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Parsons School of Design at The New School, Parsons School of Design

Address: 66 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011, United States

Description Parsons School of Design at The New School, Parsons School of Design

  • Established: 1936
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Students age: from 17 years.
  • Number of students: 4200 people
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of training: private academy of arts.

For over a century, Parsons has been inspired by the transformative potential of design, and today the school's pioneering academic programs fulfill that mission, making Parsons the number one design school in the United States and one of the top 3 design schools in the world. Parsons School's work as a multidisciplinary university is structured around multiple academic fields, providing a unique interdisciplinary education enriched by the resources of the New York school and Paris campus. Here, the next generation of creative leaders learns in the real world and evolves as critically-minded artists working on pressing creative issues.

For more than a century, the Parsons School of Design's pioneering approach to education and community change has transformed creativity, culture and commerce.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Parsons School of Design at The New School, Parsons School of Design

Program name


  • AAS, BBA, BFA, BS (Parsons)
  • BA, BS, BM (Lang, Mannes)
  • BA / BFA (Lang / Jazz, Lang / Parsons)
  • BFA (Drama, Jazz)
  • BA, BFA, BS (SPE)
  • Parsons Paris.

Master's degree

  • Schools of Public Engagement
  • The New School for Social Research
  • College of Performing Arts
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Parsons Paris.
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  • PhD in Public and Urban Policy.
from 5 310 $ / 3 weeks

Parsons Summer Courses (Summer Intensive Studies)

Parsons Summer Courses (Summer Intensive Studies) in New York offer international students a unique academic program in art and design. The course can be taken by:

  • high school students preparing for university entrance
  • students wishing to deepen their knowledge and receive additional study loans
  • professionals working on different career options.

The intensive three-week program is open to anyone looking to explore new directions in art and design in an environment that is strictly academic on the one hand, and inspiringly creative on the other. Five days a week from 9 to 16, students spend in classrooms and studios, after which they complete difficult homework assignments. Meetings with Parsons alumni and practitioners are held to prepare students for admission to design institutes or for choosing the right career path.

Additionally paid:

  • US consular fee - 160 $
  • Sevis fee - 200 $
  • Air travel
  • Transfer
  • Materials - from 300 $
  • Express delivery of the invitation
  • Medical insurance.

Accommodation, housing and food

University dorms in Greenwich Village and Chelsea provide a safe, supportive environment. The residences offer gender-sensitive cohabitation, are fully furnished, air-conditioned, high-speed wireless Internet, and have 24-hour security. The premises are managed by a professional director and are staffed by resident student assistants trained to deal with emergencies.

For students looking to live off-campus, the Housing Authority has compiled a list of options that include help finding a roommate, information on what to know when renting in the city, and links to find apartments.

Parsons and The New School have several restaurants on campus serving a wide variety of hot and cold food and drinks. Most student boarders purchase a meal plan.

Events Parsons School of Design at The New School, Parsons School of Design

Students gain access to diverse, vibrant communities by working with New York City's leading studios, creating a network of innovative scientists, and contributing to the creative life of one of the world's greatest cities.

The annual university Block Party brings the community together to go out, celebrate new friendships and a new semester.

Design alumni regularly come together to discuss emerging trends in the NYC fashion industry, from supply chains, sustainability to social media and engaging new audiences.


  • Today, Parsons School of Design at The New School strives to use design thinking as a way to solve complex global problems. At the Institute for Migration and Mobility. Solberg, scientists are joining forces with designers to find solutions to climate change, including migration. Other university research centers, such as the Tishman Environmental Research Center, the Design Center and the Healthy Materials laboratory, are producing knowledge and products that demonstrate the transformative potential of design for sustainable development and well-being.
  • Projects involving community, industry, education and government partners focus on tangible results. Since 1998, The Design Workshop has been providing design and construction services to non-profit clients free of charge. Most recently, Parsons has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to develop a new building typology using passive solar technology. The initiative, called the Empowerhouse, led Parsons to participate in the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition, in which Parsons received an innovation award.
  • In the past decade, Parsons has increasingly turned to collaborative research, practice, forging new partnerships with key industry and government representatives. These initiatives include Parsons alumnus Grace June's Open Style Lab, which designs devices for people of all abilities, and Michelle Obama's White House Fashion Workshop, which led students in Washington to explore creative opportunities, careers in sustainable design.
  • The Making Center, established in 2016, is a spacious, modern building with an area of 2,400 m² - a further step in the development of transdisciplinary creativity that brings students together in a single workspace. The spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration is expressed in a growing list of new master's programs that focus on teaching in hybrid emerging fields, including data visualization, digital products, business design, and fashion management.

Equipment Parsons School of Design at The New School, Parsons School of Design

The Making Center, a sprawling studio that brings together creative tools from across the university, offers students unprecedented opportunities to gain industry-specific skills, change the way products are manufactured, traditional beliefs about supply chains, local and mass production, and craft. By sharing this space, students across all Parsons programs learn advanced and traditional manufacturing techniques together.

The center is located on the basement floor and on the second and third floors of the Sheila K. Johnson Design Center. Architectural details - vaulted ceilings, wood floors, brick walls - surround a new generation of creators with a testament to the craftsmanship of the past. Designed by Rice + Lipka Architects, the open plan connects the floors of several adjacent buildings, providing ample space for equipment and abundant natural light from the avenue, street and adjacent courtyard.

Laboratories and studios:

  1. Book art studio
  2. Ceramics and Wet Shop
  3. CNC machine shop
  4. Digital knitting laboratory
  5. Digital darkroom
  6. Embroidery
  7. Laser laboratory
  8. Light + Energy Lab
  9. Machine knitting studio
  10. Printing laboratory
  11. Photo studios
  12. 3D printing laboratory
  13. Workshop for working with metal
  14. Engraving studio
  15. Specialized sewing laboratory
  16. Shoe studio
  17. Weaving and dye laboratory
  18. Workshop for working with wood.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Additional expenses:

  • Orientation Fee - $ 150 (one-time)
  • Global Campus Fee - $ 90 / semester.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

The minimum TOEFL, IELTS and PTE score requirements for degree programs at Parsons are:

  • Applicants for a bachelor's degree (BBA, BFA): TOEFL - 92, IELTS - 7, Duolingo - 115, PTE - 63.
  • Applicants for a master's degree (MA, MArch, MFA, MS): TOEFL - 92, IELTS - 7, Duolingo - 115, PTE - 63.

Applicants for undergraduate degrees who have attended postsecondary institutions outside the United States must complete a transcript assessment by World Education Services (WES) or another member of the National Association of Credit Scoring Services (NACES).

Applicants for a master's degree must provide certified translations of all transcripts not written in English, or be assessed by World Education Services or another member of the National Association of Credit Scoring Services.

Scholarships Parsons School of Design at The New School, Parsons School of Design

The consideration of merit-based scholarships is the same for all students and occurs automatically at the time of application (provided that students have applied before the deadline for the priority scholarship).

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