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Parsons School of Design

Graduate Programs

Overview 05 academics 10 Programs 14 Architecture MArch


Communication Design MPS


Data Visualization MS


Design and Technology MFA


Design and Urban

Ecologies MS


Fashion Design and

Society MFA


Fashion Studies MA


Fine Arts MFA


History of Design and

Curatorial Studies MA

Industrial Design MFA

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Interior Design MFA 36 Lighting Design MFA


Photography MFA


Strategic Design and

Management MS


Textiles MFA


Theories of Urban Practice MA


Transdisciplinary Design MFA


Student work Gallery


University Resources 60 Student Services 66

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NOW MORE THAN EVER, DESIGN is DRIVing CHANGE. REIMAGINE THE FUTURE—AND DESiGN’S ROLE IN IT. Parsons School of Design—recently named the Best School for Art and Design in the United States and ranked second in the world 1 —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 renowned programs. Here you can master established creative practices or advance emerging ones and study across all university disciplines. Surrounded by fresh perspectives and the university’s extensive resources, you research and practice in broader, deeper, and more forward-looking ways. And guided by Parsons’ faculty, you produce work that 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.

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

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»»School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT) »»School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT) »»School of Constructed Environments (SCE) »»School of Design Strategies (SDS) »»School of Fashion (SOF) This organizational structure supports Parsons’ educational mission, and its interdisciplinary approach builds community among students and faculty in related disciplines.



Parsons and the University Fall 2OI7

I2,794 Total enrollment at The New School

3,268 Total graduate enrollment at The New School

5,89I Total enrollment at Parsons

989 Total graduate enrollment at Parsons

55 Percentage of international graduate students at Parsons

I6 Average class size

II:I Student-to-faculty ratio at Parsons

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

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

A Community for Learning Parsons, like The New School as a whole, is a community made up of people representing a wide range of identities, backgrounds, and academic and professional practices. Parsons students come from all 50 states and more diverse in the country. At Parsons, collaboration between individuals of varied perspectives and backgrounds enriches the overall educational experience and prepares students to communicate and build relationships within an increasingly global workplace.

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than 100 countries, making the university one of the most geographically

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

Diversity and Parsons Parsons is committed to achieving greater diversity, with a community that reflects a broad range of experiences, identities, cultures, and beliefs. Cultivating a learning environment in which all can thrive requires respect and an understanding of academia’s vast spectrum of social, political, and economic contexts. Diversity enables tomorrow’s designers to devise innovative, thoughtful solutions to social inequities and injustices. This effort emphasizes contributions from people who have been historically


underrepresented in higher education.

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


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

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

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

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degrees of difference

professional experience needed to be competitive for entry into a graduate degree program at Parsons, explore our AAS offerings at parsons-aas. Fields of study include Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Fashion Marketing and Communication. Graduate Minors The New School is launching a suite of university-wide graduate minors, including Design Studies and Impact Entrepreneurship. These new curricular offerings dissolve walls between disciplines and provide a structured, accessible way for graduate students to complement their primary course of study and research. New graduate students are encouraged to discuss graduate minor options with their advisors once they begin their studies. Continuing studies through open campus offers open enrollment courses with Parsons, enabling non-degree students of all ages to build portfolios, take art and design courses for credit or on a noncredit basis, or pursue certificates. 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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Open Campus, The New School’s progressive approach to continuing education, Study Options at Parsons Paris The New School’s Parsons Paris campus offers courses, programs, and study abroad opportunities, enabling students to benefit from our pioneering approach to learning in an intimate setting in a European capital. Our exclusive partnerships with the city’s premier art and design organizations, such as MAD (Musée des Arts Décoratifs), give students unique learning experiences. Parsons Paris offers a Master of Arts program in Fashion Studies. Global Opportunities Parsons graduate students come from around the world. Over the past few years, we have received applications from every state in the United States and more than 100 countries. Once here, students participate in projects with a global focus, show work abroad, and take courses overseas, developing their critical and creative abilities and gaining valuable experience.


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

Interior Design MFA Lighting Design MFA Photography MFA Strategic Design and Management MS textiles mfa Theories of Urban Practice MA Transdisciplinary Design Mfa Student work Gallery

FACING PAGE: Taylor Rodriguez, product series and app, FitNest. FitNest transforms living spaces into sites of wellness and exercise through rearrangeable climbing holds, shelves, and grid panels that attach to walls, making them scalable furniture. The app employs augmented reality to depict new climbing routes on the basis of the user’s preferred difficulty level. Complementing the wall and app are other FitNest implements that hold fitness gear, enable users to power devices through physical activity, and support tablets for viewing exercise videos.


Industrial Design MFA

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

ARCHITECTURE m.ARCH The Master of Architecture (MArch)

The MArch curriculum focuses on

program is a three-year NAAB-accredited

contemporary issues directly affecting the

professional degree for students holding

field, ranging from new representational

a pre-professional undergraduate

techniques to sustainable built and natural

degree in architecture or a four-year

systems. It prepares students to enter the

non-architecture degree. New York City

professional architecture community and

provides students with a comprehensive

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

experience and explore architecture’s

School of Constructed Environments (SCE),

formal and sociopolitical dimensions.

alongside related degrees in interior, lighting,

Students work with the NYC Department

and product/industrial design. In the SCE

of Parks and Recreation, the NYC Housing

studio, members of the diverse student body

Authority, and studios addressing

collaborate on complex design problems,

environmental challenges presented by sea

from interiors to comprehensive architectural

level rise and storm surge.

volumes, public spaces, and urban design.

The studio course sequence challenges

Graduates have gone on to open their

students to address demands imposed by use,

own practices and work in prominent firms,

site, context, structure, and construction.

including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rogers

Interdisciplinary electives in history, theory,

Marvel Architects, LevenBetts, Bernheimer

and technology highlight architecture’s

Architecture, Gensler, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis,

pivotal role in shaping culture. Students can

Matter Architecture Practice, Smith-Miller

choose electives offered in other programs

Hawkinson, and Young Projects. Others have

throughout The New School. Courses draw

pursued advanced study in fields including

on Parsons’ network of municipal and


The New School

context in which to develop design-build

New York City

School of Constructed Environments

institutional partners, local practitioners, and commercial clients, providing students

MArch/MFA Lighting Design Dual Degree

with internship, design competition, and

Those who wish to pursue studies in lighting

research funding opportunities.

design and architecture can apply to the dual-degree

Students in the Design Workshop design and construct—from schematics to punch list—a project for a nonprofit client. Established in 1996, the workshop

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

embodies the progressive values of

considered for admission to the individual Master

Parsons and The New School. It unites

of Architecture and MFA Lighting Design programs

theoretical and hands-on learning and trains

as well.

students to develop practices to improve the social and physical environment. Past

Career paths include

projects include a sustainable laundromat


and information center for Hurricane Katrina survivors, a rooftop garden with educational and recreational facilities for

Urban Planning Landscape Design Interior Design

Bronx youth, and a pool pavilion for an


NYC community.


School of Art, Media, and Technology

Communication Design MpS In an increasingly digital world,

resources while learning alongside

designers are often challenged to create

like-minded designers in the Parsons

technology-driven products and services


for a variety of platforms and human

You graduate from the program

needs. Parsons’ Master of Professional

with your own unique, forward-looking

Studies in Communication Design (MPS

aesthetic anchored in professional skills

CD), with a concentration in Digital

acquired throughout the program, which

Product Design, offers you the cutting-

include entrepreneurship, strategic working

edge conceptual design methods and

methodologies, and contemporary

technical skills you need to meet this

prototyping. You are prepared for digital

growing marketplace demand.

design work settings, with competence in

This program is tailored to practicing

various industry-standard technologies,

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designers seeking to enhance their digital

including contemporary front-end

skills and leadership potential as well as

development skills (HTML, CSS, and

professionals with relevant design experience

JavaScript), and experience navigating

who want to enter the field. It encompasses

professional partnerships with teams

the full product development cycle in

and clients.

communication design—from idea

The MPS CD program is housed

conception to prototyping to feedback-based

within Parsons’ School of Art, Media,

refinements—and familiarizes you with

and Technology, along with MFA Fine

business strategy.

Arts, MFA Design and Technology, MFA

In this one-year, 30-credit program, you

Photography, and MS Data Visualization.

develop creative problem-solving strategies

You can supplement core courses

for relaying and translating messages,

with related university-sponsored public

information, and ideas. Your full-time

programs and an elective offered at

course of study is built on four components:

Parsons or another school or college

instruction in advanced core design

of The New School, such as a class in

competencies, practices and methods

psychology, marketing, data science, or

courses, external partnerships, and the

another field.

core studio sequence. Parsons faculty— skilled at bringing together design thinking,

Career paths include

aesthetics, and technology—guide you

Interaction Design

in exploring innovative composition and

User Interface (UI) Design

visualization methods, interaction design,

User Experience (UX) Design

typography, and industry best practices. The specialized course of study provides coding experience and involves the iterative process and a range of collaboration and teamwork strategies. You work from design conception and pitching through post-launch critical analyses of user experience (UX) and interaction (UI). The New York City location enables you to take advantage of the city’s diverse technology and design


Digital Product Design Product Management

TOP: Diana Mejia, Compass. Using data about favorite local sites, Compass generates new travel routes that guide users to overlooked intriguing urban highlights. MIDDLE: Alex Lardaro, Well Spent. This online tool promotes reflection on the value of time—and resulting behavior change—through sharing of user responses to time-related questions.

BOTTOM: Husani Barnwell, Power Up Fitness. This digital product enables users to track workout goals, view lifting techniques in AR format, and connect with other gym goers in real time.

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

Data Visualization MS Parsons’ Master of Science in Data

The program’s setting in New York City,

Visualization is a multidisciplinary

a technological hub and pioneer of open-

program in which students develop skills

source culture, offers invaluable industry

bringing together visual design, computer

access. Students collaborate with industry

science, and statistical analysis.

leaders and external partners from the

The presentation of data is integral in

New York City

School of Art, Media, and Technology

government, nonprofit, and commercial

the shaping of opinion, policy, and decision

sectors. Faculty invite guest lecturers and

making in today’s increasingly global

critics to share their insights and expose

society. Giving students a competitive edge

students to new possibilities in data

as they enter the field, the MS program

visualization and related career paths.

responds to the increased demand for MS Data Visualization’s 30-credit

Career paths include Data Analysis

curriculum can be completed in one or two

Digital Design

years—one year of full-time study or two years

Advertising and Branding

of part-time study. Housed within Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and Technology, the program integrates theory and studio practice, so that students acquire the creative,

Journalism Business Consulting and Analytics Strategy Management Strategic Planning Entrepreneurship

quantitative, and coding tools needed to

Social Enterprise

analyze and depict data, gaining a holistic

Public Policy

understanding of context, audience, and

Trend Forecasting


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experts to turn data into insight.

Business Intelligence

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


varied applications.


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DESIGN & TECHnology mFA Career paths

Designers today face two fundamental challenges: the


increasing influence of design within society and the

Mobile and Application Design

expanding role of technology within design. The Master

Web, UI, and UX Design

of Fine Arts in Design and Technology program provides a

New Media Art

lively environment in which to address these challenges.

Game Design Motion Graphics 2D and 3D Animation Digital Filmmaking

The full-residency, two-year, 60-credit MFA in Design and Technology (MFA DT) curriculum is studio based, but critical thinking and study of the design process are central to the program. Areas of practice include interaction

positions held by Recent Graduates Open Standards Developer R/GA Parsons Graduate Programs

Founder Fridge network, Google+ Design Analyst Frog Design Inc. Creative Technologist Google Creative Lab Interaction Designer IBM Design Creative Technologist New York Times R&D Lab Senior UX Design Lead Microsoft Bing Interaction Designer Disney Interactive Mobile Interaction Designer Nokia Research Center Beijing Creative Manager

design, physical computing, game design, new media art, digital fabrication, data visualization, and critical design. Candidates build ideas through prototyping, synthesizing research and practice. Graduates embark on careers in creative, academic, commercial, and educational fields that engage with the growing influence of technology. In Collaboration Studio courses, students work with industry firms and nonprofits on real-world projects. Past partners include Apple, Eyebeam, gameLab, Human Rights Watch, Mozilla, NASA, the Red Cross, Samsung, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Students collaborate with peers from other schools and colleges of The New School, a progressive urban university emphasizing civic engagement. MFA DT resides in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons, alongside programs in Communication Design, Fine Arts, Photography, and Data Visualization. Students supplement core courses with electives offered throughout Parsons and other schools and colleges of The New School.

Interbrand Interaction Designer HUGE Game Designer Institute of Play Founder and Game Designer Large Animal Games Installation Category Finalist Adobe Design Achievement Awards


TOP: Data Cafe, a multidisciplinary project installed at a recent Parsons Festival, invited visitors to consider alternatives to the present-day data-driven economy. MIDDLE: Ramsey Nasser, Zajal. Zajal is a programming language for artists and hackers. BOTTOM: Manuel Rueda Iragorri, SCALE System. SCALE (Self Constructing Auxiliary Living Environment), an automated disaster response system, consists of flat-pack housing modules and a robot that assembles them. FACING PAGE: Dong Yoon Park, Typography Insight. This app brings traditional typography teaching methods to tablets.

TOP: Students participated in a studio project as part of their study abroad research in Brazil. They drew on studio design skills to develop their collaborative urban initiatives. MIDDLE: An on-site visit sparked discussion of the impact of the country’s first housing cooperatives. Planning and design schemes that lead to sustainable, equitable cities are central to the program’s course of study. BOTTOM: The Sunset Park Gazette, a community publication collaboratively developed by students and local residents. Design skills enabled students to communicate about complex urban phenomena to audiences ranging from community members to academics to public officials.

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

recognized urbanists, designers, and activists,

and Urban Ecologies radically reframes the

students engage with contested territories

study of urban environments and design

affected by globalization, deindustrialization,

approaches to cities. Combining urban

migration, climate change, uneven

planning, policy, and design with activism

development, and shifts in urban policy and

and community practice, students gain

governance. A sequence of design studios connected

urban challenges. In accordance with

to other courses enables students to

The New School’s commitment to

combine research, policy, planning, design,

environmental and social justice, students

and activism through civic, nonprofit, and

design and implement strategic projects

public partnerships. Focus areas include

to bring about transformative change in

external forces transforming low-income

urban environments on a global scale. This

areas; privatization and commodification of

studio-driven program, part of Parsons’

housing, health, and public services;

School of Design Strategies (SDS), shares

solidarity economies and cooperative

a 12-credit core curriculum with the

practices; the social, economic, and

36-credit research-based MA Theories of

environmental impact of urban mobility;

Urban Practice program.

public spaces and infrastructures in relation

The first of its kind in the United States,

to development and management shifts;

the MS Design and Urban Ecologies program

and the role of women-led social and spatial

applies design as a methodology with

justice-focused practices.

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the skills needed to address contemporary

New York City

School of Design Strategies

which to explore and counteract social, economic, political, and environmental

Career paths include

injustices within urban ecosystems. Using


world cities like New York as a laboratory,

Urban/Regional Planning

students develop a deep understanding

Housing Policy, Development, and Management

of the forces influencing urban decline, restructuring, and development. They work in teams—collaborating alongside and within the communities affected—to devise

Community Organizing and Development Public and Urban Policy Strategic Design Development of Social, Cultural, and Environmental Enterprises

design strategies, spatial configurations, and

Urban Research and Analysis

infrastructures that lead to social and spatial

Nonprofit Management


Neighborhood Restructuring/Planning

This two-year program brings together

Government Administration

students with diverse educational and professional backgrounds. They become agents of change by drawing on the academic strengths of Parsons and other New School colleges, including The New School for Social Research and the Schools of Public Engagement. Using innovative


methodologies and guided by internationally


School of Fashion

fashion design & society mfa Career paths

The MFA program is the first graduate program of its


kind in the United States. Both interdisciplinary and

Fashion Design

international in scope, this academy for advanced studies

Textile/Knitwear Design

in fashion design trains a small cadre of world-class

Fashion Direction Curation Research

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designers, who develop a global understanding of fashion. Innovative and progressive, the Fashion Design and Society master’s program offers students the opportunity to make substantive contributions—both professional and conceptual—to the field of fashion design. Students in this two-year, 60-credit program learn to consider design, production, and distribution cycles as well as fashion’s

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social, critical, ecological, and communication dimensions

The Cut

in self-directed projects supported by the fashion industry.

Le Monde (Paris)

Visiting professional practitioners such as photographers,


art directors, artists, curators, choreographers, and business

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consultants engage regularly with students in their coursework and are central to the collaborative strength of the program. Graduate collections are presented at New York


Fashion Week each September, attracting press, stylists,

ID Magazine

buyers, and other industry insiders. Students have won or

Black Book

placed as finalists for the LVMH Prize, Swarovski & Vogue

Spin Dover Street Market Magazine 1 Granary Deux Hommes

Talent New Generation Award, International Woolmark Prize, International Talent Support (ITS), VFiles, and H&M Awards. Graduates have gone on to work as designers at major

Not Just a Label

companies including NIKE, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta,


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

fashion studies ma In the groundbreaking interdisciplinary

Students have the opportunity to spend

Master of Arts in Fashion Studies program,

a second-year semester at Parsons Paris,

students develop a critical understanding

where they have unprecedented access to

of fashion and its complex intersections

some of the most prominent fashion and

with identities, histories, and cultures in

textiles collections in France through the

the contemporary world.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Palais Galliera (see page 13 for more information).

material and visual dimensions of fashion

Depending on their research interests,

as dress, image, and bodily practice and as

MA Fashion Studies students may wish to

a major cultural industry that positions the

supplement their studies with the Graduate

individual within society and the world.

Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Students in the two-year, 42-credit

(GSS), designed to promote intellectual

program are challenged to explore the

collaboration on issues of gender and

interdisciplinary theories and methodologies

sexuality in a variety of disciplines. The

that have shaped fashion studies and to

program also offers two optional pathways,

contribute to its advancement. Core and

in fashion curation and fashion journalism,

elective courses open up broad perspectives

enabling students to gain deeper knowledge

on fashion and its connections with design,

of fashion curatorial and archival practice

production, consumption, imagination,

or fashion journalism through a series

representation, embodiment, and identity.

of electives offered by the program and

Informed by perspectives from a variety of

throughout the university.

disciplines, courses examine material from

MA Fashion Studies graduates have gone

art history, museum studies, gender studies,

on to pursue PhDs at leading universities

visual studies, film and media studies,

around the world and to work at top fashion

anthropology, sociology, and material

media companies and publishing houses

culture studies.

including Rizzoli Publishing, Vogue, W,

The program draws on New York City’s

The New School

MA Fashion Studies investigates the

New York City

School of Art and Design History and Theory

Nylon, i-D, and InStyle. Other graduates

museums, exhibitions, and public events

work as archivists, consultants, researchers,

and also enables students to study people,

merchandisers, buyers, and public relations

streets, neighborhoods, and environments

professionals in fashion houses, institutions,

critical to fashion and its practices. The

and corporations such as the Metropolitan

program, housed in Parsons’ School of Art

Museum of Art Costume Institute, Alexander

and Design History and Theory, sponsors

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

public events, panels, and symposia on topics such as fashion criticism and fashion

Career paths include

curation. Student-led projects, like the journal

Fashion Archiving

BIAS, offer opportunities to publish work and

Curation and Collections Management

collaborate with MA Fashion Studies peers.

Museum Administration

Students complete internships at fashion companies, magazines, and museums, including Elle, V Magazine, the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Diane von Furstenberg,

Gallery Management Media and Consulting Criticism Journalism Academia University Teaching

Comme des Garçons, Ralph Lauren, Halston,


and Hermès.


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FiNE ARTS MFA Guided by the knowledge that artists

Students work alongside distinguished

perform an essential role in society,

faculty who exhibit and publish worldwide

the MFA in Fine Arts program provides

and whose work has appeared in the

a dynamic, challenging environment

Whitney Biennial, documenta, and the

in which students develop diverse

Sydney Biennale and at the Museum of

studio-based practices and pursue

Modern Art. MFA Fine Arts students also

interdisciplinary scholarship. Students

benefit from visits by artists and critics

come from many backgrounds and

who are redefining 21st-century art. Recent

cultures and work in media including

guests include Heather Hart, Xu Bing,

painting, drawing, sculpture, video,

Rosanna Raymond, Mark Dion, Cameron

performance, digital media, installation,

Rowland, and Alfredo Jaar. The visiting

and photography.

artist series is complemented by a Visiting

MFA Fine Arts encompasses modes of

Curators/Critics series and Public Art Fund

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study and practice ranging from rigorous

talks sponsored by the Vera List Center for

formal and aesthetic investigations to social

Art and Politics at The New School, which

and political engagement. The two-year

recently hosted Anselm Kiefer, Nicole

full-time curriculum includes 27 studio,

Eisenman, Ai Weiwei, Amanda Ross-Ho,

12 academic, and 6 professional practice

and Anish Kapoor.

credits and a minimum of 15 elective credits.

MFA Fine Arts is housed in Parsons’

Students work independently in their own

School of Art, Media, and Technology

studios and participate in weekly critiques

(AMT), alongside the Communication

with an internationally acclaimed faculty of

Design, Design and Technology, Data

art professionals. The program curriculum

Visualization, and Photography programs.

centers on one-on-one studio visits, group

Shared faculty and collaborative projects

critiques, critical theory seminars,

allow students to explore the intersections

personalized classes, and writing and research

between art, technology, design, and social

for studio practice, as well as professional

critique. Students can also draw on the

practice seminars. The program also offers

extensive resources of The New School,

medium-specific advanced practice courses

a progressive urban university with a

and concept-driven transdisciplinary

tradition of civic engagement and renowned


graduate programs in media studies, urban studies, and other social sciences. Career paths include Fine Art Arts Administration Curation Museum Management Art Criticism Teaching


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

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

History of design & Curatorial studies MA This prestigious two-year master’s degree program,

Career paths

offered by Parsons in conjunction with Cooper Hewitt,


Smithsonian Design Museum, brings an object-focused

Curatorial and leadership

and practice-based approach to the study of European and American decorative arts and design from the Renaissance to the present. Housed for more than 30 years at Cooper Hewitt—the only U.S. museum devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design—the program enables students to work directly with the museum’s collections and its curators, conservators, educators, and designers. The MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies (HDCS)

New York City

School of Art and Design History and Theory

positions in museums and historic houses Specialist and management positions in auction houses Academia Consulting for private and corporate collections E-commerce Criticism, journalism, and media

researching and displaying interiors and design objects such


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

Career paths

other media. New courses in curatorial studies and courses

Graduates hold curatorial posts

reflect the program’s broadened scope and relevance. Students complete the 42 required credits in two years of full-time study or three to four years of part-time study. In the renovated Cooper Hewitt, graduate students have opportunities to curate exhibitions, create public programming, and produce interpretive materials, which provide hands-on experience in museum and curatorial practices. Access to the Smithsonian’s Design Library, New School library holdings, and the library consortium enriches object-based research. For-credit internships enable students to explore professions in museums, auction houses, and galleries and on new online platforms. A limited number of master’s curatorial fellowships at Cooper Hewitt, which provide partial tuition remission, are available. In addition, MA students can apply for paid teaching assistantships. Students can access courses and projects taking place throughout Parsons and The New School, which open

in collections worldwide and specialist positions in auction houses and galleries. They serve in capacities related to interpreting, promoting, and educating the public about art and design. Museum curatorial positions: Museum of Modern Art; Victoria & Albert Museum; Indianapolis Art Museum; Museum of Arts and Design; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Wolfsonian Museum; M+ Museum (Hong Kong) Auction house, gallery, and online specialist positions: Sotheby’s;; Christie’s; Doyle; Phillips; One Kings Lane Fellowships: Cranbrook Art Museum; Winterthur Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian

up new areas of investigation in curatorial practice and

Design Museum; Metropolitan

historical research. A nine-credit minor in Design Studies is

Museum of Art

available to graduate students across The New School. It addresses the intricate relationship of design to society and investigates the social, political, and ethical facets of design from a future-oriented perspective. Students in the HDCS program who declare the graduate minor in Design Studies can choose to pursue their capstone with a design studies orientation. Students graduate prepared to work in some of the world’s most prestigious nonprofit, commercial, cultural, and academic institutions.

Editorial positions: New York Times; Metropolis; Martha Stewart Living; The Magazine Antiques Interior design industry positions: Peter Marino Architects; HOK Associates; Archive Edition Textiles Academic positions: New York School of Interior Design; Parsons; National Institute of Design (India); Fashion Institute of Technology; School of the Art

Institute of Chicago


exploring the history of design in social and cultural context

The New School

curriculum offers practical and theoretical instruction in


School of Constructed Environments

industrial design mfa Parsons’ Master of Fine Arts in Industrial

performing arts, The New School offers

Design program offers an innovative

complementary courses that enrich

two-year, 60-credit, full-time graduate

design practice. Local industry events

curriculum that prepares students to

and collaborations with commercial and

negotiate the seemingly contradictory

nonprofit partners deepen connections to

forces at play in the growing product

the field. A specialized thesis project offers

design industry. Students explore the way

opportunities to develop designs that

goods can be produced in both localized

advance—or challenge—industrial design

contexts (a “making in place” approach,

theory and practice.

which relies on regionalized needs and

New York City boasts the country’s

constraints) and globalized contexts

largest number of creative-sector jobs

(employing design principles focusing

and attracts top design talent. The

on universal needs).

MFA Industrial Design program attracts

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In the MFA Industrial Design program,

motivated, reflective students with

students combine advanced making skills

experience in product design but also

and critical inquiry to design for production

accepts candidates from other design

at all scales, from low volume to high volume,

professions and disciplines such as

employing methods ranging from desktop

engineering, management, anthropology,

manufacturing to systems involving global

and fine arts.

supply chains. MFA Industrial Design’s curriculum

Students graduate equipped with the ability to integrate the many

balances competing interests such as

considerations involved in product design

economical production and sustainability,

and to lead as socially aware makers,

consumerism, social and environmental

strategists, and industry specialists.

improvement, and global and local production,

Graduates emerge prepared to design

investigating ways to integrate and reconcile

innovative products and lead the

these forces as a whole. The faculty of design

industries that produce them as well.

practitioners aims to develop a community of designers committed to improving industry,

Career paths include

protecting the environment, and promoting

Industrial Design

the quality of life for all.

Product Development

Students develop their knowledge and skills at the university’s state-of-the-art product prototyping and testing facilities. In their second semester, MFA students explore limited-run making in New York City, and in the third semester, they can investigate large-scale global production through virtual collaborations or study abroad. An innovation-focused university with programs in the social sciences, business and management, media studies, and the


Manufacturing Furniture Design Humanitarian and Service Design Toy Design Design Management Architectural Building Systems

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

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

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

interior design mfa The Master of Fine Arts in Interior

Using New York City as an urban laboratory,

Design program at Parsons is uniquely

the curriculum draws on Parsons’ long-

positioned to lead the practice of and

standing connections to interior design

discourse on interior design in the 21st

and architecture firms, manufacturers,

century. Inaugurated in 2009 at Parsons,

galleries, and museums. During the second

the school where formal interior design

year, students develop a research project

education began, this graduate program

that culminates in an independent design

builds on 100 years of leadership in the

proposition, written thesis book, and

field. Design as a social practice is the

exhibition. Graduates are positioned to

program’s guiding philosophy. Students

transform the field as practitioners and

explore design as a force for change, a

educators by working in interior design

means of environmental stewardship, and

and architecture studios, developing new

a tool for shaping experiences.

practices, and collaborating with nonprofit,

Integrating sustainable design strategies with new developments in technology and

government, and educational institutions. The program is offered by Parsons’

materials, the two-year, full-time professional

School of Constructed Environments (SCE),

MFA in Interior Design program prepares a

which also houses related programs in

new generation of designers to address social

architecture, lighting design, and industrial

changes and demographic shifts shaping

design. SCE students share research and

clients’ needs today. A faculty of distinguished

fabrication facilities and work together

practicing professionals work with students

in an open design studio collaborating

to imagine new possibilities for the design

on projects, uniting historically separate

of habitable space. Conceptual connections

design disciplines to support cross-

between interior design and related fields

disciplinary innovation.

The New School

New York City

School of Constructed Environments

including art, architecture, film, science, psychology, philosophy, medicine, and music shape students’ work. A 60-credit studio-centered, researchoriented curriculum challenges students to analyze the relationship between human behavior, comfort, and perception and the built interior. Courses investigate materials and their environmental impact, fabrication

MFA Lighting Design and Interior Design Double Major The School of Constructed Environments offers students wishing to combine studies in interior design and lighting design a unique double major. In the MFA Lighting Design and Interior Design double major, a three-year, 90-credit-hour curriculum, students develop an in-depth technical and aesthetic understanding of the relationship

and manufacturing processes, building

between light and interior design. Interested students

systems and operational energy consumption,

should apply directly to the double major program;

drawing and digital representation, and

they will automatically be considered for admission

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

to the individual MFA Interior Design and MFA Lighting Design programs as well.

Career paths include Interior Design Industrial Design Sustainable Design Consulting




School of Constructed Environments

lighting design mfa The Master of Fine Arts in Lighting

design, and product/industrial design. In

Design program at Parsons, the first of

the open environment of the SCE design

its kind in the world, has trained leaders

studio, students work collaboratively on

in this rapidly evolving field for more

complex problems ranging from single

than 45 years. With a solid foundation

interior environments to comprehensive

in the intellectual, aesthetic, and

architectural volumes, outdoor public

technical dimensions of light, Parsons’

space, and urban planning.

interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on

The School of Constructed Environments

human experience, sustainability, and the

also offers two multidisciplinary programs,

social impact of lighting design.

described below, that enable students to

Students explore the relationships

develop an in-depth technical and aesthetic

between theory, technical application,

understanding of the relationship between

energy conservation, and social and

light, architecture, and interior design.

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environmental aspects of electric and natural light. The two-year, full-time course

MArch/MFA Lighting Design

of study is composed of 24 studio credits, 30

Dual Degree

credits of seminars (on cultural, historical,

Those who wish to pursue studies in lighting design

and perceptual aspects of light), and six

and architecture can apply to the dual-degree

electives. The unique curriculum is anchored in an integrated studio experience in which students interact with peers in architecture, interior design, and product design

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

programs. Projects integrate research,

admission to the individual Master of Architecture

conceptual design development, innovative

and MFA Lighting Design programs as well.

representational techniques, technical analysis, and full-scale study to uncover the

MFA Lighting Design and

experiential and social implications

Interior Design Double Major

of illumination.

The School of Constructed Environments offers

The birthplace of architectural lighting design, New York City offers students abundant opportunities for learning and career advancement. The MFA Lighting

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

Design program’s strong connections with

understanding of the relationship between light and

the international architectural lighting design

interior design. Interested students should apply

community help students enter a robust and

directly to the double major program; they will

growing workforce ready to succeed. With a 100 percent professional job placement rate, graduates of the MFA Lighting Design and multidisciplinary lighting design programs are poised to become leaders in this exciting field. The Lighting Design program is part of Parsons’ School of Constructed

automatically be considered for admission to the individual MFA Interior Design and MFA Lighting Design programs as well.

Career paths include Architectural and Interior Lighting Design Light Art Theatrical Lighting

Environments (SCE), along with closely

Exhibition Lighting

related programs in architecture, interior

Equipment Design and Manufacturing


Light Fixture Design and Manufacturing

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

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

photography mfa The MFA Photography program prepares

Rigorous critiques and regular meetings

students to become practicing artists

with faculty and professional artists help

and scholars who redefine the creative

students situate their work within broader

role of photography within contemporary

historical, theoretical, and visual culture

culture. The program challenges students

contexts. Program-sponsored conferences,

to move beyond current paradigms,

such as the recent “Photographic Universe,”

anticipating and setting trends rather

bring together practitioners and critics

than following them.

to explore contemporary issues in the field. Annual graduate thesis exhibitions and

MFA Photography curriculum enables

publications extend students’ reach into

students to undertake local internships

art communities. Graduates go on to

and apprenticeships and participate in

publish, exhibit internationally, and work

international projects. The program begins

in related positions.

with an eight-week summer session in

The MFA in Photography program is

residence at Parsons, the first of three, in

part of Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and

which students attend lectures by and meet

Technology (AMT), which is also home to

with visiting artists, curators, and critics.

the Communication Design, Fine Arts, Design

Recent visitors include Elinor Carucci, Lisa

and Technology, and Data Visualization

Oppenheim, Eva Respini, Anna Ostoya,

graduate programs and related bachelor’s

Charlotte Cotton, Tehching Hsieh, Matthew

programs. Photography students work

Buckingham, Louise Lawler, Jason Fulford,

together and access the many academic

Penelope Umbrico, Jill Magid, Dread Scott,

resources of The New School, including

Artie Vierkant, and James Welling. In the

all of Parsons’ programs, to support

fall and spring semesters, students engage

their research.

The New School

The flexible 26-month, 60-credit

New York City

School of Art, Media, and Technology

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

Career paths include

campus or online.

Fine Art

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

Teaching Commercial Photography Curation Editorial Photography Fashion Photography Documentary Production


Photo Editing


School of Design Strategies

Strategic design & management MS The Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management program brings together

designed to develop entrepreneurship. Offering evening classes and online

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a diverse group aspiring to initiate and

instruction, this flexible graduate program

lead change in emerging fields: business

is well suited to early- to mid-career

professionals wishing to complement their

professionals seeking to complement

business skills with design capabilities,

their design and business expertise with

design practitioners seeking to acquire

professional application. The program

expertise in business and leadership,

connects students to the broader community

and entrepreneurs looking to develop

of Parsons and other schools and colleges

transformative business propositions for an

of The New School. Housed in Parsons’

evolving global economy. Led by a world-

School of Design Strategies, the program is

class faculty, the program is academically

part of a leading urban university known for

rigorous and industry focused. Students

its courses on design thinking, leadership,

can complete the MS on campus or online,

entrepreneurship, and organizational,

or study both on campus and online.

nonprofit, and sustainability management.

The MS in Strategic Design and Management responds to the major

Global Executive Option

restructuring of economies worldwide. The

The Global Executive Master’s in Strategic Design and

program incorporates design thinking, service

Management is an 18-month program conducted

design, and sustainability frameworks. Students focus on the evolving global economy and are exposed to sophisticated real-world perspectives on operations, sustainability, management, leadership, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurship, and design innovation and research. A two-year,

primarily online and with week- and weekendlong intensives in Paris, New York City, and China. Students can complete study while working full-time.

Career paths include Business Sustainability Management Innovation

36-credit program, Strategic Design and

Social Innovation

Management is divided into two sections,


each with its own distinct pedagogy:

Strategic and Service Design

academic courses and integrative studios, both offered on campus and online. Coursework incorporates cutting-edge analyses of the new economy, which help

Alumni Outcomes Graduates work in global firms, open their own consultancies, and launch design-led start-ups. Start-ups and consultancies: Founder/co-creator,

students develop new business models and

Nazariya (artisans’ design business); founder, Kalsada

organization designs for creative industries.

Coffee Company (socially conscious global firm);

Courses provide hands-on experience in

founder/CEO, LOVESAC Designed for Life Furniture Co.

designing, managing, and improving designintensive firms—and help students develop their capacity to inspire and lead creative teams. In the studios, students apply their learning in projects structured like real-world

(global home goods); co-founder, Blue Water Workshop (design strategy and innovation); founder/creative strategist, Art Tap (fine art e-commerce); Dubai-based innovation, strategy, and entrepreneurial advisor; communications and experience design strategist In-house design strategy: Vice president/

industry consulting jobs. They can also take

senior insights and design strategist, Innovation

part in multi-month programs offered by

Lab, Citibank; director, design/consumer experience


Parsons’ ELab business incubator that are

strategy team leader, UnitedHealth Group; design

eSapiens (Brazil-based tech firm); senior strategist,

strategist, Deloitte Digital; director, product strategy, Wolff Olins; innovation associate, Fahrenheit 212

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

TOP: Students explore textile working methods, including traditional weaving, in courses and learning experiences on-site at NYC studios. MIDDLE: 3D printed textiles offer designers a new way to shape fabrics and produce in limited runs for a range of industries. BOTTOM: Magnhild Kennedy, Stikker. The program prepares students to work with textiles in industries ranging from aerospace to interior design and from fashion to textile art.

New York City

School of Fashion

TEXTILES MFA Today makers, designers, and scholars

broad boundaries and creating hybrid

are reimagining textiles—from locally

practices that integrate Silicon Valley’s high-

crafted materials to 3D printed matter

tech innovations with the Hudson Valley’s

to embellished fabrics—and pioneering

craft techniques. Your studies prepare you

textile-based industries and theory.

for a future in which smart textiles play

Launched in fall 2018, Parsons’ Master of

many roles, collecting and transmitting data

Fine Arts in Textiles offers you a curriculum

in a variety of products, including domestic

that engages your passion and the

goods and woven technology. New York Textile Month, a citywide

you for the growing array of opportunities

event initiated by MFA Textiles founder

related to textiles in fashion, product,

Lidewij Edelkoort, dean of Hybrid Design

interior, and scenic design; research; fine

Studies at Parsons, reflects the program’s

arts; architecture; and hybrid fields.

community-based approach to promoting

In the two-year, 60-credit full-

textile industries. The event’s local partners

time program, you develop a critical

become your mentors, inviting you into

understanding of textiles’ sociocultural,

studios and businesses to build your skills

environmental, and emotional dimensions

and networks. The program also draws

and consider their potential for uniting

on Parsons’ institutional partners, such

craft and computational technology. In

as Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design

studios, you acquire skills in essential

Museum. Lectures by global designers and

fiber techniques—yarn making, weaving,

producers add dimension to your learning.

knitting—and are introduced to new creative

Textiles are integral to an array of

methods and materials, including smart

industries—from ubiquitous computing,

fibers, digital patternmaking, 3D knitting,

automotive design, aerospace, and

and wearable technology. You develop

healthcare to fashion, set, and interior

and apply color forecasting abilities and

design—and represent a major growth field.

explore high-tech and bio-tech production.

In the program, you are guided to take an

You refine your aesthetic sensibilities and

active role in textile industries, preparing

sustainable practice on-site in NYC textile

to re-shore businesses, lend studio skills

ateliers, deepening your collaborative and

to firms ranging from fashion to biotech,

studio abilities. Instruction in small business

launch a business as an independent

best practices rounds out your learning.

designer or high-tech researcher, or pursue

This program is housed in Parsons’

The New School

university’s extensive resources, preparing

advanced studies. In the process, you

School of Fashion (SOF). The school’s

cultivate the utopian aspects of creativity

interdisciplinary approaches connect

and promote textiles’ continuing role as a

a spectrum of design disciplines and

major form of cultural expression.

concerns ranging from human factors to environmental sustainability to social

Career paths include

justice. Accordingly, the program welcomes

Textile Design

applicants from a variety of fields, including


textile research, studio design, and liberal


The MFA Textiles community is diverse and committed to expanding the field’s

Sustainability Consulting Criticism PR and Communications Teaching


arts (philosophy, anthropology, history).


School of Design Strategies

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

climate change and environmental justice,

in Theories of Urban Practice is an

the securitization of cities, resistance to

innovative urban research program

displacement, and alternative economies.

engaging students in the critical study

Students incorporate the study of politics,

of design practices in the context of cities,

visual and social art, critical geography,

urbanization, and urban ecosystems

media, security, and the environment into

as well as urban planning, policy, and

their urban-focused inquiry.

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governance. The program is open to

MA Theories of Urban Practice is

students from diverse academic and

housed in an academic environment

professional backgrounds committed

fostering innovative thinking and

to social, spatial, and environmental

experimentation with the design of cities,

justice; applicants are not required to

services, and ecosystems. The program,

have a degree or professional experience

and Parsons as a whole, reflect the

in architecture, urban studies, or design.

commitment to social and environmental

This research-driven program is part of

justice of The New School, the university

Parsons’ School of Design Strategies (SDS)

of which they are a part. The curriculum

and shares a 12-credit core curriculum

promotes participatory processes,

with the 60-credit studio-based MS Design

equitable development, feminist urban

and Urban Ecologies program.

perspectives, and transdisciplinary

The MA Theories of Urban Practice

collaboration across the university. Guided

program focuses on the production of

by faculty mentors, students personalize

new knowledge of the urban. Combining

their study with electives relevant to their

research, fieldwork, policy, design, and

interests and thesis.

activism, students investigate the evolution of urban practice and contradictions

Career paths include

within the field by unearthing root causes,

Urban Design and Policy

suppressed histories, and emerging

City Planning

theories. Students devise progressive

Government Administration

research methodologies and collaborate with communities and agencies at the forefront of urban transformation. They explore design as a catalyst for new

Public Housing Management of nonprofit, public, social, cultural, and environmental initiatives Community Practice Teaching and Academia

urban practices and planning that address

Advanced/Doctoral Study

contemporary challenges.

Journalism, Criticism, and Curatorial Practice

Students become agents of change by engaging in urban investigations that bring together urban studies, history, and theory through a design and spatial approach. Projects have addressed topics including social movements, urban governance, nonprofit management, sociospatial design in the sharing economy, racial and gender injustices, the logistics and politics of infrastructure, women-led urban movements,


Research and Analysis Social Enterprise

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

BOTTOM: Urban spaces with intertwined social, economic, and environmental problems are often the focus of student investigations and projects. Here students are guided on a visit to the South Bronx by local community members and experts.

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

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

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

transdisciplinary design mfa Emphasizing collaborative design-led

and projects, SDS employs innovative

research, Parsons’ Master of Fine Arts in

approaches to design and business

Transdisciplinary Design program serves

education in the context of cities, services,

as an academic laboratory in New York

and ecosystems. This two-year, 60-credit program

define the next phase of design globally

focuses on project-based work supported by

and effect positive social change.

electives selected by students to complement

The MFA Transdisciplinary Design

the core curriculum. Our approach to

program was created for designers

challenges involves one or more of the

interested in developing and applying ideas,

following themes:

tools, and collaborative and experimental working methods to address the complex challenges of global systems. Students work in cross-disciplinary teams and learn from renowned researchers, practitioners, and industry leaders. Students emerge from the MFA program with a portfolio that reflects

»»Systems thinking—integrating ecological, economic, technological, and social systems to achieve common ends

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

»»Social innovation—using design

the use of design processes to transform

to envision and develop more just

social practices and complex systems,

modalities of social interaction

The New School

City for graduate students seeking to

New York City

School of Design Strategies

engaging with larger issues through design. Graduates go on to work in cutting-edge

Career paths include

design consultancies as designers and

Service Design

researchers; with in-house design teams at

Design Consulting

private and public organizations; tackling


challenges such as restructuring healthcare services; as project leaders for nonprofit organizations; and establishing their own design consultancies and microbusinesses.

Business Development International Development Entrepreneurship In-House Design Leads within government organizations and industry

The MFA Transdisciplinary Design program is housed in Parsons’ School of Design Strategies (SDS), alongside graduate programs in Design and Urban Ecologies, Strategic Design and Management, and


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. MFA Transdisciplinary Design Juyeon Lee, Chengcheng Teng, and Oliver Arellano created Vitality Rhythm, a project incorporating crop-monitoring technology, to spark dialogue about the relationship between humans and nature. The project features a plant fed with soil from Freshkills Park—once the world’s largest landfill— whose care fosters human empathy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Aperture Foundation Areaware Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Children’s Museum of the Arts Chinese American Planning Council

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

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metalworking, and sewing tools; and digital imaging, audio,


and production gear. The inviting, light-filled space is also

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a place where community forms: Students and faculty collaborate and discuss creative challenges at the center’s many ample work tables.




Supporting your research are the university’s libraries and


some of the country’s best academic resources, available

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through the online Research Library Consortium of South Manhattan. On-campus resources include the List Center Library, University Center Library, Performing Arts Library,

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and Kellen Design Archives & Special Collections at the

Japan Society

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Degree-seeking students


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


the Cooper Union library, and the New York School of

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Interior Design and Cardozo libraries. At the Kellen Design Archives, you can explore Parsons’ celebrated history in studio disciplines and design studies.


The archives span Parsons’ history from its founding to


today, conserving primary-source materials produced by our

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community, including illustrations, graphic design samples,


fashion sketches, articles, photographs, and recordings.

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Galleries and Exhibition Spaces The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC), an awardwinning space designed by Lyn Rice Architects, is a

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university hub of creativity and scholarship. Located on

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


Avenue and 13th Street, the center offers programming

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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

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role of art and design in civic life. More than 4,000 square


feet of gallery space, equipped to support the full range


of media, offers students opportunities to curate and create

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programming as part of their coursework or by invitation.

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INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS Industry partnerships at the university harness your talent


and connect you to leading organizations and brands


whose mission, knowledge base, leadership, and creativity align with yours. Partnerships challenge faculty and students


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

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

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

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tice & Zero Waste: Exploring Pathways to the Circular Econ-

omy Photography Expanded: Counter-Histories Gun Reform in Black & White: Student Activism and #NeverAgain Conference on Cities, Climate and Migration Stepping Outside the Frame: Meet the New GeneraTOP: The Tishman Auditorium in the University Center, shown here, is a venue for public programs that bring thought leaders and innovators to campus, extending learning beyond the classroom. MIDDLE: The New School Art Collection’s newest commission, installed in the University Center, is a wall drawing by pioneering conceptual artist Agnes Denes. BOTTOM: A student creates a composition using samples from the Healthy Materials Lab’s library of nontoxic products such as rubber flooring, tile backing made from reused juice boxes, and flooring made from linseed oil, wood flour, and jute. Also shown are eco-fabrics created in a collaboration with Tide detergent.

tion of Image-Makers Mannes American Composers Ensemble presents the work of Vijay Iyer and Prashant Bhargava | RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi BROOKLYN: A DECADE OF DESIGN AND CHANGE Words of Change: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at The New School Made

in Sri Lanka: Humanizing the Fashion Supply Chain A New Global Agenda: Book Launch and



StoneFest at The New School Citizen Clark...A Life of Principle: Film Screening and Panel

Discussion Knowledge in Flight: Multidisciplinary


on Scholar Rescue in North America Designing for Second

Chances: Creative Approaches to Preventing Recidivism The Art of Change Opening Reception Steven Bernstein and The New School Studio Orchestra The Tar Sands Songbook Creating an Inclusive Economy: Pathways for Impact Entrepreneurs Paths to Action: A Climate Week

Event Slavery Today: Fighting Slave Labor in 21st Century Global Capitalism An Evening with Platon Earth Manual Project: Disaster Preparedness & the Constructed Environment Fashion,




Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America—A Talk by Journalist Amy Goodman Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production Zero Waste Food Conference



More: Recovering Women From

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Some of Our Research Centers

Scholarship and creative learning happen both in and

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

Center for New York City Affairs Center for Public Scholarship
 Center for Transformative Media Collaboratory Community Development Finance Lab

challenges the way we traditionally approach problem

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solving. At right is a list of some of our centers, institutes,

DESIS (Design for Social Innovation


and Sustainability) Lab Digital Equity Lab
(design-led entrepreneurial lab)

The New School’s Art Collection makes passing through

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campus buildings a transformative experience. Installations

Graduate Institute for Design,

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

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site-specific commission For Comrades and Lovers, 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;

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

and Kara Walker’s Event Horizon, an immersive artwork

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

filling Arnhold Hall’s stairwell—engage with themes and

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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.

Design Center Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS)
 Urban Systems Lab Vera List Center for Art

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outside of the classroom at The New School. Across our

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and Politics Zolberg Institute on Migration

Social Justice at the new school

and Mobility

The New School’s Office of Social Justice develops and supports university initiatives that promote social justice in the world in four thematic areas: stratification (by race, class, income, sexuality, and sexual identity); immigration and migration; climate and environment; and technology in society. The Office of Social Justice also supports internal policy and culture change to foster a welcoming and inclusive university environment and advance The New School’s mission of cultivating engaged innovators equipped to address pressing social issues. NEW SCHOOL PUBLIC PROGRAMS Public Programs at The New School offers you more than a thousand events each year—most presented free—providing fresh perspectives and expanding your network. These lectures, conversations, exhibitions, concerts, and performances feature a range of intellectual leaders and include the Nth Degree, a curated series of events spotlighting creative minds who are


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Parsons Graduate Programs


attendance For up-to-date information on tuition and fees, visit

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Tuition and cost of

Financial Aid and Scholarships All graduate students who apply by the priority scholarship deadline of January 11 are considered for New School merit-based scholarships; no additional application is required. In addition, U.S. citizens or legal residents should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1 and March 1 if they are applying for either the summer or the fall term. The FAFSA can be found online at


(the New School/Parsons code is 002780).

The university offers graduate housing in

Some graduate programs offer paying

the 20th Street and 92Y residences; you can also choose to live off campus. To learn more

positions that support research and develop

about both on- and off-campus housing

students’ skills while defraying the costs

options, visit

of attendance. The Office of Student Financial Services


also maintains a list of scholarships and

Career services for graduate students are

The New School

research assistant and teaching assistant

offers workshops to help students obtain

offered through the Center for Graduate

external funding. Students should also

Career and Professional Development.

research non–New School scholarships and

The center hosts career and internship

grants that can be applied to graduate study.

fairs for graduate students and regular

For a list of additional scholarship

professional development workshops as

opportunities, visit

well as sponsoring and co-sponsoring


numerous career path panel discussions and other special events. Graduate students

Contact Student Financial Services

have access to a large online job database,

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guides, and subscription-based resources.

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Graduate student career advisors offer:

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»»One-on-one counseling 
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vitae, portfolios, LinkedIn and other online profiles, job and internship search strategies, and interview preparation

»»Assistance with fellowship and grant application materials

We look forward to working with you. To learn more, visit To read alumni profiles, visit


 pplications received after January 1 may be considered A if space is available in the program. Late applications may be less competitive for scholarship consideration.


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Contact the Admission Office

Most students who are considering graduate

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study begin the application process in the

Office of Graduate Admission

fall before their intended term of entry. The

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the necessary steps.


Fall (September–December)

»»Review application requirements. »»Attend an admission event or portfolio review.1

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

»»Contact those who are writing recommendations.

»»Request college transcripts.


Spring (January–May)

»»Apply for the fall/summer term by January 1 (priority scholarship deadline).

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»»Check your application status online at

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


admission and faculty.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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email address. Or find contact information

us: campus visits, open houses, portfolio days,

using the New School online directory, at

and other admission events in New York Some program

City and around the world. If you are unable

directors welcome class visits.

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Graduate Portfolio Days

Tours are recommended for prospective

Prospective students should attend

and admitted students and those who have

an information session to learn about

applied; they are intended not to provide

Parsons, The New School, and graduate

answers to questions about academics or

programs. Admission counselors explain

admission but rather to offer an overview of

the admission and financial aid process

The New School’s facilities. Schedule a tour:

and answer questions. Webinars are also

offered throughout the year. On Graduate

(Tours are not held on national holidays

Portfolio Days, faculty members give

or when the university is closed.)

portfolio feedback before students upcoming session dates, visit

to facilitate collaboration within the New

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Parsons School of Design Bachelor’s Programs Architectural Design BFA Communication Design BFA Design and Technology BFA Fashion Design BFA

Strategic Design and Management MS 1

Psychology BA

Theories of Urban Practice MA

Screen Studies BA

Transdisciplinary Design MFA

Sociology BA Theater BA

Parsons Paris Bachelor’s Programs

Illustration BFA

Art, Media, and Technology BFA

Integrated Design BFA

Fashion Design BFA

Interior Design BFA

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Product Design BFA Strategic Design and Management BBA Associate’s Programs Fashion Design AAS Fashion Marketing and Communication AAS

Management BBA Master’s Program Fashion Studies MA

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Graphic Design AAS

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Anthropology BA

Master’s Programs

The Arts BA

Architecture MArch Architecture/Lighting Design

Politics BA

Textiles MFA

Fine Arts BFA

Photography BFA

Philosophy BA

Concentrations in Arts in Context and in Visual Studies

Urban Studies BA

College of Performing arts Master’s Program Arts Management and Entrepreneurship MA

Mannes School of Music Bachelor’s Programs Composition BM Guitar BM Harpsichord BM Orchestral Conducting BM Orchestral Instruments BM Piano BM Theory BM Voice BM

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Contemporary Music BA

Collaborative Piano MM, PDPL2

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Culture and Media BA

Composition MM, PDPL2

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Economics BA

Guitar MM, PDPL2

Environmental Studies BA, BS

Harpsichord MM, PDPL2

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Data Visualization MS Design and Technology MFA

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Urban Ecosystem Design

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Fine Arts MFA

Global Studies BA

Theory MM, PDPL2

History of Design and

History BA

Voice MM, PDPL2

Curatorial Studies MA

Interdisciplinary Science BA

Industrial Design MFA

Journalism + Design BA

Interior Design MFA

Liberal Arts BA, BS

Interior Design and Lighting Design double major MFA Lighting Design MFA Photography MFA

Self-designed program Literary Studies BA Concentrations in Literature and in Writing

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Creative Writing BA

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School of Jazz and Contemporary Music Bachelor’s Program

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