Recent Updates: The New School has plans to re-open its New York City campus for in-person teaching and learning in fall 2021. Please check the Parsons Paris website for information about our Paris campus. Learn more.

  • 2020-21 Academic Plan

  • The College of Performing Arts continues to offer a rigorous, creative, and radical experience for students. Our curriculum throughout the 2020-2021 academic year embraces relevance, challenges tradition, engages with social issues, and develops vital technique and skills for artists in a rapidly changing world.

    Fall 2021: Safe Campus Reopening 

    The New School is planning for a robust in‑person student experience both inside and outside the classroom starting in fall 2021 and beyond. Our goal is to re-open our New York City campus in fall 2021 for a return to in-person teaching and learning in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 
    Learn more about our plans.

    Remote Winter Intensive (January)

    The university offered an optional two-week winter intensive in January. A limited number of online courses were available to students in programs throughout the College of Performing Arts from January 2 to January 17. Please speak with your advisor about options that are available for the January term. Registration for January courses will coincide with spring registration, beginning on November 30.

      Spring 2021: Minimally Hybrid

      In alignment with the university’s 2020-2021 academic plan, and drawing on the university’s experience of delivering fall semester instruction entirely online, nearly all courses at The New School are taught online in the spring 2021 semester. At The College of Performing Arts, all courses, lessons, and other academic activities remain online. We will continue to phase in on-site work as it becomes safe to do so. 

      The university is offering a university-wide elective course, open to students at the College of Performing Arts, that combines engaging online learning with an in-person component. In this hybrid course, students attend one on-campus small-group instructional offering in compliance with health and safety protocols and social distancing guidelines. 

      For more details regarding your specific program of study, locate your program and year on the spring 2021 dropdown at

      Access to Campus Spaces

      As of today, students who wish to use campus facilities are able to do so in either an individual or small ensemble format, provided masks are properly worn at all times and that you adhere to all campus safety protocols. Read more about campus space requests and policies. When conditions become safe enough to allow for unmasked activities, larger groups, or even coursework to occur on-site, we will be prepared to make these adjustments.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out to your advisor, program director, or the College of Performing Arts Deans ( should you be in need of additional support this semester or should you have any questions, concerns, or feedback regarding your experience this year.

      Global Offsite Semester 

      The New School has developed an innovative program that enables new first-year students outside of the United States to start the academic year in their home country. This offering is based on relationships with international partner institutions and will allow students to access space resources and/or courses with the partner in addition to online courses with The New School. Learn more about the Global Offsite Semester.

      University FAQ

      We understand you may have questions regarding how The New School community will be living, learning, and experiencing the university in the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more in our FAQ.

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