Design and Technology (MFA) Application Instructions
The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received.
Applicants for who wish to be considered for a Dean's Scholarship for the upcoming fall semester must submit a complete application packet by January 10. Applications received after January 10 will be considered on a rolling basis.
Paris campus applicants who miss the January 10 priority deadline can submit prior to the April 10 secondary deadline. Applications received after April 10 will be considered on a rolling basis for the Paris campus.
Spring term admission is not offered for this program.
You may download these instructions (PDF).
Parsons graduate programs use a self-managed application process: You submit your application online and then mail any supplemental application materials, preferably in a single packet, to the Office of Admission. Include the Materials Cover Sheet (Adobe PDF) with all mailed application materials; the cover sheet can be downloaded from the Supplemental Forms section of the online application.
Applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Admission:
- Application: Complete the online application.
- Application Fee: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee. A credit card is required to submit the online application.
Unofficial Transcripts: You must upload an unofficial transcript or academic record for each institution (even if you didn’t receive a degree) in the Educational Background section of the online application. These copies must be uploaded before you submit the application. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Make sure your name appears on the transcript/record. Scans must be clear and legible. Email or fax copies will not be accepted.
Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Records from non-U.S. Institutions must have grades or marks and contain a copy of diploma if the degree has been conferred.
Make sure your name appears on the transcript/record. Scans must be clear and legible. Do not mail materials that have been uploaded with the online application or any other materials unless requested by the admission office.
If you experience trouble uploading your transcript email email@example.com with the subject line “Upload Transcript Issue” and give a detailed description of the issue and attach the document in question.
The New School reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admissions process. Any fraudulent activity or discrepancies found between uploaded and official transcripts will result in the immediate revocation of admission and/or dismissal from The New School.
Official Transcripts: Applicants offered admission will be required to submit official transcripts (as well as official certified translations and evaluations of the transcripts or mark sheets and degree certifications if the degree was earned outside of the United States) to The New School.
Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents. New students will not be permitted to register for their second semester of study until all official transcripts (including degree awarding transcripts) have been received by the Office of Graduate Admission.
By Mail: Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants may send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet, or applicants can request that institutions send transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Admission.
Foreign Credentials: All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
Foreign Credentials with Transfer Credits: Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions are required to 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 must be prepared for each transcript.
If using WES, visit www.wes.org for instructions and to begin the application process. The "Required Documents" section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for "New School Parsons" when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School.
If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
Electronic Transcripts: The New School will accept electronic transcripts sent from the following approved vendors:
We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices as official transcripts. This policy does not apply to international documents. All international academic credentials must be translated and evaluated by either WES or another NACES provider.
- National Student Clearinghouse
- Naviance by Hobsons
- Parchment, which includes Avow Systems Inc. and Docufide Inc.
- SCRIP-SAFE International
- Résumé: Submit a brief resume/vitae summarizing your academic qualifications, relevant work experience, volunteer/community work, travel, exhibitions, public speaking, or any other 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.
- 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? You should include a thoughtful description of your background, tentative plan of study or area of inquiry in the field as you now envision it, your professional goals, and how this graduate program will help you realize those goals. 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. Students are strongly encouraged to visit mfadt.parsons.edu before completing their Statement of Interest and Intentions and Portfolio URL. (500-750 word limit.)
- Recommendations: You are required to submit two letters of recommendation from faculty or people with whom you have worked professionally. Recommenders may submit recommendations online, and instructions are included with the online application. If preferred, the recommendation form may instead be sent by mail in a signed, sealed envelope. To send by mail, download the PDF recommendation form found in the online application, complete personal information, save the form, and forward to recommender for completion and submission. Applicants may also send signed and sealed recommendations to the Office of Admission using an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
- TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE: If English is not your native language, submit results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or PTE (Pearson Test of English). The minimum scores required for acceptance to this program are: TOEFL 92 (internet-based exam), IELTS 7.0, PTE 63.
Students required to take these tests can obtain further information from the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE websites.
Applicants also have the option of enrolling in The New School English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students must pass Level 6 to waive the TOEFL requirement. Visit the ESL website for more information.
- Portfolio: Your portfolio should be a visual and narrative reflection of the work listed and described on your resume and in your essay. Your projects and portfolio pieces should tell a story about you and what is important to you. Your application’s narrative should make the case for why you are a good fit for the Design and Technology program. Submit your portfolio via URL link. Be prepared to supply the link as part of the online application. The linked page must have all artwork included when the application is submitted. Please hand-code your site or use an online portfolio tool. NO hardcopy portfolios will be accepted.
- Interviews: Finalists being considered for admission to the program may be required to schedule a phone or in person interview with the director or a full time faculty member of the MFA DT Program. Foreign students should make themselves available via Skype at a mutually agreed upon time.