Designers today face two fundamental challenges: the expanding influence of design within society and the increasing role of technology within design. The Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology program provides a dynamic, challenging, and idea-driven environment in which to address these challenges. Students can work with peers in related programs including Communication Design, Photography, Fine Arts, and Illustration.
This program is part of Parsons' School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT). Explore the MFA Design and Technology community to see what students, faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world at amt.parsons.edu.
The full-residency, two-year, 60-credit MFA in Design and Technology (MFA DT) curriculum is studio based, but critical thinking and study of the design process are central to the program. Areas of practice include interaction design, physical computing,
game design, new media art, digital fabrication, data visualization, and critical design. Candidates build ideas through prototyping, synthesizing research and practice.
In Collaboration Studio courses, students work on real-world projects with industry firms and nonprofits. Past partners include Red Bull, Intel, Apple, Eyebeam, gameLab, Human Rights Watch, Mozilla, NASA, the Red Cross, Samsung, the Whitney Museum of
American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students collaborate with peers from the other schools and colleges of The New School, a progressive urban university emphasizing civic engagement. Students supplement core courses with electives offered
throughout Parsons and other schools and colleges of The New School.
Graduates embark on careers in creative, academic, commercial, and educational fields that engage with the growing influence of technology. Potential career fields include mobile and application design, Web, UI and UX design, interaction design, new media
art, game design, motion graphics, 2D and 3D animation, and digital filmmaking.
The Master of Fine Arts degree is awarded for completion of 60 credits. A maximum of six credits of graduate-level coursework can be transferred from another institution. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.
Making failing feel good. Colleen Macklin, professor of media design at Parsons School of Design, discusses how systems in games can mimic — and reimagine — systems in the real world.
Students in the course Performance and Tech, taught by Ethan Silverman, bring together principles of interactive design, storytelling, and performance in a dynamic and collaborative creative process.
The expansive nature of the MFA Design and Technology program attracts students of diverse backgrounds. To ensure that incoming students are fully prepared for the demands of their studio courses, the program holds a pre-orientation summer intensive called
Bootcamp, in which incoming DT students deepen their understanding of critical design practice, current Web standards, and coding and brush up on related skills. Bootcamp is an experience unique to the MFA DT program at Parsons and has, over the years, become a rite of passage into the program. All incoming students are expected to enroll in Bootcamp, and each year's entering class emerges from it as a tight-knit community, stronger in their skills as well as in their social bonds.
Bootcamp runs as a 15-day intensive, plus weekend workshops, starting at the end of July or beginning of August. Instruction is divided into three units—Design, Web, and Code—taught by second-year MFA DT students who have earned teaching fellowships. As a pre-enrollment program, Bootcamp carries 0 credits, which means that it does not qualify for regular financial aid but does allow the program to be offered at a fraction of what an equivalent credit-bearing program would cost. Tuition and fees associated with Bootcamp also help to fund its teaching fellowships, which DT students can apply for in their second year.
Expect to work hard, develop program survival skills, make lasting friendships, and elevate your own abilities. In addition to meeting your immediate peers, you'll get to know DT students who are in their thesis year and meet some members of the faculty and administration. You'll also become familiar with the city and the school that are home to MFA DT. Though the experience is considerably different from that of an academic semester, Bootcamp will give you a taste of the culture that defines MFA Design and Technology and prepare you to dive headfirst into your studies.
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.
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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.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
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