Students can study Journalism + Design as a major (BA, Journalism + Design), a minor (non-Liberal Arts majors), or a guided area of study (Liberal Arts majors).
Journalism + Design is an interdisciplinary bachelor of arts degree combining the rigorous critical thinking of Eugene Lang College with the creative design thinking of Parsons The New School for Design. You will learn the skills needed to address the complex media ecosystem of the 21st century and develop the creative capacity and confidence to thrive in any field that values imagination, agility, and smarts.
You’ll learn from cutting-edge, respected professionals and scholars from the fields of both journalism and design. This program has been developed based on the belief that a free press is an essential part of a functioning democracy, and it allows you to focus on your own area of interest, whether that be food, fashion, or the environment. You’ll be grounded in the fundamentals of serious journalism while being pushed to explore its boundaries.
Journalism + Design was created in consultation with some of the most prominent minds in news innovation as well as traditional journalism. Advisors and friends of the program come from the New York Times, The Guardian, ProPublica, The Center for Investigative Reporting, WNYC, and The Knight Foundation. This groundbreaking program is distinguished by its focus on journalistic practice supported by the design process. The flexibility of the program allows for student feedback to help shape its future direction. The focus is on serious reporting; community engagement; excellence in writing, visual literacy, and design; and developing the imagination needed to become a leader in the field.
The University and New York City
While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is also part of The New School, a leading progressive university in New York City. The program's collaboration with Parsons creates opportunities to study interactive design, editorial design, data visualization, photojournalism, illustration, mobile design, and media business management.
Our location in the world’s media capital presents a wealth of opportunities, including real-world experience—our students have interned at professional news organizations such as the New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Thomson/Reuters, Bloomberg News, WNYC, and ProPublica.
News organizations and media companies are eager to hire people grounded in fundamental reporting and ethics who can also creatively develop and design solutions for 21st-century journalism. Journalism + Design majors may go on to work as digital journalists or writers or go on to advanced studies in journalism, design, or media studies.