2019 Parsons Undergraduate Viewbook

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Undergraduate Programs

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Programs in NYC Architectural Design BFA


Communication Design BFA


Design and Technology BFA


Design History and Practice BFA


Fashion Design BFA


Fine Arts BFA


Illustration BFA


Integrated Design BFA


Interior Design BFA


Photography BFA


Product Design BFA


Strategic Design and Management BBA


Other Learning Opportunities Parsons Paris




BA/BFA Dual Degree (with Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts)


Youth and Teen Programs


University Resources


Student Support and Admission


Begin anywhere.

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and Theory; the School of Art, Me

Technology; the School of Constru

Environments; the School of Desig and the School of Fashion.

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Literary Translatio

Alternative Fashion Strategies



Moving Image Art

Art and Design History

Museum and Cura

Capitalism Studies

Music Compositio

Chinese Studies


Comics and Graphic Narrative


Communication Design


Contemporary Music

Post-Genre Music

Creative Coding

and Creation

Creative Entrepreneurship


Creative Technologies for Performative Practice


Culture and Media



Social Practice

Data Visualization


Design Studies

Sustainable Cities

Digital Humanities Dramatic Arts

Techniques of Mu Ear Training,


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Environmental Studies


Ethnicity and Race

Urban Studies

Fashion Communication

Visual Studies

Fashion Studies


Stretch the system.

Film Production Fine Arts Food Studies French Studies Gender Studies Global Studies Hispanic Studies History Immersive Storytelling Interdisciplinary Science Japanese Studies Jewish Culture Journalism and Design

Religious Studies

Question every answer.

You are here.




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Parsons School of Design—recently named the Best School for Art and Design in the United States and ranked third in the 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

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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 create in broader, deeper, and more forward-looking ways. And, guided by Parsons faculty, you produce work that reflects human experience while responding to the call for innovation and change.

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Expanding the Boundaries of Design At Parsons, you discover that art and design have the capacity to disrupt the status quo and spark the change needed in the world today. They can be employed to confront climate change, address race relations, and transform management through thoughtfully conceived objects and ideas. Here becoming an artist, designer, or business strategist means working across disciplines, learning to collaborate, and questioning every assumption in order to create more reflectively and responsibly. We give you the freedom to do so by integrating disciplines, inspiring personal change, and offering you support as you forge new paths in art, design, and industry.

NYC: A Global Center of Creativity, Thought, and Industry Innovation NYC offers endless creative inspiration and opportunity. And for Parsons students, it’s an expansive open field for making and research. From the first semester, courses take you out into the city to design creative ways to improve urban life. In internships and collaborations with nonprofit, government, and commercial partners, you test ideas and develop skills Parsons Undergraduate Programs

and networks that support you during your time on campus and beyond.


TOP: For the Empowerhouse project, students partnered with local agencies in developing ways to use design and policy to improve socioenvironmental conditions at several scales. The project resulted in a two-family house built with Habitat for Humanity, which inspired Habitat to adopt new energyefficient building methods.

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

FACING PAGE: An NYC government partnership enabled students to transform a campus parking spot into a public space with seating and tables, built from sustainable materials with Parsons’ Making Center facilities.

TOP AND BOTTOM: Experienced in a range of media and teaching methods, Parsons instructors help you express your ideas, explore techniques, and develop solutions to problems through design. FACING PAGE: Your community lasts long after you graduate. Faculty remain mentors, alumni connect professionally, and peers form organizations and businesses together after graduation.

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At The New School, you’re surrounded by teachers who help you bring together the people, projects, and classes you need for your unique creative journey. Our accomplished faculty encourage you to boldly experiment and guide you to become technically proficient, conceptually sophisticated, and reflective about your work. They are also working professionals who

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A Learning Community of Faculty and Peers

share their experience and connections. Based in a global center of culture, commerce, and innovation, faculty put you in contact with the city’s game changers—the United Nations, Planned Parenthood, Google, and Teen Vogue, to name a few—for collaboration on projects. Peers test your ideas and inspire new directions—and often become your professional colleagues. Open-minded, independent, diverse, and aware, they come from every state in the United States and more than 100 countries worldwide, making our university’s student body one of the most international in the country.

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


with the tools and a creative community to last a lifetime.


Art and Design in Global Contexts Art and design speak clearly in the global conversation. Learn the language through workshops and courses in which you work directly with creative communities around the world, bringing together knowledge, perspectives, and resources to address critical conditions facing the world today. International educational partners—and Parsons Paris, our European hub—offer opportunities for sustained cultural and academic immersion. Parsons orients you in global contexts, where creativity catalyzes innovation and change.

Space for Making, Reflecting— and Innovating At Parsons, we embrace the new, the unknown, the unimagined. It’s our tradition of innovation, dating back to the school’s founding in 1896. Discover creative problem solving, collaboration, visual communication, iteration, prototyping, and analysis—tools that enable you to confidently, thoughtfully bring about change in a swiftly evolving world. Building on the solid platform of your Parsons education, you can become a leader in fields Parsons Undergraduate Programs

that already exist—or pioneer new ones.


TOP: At Parsons Paris, the atelierlike learning environment fosters collaborative work in heritage luxury industries such as couture. BOTTOM: Designers at Parsons’ PETLab gaming incubator and residents of St. Louis, Senegal, created a climate disaster– preparedness game for the Red Cross/Red Crescent, which was presented at the UN Climate Change Conference.

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

BFA FIRST YEAR F S PUFY 1000 Integrative Studio 1 3 PUFY 1010 Integrative Seminar 1 3 PUFY 1100 Sustainable Systems* 3 PUFY 1020 Space/Materiality** 3 PUFY 1030 Drawing/Imaging** 3 PUFY 1040 Time** - PUFY 1001 Integrative Studio 2 - PUFY 1011 Integrative Seminar 2 - PLHT 1000 Objects as History* - Program Elective - 3 15 15



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* Objects as History and Sustainable Systems may be taken in any sequence, one in the fall semester and one in the spring.


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** The three first-year studio courses — Drawing/Imaging, Space/Materiality, and Time — may be taken in any sequence, two in the fall semester and one in the spring.

BBA FIRST YEAR F S PUFY 1000 Integrative Studio 1 3 PUFY 1010 Integrative Seminar 1 3 PUFY 1100 Sustainable Systems 3 LMTH 1950 Quantitative Reasoning 1 3 PUFY 1030 Drawing/Imaging*** 3 PUFY 1040 Time*** - 3 PUFY 1001 Integrative Studio 2 - PUFY 1011 Integrative Seminar 2 - ULEC 2230 Intro to Political Economies: Lecture - ULEC 2231 Intro to Political Economies: Recitation 3 Program Elective - 3 15 15

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Academics— an Overview Our curriculum spans established art and design disciplines and includes newer interdisciplinary fields, such as resilience and sustainability studies, service design, and immersive storytelling media. Minors in a variety of disciplines—such as management, creative entrepreneurship, foreign languages, and psychology—enable you to tailor your course of study to your goals and interests. See page 50 for details. Majors Offered in New York City Architectural Design (BFA) Communication Design (BFA) Design and Technology (BFA) Design History and Practice (BFA) Fashion Design (BFA) Fine Arts (BFA) Illustration (BFA) Integrated Design (BFA) Interior Design (BFA) Photography (BFA) Strategic Design and Management (BBA) Majors Offered at Parsons Paris Art, Media, and Technology (BFA) Fashion Design (BFA)

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Product Design (BFA)

Strategic Design and Management (BBA)

Schools Undergraduate and graduate programs at Parsons are grouped into the following schools to facilitate collaboration and resource sharing:

»»School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT) »»School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT) »»School of Constructed Environments (SCE) »»School of Design Strategies (SDS) »»School of Fashion (SOF) The School of Art and Design History and Theory offers an array of seminars and lectures in history, criticism, and writing that focus on visual and material culture. These courses are integral to studio work and help you develop an understanding of the role of visual culture, art, and design



over time, in various settings, and as a means of fostering change.

Overview Parsons Undergraduate Programs

Your First Year Your first year is one of discovery and exploration. Studio courses build a variety of making skills, while seminars expand your ability to reflect critically on art and design and their connections to the wider world. Together they provide a foundation for your creative practice and intellectual development over the next three years. They also introduce you to systems-based approaches to design, in which you consider a range of factors—sustainability, technological change, user experience, globalization—to create work suited to an evolving world. The forces of change in society today aren’t one-dimensional, and neither are your interests. Our approach to education gives you the tools you need to explore complex issues and bring together a range of talents and passions in studies that are wholly your own. The process takes you throughout New York City, where you encounter firsthand the ways creativity fuels urban life. You apply your new perspectives and critical-thinking and communication skills to share your insights. The first year also allows those entering as undeclared students the opportunity to explore a range of art and design disciplines, which helps them decide on a major.



TOP: For a course project, students placed 3D letterforms throughout the city, engaging subway riders with public art while developing an understanding of the effects of changing scale and setting. BOTTOM: Students in the first-year Sustainable Systems course learn how policymaking at the United Nations directly affects global climate change. FACING PAGE: First-year students develop their color theory abilities on-site at a Brooklyn handcrafted wallpaper firm.

Architectural Design BFA Communication Design BFA Design and Technology BFA Design history and practice BFA


Programs in NYC

Fashion Design BFA Fine Arts BFA Illustration BFA

Interior Design BFA Photography BFA Product Design BFA Strategic Design and Management bba Other Learning Opportunities

Parsons Paris Minors Ba/Bfa Dual Degree Youth and Teen Programs


Integrated Design BFA


School of Constructed Environments

Architectural Design BFA Career paths include Architecture Landscape architecture Environmental art Urban design Exhibition design Product and industrial design Interior design

In this pre-professional program, you investigate the history, language, and social practice of architecture within a fine arts context. You create socially engaged, collaboratively made, and globally oriented work. In internships, courses, and workshops, you build collaborative skills and broaden your design knowledge with peers in related interior, product, urban, and lighting design

Furniture design

programs. Visits to architectural firms and manufacturers

City planning

provide further insight into the world of professional practice.

Facilities management

The program offers design-build opportunities within New

Construction management

York City, such as the Street Seats public seating initiative

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and housing studios with community partners.



TOP: Alexander Floyd, Aquatic Axis, rendering. Aquatic Axis, created in the BFA Architectural Design course Design Studio 5, proposes a mass transport connection between northern Manhattan and the South Bronx. The project is designed to facilitate commuting and provides opportunities to interact with the natural environment.

BOTTOM: Jialei Tang, Playnature, rendering. Designed in a studio course, Play-nature is a care center for four-year-olds in the Bronx. Design features including acoustic ceilings and recessed classrooms are intended to accommodate the school’s teaching methods and address children’s needs.

FACING PAGE: Naiky Paradis, Transit Hub, model created for Design Studio 5.

TOP: Grace Hong, Like-Like, digital interface MIDDLE: Kaisha Murzamadiyeva, Ornek Typeface, type design BOTTOM: Dylan Hughes, Identity, identity design FACING PAGE: Whitney Badge, Shift to Question, digital interface and publication

Communication Design BFA In this major, you focus on typography and interaction and choose an industry-related area of study, such as Information Design, Branding, Editorial, Motion Graphics, Type Design, or Web/Mobile Product Design. You learn how to create compelling messages, from concept stage to final form, and share them. You explore the social and environmental dimensions of communication.

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School of Art, Media, and Technology

Career paths include Motion graphics Publication design Branding Information visualization UI/UX design Interaction design Exhibition and retail design Environmental graphics

You work directly with peers throughout The New School, including students in programs at other schools within the university, and with external partners in hands-on, collaborative courses. Electives on topics like package design,

and business—enhance your learning.



and ones in areas including the humanities, media studies,

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environmental graphics, and design for social engagement—


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design and technology BFA Career paths include Creative technology Creative coding Game design, development, and art Experience design Digital product and software design Interaction design Computational arts Digital advocacy

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

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Technology through their studies in Core Studio Systems and Core Lab Systems, which are complemented by program electives. The Game Design pathway in the BFA DT program immerses you in the world of indie game design and development. It gives you tools and pipelines that grow and expand with your skill set and provides you with an understanding of the process from brainstorming to game publication. Creative Technology focuses on bringing art and humancentric design into programming and engineering, providing a set of tools drawing on physical computing, creative coding, user experience design, and fabrication.



TOP: Jon Murry, Ready Made Exhibition, virtual reality project MIDDLE AND BOTTOM: Yumeng Wang, KAIR (Klapaucius Artificial Intelligence Resort) 2030. KAIR is a multimedia interactive installation featuring fictitious monologues by emulation workers from the year 2030. The project explores the relationship between humans and AI machines. FACING PAGE: Or Zubalsky, Meeting Table, installation and instrument with electronics

TOP: In Making + Meaning courses, students integrate hands-on and scholarly learning from studio work and seminars. BOTTOM: Traditional scholarly exploration is complemented by studio courses, in which students develop relevant design and making skills. FACING PAGE: This program gives students the opportunity to collaboratively explore disciplines beyond design in courses offered by Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.

design history and practice BFA This one-of-a-kind program provides you with an education in art and design that involves both practice and theory. You learn through multiple modes of text-based and material analysis in studio and seminar classes. This interdisciplinary experience provides you with the skills needed for hands-on design work along with related historical and social knowledge drawn from the liberal arts.

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School of Art and Design History and Theory

Career paths include Design Art and design research Museum education Publishing

As a student in the program, you choose a pathway in Art History, Design Studies, Fashion Studies, Museum and Curatorial Studies, Spatial Design, or Visual Studies. You combine this with a studio pathway that immerses you in Data Visualization, Sustainable Cities, or Fashion Strategies. By studying ideas and their application simultaneously, you develop informed aesthetic judgment, an understanding of the historical context in which art and design are created, and the ability to approach your own practice from that informed perspective.

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a specific area of design practice, such as Photography,

Incorporating curricular offerings from both Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and Parsons’ BFA programs, BFA Design History and Practice integrates design practice with the study of history and theory. Students benefit from the rich knowledge of guest lecturers from diverse Parsons



programs and from Lang.

“Seeing a design go from paper to the physical realm and watching the public engage with it inspire me for the work I want do in the future.”

Before coming to Parsons, Finn attended two other universities, whose rigid, traditional approach to education limited his ability to question and experiment. At Parsons, he found an open, diverse, collaborative community eager to engage his values and imagination. “I think my 16-year-old self would be surprised to see the freedom that I have here to explore and play,” Finn says. One way Finn has taken advantage of his freedom at The New School is enrolling in classes offered at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, also part of the university. “It gives my architecture work a new layer of depth and gives me a new perspective to approach creative problem solving,” Finn says. In his Sustainable Systems class at Parsons, he learned that responding to environmental threats doesn’t have to mean design sacrifices. And in his Design & Build class, he put this idea into practice, collaborating with 15 students from different disciplines to build Street Seats—sustainable public seating at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street that gave New Yorkers a much-needed outdoor

space in which to rest and enjoy conversation After conducting intensive research for

or a meal. Street Seats, students chose fast-growing, lightweight, weather-resistant Vietnamese bamboo for their hand-built 40-foot-long sculptural seating project. Seventy-five planters made from recycled plastic were placed inside its frame; lit by solar panels, “As an undergraduate architecture

they gave off an inviting glow at night. student, I think it’s rare to have the opportunity to take a project from the first sketch to putting the final nail in the frame, and it’s even more rare to build that project in one of the most prominent cities in the world,” says Finn. “It’s both surreal and really satisfying to see our design in the real world. It inspires me for the work I want to do in the future.”

The background is a rendering of a café Finn designed for a hydroponic facility in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

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BFA Architectural Design

such as a tagging system that helps them

designed to assist sight-impaired individuals,

Kendall created garments with features

articles of clothing,” Kendall explains.

such as distinguishing between different

but that are really tough for blind people,

that you never think of when you have sight

“Garments have all these design features

clothing for people with visual impairments.

She applied her learning to Sensory, a line of

with the world outside of the classroom.

to create clothes that allow for engagement

materials come from, where they go, how

the clothing manufacture process: where the

Kendall learned to consider every facet of

In her Systems and Society class,

scientist or environmentalist might use.

designer in terms not unlike those a social

people.” Now she describes her role as a

powerful. It can spread ideas and connect

possible,” Kendall says. “Fashion is really

things with a garment that I didn’t think

could be much more. “You can do so many

became a senior, she had learned that design

make beautiful clothes. But by the time she

first came to Parsons, she simply wanted to

Kendall always loved fashion. When she

“You can do so many things with a garment that I didn’t think possible. Fashion is really powerful. It can spread ideas and connect people.”

Shown behind Kendall is a garment she created for Kellektiv, her thesis, which was aimed at empowering women recovering from sexual assault.

the world.

thinker, and maker—could mean in

understand what her voice—as designer,

feel empowered, and it helped Kendall

Kendall says. Her project helped wearers

can really affect our sense of self-worth,”

what we wear and how we feel, and it

huge psychological connection between

put together their own outfits. “There’s this

BFA Fashion Design

Kendall Warson

TOP LEFT: Ji Won Choi, Excessivism. Created in the Collection pathway, Excessivism features symbols intended to draw attention to clothing overconsumption and construction techniques that reduce material waste. BOTTOM LEFT: Paris Amaro, Carnal. Created in the Fashion Product pathway, Carnal is a line of handcrafted jewelry designed to celebrate the body. Amaro’s minimal, abstract pieces were inspired by the lines of the body. BOTTOM RIGHT: Lucy Jones, Seated Design. Created in the Systems and Society pathway, Seated Design is a methodology for analyzing and modifying design infrastructure to facilitate the creation of functional, attractive, and comfortable garments for seated individuals while raising awareness of their needs. FACING PAGE: Jacob Olmedo, And the World Will Be As One. Created in the Materiality pathway, Olmedo’s thesis project explores—from the perspective of a bee—the political and social implications of climate change and species extinction while examining guerrilla gardening as a means of connecting humans and the natural world. Shown is a runway look by Olmedo and his research project.

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In the BFA Fashion Design program, you are encouraged to challenge existing perceptions of fashion by employing your own unique lens, disrupting norms with the objective of proposing innovative outcomes. By examining advanced

Career paths include Academic research Arts residency Brand strategy Concept development Creative technical design Fashion curation

social, theoretical, and contextual applications of fashion

Fashion design

design, you learn to express deeper levels of messaging and

Fashion product

critical thinking and practice through your work.

Fashion theory

Students select one of four pathways—Collection,

Fiber art

Materiality, Fashion Product, or Systems and Society—

Sustainability research

through their coursework in Design Studio and Specialized

Textile design

Studio, which helps them develop an approach to fashion

Textile conservation

design that aligns with their personal interests. While

Virtual reality

fundamental practices related to garment and collection development, research, materiality, and systems thinking are employed in all of the pathways, each one focuses on a specific area of fashion design. Your senior thesis is self-proposed and is expressed through a range of outcomes. Faculty, visiting lecturers, and

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This innovative program has trained generations of designers who continue to redefine the global fashion landscape.

external critics engage with you on creative, intellectual, and practical levels throughout the process. External partners offer you opportunities to develop a professional practice through collaborative projects and competitions that augment your academic experience.



Offered both in New York City and at Parsons Paris.


School of Art, Media, and Technology

Fine Arts BFA Career paths include Fine art Curatorial studies and practice Arts administration Museum, auction house, gallery, and art fair management Art history and criticism Art education

This major prepares you to maintain a studio practice in fine arts. You learn to express your unique concepts in a wide range of artistic media, using a variety of strategies. You develop the historical and critical awareness you need to establish an art practice while gaining the professional knowledge you need to launch a career in fine arts.

Publishing Art therapy

This program guides you to discover your artistic voice,

Art installation

familiarizing you with traditional techniques of painting, drawing, sculpture, and video, as well as interdisciplinary methods that can include performance, multimedia installation, and digital interaction. Internships and electives in topics such as art history, theory, and professional

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practices broaden your perspective and prepare you for a future in the field.



TOP: Andrea Sundt, Water Compulsion, sculpture BOTTOM: Robert Hickerson, Objekt Permanence, photograph FACING PAGE: Yu Tada, Comment series, digital print

TOP: Sophia Coco, Love Immortal, handmade book BOTTOM: Anna Outridge, Eliot Trix, animated short still FACING PAGE: Paula Searing, The Best Time I Have Had in a Long Time, storyboard for a toy theater

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School of Art, Media, and Technology

Illustration BFA Cultivate your vision, authorial voice, creative problem-solving abilities, and curiosity while translating ideas into forms including picture books, comics and graphic novels, animation, hand lettering, editorial and advertising illustrations, toy and puppet designs, and surface and display design.

Career paths include Entrepreneurship Service design Urban design Fashion design Sustainability management Consulting Fine arts

In this major, you create work for mass reproduction and distribution, developing your visual storytelling skills through representational drawing, writing, and painting in two and three dimensions and across time. University electives broaden your skills and perspectives. You apply your learning in projects and internships with partners including Nickelodeon, 350.org, the New York

Fest and gatherings of professional organizations build your network.



Industries. Events like Comic Arts Brooklyn and MoCCA

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Times, Moleskine, City Lore, Barnes & Noble, and Brooklyn


School of Design Strategies

Integrated design BFA Career paths include Entrepreneurship Service design Urban design Fashion design Sustainability management Consulting Fine arts

Today, as technology and global networks transform the world, designers must be versatile, knowledgeable problem solvers. This program allows you to engage in a research-based studio practice, exploring a range of materials and methods and bringing together diverse design fields. Prepared to enter social, cultural, and ecological fields, many graduates go on to combine design and entrepreneurship in innovation-focused businesses. The flexible curriculum, which provides a creative and

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intellectual base for integrative work through thematic interdisciplinary studios and labs, facilitates focused study and disciplinary exploration. Areas of inquiry include object-based art making, community partnerships, communication design, performance methods, entrepreneurship, fashion design, and creative technology. You can design your own unique interdisciplinary pathway by taking elective courses in other Parsons programs and at other colleges of The New School. Core classes in the Integrated Design program focus on creative inquiry, research methodologies, collaboration with community partners, business strategy, and professional development. Learning is anchored in collaborative and entrepreneurial approaches applied in projects with partners including the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, SWALE, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.



TOP: Alexis Walsh, LYSIS. For her fashion collection, Walsh designed couture garments featuring 3D sculptural elements created with Shapeways software. BOTTOM: Yu Ling Wu, Know Your Rights. Wu’s round accordion booklet contains legal rights information for immigrants facing the possibility of deportation or ICE raids. The book can be disguised as a wearable, coaster, or magnet. FACING PAGE: Amplify: Creative and Sustainable Lifestyles in the Lower East Side. Amplify addressed sustainability and the everyday needs of older adults in New York City through collaborative support services.

When Rohil moved to New York from Cape Town, South Africa, his new city seemed “larger than life”—the perfect place to make big-budget action movies at a traditional film school. Then he saw that students at Parsons were taking traditional narratives and turning them into video games and VR, creating ways for the “audience to feel like they’re uncovering the story themselves.” And the Parsons students were using new media to Rohil enrolled at Parsons and now creates

tell stories that mattered. work that pushes him out of his comfort zone, like a project bringing together set design, film and immersive technology, and a life-sized robot or a video game in which the player battles hordes of demonic fast food avatars that stand in the way of getting healthy— At Parsons, Rohil feels free to work in

projects that unite fun and substance. a range of media and finds opportunity in the collaborative interplay of programs throughout The New School. For one project, he enlisted students from the university’s School of Media Studies to record zany voiceovers for his game. Above all, Parsons

“At Parsons, you’re provided with a structure, but you’re also encouraged to challenge it. It makes you a fearless creative force.”

encourages Rohil to experiment, make mistakes, and keep going. “At Parsons, you’re provided with a structure, but you’re also encouraged to challenge it,” Rohil says. “It makes you a fearless creative force.” He is learning to design with intent, emphasize inclusivity and diverse perspectives, and reflect deeply on the power of creativity—or, as he puts it, to ask, “What impact does this have on the world?”

The background is the interface from Rohil’s game Here Comes the Neighborhood, in which players explore individual identity in urban settings.

Rohil Aniruth

BFA Design and Technology

her to develop a booklet titled How the F*ck to Vote. Designed to strip the “political jargon” out of election information, the book clarifies the voting process with snappy, informal language, graphic design, and Yu Ling’s signature humor. “It’s one of the projects that I’m most proud of,” she says. “The New School

Theater major with a minor in Ethnicity and

Race at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts,

a blend made possible by the university’s

BA/BFA program. At Lang, she was inspired

by one of her courses to consider political

systems, oppression, and social justice, and

“What I’m making now is unlike anything I ever imagined making. I feel like I found who I am and who I want to be.”

was creating something. These influences led

Integrated Design major at Parsons and a

Shown behind Yu Ling is an artist’s book she made with an unusual folding scheme meant to evoke the stimulating environment of New York City.

am and who I want to be.”

ever imagined making. I feel like I found who I

What I’m making now is unlike anything I

has enabled me to see the world differently.

at Parsons, she learned to ask herself why she

Yu Ling has become something of

a master of combining fields: She’s an

combine her interests.

and the perfect medium through which to

realizing that books could be an art form

her hands and designing things digitally,

She discovered her love of working with

she learned much more than bookbinding.

studies. In her Artist’s Books class at Parsons,

diverse fields and care deeply about her

The New School challenged her to explore

unsure of her adequacy as an artist. But

When Yu Ling came to Parsons, she felt

BFA Integrated Design/ BA Liberal Arts

Yu Ling Wu

TOP: Pei Chun Liao, Story Corps, rendering BOTTOM: Elysia Belilove, Kin Steps and Co-Work Space, rendering

FACING PAGE: Hayden Manders and Meredith Woolfolk, co-housing project for homeless mothers, created for the Design Studio 3 course, rendering

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School of Constructed Environments

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

Career paths include Interior design Sustainable design Set design Exhibition design Historic preservation Consulting Facilities design

In this program, you work with faculty, peers, and outside professionals designing interior environments that reflect an understanding of sustainability, cultural differences, and the human need for comfort, safety, and well-being. Courses guide you through the study of materiality and two- and three-dimensional form and space. The studio complexity in a wide range of project types, with a focus on design process, lighting, building systems, color, textiles, and stakeholder engagement. You develop and analyze your designs through a combination of hand drawings, physical models, collage, computer renderings, and

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experience introduces interior design issues of increasing

animations created using both digital and analog methods. An interdisciplinary curriculum, along with lectures and access to New York City’s premier firms and showrooms,



broadens your practice.


School of Art, Media, and Technology

PHOTOGraphy BFA Career paths include Commercial, editorial, documentary, and fashion photography Visual art Publishing

In this major, you develop the technical, conceptual, aesthetic, and professional skills needed to establish a successful creative practice. You explore analog and digital processes for video/motion production and the creation of photobooks and installation art.

Gallery and studio management Arts production and administration

The BFA Photography curriculum enables you to study photography in relation to social engagement, fashion culture, creative industry, imaging technology, and contemporary art while developing research, critical writing, and technical skills. You focus your interests in electives offered throughout the university and in

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internships at galleries, publishing houses, and cultural and commercial organizations. Access to state-of-the-art labs, shooting studios, and equipment supports your creativity; student exhibitions and critiques build your network.



TOP: Zeta Gao, Youthquake, fashion editorial BOTTOM: Joanne Imperio, untitled, from the Centre of Equal series FACING PAGE: Patricia Lopez Ramos, Food for Thought, digital C-print

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School of Constructed Environments

PRODUCT DESIGN BFA In this major, you cultivate the technical and critical skills needed to design objects, systems, and services that enhance human abilities and relationships. You address contemporary realities including sustainability and technological change while exploring materials, manufacturing, aesthetics, and social engagement in both local and global contexts.

Career paths include Industrial design Product development Manufacturing Furniture design Humanitarian and service design Health design Toy design

In this program, you acquire broadly applicable

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studio, making, and critical thinking skills including research, graphic representation, sketching, modeling, prototyping, and presentation. Electives—on topics such as digital and physical model making, professional practice and entrepreneurship, material and process and metalworking—deepen your practice. Projects and internships with companies like Poltrona Frau, IKEA, Roche Bobois, and Areaware connect you to the industry. Museums, archives, and exposure at international design fairs supplement Parsons’ resources, such as the Parsons

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innovation, experimental ceramics, and woodworking



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School of Design Strategies

STRATEGIC Design and management BBA Career paths include Innovation consulting Entrepreneurship Brand strategy Marketing and public relations Design-led research Leadership and management

The business of design and the design of business are at the center of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Strategic Design and Management. In studios and seminars combining business, design, and liberal arts, you apply interdisciplinary learning through projects and research. Engaging and dynamic courses cover a range of topics including innovation and sustainability research, entrepreneurship, systems thinking, quantitative reasoning, financial management, visual communication, and information design. Through these courses, you

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develop a broad and integrated set of skills that can be applied across the design strategy spectrum. Courses and projects led by practicing professionals enable you to work with entrepreneurs, designers, activists, and academics at companies and organizations ranging from HUGO BOSS, Panasonic, and Design Within Reach to the United Nations Development Fund and the City of New York. You explore interests and career paths in electives offered throughout The New School. Internships give you real-world experience. You graduate prepared to develop design-driven strategies, manage projects, and assume entrepreneurial and leadership positions. Offered both in New York City and at Parsons Paris.



TOP: Maurice Dusault, Portrait of a Drowning City, multiplatform urban intervention (installation, print booklet, Web interface) BOTTOM: L. Curry Aycock, The Art of Balance, mobile app FACING PAGE: Suzannah Tarkington and Bozhou Luo, BOUW, digital publication

Alex Ficquette Alumnus, BBA Strategic Design and Management

If you wonder whether design can bring people together—or drive them apart—ask Alex. While a student in the BBA Strategic Design and Management program, Alex delved into the human factors that designers take into consideration to make products and services successful. His aptitude for listening, reflecting, and finding creative solutions to problems big and small brought him success in internships at Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, Barneys New York, and a Broadway PR company. He ended up in one of his field’s most coveted positions: design researcher at IDEO, the legendary design and innovation consultancy.

At IDEO, Alex took the human-centered

“what if we ...?” approach he learned at

Parsons and applied it to projects for

local nonprofits and global firms. He

interviewed research participants across

the country, synthesizing his insights on

untapped opportunities and proposing

design-based approaches to address needs.

From his studies at Parsons Alex knew

that problem-solving techniques based in

design research are surprisingly adaptable

to a range of settings. But in the course of

researching user experience for a media

client, he learned just how valuable his own

design and management skills had made

him. Word of his talent at predicting user

behavior and his success in coordinating

the many steps to positive user experience

quickly got around. Soon he was approached

for a media job, which led to his current

position as associate plaza producer for NBC

television’s TODAY Show. Reflecting on his

providential career shift, he says, “Parsons

taught me that observation and asking

questions are as important as studio skills—

they can take you anywhere.”

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

Parent of Keeler Near, BFA Fashion Design ’18

William Near

Shown in the background are William Near and his son Keeler. Keeler is wearing a shirt he made for his thesis fashion collection.

could take a business course. Or he could take

could take courses outside of his discipline. He

resonated with me was the fact that Keeler

was there. And one of the things that really

was wild; it was cool. The design element

situation,” Billy recalls. “The energy of Parsons

background. “It was a really fun, upbeat

the ceiling while Kanye West played in the

of New School courses projected across

students’ day event, they saw a constellation

The New School’s campus for an admitted

When Billy and his son Keeler first arrived on

dad, I’m really proud of him.”

become. His creativity has flourished. As his

things I’ve noticed is how confident Keeler’s

career as an artist,” Billy says. “One of the big

a lifetime and are hugely influential in his

forming relationships that will probably last

up to and admires these teachers. He’s

are renowned in their fields. “Keeler looks

develop relationships with professors who

At Parsons, Billy has also seen Keeler


education has set him up to thrive after

the imagination,” Billy says, “but Keeler’s

world is not a sure thing by any stretch of

his own. “Surviving as an artist in today’s

lay the groundwork for two fashion lines of

a minor in Creative Entrepreneurship—and

design degree, enabling him to complete

classes added a new dimension to his

Keeler bloom at Parsons. Keeler’s business

Over the next four years, Billy saw

was going to have amazing opportunities.”

university’s liberal arts school. I knew Keeler

of the 1980s at Eugene Lang College, the

a class delving into the punk movement

“Surviving as an artist in today’s world is not a sure thing by any stretch of the imagination, but Keeler’s education has set him up to thrive after graduation.”

Parsons Paris, located in the heart of the city, offers you an intimate, atelierlike environment in which to create, guided by Parsons’ signature curriculum.

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Parsons Paris Undergraduate Degrees Art, Media, and Technology BFA Fashion Design BFA Strategic Design and

The learning community at Parsons Paris is made up

Management BBA

of full-time undergraduate and graduate students from around the world, including students visiting from the university’s New York City campus and other American and international colleges. Bachelor’s programs currently offered are Art, Media, and Technology (BFA); Fashion Design (BFA); and Strategic Design and Management (BBA). Summer Intensive Studies programs are open to pre-college students (ages 16 and up) and college students. In Paris—recently voted one of the best cities in which to study1—you discover how bringing together French and global brands, new media, and social innovation enriches Small classes foster close interaction with faculty and interdisciplinary collaboration with peers across fields of study. Our special partnerships with fashion companies, luxury maisons, academic institutions, museums, and archives across Paris present unique opportunities to expand

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your work and knowledge of design around the world.

and diversify your learning. Parsons Paris is proud to offer students a complete range of student services, career support, and year-round activities to make their study abroad experience as safe, academically challenging, and enjoyable as possible.

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Other Learning Opportunities

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

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Moving Image Arts


Museum and Curatorial Studies

Art and Design History

Music Composition 1

Capitalism Studies


Chinese Studies

Photography 1

Comics and Graphic Narrative


Communication Design

Post-Genre Music: Performance

Contemporary Music

and Creation 1

Creative Coding

Printmaking 1

Creative Entrepreneurship 1


Creative Technologies for

Race and Ethnicity

Performative Practice 1

Religious Studies

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Culture and Media



Social Practice

Data Visualization


Design Studies

Sustainable Cities

Digital Humanities

Techniques of Music

Dramatic Arts 1

Temporary Environments



Environmental Studies

Visual Studies

Fashion Communication 1


Fashion Studies Film Production Fine Arts 1 Food Studies French Studies Gender Studies Global Studies Hispanic Studies History Interdisciplinary Science Japanese Studies Jewish Culture Journalism + Design Literary Translation Literature

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are necessary for certain minors because


of space limitations. For updated information, visit newschool.edu/academics/minors.


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BA/BFA Dual Degree In this five-year interdisciplinary pathway, you study both art and design and the liberal arts in depth, earning a BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and a BFA from Parsons.1 The BA/BFA (BAFA) pathway equips you with the superior critical thinking and studio skills you need to succeed in today’s complex globalized workplace or in advanced study. newschool.edu/babfa

Youth and Teen Programs Start your Parsons experience now in a pre-college program on Saturdays throughout the year in New York, or join us for Summer Intensive Studies, offered in June and July at our New York and Paris campuses. Build a portfolio or take art and design courses before beginning undergraduate fashion styling, design and management, and more. Offered through Open Campus, The New School’s home for continuing, professional, and pre-college education, Parsons youth and teen programs enable you to explore creativity, build skills, network with peers, and, in some cases, earn college credit.

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studies in disciplines such as graphic design, photography, animation,

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in BBA Strategic Design and Management cannot participate in the BA/BFA pathway.



The Making Center Libraries
and Archives Galleries, Exhibition Spaces, and Performance Venues New School Art Collection Social Justice at The New School Industry Partnerships

Centers, Institutes, and labs

University Resources

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disciplines and design studies. The archives


span Parsons’ history, from its founding


to today, conserving primary-source

Access to state-of-the-art and traditional

materials produced by our community,

tools at the Making Center facilitates your

including illustrations, graphic design

creative growth and gives you hands-on

samples, fashion sketches, articles,

experience using everything you’ll need

photographs, and recordings. Learn more

as a creator. Available resources include a

at newschool.edu/parsons/facilities.

motion capture studio; 3D printers; laser cutters; CNC routers; high-speed plotters;

Galleries, Exhibition Spaces,

printmaking equipment for all media;

and Performance Venues

woodworking, metalworking, and sewing

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (SJDC),

tools; and digital imaging, audio, and

an award-winning space designed by Lyn

production gear. The inviting, light-filled

Rice Architects, is a university hub of

space is also a place where community

creativity and scholarship. Located on

forms: Students and faculty collaborate and

the ground floor of Parsons’ building at

discuss creative challenges at the center’s

the corner of Fifth Avenue and 13th Street,

many ample work tables.

the center offers programming including exhibitions curated by the SJDC staff, student


work exhibitions, and a rich variety of

Supporting your research are the university’s

events advancing the university’s mission of

libraries and some of the country’s finest

promoting public dialogue on the role of art

academic resources, available through the

and design in civic life. The center’s more than

online Research Library Consortium of South

4,000 square feet of gallery space, equipped

Manhattan. On-campus resources include

to support the full range of media, offers

the List Center Library, the University Center

students opportunities to curate and create

Library, the Performing Arts Library, and

programming for courses or by invitation.

the Kellen Design Archives & Special

The New School also maintains a number


Collections at the Sheila C. Johnson Design

of practice, rehearsal, and performance

Center. Degree-seeking students can also

spaces, including the university’s

use the extensive resources at NYU’s Bobst

20,000-square-foot facility at 55 West 13th

Library, the Cooper Union library, and the

Street, Tishman Auditorium at the University

New York School of Interior Design and

Center, and The Auditorium at 66 West 12th

Cardozo libraries.

Street. Our black box performance space at

At the Kellen Design Archives, you can explore Parsons’ celebrated history in studio

151 Bank Street features state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.

TOP, FACING PAGE: The Making Center, the university’s network of cutting-edge creative tools, is located primarily in the Parsons building at Fifth Avenue and 13th Street. MIDDLE: The Kellen Archives, part of the university’s extensive archival holdings, contains materials documenting Parsons’ history and creative output, including project work by our celebrated alumni. BOTTOM: Exhibitions at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center invite the public to participate in discussion of the role of design in fostering social good.

MIDDLE: The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center presents exhibitions on timely topics such as the intersection of technology and craft. Shown here is an exhibition developed with the Royal College of Art (RCA), London. BOTTOM LEFT: Projects involving partners like fashion retailer H&M challenge students to design within realworld industry constraints. BOTTOM RIGHT: Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #1073 A and B, Bars of Color (New School), 2003/2015, shown here, enlivens the first and second floors of the university’s 55 West 13th Street building.

Some of our recent partners:

The New School’s Art Collection makes


passing through campus buildings a

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transformative experience. Installations


created expressly for our community—such

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

as Glenn Ligon’s site-specific commission

Children’s Museum of the Arts

For Comrades and Lovers (facing page,

Chinese American Planning Council

top right), which envelops visitors to

Citi Community Fund

the University Center’s Event Café; José


Clemente Orozco’s A Call for Revolution and

Condé Nast

Universal Brotherhood, a sweeping fresco

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

cycle created in 1931; and Kara Walker’s

Cornell Tech

Event Horizon (facing page, top left), an


immersive artwork filling Arnhold Hall’s

Gilt Groupe

stairwell—explore themes particularly


relevant to The New School. Pioneering


works from the collection of nearly 2,000,

Habitat for Humanity

including pieces by Martin Puryear,


Adrian Piper, and photographer and New


School teacher Berenice Abbott, are found


throughout campus, offering you moments


of inspiration and discovery.

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The New School’s Office of Social Justice

Luxury Education Foundation

develops and supports university initiatives

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that promote social justice in the world in

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four thematic areas: stratification (by race,


class, income, sexuality, and sexual identity),


immigration and migration, climate and

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environment, and technology in society.


The Office of Social Justice also supports


internal policy and culture change to foster

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

a welcoming and inclusive university

NYC Department of Transportation

environment and advance The New School’s

NYC Housing Authority

mission of cultivating engaged innovators

NYC Media Lab

equipped to address pressing social issues.


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Kering Social Justice at The


Poltrona Frau

Industry partnerships at the university

Red Cross

connect you to leading organizations and

Roche Bobois

brands whose mission, knowledge base,

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leadership, and creativity align with yours.


Partnerships challenge faculty and students


to develop customized solutions that drive

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innovation and help businesses thrive in a

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complex, diverse global economy.

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Research communities of practice at

Public Programs at The New School offers

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you more than a thousand events each

Center for Data Arts

year—most presented free—providing fresh

Center for New York City Affairs

perspectives and expanding your network.

Center for Public Scholarship

These lectures, conversations, exhibitions,

Center for Transformative Media

concerts, and performances feature a range


of intellectual leaders and include the Nth

Community Development Finance Lab

Degree, a series of events featuring thinkers,

Designed Realities Lab

visionaries, and creators who bring about

DESIS (Design for Social Innovation

positive change in the world.

and Sustainability) Lab Digital Equity Lab


ELab (a design-led entrepreneurial lab)

Scholarship and creative learning happen

Engage Media Lab

both in and outside of the classroom

Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography,

at The New School. Across our campus,

and Social Thought (GIDEST)

students and faculty come together in

Healthy Materials Lab

interactive, collaborative spaces to rethink,

Humanities Action Lab

reimagine, and redesign the world. In these

Open Style Lab

labs, centers, facilities, and research

PETLab (Prototyping, Evaluation,

institutes, they produce groundbreaking

Teaching, and Learning Lab)

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work that challenges the way we

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

traditionally solve problems.

Tishman Environment and Design Center Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS) Urban Systems Lab Vera List Center for Art and Politics Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility newschool.edu/parsons/research-projects


TOP: Parsons—the U.S. home of DESIS, a global service design organization—recently hosted “Resilient Cities, Livable Futures,” a conference on strategies for building urban centers’ resilience in the face of weather-related disasters. MIDDLE: 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. BOTTOM: At far left is Elaine Welteroth, editor in chief of Teen Vogue, in conversation with Amy Farid and Anastasia Garcia at Fashion Culture and Justice, a campus event. FACING PAGE: A DESIS Lab research exhibition.

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


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Student Resources and

In addition, the New School alumni


community keeps you connected to a

We have staff dedicated to helping you join

thriving network of leaders in art, design,

the Parsons community and making your

academia, the performing arts, the social

experience transformative. Our team is

sciences, and many other fields. Take a look

available at the planning stages—applying,

at what alumni are doing around the world

making the financial commitment, finding

at newschool.edu/alumni.

housing—and once you’re on campus as well. Staff members devoted to addressing


learning-related needs ensure that your

Internships encourage our students to

academic life flourishes. If you have

take theory from the classroom and put

questions, we have answers, on these

it into action. They are an integral part of

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ACADEMIC AND CAREER ADVISING You will receive ongoing, holistic support from academic and career advisors, who will help you design your unique degree pathway and prepare to effect change in the world after graduation. This innovative approach means you visit only one office to embark upon and complete your academic and career advising journey. And at the Parsons Career Expo, more than 100 recruiters gather to discuss creative positions with you, review your portfolio, and invite you to apply for jobs. We also offer resources for those who want to pursue advanced studies or start their own businesses. Advisors are here to help you:

»» Articulate your values »» Select courses and graduate on time »» Think about career options »» Consider study and work abroad opportunities

»» Connect with faculty members »» Locate relevant support services if you are a first-generation student, student veteran, or student with a disability

In a single year, New School students interned at more than 1,000 organizations, including MTV, HBO, Beth Israel Hospital, the Village Voice, the International Rescue Committee, Nike, Diane von Furstenberg, and more. Students find internships by meeting with their success advisor (their career and academic advisor), attending Career Services events, and drawing on relationships with university partners, faculty, and fellow students. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND SCHOLAR SERVICES
 We welcome students from around the world. Whether you are an international student or scholar or an exchange visitor, you are joining a thriving academic and artistic campus in one of the world’s great cities. We offer both immigration advice and cultural support in a welcoming and friendly environment.



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We want The New School to be your home


away from home. We achieve this by:

The New School is for students from a

»» Providing expertise and support

variety of backgrounds. The university

throughout the U.S. visa application process and offering advisement on the maintenance of F-1 and J-1 immigration status, employment, program changes,

funds a variety of institutional scholarships, fellowships, grants, and stipends through its comprehensive financial aid program. We also participate in government grant,

and other immigration-related matters

loan, and work study programs as well as

scholars on higher education practices


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in the United States and other cultural

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adjustment issues

you will automatically be considered for

programs at The New School and with

and, if applicable, artistic ability. Admission

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merit aid on the basis of your academic counselors can answer questions about merit eligibility. U.S. citizens and residents who wish


to receive need-based aid must first

Housing isn’t just four walls and a roof.

complete the Free Application for Federal

It’s an opportunity to form bonds, ease

Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines

the transition from home to college, learn

students’ eligibility for federal and state

to appreciate differences, and make new

grants, federal loans, and work study. File

friends for life. Our four residences extend

this application online at fafsa.ed.gov using

from Greenwich Village to Chelsea and

The New School’s code, 002780.

offer students a nurturing, supportive environment as well as many social, educational, and cultural activities. For more information, visit newschool.edu/housing.


Collab: Intel Fashion & Tech Intel challenged students to demonstrate how to integrate the Intel™ Curie Module int... Curate the Future by Reimagining the Past Ethnographic studies are examined through a curatorial lens. Spark a Conversation with the City the civic sphere. Empower a House

Embrace ambiguity.

Parsons School of Design celebrates art and design in

A bright idea illuminates the world like a porch light in the night. Rewrite the Ethics of Drones Two Design and Technology graduates explore the contentious relationship between huma... Don’t Tell a Story — Illuminate a Manuscript We embrace new media, design, and technology to reimagine the power of storytelling.

Close Silicon Valley’s Gender Gap Two MFA Design and Technology graduates spark a love of technology in girls.

Change your vantage point.

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Membership and Accreditation The New School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. MSCHE is a regional accreditor and federally recognized body. The New School has been accredited by MSCHE since 1960. All degree programs at the New York City campus of The New School are registered by the New York State Department of Education. Parsons School of Design is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. The New School is a nonprofit university. For full information on the university’s accreditation, visit newschool.edu/provost/ accreditation. The information published here represents the plans of the university at the time of publication and does not constitute an

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Here you are. Now that you have discovered our acclaimed design school, located in a city of innovators, you are ready for the next step in your creative journey. Start yours at Parsons, where you will find the space to investigate, learn something new, and solve problems of all kinds. We are catalyzing action and new ideas on campus and beyond, making the world better by design. Talk to us. We are here to provide more information, answer questions, and introduce you to a unique path to academic excellence. Office of Admission 72 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10011 212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040 thinkparsons@newschool.edu newschool.edu/parsons newschool.edu/visit-undergrad

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As we celebrate our Centennial, The New School remains committed to being a university where world-renowned colleges come together to seek out new ways to create a more just, more beautiful, and better-designed world. Learn more about our colleges and programs:

Parsons School of Design

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

College of Performing Arts

The New School for Social Research

Schools of Public Engagement

Parsons Paris

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