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About Parsons

A pioneer in art and design education since its founding in 1896, Parsons has cultivated outstanding artists, designers, scholars, businesspeople, and community leaders for more than a century. Today, when design thinking is increasingly being employed to solve complex global problems, Parsons is leading new approaches to art and design education.

At Parsons, a diverse community of students develops critical thinking skills and applies them to challenges ranging from environmental degradation to physical accessibility and humanitarian crises. Through a network of interconnected design laboratories, students explore global phenomena at multiple sites and scales of engagement, from on-campus research initiatives to partnerships that affect change in New York and around the world.


Throughout their journey, Parsons students benefit from instruction and mentorship by some of the most accomplished artists, designers, architects, photographers, illustrators, scholars, and critics in the world. Under the guidance of this renowned faculty, they learn to weave together different areas of expertise to radically rethink their fields.


Although Parsons provides the tools to master a single discipline, the practical knowledge students acquire and the collaborative methods they learn can be applied in a variety of contexts.

All of these possibilities befit Parsons' tradition of challenging conventions, anticipating trends, and improving the world—a tradition embodied by Parsons alumni, who lead their fields by creating art and design that matters.


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Female 69%
Male 31%


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Why Choose Parsons?

Are you interested in pursuing an education that is creative and innovative? Does art and design excite you? If so, then Parsons The New School For Design is the perfect place to earn your degree. Since 1896 Parsons has been instrumental in developing new approaches to art and design through their diverse community, faculty mentors, and on-campus research initiatives designed to give students just like you the opportunity to explore global phenomena.

Want to learn more? Here are 5 Reasons to Study At Parsons The New School:

Diversity: A Core Value of the Institution

The New School for Design values diverse students, faculty and staff, who reflect the communities where they live, interact, and create. Parsons works to equip tomorrow's designers with a deep understanding of the social, economic, and political forces that shape our ideas as well as our studio practices.

Faculty who Value YOUR Goals

The Parsons faculty is made up of more than 150 full-time and more than 1,000 part-time faculty selected from the highest echelons of New York’s art and design communities. Parsons students benefit from instruction and mentorship by some of the most accomplished artists, designers, architects, photographers, illustrators, scholars, and critics in the world. Under the guidance of this renowned faculty, they learn to weave together different areas of expertise to radically rethink their fields.

Career Support All The Way Through

Parsons Career Services offers students access to internships and job fairs with top companies, one-on-one career advising, a dynamic online job board, panel discussions, workshops, and much more.

Live in New York City – The City That Never Sleeps

But hopefully you will! Located in New York City, where better to get your education then in the middle of one of the most creative, inspiring cities in the world? Parsons’ students will live, work, and dream right in the heart of Manhattan.

Emphasis on Student Life

our education at Parsons isn’t just a series of isolated classes—it’s a fully immersive learning experience in which the city itself serves as an urban design laboratory. Students study New York’s urban architecture and design, analyze the city’s dazzling array of retail environments, and participate in showings at the cutting-edge venues like The Kitchen, and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), and Design Within Reach.

School of Fashion

A launch pad for numerous careers in global fashion, the school promotes activism as well as innovation, melding fundamental excellence in design, craft, and marketing with civic and environmental engagement.

One of the oldest schools at Parsons, the School of Fashion ranks among the world's premier fashion programs.


  • Fashion Design (AAS) (BFA)
  • Fashion Design and Society (MFA)
  • Fashion Marketing (AAS)

School of Constructed Environments

The School of Constructed Environments challenges students to grapple with the forces shaping the world today: shifts in global and local ecological flows, changes in living patterns, growing economic disparities, excessive consumption, and increasing ethnic diversity. Interior, lighting, product design, and architecture students work with faculty and citizens of global communities to learn the skills of design engagement, integrated thinking, and urban practice in a collective effort to transform our cities into sustainable urban habitats, products, interiors, and buildings.


  • Architecture (BS) (M.Arch)
  • Architecture (M.Arch) / Lighting Design (MFA)
  • Interior Design (AAS) (BFA) (MFA)
  • Lighting Design (MFA)
  • Product Design (BFA)

School of Art, Media and Technology

The School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT) embodies the healthy frisson between art and design. Our school places self-identified artists and designers within immediate proximity to show that difference does not mean division. And while our programs still allow students to pursue significant time in their studios, we actively encourage partnerships between artists and designers that may yield all-new subjects and methods of inquiry.


  • Communication Design (BFA)
  • Design and Technology (BFA) (MFA)
  • Fine Arts (BFA) (MFA)
  • Graphic Design (AAS)
  • Illustration (BFA)
  • Photography (BFA) (MFA)

School of Design Strategies: Cities, Services, Ecosystems

The School of Design Strategies is an experimental educational environment configured to advance innovative approaches to design and business education in the evolving context of cities, services, and ecosystems. Our students and faculty explore designing as core capability and design as strategic asset in the sustainable practices of individuals, groups, communities, and organizations alike.


  • Design Business (Graduate Certificate)
  • Design and Urban Ecologies (MS)
  • Environmental Studies (BS)
  • Integrated Design (BFA)
  • Strategic Design and Management (BBA) (MS)
  • Theories of Urban Practice (MA)
  • Transdisciplinary Design (MFA)
  • Urban Design (BS)

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