Parsons School of Design enables students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing society. Like New York itself, Parsons never sleeps. The school is animated by a vision of progressive creativity and social activism, and energized by its kinetic urban environment. Parsons is where ambition, ingenuity, and collaboration tirelessly converge.

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • Creativity, innovation, and a desire to challenge the status quo, both in what and how they teach and in the intellectual ambitions of the school itself
  • Social engagement, orienting student' academic experience to help them become critically engaged citizens
  • Learning opportunities on the New York City campus as well as online and abroad to prepare students to work in global contexts

About

History

Parsons School of Design has offered students innovative approaches to education since its founding in 1896. Parsons has been a pioneer in art and design education since its inception, spearheading new movements and teaching methods that have propelled artists and designers creatively and politically.

Education

The undergraduate and graduate programs, offered through Parsons’ five schools, immerse students in focused training, interdisciplinary inquiry, and practice-based collaborative learning. Here creators and scholars master established art and design fields and advance emerging ones while studying a range of university disciplines.

A growing array of minors in subjects including foreign languages, environmental studies, and psychology and study abroad options further enrich your interdisciplinary practice. 

Parsons’ integrative curriculum draws on all disciplines to elevate your creativity and help you thrive in a dynamic global landscape.

Research

Design research methods provide a human-centered approach — one that places a deep and empathetic understanding of users at the center of finding innovative solutions to complex problems. Parsons considers research an integral part of the learning experience, with students and faculty working together to challenge existing paradigms and advance emerging scholarship and practice. Many of Parsons’ research efforts are supported through creative collaborations with industry and community partners.

Career

The Center for Student Success - Careers helps students and alumni of Parsons School of Design connect with jobs, internships, and other professional opportunities. They offer a variety of resources and services that give you the competitive edge. The services, resources, and announcements are published on their site and can be accessed using their online job board,the Village - Careers .

Services:

  • One-on-One Career Counseling
  • Résumé, Curriculum Vitae, Portfolio and Cover Letter Reviews
  • Practice/Mock Interview Sessions
  • Information about Effective Job/Internship Search Strategies, Graduate School, and Networking Opportunities
  • Workshops, Panels, Networking Events, and Career/Internship Fairs

Services

Student services

The Office of Student Affairs at Parsons supports the educational mission of the university by coordinating student services and building a community that prepares students for their academic and professional life. Student Affairs provides mentorship and opportunities for students to enhance their learning and personal development, receive academic and career guidance, develop leadership skills, and receive counsel through crises.

Housing services

At Parsons, you live and study as part of a diverse community in a dynamic city. University residence halls in the Greenwich Village and Wall Street areas are a secure and supportive environment that can ease the transition from home to college and from culture to culture. All undergraduate residences come fully furnished, and each is staffed with a professional residence hall director and student resident assistants.

The Housing Office also provides listings of apartments and a comprehensive off-campus housing guide. We strongly encourage students unfamiliar with New York City, particularly first-time freshmen, to take advantage of student housing.

Library services

The Angelo Donghia Materials Library and Study Center, funded by the Angelo Donghia Foundation, consists of a library, a gallery, a computer lab, and a lecture hall. The library allows students and faculty to review and check out state-of-the-art resources, putting the latest and most exclusive materials at their fingertips.

ICT services

Over the past four years, the university has invested more than $30 million in a series of extensive labs and information technology services. While on campus, students can take advantage of the university wireless Internet network. Digital projectors, surround sound, and active white boards feed into equipment racks that enable presentation of all media types in the classroom.

Medical services

Student Health and Support Services provides medical, psychological, and wellness support services to our students year-round. Through high-quality, comprehensive, and holistic health care and support, they help students become thoughtful health consumers and advocates for their own well-being and the well-being of others.

Student Life

Campus life

New York City is home to Parsons’ main campus and a range of creative practitioners and industries. Parsons Paris offers students an atelier-like setting from which to explore heritage brands and traditions, new technologies, and a host of art, design, and business partners in Europe and beyond.

Sports facilities

Through The New School, you can access the Department of Athletics and Recreation facilities. Students have opportunities to take part in physical exercise and sports while meeting new people, enjoying social interaction, and building community. 

Throughout the academic year, the department hosts weekly group fitness programs, intramural team sports, outdoor activities, and special events. In addition, The New School offers competitive athletic teams in basketball, cross-country track, tennis, and soccer. 

Student clubs

PSS is a student-run organization and forum where students can voice their concerns or ideas. The organization works directly with Parsons administrators and presents them with issues that students currently face. As a funded organization, PSS's goal is to give back to the Parsons student community and support peers in bringing their ideas and projects to fruition. PSS meets weekly, and all meetings are open to all members of the Parsons student body.

Accreditation

Parsons and The New School are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The New School, a privately supported institution, is chartered as a university by the Regents of the State of New York.

Parsons is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). It also offers a Master of Architecture degree program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. 

New York City, New York, United States

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