Those who wish to pursue studies in lighting design and architecture can apply to the dual-degree program, a four-year, 120-credit-hour curriculum that combines the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture and the MFA Lighting Design. Interested students should apply directly to the dual-degree program; they will
automatically be considered for admission to the individual Master of Architecture and MFA Lighting Design programs as well.
Explore the MArch/MFA Architecture and Lighting Design community to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world at sce.parsons.edu. This program is part of Parsons' School of Constructed Environments (SCE).
Graduates have gone on to open their own practices and work in prominent firms, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rogers Marvel Architects, LevenBetts, Bernheimer Architecture, Gensler, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, Matter Architecture Practice, Smith-Miller Hawkinson, and Young Projects. In addition to architecture,
graduates have pursued careers in engineering, urban planning, landscape design, or interior design.
Note: This program is STEM-designated. Eligible F-1
students in this program can apply for an additional 24 months of
Optional Practical Training at the end of their Post-Completion OPT.
The Master of Architecture/Master of Fine Arts dual degree is awarded for completion of 120 credits, including a master's thesis that reflects both areas of study. The curriculum includes the same required courses as each stand-alone degree. The compressed
time frame and reduced total credit points are possible because required architecture courses replace free electives in the lighting program, and required lighting design courses replace free electives in the architecture program. There is one
combined lighting design/architecture design studio. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner. The standard course of study is four years.
For information about accreditation by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB), see NAAB Accreditation.
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not by itself recognized as an accredited degree.
Parsons School of Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program: Master of Architecture (Pre-Professional Degree + 90 Credits)
Next accreditation visit for this program: 2024
The application deadline is January 1. To be most competitive for admission and merit scholarship consideration, please apply before the deadline. We will continue to review applications submitted after the January 1 priority deadline pending space
availability in the program. The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received. Spring term admission is not offered for this program.
Financial Aid Deadline:
Merit Scholarships All admitted students are considered for merit scholarship awards determined by the strength of their applications. Scholarship awards are included in applicants’ admission decision letters. International students
are eligible only for merit scholarships.
Federal Student Aid If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at
www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. The New School’s federal school code is 002780. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal
aid. Submit your FAFSA by our February 1 FAFSA Priority Deadline.
All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
Although applications to the dual-degree program are reviewed by both the Architecture and the Lighting Design admission committees, you submit only one set of application materials. The Office of Admission will ensure that the complete application
packet is made available to both admission committees. In addition to being considered for admission to the dual-degree program, your application will be considered for admission to the graduate Architecture and Lighting Design programs separately
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
Some of your required materials will be submitted through
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Mark Gardner, Program Director, MArch
Craig Bernecker, Program Director, MFA Lighting Design
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