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Interior Design (MFA) Application Instructions

Please note the 2015 application will be posted online in early September.

Deadline

The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received.

Applicants who wish to be considered for a Dean's Scholarship must submit a complete application packet by January 1. Applications received after January 1 will be considered on a rolling basis.

Spring term admission is not offered for this program.

Slideroom Submission Instructions

  1. In addition to submitting the online application, Parsons requires that you submit a portfolio through SlideRoom.
  2. Finalize your portfolio at the same time you submit your application. This will help prevent any delays with reviewing your application, as we must receive all required materials before we can place your application under review.
  3. Once you have submitted all required portfolio materials in SlideRoom, a confirmation number will be emailed to you. Save it for your records and enter it on the online application when requested.

Required materials

You can 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. The Materials Cover Sheet, which can also be downloaded from the Supplemental Forms section of the online application, should accompany all mailed materials.

Applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Admission:

  1. Application Form: Complete the online application.
  2. Application Fee: Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee. A credit card is required to submit the online application. A $15 Slideroom fee is also required.
  3. Transcripts:
    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 enroll@newschool.edu with the subject line “Upload Transcript Issue,” 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:
    • National Student Clearinghouse
    • Naviance by Hobsons
    • Parchment, which includes Avow Systems Inc. and Docufide Inc.
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

    The School of Constructed Environments offers students wishing to combine studies in interior design and lighting design, a unique double major. In the MFA Interior and Lighting Design double major, a three-year, 90-credit-hour curriculum, students develop an in depth technical and aesthetic understanding of the relationship between light and interior design. Interested students should apply directly to their primary program of interest—Interior Design or Lighting Design—and address their candidacy and qualifications for the double major in this essay. (500-750 word limit.)
  6. 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.
  7. GRE: If English is your native language, submit your scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and general tests (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing).
  8. 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.

    A GRE or TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score is required for all applicants. International students who are native English speakers, or who received a bachelor's degree from a university where English was the primary language of instruction, or who completed ESL level 6 at The New School, must submit a GRE score in place of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.
  9. Portfolio: The portfolio must be completed in Slideroom only. The purpose of the portfolio is to show your individual perspective and creative skills. Prepare a sequence of 15-25 images that best communicate your visual thinking. Include work that best demonstrates your skills from previous educational and/or professional experience. Sketches and conceptual work may also be included.

    We welcome students from a wide variety of disciplines. If you are an applicant without previous training in architecture or design related fields, you may demonstrate your aptitude by submitting examples of freehand drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, graphic design, three-dimensional work, furniture, product design or digital media, amongst others. Time-based works such as film, video, performance, installation or sound are also accepted. Do not combine images in a prepared presentation or slideshow of any type (e.g., PowerPoint or Keynote).


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