Photography (MFA) Application Instructions
Applicants who wish to be considered for the Dean's Scholarship should submit a complete application by the January 10 priority deadline. We will continue to review applications submitted after the priority deadline pending space availability in the program. The Admission Committee will make application decisions only after all the required materials have been received.
Please note: This program starts in the summer.
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Parsons graduate programs use a self-managed application process: You apply online and then mail any supplemental application materials, preferably in a single packet, to the Office of Admission. The Materials Cover Sheet, which can be downloaded from the Supplemental Forms section of the online application, should accompany all mailed application materials.
Applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Admission:
- Application Form: Complete the online application.
- Application Fee: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee. A credit card is required to submit the online application.
- Official Transcripts: Submit a sealed original copy of your official college transcripts with your application packet. If that is not possible, have the institution send the transcripts directly to the Office of Admission at the address below. Photocopies are not acceptable.
International Transcripts: All applicants with transcripts from international institutions must submit an original transcript from each institution attended outside the United States. Additionally, a certified English language translation must be provided for all official international transcripts that are not written in English. Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions also must have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation report must be prepared for each transcript. Please start the evaluation process as early as possible, including the submission of all required documents to WES (or another provider) in order to ensure the timely completion of the evaluation report. An admission counselor may require a transcript evaluation by WES or an NACES-approved evaluator if it is deemed a necessary part of the admission decision process, even when applicants do not want transfer credits applied to a program of interest. Instruct the provider to send the report to
Parsons The New School for Design
Office of Admission
72 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
If applying online for transcript evaluation, search for “New School Parsons" when requesting our institution.
If your provider is unable to send the evaluation report directly to the Office of Admission, please obtain a copy and forward it yourself to Parsons along with a Materials Cover Sheet.
- Résumé: Submit a brief résumé/curriculum vitae summarizing your academic qualifications, relevant work experience, volunteer/community work, travel, exhibitions, public speaking, or any relevant experiences as they may relate to your field of study, including dates and positions held. Please also note any special language or computer skills that you have. This résumé must be submitted online with the application.
- Statement of Interest and Intentions: Please outline your reasons for applying to this program. In what ways will you contribute to the subject matter of the program? The essay should illuminate and contextualize your current work, outline your goals and objectives for graduate study, and explain how you plan to utilize Parsons as a resource and platform to realize those goals and objectives. If you have not been enrolled as a student in the past five years, please address anticipated opportunities and challenges in pursuing the degree, and future career expectations upon completion of the program. The statement of interest must be submitted online with the application.
- Recommendations: Provide two letters of recommendation from faculty members with whom you have studied or from people with whom you have worked professionally. Your references may submit their recommendations online, or you may forward sealed original letters with your application packets.
- TOEFL or IELTS: If English is not your native language, you must submit results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The minimum TOEFL score required for acceptance to this program is 92 on the Internet-based exam, 580 on the paper-based, and 237 on the computer-based. A minimum IELTS score required for acceptance to this program is 7.0. Students required to take the TOEFL can obtain further information from the Educational Testing Service site. Additional information for the IELTS can be found on their website www.ielts.org.
- Portfolio: Submit a digital portfolio of a total of 20 still images and/or moving image files, representing your work done within the last two years. Digital files must be submitted on CD or DVD and labeled with your name. Please include two identical copies of the portfolio disk.
Inventory List: Enclose a numbered inventory of contents with each portfolio disk, including title (in italics), medium, dimensions (height first), date completed, and a thumbnail picture of the work in the right-hand margin. The numbers used in your inventory list should correspond to the numbering of your image files.
1. Title, digital c-print, 16" x 20", 2008
2. Title, digital c-print, 16" x 20", 2008
Still images: Still images should be scaled to 768 x 1024 pixels at 72dpi. No image may exceed 768 pixels in height. Images must be saved in JPG or TIFF format. Please do not format images in any presentation program (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote, or PDF). Place your still image files in a folder labeled in the following manner:
Label the images themselves in the following manner:
Videos and Moving Images: All videos and moving images must be formatted in QuickTime. Video files should be no longer than five minutes in length. All video files must be named in the following manner:
All mailed materials must be accompanied by the Materials Cover Sheet (also available in the Supplemental Forms section of the online application).
All finalists for the Photography MFA program must be interviewed by the graduate faculty.