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  • Mission and Vision

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  • Mission

    Parsons students are designers, artists, and scholars who learn to apply the transformative capacity of design responsibly, creatively, and purposefully. Our diverse community of students and faculty explore multiple sites and scales of engagement, from on-campus research initiatives to partnerships that bring about change in New York and in the world.


    Parsons’ future will be shaped by the core values that have defined our past: curricular innovation, collaborative methods, pioneering uses of technology, and experimentation. As part of The New School, Parsons shares an institutional vision that aligns with shifts in the global economy, society, and environment, which animate our mission and our values:

    • Creativity, innovation, and a desire to challenge the status quo, both in what and how we teach and in the intellectual ambitions of the school itself
    • Social engagement, orienting students’ academic experience to help them become critically engaged citizens dedicated to solving problems and contributing to the public good

    Educational Approach

    We will fulfill our mission by extending The New School’s legacy as a nontraditional academic community, nimble and responsive to change, that:

    • Focuses on and engages with critical contemporary issues
    • Prioritizes humanity and culture in designing systems and environments to improve the human condition, an approach that draws on design thinking and the liberal, creative, and performing arts
    • Places project-based learning at the center of the educational experience
    • Takes full advantage of our New York City location and connectivity to global urban centers
  • Parsons student and faculty works shown in this piece are SoaPen by Shubham Issar and Amanat Anand, BFA Product Design ’15 (Global Wellness); Open Style Lab’s Q x Go jacket by Quemuel Arroyo, Kailu Guan, Cheng Cheng Zhao, and Staci Chan, shown on Arroyo and with advisement on research by Assistant Professor of Fashion Grace Jun (Inclusive Design); Cambridge Analytica lawsuit–related tweets by David Carroll, Associate Professor of Media Design (Ethical Data); EVERYMAN fashions by Steven Zorrilla, BFA Fashion Design ’17 (Nonbinary Fashion); Cinemetrics footage by Brian McGrath, Professor of Urban Design (Future of Cities); Blue Mountains and The Stain of William Thomas Beckford by Christopher Udemezue, BFA Integrated Design ’08 (Representation); work by students in a course taught by Assistant Professor of Design Strategies Mark Randall and New School students at NYC’s Climate March (Climate Action); ADIFF tent jacket by Angela Luna, BFA Fashion Design ’16 (Refugee Response).
  • Take The Next Step

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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.