as well as advanced topics like editorial design, branding, digital product design, and advertising design. Assignments mirror real-world graphic design challenges and become part of your professional portfolio. Visiting lecturers like graphic design blogger Tina Roth-Eisenberg ( and cognitive psychologist Alan Gilchrist bring fresh perspectives into the classroom. Internships, which can lead to employment after graduation, let you apply your learning and engage with industry professionals as you prepare to join the creative workforce anywhere in the world.


LEFT: Jim Kamoosi ’12, silkscreen poster, Color Theory (Isamu) MIDDLE: Megumi Morihiro ’15, poster series, Color Theory (Live In Color) BOTTOM: Megumi Morihiro ’15, poster (detail), Color Theory (Live In Color)

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Curriculum You can complete your degree in two to four semesters of full-time study, depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to your AAS program. Most students finish the program in about three semesters. For more curriculum, faculty, and course information, visit

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TOP: Urara Ito ’15, typeface design, CeoMetrY MIDDLE LEFT: Kento Matsuraba ’15, book, Anamorphosis MIDDLE RIGHT: Neha Kavan ’14, series of books, 11.18.14 BOTTOM: Work done for Alex White’s Advanced Typography class, on view at the Parsons Festival

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Ed Nacional Graphic Design


Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Art Director Ed Nacional Design Ed Nacional began working in graphic design for the oil industry in Alberta, Canada, applying technical digital design skills he acquired there. At Parsons, he developed the conceptual foundations that have allowed him to flourish as a sought-after illustrator, identity designer, and art director. Says Nacional, “The city and the Parsons community offered daily inspiration, pushing me to establish my creative voice.” After a stint art-directing editorial illustrations at the New York Times, Nacional went out on his own. His witty, sophisticated illustrations appear in publications like TIME, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and the New Yorker. Now based in Brooklyn, Nacional brings his novel aesthetic to design for clients such as MTV, Parsons Associate’s Degree Programs TOP: Bic & Staedtler, a typographic experiment inspired by a highlighter pen and a sharp pencil MIDDLE: Illustration for ESPN The Magazine BOTTOM: Typographic illustration for the On Language section of the New York Times Magazine

SkillShare, J.Crew/Madewell, Herb Lester Associates, and Friends of Type and works on his own projects.


TOP: Publication design for Visionaire 52: Private

Janice Yu Veksler Graphic Design

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BOTTOM: Interior spreads for V magazine


VP of Digital Creative Esteé Lauder After earning a BA in modern European history at Barnard College, Janice Yu Veksler discovered an interest in graphic design while assisting the art editor at the New Yorker. After four years at the magazine, Veksler decided to get a formal education in graphic design at Parsons. She began her design career as art director of zingmagazine and went on to serve as a senior designer at Visionaire and then as an art director at Teen Vogue. Veksler served as Web art director at Kate Spade and is currently vice president of digital creative for Esteé Lauder. “My experience in the AAS program was invaluable; I built a strong portfolio, essential to getting my now,” says Veksler.


first job. Without AAS, I would not be where I am

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Molly Crickman Graphic Design ’12

Freelance Graphic Designer Distillery Marketing + Design During her undergraduate studies in English literature and creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Molly Crickman explored graphic design while working on university publications. After graduating in 2009, Crickman decided to pursue her interest in graphic design in Parsons’ AAS program. “Parsons pushed me to work hard, explore New York City’s resources, and connect with working designers. An internship at the American Museum of TOP: Exhibition panel for Beyond Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History © AMNH/R. Mickens BOTTOM: Directional signage for Beyond Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History © AMNH

Natural History that AAS faculty recommended me for led to my current job,” she explains. Crickman quickly made her mark in New York’s design world: Her identity work for music venues, restaurants, and museums can be seen throughout the city. She has designed exhibitions for the museum and also worked as an exhibitions designer at Christie’s. Today she is a designer at


Distillery Marketing + Design, a multiplatform design firm serving an array of national clients from its Madison, Wisconsin, headquarters.

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Jason Booher Art Director Blue Rider Press/Penguin Random House Born in Germany, Jason Booher graduated from Princeton with a BA in English and a teaching certificate. But teaching wasn’t the right career for him, he discovered. After stumbling upon some design journals, Booher realized he could pursue his interest in storytelling, drawing, and problem solving as a graphic designer. He entered the AAS program with little knowledge of type or composition but now creates award-winning dynamic and innovative book covers for Knopf and teaches at Parsons. He is currently art director at Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Books. Booher’s work is featured in Slate Magazine, the New Yorker, It’s Nice That, and the blogs of the Type Directors Club and other organizations. Of his time at Parsons, Booher says, “Incredible instructors and peers gave me an intense grounding in design principles. The program guided me into a new world

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without coddling me.”

LEFT: Cover design for 36 Arguments for the Existence of God by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein MIDDLE: Cover design for The Art of Immersion by Frank Rose


RIGHT: Cover design for Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

TOP LEFT: Eleonore Pillet ’13, 3D model, Fixed TOP RIGHT: An interior design class critique MIDDLE: Vinita Bakhale ’13, poster booklet, Our Valley Brooklyn

In 1906, Frank Alvah Parsons established the first academic interior design program in the United States. Parsons continues to lead this evolving field with programs including AAS Interior Design. Begin your career with accomplished New York interior design professionals who guide you in exploring the potential of design to improve lives at every scale. You develop an awareness of the social, environmental, and cultural dimensions of interiors through curricula and projects that investigate global concerns such as sustainability and economic inequality. In the process, you become a designer equipped with the knowledge, skills, and networks needed to succeed in a growing field.

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The Theory and Practice of Designing Interiors In the program, you take three design studios focusing on residential, retail, workplace, and hospitality interiors. You learn the theory and practice of interior design through conceptual investigations of space, rendering. In the studios, you explore the relationship between interior architecture and decorative arts. The AAS professional program allows you to take electives offered throughout Parsons to develop the range of skills that will be required in the future workplace. Internships at prominent design firms like Victoria Hagan Interiors, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, AvroKO, Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design, and Yabu Pushelberg

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research on sustainability and materials, and training in computer

offer you opportunities to apply your learning to real-world interiors. Resources on Campus and in the City You share campus facilities with students of architecture, lighting design, and product design and can work in the Making Center and conduct research in the Light Lab and the Angelo Donghia Materials Center. “AfterTaste,” a biennial design symposium hosted by Parsons, and the annual SCE Public Programs series enables you to engage with international scholars and practitioners shaping the contemporary design landscape. The program’s annual publication, WORK, introduces you to the diverse interior work of students, faculty, and alumni. The city’s museums, archives, and designed spaces present opportunities for both applied and critical study. A key resource is Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, an important collection of decorative arts and furniture and the sponsor of many industry-related events. You also have access to the New York–based showrooms, factories, dealers, auction houses, and


experts that make the city an international center of interior design.

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Curriculum Electives enable you to deepen your understanding of and experience designing with soft and hard materials, lighting systems, and sustainable and other professional practices; explore graphic design and illustration techniques applicable to interior design; and study a range of historical and theoretical topics. You can complete your degree in two to four semesters of full-time study, depending on the number of transfer credits you bring to your AAS program. Most students finish the program in about three semesters. For more curriculum, faculty, and course information, visit

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TOP: Sofia Gimenez Burlo ’15, architectural plan, furniture, and colorway portfolio, The individual use of a collective space—Lounge for Newark Airport MIDDLE: Catherine Chia-Ling Lee ’15, digital rendering, Project Hotel One Madison; Pamela Mah ’13, Digital-3DS Max, Boom Hotel BOTTOM: Mariel Levine ’15, video and images, Sylar: Research Resort

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Mary Davis Interior Design


Founder and Principal Designer Mary Davis Interiors Mary Davis received bachelor’s degrees in comparative history and cultural anthropology from the University of Washington before entering the AAS Interior Design program. Davis cites opportunities she had at Parsons—such as mentoring set designers working on a 2010 New School drama production—that developed her skill in creating cost-effective user-specific design. Davis first gained experience in residential and commercial interiors. She is a certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS); a central mission of her practice is addressing clients’ changing physical needs. Today Davis focuses on commercial interiors in partnership with Homepolish, an interior design start-up. Of her time at Parsons, Davis says, “I learned to reach outside of my comfort zone to give the best design work for my clients. And that education doesn’t stop after graduation; you have to keep learning to stay competitive and inspired.”

TOP: Showroom for a fashion accessories firm; photography: Holly McWhorter MIDDLE: Living room for a Clinton Hill loft residence; photography: Mary Davis


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Edward Yedid Interior Design ’03

Partner GRADE New York Living in Paris, Edward Yedid resolved to shift from studies in finance to a creative career path. Architecture and interior design seemed ideal. “They involved fields I was already passionate about, serving human needs at scales ranging from rooms to buildings,” says Yedid. On returning designer Noel Jeffrey while taking interior design courses at Parsons; he eventually enrolled in the AAS program. “It was the first time I loved going to school,” he reports. When friends requested design help, Yedid turned to his AAS professor Thomas Hickey, proposing that the two collaborate on projects, with management by Hickey. Their success led Yedid to establish an interior design department within Hickey’s firm, GRADE New York, after graduating. Today the partners and

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BOTTOM: Outdoor seating area, Hamptons House, Southampton, New York

to New York City in 2001, Yedid found work with

their 15-member team bring a high-end residential design approach to projects for hospitality, retail, commercial, and residential clients like Tiffany & Co., Victoria’s Secret, and The Arman apartment complex. GRADE New York has also extended the firm’s line to include furniture and other product development. Yedid’s work is regularly profiled in New York City–based and international online and print publications, including The Aesthete, Lifestyle Mirror, and the New York Times.


TOP: Showroom for Tiffany & Co., Bellavita store, Chinese Taipei, Taiwan

Interior Design Parsons Associate’s Degree Programs TOP: Singapore penthouse; image: Yabu Pushelberg 3DMax rendering MIDDLE LEFT AND RIGHT: Clement at Peninsula Hotel, New York; photography: Evan Dion BOTTOM: Clement at Peninsula Hotel, New York; photography: Evan Dion


FACING PAGE: Singapore penthouse; image: Yabu Pushelberg 3DMax rendering

Interior Design

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Caroline Meersseman ’07

Design Director Yabu Pushelberg Born and raised in Cernobbio, Italy, Caroline Meersseman studied philosophy at the UniversitĂ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan before shifting her focus to design and enrolling at Parsons AAS. While at Parsons, Meersseman interned at design firm Yabu Pushelberg, where she still works today. She has been a design director there since 2012, managing a team designing hotels, retail spaces, and residences. Completed projects include the Park Hyatt

brands such as the Four Seasons and up-and-coming brands such as Moxy and Equinox. In the spring of 2015, Meersseman returned to Parsons as a part-time lecturer.


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Resources Parsons Associate’s Degree Programs

City and Campus Resources

of the social, political, and economic

A world center of design and industry,

contexts in which academic study takes

New York City is an essential part of an

place. Diversity enriches the learning

AAS education. You participate in the life

community by introducing varied

of the city through class assignments

points of view, enabling students to

and external-partner projects, many of

devise innovative, thoughtful solutions

which enable you to explore emerging

to social inequities and injustices. This

design fields and enhance urban life.

collective effort relies on the perspectives

The Parsons campus, situated in the

and contributions of people who have

heart of Manhattan, surrounds you with

historically been underrepresented in

opportunity, talent, and countless design

higher education. Parsons is committed

resources. You benefit from campus

to achieving greater diversity at The

resources including Parsons’ new Making

New School and is making institutional

Center—28,000 square feet of facilities for

changes to reach that goal.

rapid prototyping, photography, video, 3D imaging, metalworking, motion capture,

Scholarships and

architectural lighting, and woodworking.

Financial Aid

Other resources available to you include

All AAS applicants are considered for

extensive academic technology labs, the

New School merit-based scholarships;

Donghia Materials Library and Study

no additional application is required. The

Center, the Healthy Materials Library, and

New School Office of Student Financial

the university’s comprehensive library.

Services can help students budget and

Diversity and Parsons

For more information, contact the

find support resources, including aid.


The Parsons community reflects a broad

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and beliefs. Cultivating a learning

information on the cost of attendance and

environment in which all can thrive

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full-time matriculated students. Early

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application is strongly encouraged. The university housing office also

All applications must be made with

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the online form, found on the website:

shared apartments, and short-term

accommodations. Learn more about housing options at

New York City

Housing The New School maintains residence

All applicants are urged to submit applications by the dates shown at left, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information

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about admission requirements, including

Undertaking an AAS degree requires

transcripts, essays, TOEFL or IELTS

commitment and planning. To make

scores, and creative assignments, visit

the process easier, Parsons offers rolling

admission for applicants. You will

the admission deadlines.1

1 Please note that students must have graduated from high school at least two years before entering the AAS program. If you are a current or recently graduated high school student, consider applying to a bachelor’s degree program.

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The Professional Studies Diploma (PDPL) is an advanced certificate program open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree.

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A Few Facts that Set Us Apart

Founded in 1919.

#1 for small classes Among national universities, The New School has

Located in Greenwich Village, in the heart of NYC, with a branch campus in Paris.

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#1 art and design school Parsons School of Design is the top art and design

Houses five schools and colleges.

school in the nation.2

Offers more than 130 degree and diploma programs and majors and more than 50 minors. Has more than 10,000 degree-seeking students. Students come from all 50 states and 116 countries.

#1 most international university We have a higher percentage of international students than any other U.S. university with more than 10,000 students.3

#1 for sustainable building 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.

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