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Parsons The New School for Design is bridging the art and design disciplines. Use the key terms below to explore areas of study and to learn how programs actively relate and converse with one another within Parsons' unique multiple-school structure - and with the wider New School network.

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ADHT's undergraduate courses bring together all of Parsons' students to acquire the intellectual depth necessary to become leaders in their chosen fields. The school's research-driven graduate programs educate the next generation of theorists, writers, critics, historians, curators, and scholars.

Students grapple with key forces shaping the world today - radical shifts in ecological flows, changes in living and working systems, growth of economic disparity, trends in consumption patterns, and increasing ethnic diversity - as they design functional, beautiful, and sustainable products, interiors, and buildings.

Students and faculty explore relationships between design and social change in the context of cities, services, and ecosystems. The school is an experimental learning environment configured to advance innovative approaches to design and business education.

A launch pad for a variety of careers in global fashion, the school promotes activism as well as innovation, melding excellence in design, craft, and marketing with civic and environmental engagement.

Rigorous practice and critical scholarship prepares students to become leading agents of commentary and change. The school offers superb training in the art and design disciplines, expanding these fields beyond their traditional boundaries through interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange.

Parsons Summer, Pre-College Academy, and Continuing Education programs are housed together as Parsons SPACE. They offer open enrollment, nondegree study options in art and design for students of all ages and levels for credit or noncredit.

For the professional prepared to make the leap into design, Parsons offers Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, and Interior Design. The AAS degree programs are best suited to students with college experience who are clear about their interests in the field of design and prepared for rapid immersion in a professional course of study.

Parsons The New School for Design is establishing an academic center in Paris, where students can benefit from our innovative approach to learning in combination with the unique resources of a European art and design capital.



Architecture (M.Arch) / Lighting Design (MFA)

Architecture / (M.Arch) / Lighting Design / (MFA)

School of Constructed Environments

Students may combine graduate studies in lighting design and architecture in the dual-degree program—a four-year curriculum that combines the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture and the MFA Lighting Design degrees.

In this program you can study:


Art and Design History and Theory

Art and Design History and Theory

School of Art and Design History and Theory

The core curriculum for undergraduate students throughout their four years at Parsons includes required coursework in art and design history and theory. Elective courses are organized into pathways that investigate specific fields of knowledge more deeply.

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Communication Design (BFA)

Communication Design / (BFA)

School of Art, Media, and Technology

Students prepare for careers in electronic, print, and interactive media by focusing first on intensive study of interaction and typography. They go on to explore related approaches, methods, and media through courses, internships, and sponsored projects in a range of disciplines including data mapping, motion and sound design, branding, packaging, advertising, and spatial and environmental graphics.

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Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Summer, Pre-College Academy, and Continuing Education (SPACE)

Each semester, continuing education offers open admission, nondegree studio, history, and business-oriented courses in art and design for beginner adults and accomplished professionals. Students may enroll for credit or noncredit, or apply courses towards a Parsons SPACE certificate.

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Decorative Arts Graduate Seminar in Scandinavia

Decorative Arts Graduate Seminar in Scandinavia

Summer, Pre-College Academy, and Continuing Education (SPACE)

The MA History of Decorative Arts and Design program offers graduate students a two-week course, held in Stockholm and Helsinki, exploring Scandinavian design and culture from the 17th to 20th centuries.

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Design and Technology (BFA)

Design and Technology / (BFA)

School of Art, Media, and Technology

Building on contemporary design disciplines, this program focuses on new media storytelling and interaction technologies and exposes students to emerging design and art practices such as data programming, computer graphics, animation, game design, motion graphics, and physical computing.

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Design and Technology (MFA)

Design and Technology / (MFA)

School of Art, Media, and Technology

Drawing on history, politics, economics, psychology, ergonomics, and other disciplines, this program combines the study of visual, interactive, and narrative aspects of technology with programming and computation. Projects may involve games, Web and mobile applications, film, video, and audiovisual performance.

Also offered at Parsons Paris.

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Design Studies (MA)

Design Studies / (MA)

School of Art Design History and Theory

This graduate program shapes a new generation of design thinkers who will critically examine theoretical, historical, philosophical, and social issues related to design practice, products, and discourses.

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Fashion Design (AAS)

Fashion Design / (AAS)

School of Fashion

This program, for adults considering careers in fashion design or seeking advanced training, offers instruction in the process, skills, and language of fashion design from concept through production. Students learn drawing, draping, patternmaking, sewing, tailoring, haute couture, and specialty techniques.

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Fashion Design (BFA)

Fashion Design / (BFA)

School of Fashion

Parsons has trained five generations of designers to lead the U.S. fashion industry. Today its legacy of design education is interwoven with social and environmental imperatives, inspiring students to envision fresh ways to make beautiful, sustainable, responsible, and relevant fashion.

Also offered at Parsons Paris.

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Fashion Design and Society (MFA)

Fashion Design and Society / (MFA)

School of Fashion

This advanced studio-based program in fashion design encourages students to confront real-world challenges in the fashion industry while developing their capacities not only as outstanding designers, entrepreneurs, and scholars, but also as engaged global citizens.

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Fashion Studies (MA)

Fashion Studies / (MA)

School of Art Design History and Theory

In this groundbreaking MA program, students study fashion as object, image, text, practice, theory, and concept and develop a critical understanding of its complex global intersections with identities, histories, and cultures in the contemporary world.

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Fine Arts (BFA)

Fine Arts / (BFA)

School of Art, Media, and Technology

Exposed to an array of studio practices, ideas, and community and global relationships, students in the MFA Fine Arts program learn to translate concepts into individual expression by using drawing, color, form, space, and composition and to embrace interdisciplinary approaches to visual culture and making art.

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Fine Arts (MFA)

Fine Arts / (MFA)

School of Art, Media, and Technology

This two-year graduate program is committed to expanding the formal, intellectual, and conceptual work of advanced students, encouraging them to create, present, and interpret their work with the intellectual rigor and refined skill required to become professional artists.

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Graphic Design (AAS)

Graphic Design / (AAS)

School of Art, Media, and Technology

Students explore industry trends and receive a solid foundation in the traditional practices and concepts of graphic design. Assignments mirror real-world challenges, incorporating online and multimedia applications, interactive design, typography, page layout, and publication design.

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History of Decorative Arts and Design (MA)

History of Decorative Arts and Design / (MA)

School of Art Design History and Theory

Offered jointly with the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, this graduate program features a curriculum that focuses on the stylistic, historical, and theoretical contexts of European and American decorative arts and design from the Renaissance to the present.

Also offered at Parsons Paris.

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Industrial Design (MFA)

Industrial Design / (MFA)

School of Constructed Environments

This innovative graduate program, launching in fall 2015, will prepare designers to negotiate the seemingly contradictory forces at play at all scales of product design. You critically engage with issues such as production and sustainability, consumerism and social and environmental betterment, and global and local industry, integrating these considerations to improve industry, human life, and the planet.

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Illustration (BFA)

Illustration / (BFA)

School of Art, Media, and Technology

This program cultivates students' vision and prepares them to translate it into a wide range of traditional and emerging media. The curriculum emphasizes visual thinking, originality, art and design history and theory, and awareness of social and cultural concerns.

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Interior Design (AAS)

Interior Design / (AAS)

School of Constructed Environments

Studios on design for residential, retail, workplace, and hospitality interiors and spaces that combine interior architecture and decorative arts anchor this intensive program. Students learn theory and practice through conceptual explorations of space, sustainability, and computer-aided design.

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Interior Design (MFA)

Interior Design / (MFA)

School of Constructed Environments

This graduate program challenges students to analyze human behavior, needs, and the relationship of perception to the built interior. It prepares students to play transformative roles in the profession and teach the next generation of practitioners.

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Leadership in the Arts

Leadership in the Arts

Summer, Pre-College Academy, and Continuing Education (SPACE)

Offered in collaboration with the Bank Street College of Education, this three-summer graduate degree program is designed to meet the needs of arts educators, combining studio courses with a leadership curriculum and leading to a Master's of Science in Education.

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Lighting Design (MFA)

Lighting Design / (MFA)

School of Constructed Environments

With its unique focus on aesthetic design, human physiological and psychological factors, and sustainable practices, Parsons' graduate lighting program is unique in its emphasis on the values of both design and civic responsibility.

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Photography (BFA)

Photography / (BFA)

School of Art, Media, and Technology

Students are challenged both technically and conceptually as they develop their skills through the exploration of analog and digital technology, creating multiple bodies of work influenced by film, design, fine art, video, and sound.

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Photography (MFA)

Photography / (MFA)

School of Art, Media, and Technology

The MFA Photography program is a 21st-century think tank that encompasses photography's multiple roles and developing position within converging media. Students develop an individual vision in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment where they learn the language of photography and master the technology driving it.

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Pre-College Academy

Pre-College Academy

Summer, Pre-College Academy, and Continuing Education (SPACE)

Age-appropriate courses for students in grades 4 through 12 in subjects ranging from fashion, graphic, and interior design to drawing, painting, cartooning, photography, and portfolio development. Classes meet on Saturdays during the school year and for two weeks during the summer.

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Summer Intensive Studies: New York

Summer Intensive Studies: New York

Summer, Pre-College Academy, and Continuing Education (SPACE)

This intensive four-week, four-credit program is open to all students who wish to deepen their knowledge of art and design. Courses include five full days a week of studio classes, homework assignments, and degree-preparation and career-exploration events.

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Summer Intensive Studies: Paris

Summer Intensive Studies: Paris

Summer, Pre-College Academy, and Continuing Education (SPACE)

Experience Paris from an insider's perspective. Explore the history of European art and design first-hand in the hundreds of museums and design studios throughout Paris. The Parsons summer program at Parsons Paris is open to all students.

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Summer Studies in Constructed Environments

Summer Studies in Constructed Environments

Summer, Pre-College Academy, and Continuing Education (SPACE)

This rigorous studio-based five-week summer program is for current college students and college graduates of any age interested in exploring and preparing for a career in architecture, interior design, or lighting design.

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