Graduate programs: seeking applications 

Graduate programs: seeking applications 

Parsons School of Design at The New School

Photo: Martin Seck. Image courtesy of Parsons The New School of Design.

December 17, 2014
Graduate programs: seeking applications 

Classes available in New York City, Paris, and online

Priority scholarship deadline for fall 2015 applications: 
January 1, 2015

Parsons The New School for Design
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Art and design professionals in the 21st century must navigate a fluid and networked global culture. Parsons prepares its graduates for this rapidly evolving world by offering a range of cross-disciplinary graduate programs that place advanced studio practice and research at their center.

Architecture (MArch)
This three-year, NAAB-accredited program combines contemporary studio practice with design history and theory, technology, and representation. Students are prepared to enter the professional architecture community and contribute to the shaping of a constructed world.

Data Visualization (MS)
This Master of Science degree program, launching in fall 2015, brings together design, statistics, and computer science, giving you the skills to be competitive in a data-driven world. Students acquire the creative and analytic competencies for data visualization and the understanding needed to combine visual design, digital technologies, and quantitative reasoning. Graduates leave able to build digital tools that reflect an understanding of data analysis and visualization for varied applications.

Design and Technology (MFA)
Today’s designer faces two fundamental challenges: the expanding influence of design within society and the growing role of technology within design. The MFA in Design and Technology provides a lively and dynamic environment for students to use design research, processes, applied theory, and writing to address these challenges. This program is also offered at Parsons Paris.

Design and Urban Ecologies (MS)
This program radically reframes the study of cities. Through research and fieldwork, students gain a broad understanding of the forces that influence urban growth and development. Working in multidisciplinary teams, they design processes for urban transformation.

Design Studies (MA)
Drawing on the breadth and depth of expertise in design theory and practice at Parsons, this program focuses on project-based analysis and provides opportunities to explore design as both a field of scholarly research and an agent of social change.

Fashion Design and Society (MFA)
Both interdisciplinary and international in scope, this academy for advanced studies in fashion design trains a small group of world-class designers. Innovative and progressive, the program offers students the opportunity to make substantive contributions to the field of fashion design.

Fashion Studies (MA)
Students in this groundbreaking program explore fashion through research and cultural analysis, examining it as object, image, text, practice, theory, and concept—and developing a critical understanding of fashion’s complex global intersections with identities, histories, and cultures in the contemporary world.

Fine Arts (MFA)
Students in the MFA in Fine Arts program acquire a comprehensive understanding of both the material elements that compose artworks and the ideas that make them meaningful. Students have access to exhibition venues in New York City and to fellowships and residencies through faculty and institutional networks.

History of Design and Curatorial Studies (MA)
Offered jointly with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, this program focuses on the stylistic, historical, and theoretical contexts of European and American decorative arts and design from the Renaissance to the present. This program is also offered at Parsons Paris.

Industrial Design (MFA)
This innovative graduate program, launching in fall 2015, will prepare designers to negotiate the seemingly contradictory forces at play at all scales of the growing field of product design and making. Students critically engage with issues such as economical production and sustainability, consumerism and social and environmental betterment, and global and local production, investigating ways to integrate these considerations and improve industry, human life, and the planet.

Interior Design (MFA)
This program builds on 100 years of Parsons’ history and leadership in the field of interior design and offers links to other Parsons graduate programs in architecture, product design, and lighting design. A three-year double major with an MFA in Interior Design and Lighting Design is also offered.

Lighting Design (MFA)
The only graduate lighting program to emphasize the values of both design and civic responsibility, Parsons’ MFA Lighting Design program examines the relationships between theory, technical application, energy conservation, and social and environmental factors in both electric and natural light. A three-year double major with an MFA in Interior Design and Lighting Design is also offered.

Architecture/Lighting Design Dual Degree (MArch/MFA)
Students pursuing the MArch and MFA in Lighting Design as a dual degree to expand their knowledge of form, program, site, materials, and the role of lighting in structure.

Photography (MFA)
The graduate Photography program functions as a 21st-century studio and think tank. Students are encouraged to develop their individual vision in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.

Strategic Design and Management (MS)
This rigorous industry-focused program prepares managers to launch and lead design process–driven organizations in our complex global economy. The curriculum combines business seminars and design courses. It can be completed entirely on campus in New York City or online with on-campus studies. This program is also offered at Parsons Paris.

Theories of Urban Practice (MA)
This research-driven, interdisciplinary graduate program prepares students to guide the transformation of cities as strategic leaders of community groups, foundations, educational institutions, think tanks, public agencies, private firms, and global networks of collaborative practices.

Transdisciplinary Design (MFA)
Working in interdisciplinary teams, students address pressing social issues using new ideas, tools, and methods. They gain insights from industry leaders and emerge with a portfolio of projects showcasing design as a process for transforming the way we live in the 21st century.

Graduate Certificate in Business of Design
This graduate certificate program consists of six courses in design management, business, innovation, and leadership that address issues confronting design-intensive and creative industries.

Visit Parsons The New School for Design to learn more about these and other offerings.

Parsons is part of The New School, a leading university in New York City. Visit the Academics page for a comprehensive list of offerings at The New School.


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