Emphasizing collaborative design-led research, the MFA Transdisciplinary Design in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons serves as an academic laboratory in New York City for graduate students seeking to define the next phase of design practice globally.
The complex problems that confront a networked 24/7 global culture call for broad design approaches. Parsons created the MFA in Transdisciplinary Design (TransDesign) for a new generation of designers who want to address pressing social issues using new ideas, tools, and methods. Students work in cross-disciplinary teams, consider issues from multiple perspectives, gain insight from industry leaders, and emerge with a portfolio of projects showcasing design as a process for transforming the way we live in the 21st century.
TransDesign is a two-year, 60-credit program focusing on project-based design work that incorporates a profound understanding of the ways design transforms social relations.
Project teams represent multiple disciplines and points of view, reframing the possibilities of design for the larger community. Transdisciplinary Design students who serve as adjunct faculty and teaching assistants are expected to inject a similar dynamism into the undergraduate setting.
Graduates of the MFA TransDesign program will possess a unique set of skills and capacities that will distinguish them professionally. Students learn to practice:
While graduates may work in conventional design consultancies, they will also be qualified to apply their skills in areas outside of traditional design realms. Graduates may work in careers that involve structuring health care policy; rebuilding infrastructure; rethinking public education, microbusinesses, and nongovernmental organizations.
Transdisciplinary design is a highly connective practice. Designers forge links to students, faculty, and professionals in and outside of the field of design.
To lend focus and depth to the educational experience, the TransDesign program offers four flexible pathways: