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If you have decided on an undergraduate education at Parsons The New School for Design, you will be joining a community of like-minded individuals who believe that art and design can help the world solve complex problems. Become part of a major urban center where creative work feeds the city’s economic and cultural life and brings communities together. A Legacy of Innovation / Parsons has been a pioneer in art and design education since its founding in 1896, championing new movements and teaching methods that have shaped generations of artists, designers, scholars, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. Because Parsons is part of The New School, a progressive urban university, you can take liberal arts and sciences courses to strengthen your work and combine academic knowledge with social activism. Majors at Parsons are grouped into the following five schools:
School of Design Strategies
School of Fashion
School of constructed environments
PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN SCHOOL OF Art and Design History and Theory
Parsons fashion illustration class, 1920s. Courtesy of The Kellen Archives.
School of Art, Media, and Technology
This organizational structure supports Parsons’ educational mission and builds community among students and faculty in related disciplines.
Photo credits: Don Hamerman, Bob Handelman, Samantha Heydt, Conway Liao, Martin Seck, Matthew Septimus
Students & Faculty Total Parsons enrollment / 4,800
Faculty members / 1,500
Undergraduate students / 3,200
Average class size / 16
International students / 38%
The Campus / New York City frames every aspect of your Parsons education—from field trips and projects focusing on sustainability and the urban experience to internships and other work outside the classroom. Situated in Greenwich Village, in the heart of Manhattan, Parsons offers students the opportunity to live, work, and create in one of the world’s great cities. Student Housing / Housing is guaranteed for freshmen; 90 percent of first-year students live in one of our five dorms, located in Greenwich Village, close to campus and to Union Square, Astor Place, and Washington Square Park. Diversity and Parsons / The Parsons community is diverse and reflects a broad range of experiences, identities, cultures, and beliefs. Cultivating a learning environment where all can thrive requires respect and an understanding of the social, political, and economic contexts in which we learn and create. Parsons seeks to prepare tomorrow’s designers to devise innovative, thoughtful, and effective responses to social inequities. This effort relies on the contributions of people who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Parsons is committed to achieving greater diversity at The New School and is making institutional changes to reach that goal. Learn more at www.newschool.edu/parsons-diversity.
A Grounding in Liberal Arts / All of Parsonsâ€™ undergraduate majors have a strong liberal arts component, including courses in art and design history, theory, and criticism. Electives offered at other divisions of The New School let you explore your interests and develop your practice.
Admission Criteria / Parsons seeks serious, responsible, and highly motivated applicants for its undergraduate programs; potential for achievement is one of the most important admission criteria. You will be considered even if you have limited art or design experience. www.newschool.edu/parsons-apply
MAJORS AT PARSONS Architectural Design (Bfa)
Communication Design (Bfa)
Communication Design (Bfa)
Design and Management (Bba)
Design and MANAGEMENT (Bba)
Design and TECHNOLOGY
Design and Technology (Bfa)
(Ba or Bs)
Environmental Studies (Ba or Bs)
Fashion Design (Bfa)
Fashion Design (Bfa)
Fine Arts (Bfa)
Fine Arts (Bfa)
Integrated Design (Bfa)
Integrated Design (Bfa)
Interior Design (Bfa)
Product Design (Bfa)
Need to build your portfolio? / High school students can take classes at Parsons on Saturday mornings or over the summer. www.newschool.edu/precollege
2 Written Essays
Urban Design Essay
Environmental Studies Essay
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts for a five-year dual-degree BA/BFA.
* You can combine a BFA from Parsons with a BA from
BA/bFA SAT or ACT Results
Urban Design (Bs)
The Parsons Challenge
Design and Management Essay
2 Letters of Recommendation
Portfolio and the Parsons Challenge must be submitted through Slideroom. For Slideroom submission requirements, visit www.newschool.edu/parsons-apply.
BFA Design and Technology and BFA Photography have special portfolio requirements. Visit www.newschool.edu/parsons-portfolio-reqs.
CAREER SERVICES RESOURCES
Recent Internship placements
One-on-one job search counseling / Résumé, portfolio, and internship preparation / On-campus job and internship fairs / Access to online job database with more than 30,000 registered employers / Assistance with arranging internships / Alumni Career panels
HBO / MARC JACOBS / Marvel Comics / MTV / Museum of Modern Art / NEW YORK TIMES / Polo–Ralph Lauren / Rolling Stone
Nina Chanel Abney / Chris Benz / Sheila Bridges / Mario Buatta / Peter de Sève / Jamie Drake / Tom Ford / Gad Giladi / Prabal Gurung / Albert Hadley
Parsons Career Services / Advisors offer a variety of resources to help you develop the skills needed to succeed in creative fields. Internships offer important networking and skill-building opportunities. Many undergraduate majors include an internship as a degree requirement. Some grant credit for internships arranged independently or through the Office of Career Services. Several majors offer noncredit internships.
Tuition, Scholarships, and Other Financial Aid / Between 80 and 85 percent of Parsons students receive financial aid. All students are considered for merit-based scholarships upon application; there is no need to complete any additional forms. If you are a U.S. citizen or legal resident, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov (The New School/Parsons school code: 002780). For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Services by phone at 212.229.8930 or by email at email@example.com. Tuition for full-time students (those registered for 12 to 18 credits per term) is charged at a flat rate; tuition for students carrying fewer than 12 credits per term is charged by the credit hour. For up-to-date information on tuition and fees, visit www.newschool.edu/parsons-tuition.
Victoria Hagan / Lazaro Hernandez / Edward Hopper / Marc Jacobs / jasper johns / Donna Karan / Reed Krakoff / Barbara Kruger / Derek Lam / Jack Lenor Larsen / Claire McCardell
Jack McCollough / Ryan McGinley / Steven Meisel / Isaac Mizrahi / Norman NOrell / Rob Pruitt / Paul Rand / Tracy Reese / Norman Rockwell / Narciso Rodriguez / scott sanders
Joel Schumacher / Cindi K. Strauss / Anna Sui / Brian Tolle / Carmen Marc Valvo / Alexander Wang / Ai Weiwei / Jason Wu / Dan Yaccarino
Contact the Office of Admission Parsons The New School for Design Office of Admission 72 Fifth Avenue, 2nd floor New York, NY 10011 212.229.8989 firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, visit www.newschool.edu/parsons-info. To apply, visit www.newschool.edu/parsons-apply. Parsons and The New School are fully accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The New School, a privately supported institution, is chartered as a university by the Regents of the State of New York. Parsons is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). BBA Design and Management meets NASAD standards for the Bachelor of Arts—4 years: Design and Management. Registered as a BBA through the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The New School is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.
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