Anyone interested in Continuing Education may register on a noncredit basis for most courses listed online for the fee noted in each course description. Formal applications, transcripts of record, and personal interviews are not required. No permanent records are kept.
General Credit Courses
Students who seek college credit may register on a general credit basis for most courses listed online. Students who successfully complete a course receive a grade and may request a transcript of their record. Credit may be transferred into a program at Parsons or at another institution. Please consult with the Admission Office at Parsons or the intended institution to clarify transfer credit policies. Course credit value is listed at the end of each course description.
PLEASE NOTE: All students seeking to register for nine or more general credits must first obtain the permission of a Parsons SPACE advisor and must complete their registration in person.
Specific credit requirements vary from course to course. Students are responsible for obtaining the relevant credit information and details of evaluation criteria from their instructors.
Certificate programs are noncredit programs open to all students without prerequisite. Certificates are available in Fashion Business, Fashion Design, Fine Arts and Foundation, Graphic and Digital Design, and Interior Design and Architecture Studies. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of a predetermined program of courses. Students must file a Certificate Petition Form with Parsons SPACE during the last week of the semester.
All classes meet on the Parsons campus in Greenwich Village unless otherwise noted. Room assignments are available online via Class Finder at my.newschool.edu. Room assignments are also posted on the first day of class in the lobby of the Sheila C. Johnson Center for Design, which is located at 66 Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets.
Each student is expected to attend classes regularly and to arrive in classes on time. There are no excused absences or “cut allowances.” If the instructor thinks that a student’s absences are excessive, his or her final grade may be affected. Limited absences are permitted for medical and other legitimate reasons. Students are responsible for making up the assigned work and additional attendance requirements may be imposed. Students must inform the Parsons SPACE office and the Office of Student Life (degree students only) immediately of a potential long absence. Explanations of absences must be submitted in writing.
Students are responsible for notifying their instructors in advance when they know they will miss class. Students who are absent from a course for more than two weeks (or three classes) may be subject to involuntary withdrawal from the course, regardless of whether the absences were excused. Continued registration at Parsons is contingent upon regular attendance, an acceptable level of work, and proper conduct.
On-campus housing is available only to full-time degree students. Students enrolled in Continuing Education or Certificate courses are not eligible for on-campus housing.
ID Card and Library Access
All students taking courses for credit are eligible for a student photo ID card. Other students are eligible for a student ID if they are registered in a course that meets for at least six sessions. ID pictures are taken by the University Registration Office upon presentation of the student's current schedule.
Students who wish to use the New School Libraries must have a current, valid New School ID. New School libraries include the Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library at Parsons, the Raymond Fogelman Library at The New School, and the Harry Scherman Library at Mannes College of Music. Degree students may also borrow books from the Cooper Union Library, the New York School of Interior Design Library, and New York University's Bobst Library. Parsons students who want to use these resources should go to the Gimbel Library and register in the online system.
Please visit International Student Services for more information.
Official transcripts are maintained for credit and certificate students only. All transcripts must be requested in writing from the Registrar’s Office.