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Art and design professionals in the 21st century must navigate a fluid and highly networked global culture. Parsons prepares its graduates for this rapidly evolving world by offering a range of cross-disciplinary graduate programs that center on advanced studio practice and research.
The MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons Paris emphasizes the interchange between progressive scholarship and real-world projects, encouraging imaginative work in theory and grounded practice. Distinguishing features of the Design and Technology program at Parsons Paris include greater opportunity for peer exchange, collaborative projects and extracurricular activities with peers and faculty in New York, a smaller cohort, and a dynamic European location with access and influence extending to the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
The curriculum begins
with a year in Paris (with reduced tuition,
per our European-based fee model),
followed by a year at Parsons in
New York City.
The MA in History of Design and Curatorial Studies is a two-year graduate program. Students pursuing their graduate work in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies seek to understand objects as intersections of material culture, social history, and aesthetic theory. Taking advantage of the many collections and archives in Paris, this curatorial studies program emphasizes object-based teaching and hands-on experience in curatorial practice.
The MA in Fashion Studies offers an academic route to advancing the research and analysis of fashion as a cultural phenomenon and global industry. The program provides an entryway for students who want to pursue careers in fashion research, including positions in fashion archives, museums, and galleries, media and consulting, as well as teaching. MA Fashion Studies also prepares students for advanced research in fashion leading to a PhD.
Academically rigorous and industry focused, the Global Executive Master’s is specially designed for working professionals, preparing them to confidently create, manage, and lead design process–driven organizations. Seminars are held at Parsons Paris, combined with online learning, hands-on studios, and global experiences in New York and Shanghai.