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.
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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.
They can study at Parsons Paris for a semester or year, broadening their perspective on digital culture and expanding their professional networks.
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.
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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.
Najlah Hicks 2009
Founder, Design for Social Good
Igor Pusenjak 2000
Creator of Doodle Jump, one of the most popular mobile games
Wade Tinney 1999
Founder, Large Animal Games
Miao Wang 2006
Documentary Producer/Director, "Bejing Taxi"
Emilia Wiles 2008
Founder, Director of Student Success Centers, New York
Zach Gage 2011
Creator of Lose/Lose, Halcyon
Jeanne Kelly 2011
Creator of the Hyrtle Simulacrum
Joon Moon 2010
Creator of Augmented Reality at MoMA "Talk to Me," Fall 2011
Evan Roth 2006
Creator of Graffiti Taxonomy at MoMA "Talk to Me," Fall 2011
Eyebeam Art & Technology Center Fellows
Chris Sugrue 2006
Kaho Abe 2005
Carrie Mae Rose 2010
Kat Reilly 2011
Product Manager, DIMG Innovation
Disney Interactive Group Media
Kenneth Tsai 2006
Vice President of Asia Pacific/CS
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:
All applicants selected for admission into our program are considered for a merit scholarship award that is determined by the strength of their application. Scholarship award notification is communicated at the same time as the admission decision. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships. If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found on the Web at
www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid; we recommend submitting by our FAFSA priority deadline of February 1 for fall applicants. (The New School’s federal school code is 002780.)
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