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  • School of Art and Design History and Theory

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  • The School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT) engages students at all degree levels in the analysis of art and design as essential to the formation of knowledge and culture. ADHT offers the first-year undergraduate curriculum to all Parsons students as well as a new BFA program, Design History and Practice. Graduate programs from ADHT include the MA Fashion Studies and the MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies programs.

  • School Highlights

    Your Own Focus

    Core classes build close-knit intellectual program communities, while electives, student-run journals, and conferences generate interdisciplinary discourse on art, architecture, design, and fashion theory and practice.

    NYC Resources

    Supporting your work are New York City’s prestigious cultural institutions, collections, and curatorial platforms — including our partner Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, whose holdings and staff you can access.

    Integrating Theory and Practice

    Seminars and lectures in criticism and writing guide your engagement with visual and material culture. Critical to studio work, these courses help you understand art and design over time and in various geographical settings.

    Dynamic Careers

    You prepare for the growing array of global careers in media, criticism, curatorial and archival work emerging from the rise of visual culture and curatorial platforms. You also graduate well positioned to pursue advanced studies.

  • Student Work

  • ADHT Faculty

    At Parsons, your mentors include world-renowned theorists, leading media professionals, and creatives who are at the forefront of their industries. Every day, you’ll benefit from their real-world experience and expertise in small collaborative classes.  

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    Undergraduates

    To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

    Undergraduate Adult Learners

    To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

    Graduates

    To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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