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  • 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.

    The curriculum combines core design studios and labs with electives offered throughout Parsons and other schools and colleges of The New School.

    For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.

    The curriculum chart below reflects the typical course of study in this program. To view the curriculum that has been adjusted for the exceptional 2020-2021 academic year, click here.

  • First Year Fall
    PGTE 5600/5601 Design for this Century: Lec/Rec 3
    PGTD 5000 Transdisciplinary Seminar 1 3
    PGTD 5100 Projects Studio 1 6
    PGTD 5110 Intensive 1: Orientation 1
    PGTD 5130 Design-led Research 3
    Subtotal 16
    First Year Spring
    PGTD 5101 Projects Studio 2 6
    3
    6
    Subtotal 15
    Second Year Fall
    PGTD 5200 Projects Studio 3 6
    PGTD 5210 Intensive 2: Workshop 1
    PGTD 5220 Thesis 1 3
    PGTD 5230 Professional Communication 3
    3
    Subtotal 16
    Second Year Spring
    PGTD 5010 Transdisciplinary Seminar 2 3
    PGTD 5201 Thesis 2 9
    PGTD 5211 Intensive 3: Charrette 1
    Subtotal 13
    Total Credits
    60

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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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