January 6, 2011

Parsons Graduate Programs: Call for applications

Parsons School of Design at The New School
Parsons The New School for DesignMaster of Architecture (MArch)

MFA Design and Technology
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.

MFA Fashion Design and Society
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.

MA Fashion Studies
Using an interdisciplinary approach, students in this groundbreaking program explore fashion as object, image, text, practice, theory, and concept and develop a critical understanding of fashion and its complex global intersections with identities, histories, and cultures in the contemporary world.

MFA Fine Arts
The MFA in Fine Arts program familiarizes students with the means, context, and interpretation of art through intensive instruction in the many techniques available to contemporary creators. Students acquire a comprehensive understanding of both the material elements that compose artworks and the ideas that make them meaningful.

MA History of Decorative Arts and Design
Offered jointly with the Cooper-Hewitt, National 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. Graduates go on to careers as historians, curators, and scholars in museums, universities, historic houses, auction houses, and galleries.

MFA Interior Design
This program is uniquely positioned to lead the discourse and address the practice of interior design in the 21st century. Inaugurated in 2009, this program builds on 100 years of Parsons’ history and leadership in the field, offering instruction of incomparable depth with links to our other graduate programs in architecture, product design, and lighting design.

MFA Lighting Design
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. Its unique focus on aesthetic design, human physiological and psychological factors, and sustainable practices make it the only graduate lighting program to emphasize the values of both design and civic responsibility.

MArch/MFA Lighting Design Dual Degree
Students pursuing the MArch/MFA LD track expand their knowledge of form, program, site, materials, and the role of lighting in structure.

MFA Photography
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 and to explore related technologies while focusing on the relationship between concept and production.

MFA Transdisciplinary Design
Parsons created this program for a new generation of designers who want to address pressing social issues using new ideas, tools, and methods. Students work in teams across disciplines, 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.

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