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  • The MFA Design and Technology program provides a dynamic, challenging, and idea-driven environment in which to address the influence of creative practice on society. This program approaches technology with a critical eye, understanding the ever-present impact that computational technologies have on our lives. Areas of practice include wearable technology, game design, new media art, digital fabrication, physical computing, interaction design, data visualization, and critical design.

    Program Highlights

    • Art Meets Analysis

      Cultivate your creativity in a studio-based program in which you develop your ideas through prototyping while engaging in critical thinking and intensive study of the creative research process.

    • Future Focused

      Embark on a career in creative, academic, commercial, and educational fields that engage with the growing influence of technology.

    • Industry Experience

      Work on projects with external partners; past collaborations include Ralph Lauren, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, One Plus, Human Rights Watch, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    • Creative Collaboration

      Work with fellow graduate students in related programs including Communication Design, Transdisciplinary Design, and Data Visualization.

    • Degree Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Format Full-time, on campus
    • Credits 60
    • Duration 2 years
    • Other program status STEM-designated
  • Curriculum

    The MFA Design and Technology program focuses on contemporary issues directly affecting the field. The curriculum combines core design studios and labs with electives offered throughout Parsons and other schools and colleges of The New School. Note: the program will not offer its Bootcamp experience in summer 2020. Instead, Bootcamp Learning Outcomes will be incorporated into the core studio courses for the Academic Year 2020/2021.

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  • Career Paths

    Graduates of the MFA Design and Technology program pursue careers in fields that include mobile and application design, interaction design, new media art, game design, motion graphics, digital filmmaking, and Web, UI and UX design.

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  • Parsons faculty represent a broad range of expertise and are acknowledged as leading practitioners and scholars in their fields.

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      Research Labs

      Research is integral to the Parsons learning experience, and students and faculty work together to challenge existing paradigms and advance emerging scholarship and practice. Explore the thematic research laboratories housed at Parsons and throughout The New School.

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      Industry Engagement

      Connect to the organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs driving global creativity and commerce. In classes, internships, and extracurricular projects, you gain marketable problem-solving skills in sectors ranging from government and nonprofits to tech and creative industries.

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      New York City’s thriving creative industry and cultural institutions are part of your Parsons education. Our Career Services Office is enmeshed in the art and design industries and can help you advance your career with industry-oriented internships. 

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      Funded Opportunities

      Funds are earmarked for graduate travel, research, and work to support your study. Opportunities include paid teaching assistantships, research fellowships and assistantships (including ones offered throughout The New School), ample student employment, and other grants available to U.S. domestic and international students alike.

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      Making & Academic Resources

      Enjoy access to extensive resources including New School libraries, computer labs, archives, and studios, along with Parsons’ state-of-the-art Making Center, facilities offering a broad array of tools to support your creative and academic growth.

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