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Parsons School of Design

Can design create a more resilient world


Graduate Programs in Art and Design

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  • Graduate students at Parsons School of Design ask the kind of questions that offer a forward-thinking, human-centered approach to design.

    They challenge convention and explore disruptive ideas through focused training, experimentation, and collaboration. They draw on all disciplines, harnessing innovation and creativity to design for a world that doesn’t exist yet.

    Change begins with a question. What will you ask?

  • Architecture (M.ARCH)

    • 90-credit, three-year NAAB-accredited program
    • Gain design-build experience and study architecture’s formal and sociopolitical dimensions from a critical perspective
    • Design for sites of critical importance to New York City’s evolution, exploring new representational techniques and sustainable systems
    • 4-year dual-degree option with MFA Lighting Design available

    Communication Design (MPS)

    • 30-credit, one-year program, focuses on digital product design
    • Explore innovative composition and visualization methods, interaction design, typography, and industry best practices to relay information and ideas
    • Gain experience in coding, concepting, and UX and interaction analyses

    Data Visualization (MS)

    • 30-credit program, integrates theory and studio practice
    • Develop skills in visual design, computer science, statistical analysis, and the ethics behind data analysis and representation
    • Present data in a way that can shape opinion, policy, and decision-making in today’s increasingly global society

    Design and Technology (MFA)

    • 60-credit, full-residency, studio-based curriculum
    • Areas of practice include interaction design, physical computing, prototyping, game design, new media art, digital fabrication, data visualization, and critical design
    • Courses, internships, and collaborations explore how media and technology drive and are driven by social and cultural change

    Design and Urban Ecologies (MS)

    • 60-credit, studio-driven program
    • Combine research, fieldwork, and participatory action to understand the complex forces behind urban growth and development
    • Develop and implement innovative strategic projects that bring about real, transformative urban change


    Design Studies (MA)

    • 42-credit, research-based program; ideal for both design practitioners and those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of design
    • Investigate theoretical, historical, philosophical, and social research related to design practices and products of the past and future
    • Work with peers in related academic and studio programs, considering design as a fundamentally cross-disciplinary endeavor

    Fashion Design and Society (MFA)

    • 60-credit, first-of-its-kind program, combines intensive studio-based projects with research
    • Train to become an innovative, world-class fashion designer with an understanding of the global business, intellectual, and ecological contexts of your work
    • Present your collection to industry insiders at the end of your second year, and on the runway at NYFW in September

    Fashion Studies (MA)

    • 42-credit, research-based program
    • Develop a critical and historical understanding of fashion and its complex intersections with identities and cultures
    • Investigate fashion as dress, image, and bodily practice, and as a major industry connected to personal and social identity and to world culture

    Fine Arts (MFA)

    • 60-credit, two-year program
    • Combine studio, theory, and professional practices in diverse media, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, installation, and video
    • Work independently in your own studio and participate in weekly critiques with an internationally-acclaimed faculty of art professionals


    History of Design and Curatorial Studies (MA)

    • 42-credit program, offered jointly with Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Museum
    • Take an object-focused, practice-based approach to the study of European and American decorative arts and design
    • Gain practical and theoretical instruction in researching and displaying interiors and design objects, with hands-on museum and curatorial experiences

    Industrial Design (MFA)

    • 60-credit program, combines advanced making skills with critical enquiry
    • Explore the way goods can be produced in both localized and globalized contexts
    • Investigate ways to reconcile competing interests such as economical production and sustainability, consumerism, social and environmental improvement, and global and local production

    Interior Design (MFA)

    • 60-credit, studio-based program at the school where formal interior design education began
    • Work with distinguished, practicing professionals to imagine new possibilities for the design of habitable space
    • Integrate sustainable design strategies with new developments in technology and materials
    • Double major with MFA Lighting Design available

    Lighting Design (MFA)

    • 60-credit, two-year program incorporating studio work and research
    • Study an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on human experience, sustainability, and the social impact of lighting design
    • Work in an integrated studio environment alongside peers in architecture, interior design, and product desig
    • 4-year dual-degree option with M.Arch, or double major with MFA Interior Design available

    Photography (MFA)

    • Flexible 60-credit program, enables students to undertake local internships, apprenticeships, and international projects
    • Become a practicing artist and scholar who redefines the creative role of photography within contemporary culture
    • Work in state-of-the-art shooting studios, darkrooms, and digital labs on campus
    • Attend lectures by visiting artists, curators, and critics – recent visitors include Elinor Carucci, Lisa Oppenheim, and Matthew Buckingham

    Strategic Design and Management (MS)

    • 36-credit program, can be completed on-campus or online
    • Learn to blend design thinking and sustainability and service design frameworks to initiate and lead change in emerging fields
    • Focus on the evolving global economy, studying real-world perspectives on strategy, sustainability, management, leadership, entrepreneurship, and design innovation and research
    • Global Executive option available

    Textiles (MFA)

    • 60-credit, two-year program incorporating studio work and research
    • Develop a critical understanding of the sociocultural, environmental, and emotional dimensions of textiles and fabrics, and explore the potential to unite craft with innovative high-tech and bio-tech production
    • Prepare for the creative and professional opportunities related to textiles in product and interior design, fashion design, textiles research, fine arts, architecture, and hybrid fields

    Theories of Urban Practice (MA)

    • 36-credit, research-driven program
    • Develop and implement projects that transform community organizing, public space, housing, infrastructure, and more
    • Explore design as a vehicle for bringing together key stakeholders and communities in co-creating urban networks and systems

    Transdisciplinary Design (MFA)

    • 60-credit program, focused around project-based work in four research pathways: systems, sustainability, social, and urban
    • Develop nontraditional solutions and methods to address pressing social issues and the complex challenges of a global culture
    • Consider issues from multiple perspectives, learn from industry leaders, and prepare for both traditional and emerging design career paths

  • IMG - Marketing Parsons 11-1 Student Faculty Ratio


    2015 QS World University Rankings
  • Parsons' sweeping, light-filled new Making Center surrounds students with state-of-the-art and traditional tools and the space they need to develop new products, making methods, ideas–and community.

  • “Almost every field, subfield, and discipline of design is represented here at Parsons, which allows students to combine pathways of study and modes of learning in idiosyncratic ways never seen before.”

    Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Parsons Faculty

  • Why the New School?

    The New School’s Parsons School of Design is renowned for offering an innovative approach to education, with a focus on critical thinking and collaboration. At the only design school within a comprehensive university — The New School — you’ll have access to a truly interdisciplinary academic experience. Our world-class faculty guide students through rigorous training and practice-based learning, taking full advantage of the inspiration and opportunity only New York City can offer.