The New School

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School Details

Emerging in 1919 in New York City as a promoter of innovative and creative thinking, The New School is a conglomerate of seven private, not-for-profit academic divisions. Divisions include:

  •     Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
  •     Mannes College The New School for Music
  •     The New School for Drama
  •     The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
  •     The New School for Public Engagement
  •     The New School for Social Research
  •     Parsons The New School for Design
The New School has a long tradition of supporting the continuing education of non-degree working adults and currently enrolls more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students from across the United States, Guam, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and more than one hundred countries. The New School offers 92 degree/diploma programs and is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Two schools, Parsons The New School for Design and The New School for Public Engagement offer online programs and courses in conjunction with on-campus degrees.

Online classes through The New School are delivered asynchronously, and students can join weekly discussion threads or complete weekly assignments at their convenience. Online classes share the same curriculum as that of their on-campus counterparts, and are fully accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The New School supports federal, state, institutional and private aid. Parsons participates in the following federal aid programs for qualifying students:
  •     Federal Pell Grant
  •     Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  •     Undergraduate PLUS Loan
  •     Graduate PLUS Loan
  •     Federal Perkins Loan
  •     Federal Work Study
In addition, Parsons joins with New York State to offer benefits to eligible students, including grants like the Tuition Assistance Program, NYS Aid for Part Time Study, and the NYS Educational Opportunity Program. A variety of New York State scholarships are also available, including the NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship. Students can also apply for private loans and scholarships. The NSPE offers a variety of institutional scholarships, including merit and need-based. In addition, The New School participates in the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty/Selected Reserve for eligible veterans and military personnel.

Parsons The New School for Design

Each of The New School’s divisions has a unique history. The oldest of The New School’s divisions, Parsons The New School for Design began as the Chase School of Art in 1896, founded by American Impressionist William Merritt Chase and his comrades in New York City as a rebellious progressive response to the Art Students League of New York. By the early 1900s, Frank Alvah Parsons assumed leadership of the school, introducing groundbreaking fashion design, interior design, along with advertising and graphic design programs. By 1941, the school was renamed Parsons in his honor. Staying true to its progressive founders, Parsons joined The New School for Social Research in 1970, later to be renamed The New School. Programs gained additional resources and expanded support for both “academic knowledge and social activism.”  Today, The New School and Parsons remains committed to progressive thinking and global perspectives. Nearly 5,000 undergraduate students attend Parsons and an additional 2,000 students enroll in single courses. The average class size is 15 students.

Parsons encompasses five schools, including:
  •     School of Constructed Environments
  •     School of Fashion
  •     School of Art and Design History and Theory
  •     School of Art, Media, and Technology
  •     School of Design Strategies
Parsons also sponsors a Pre-College And Continuing Studies Program offering open enrollment for non-degree seeking students and includes classes for credit and noncredit. A new Paris campus will be open by 2013.

Parsons The New School For Design offers the following online programs:

Graduate programs
  •     MS in Strategic Design and Management
  •     Graduate Certificate in Design Business
Undergraduate degree programs
  •     Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Fashion Marketing
  •     Associate in Applied Science in Graphic Design
Certificate programs
  •     Noncredit certificate in Fashion Business
  •     Noncredit certificate in Graphic and Digital Design
In addition, Parsons The New School For Design also offers 25 plus continuing education courses, like Photoshop Basics, and Marketing in a Global Environment, in addition to online courses for credit, like Drawing and Fashion Textile Survey.

The 18-credit hour Graduate Certificate in Design Business shares six courses with the 36-credit hour Master’s in Strategic Design and Management program including design management, business, innovation, and leadership. Therefore, both programs can be completed together. While the Strategic Design and Management program can be accessed primarily online, it does include a mandatory campus week-long workshop occurring in mid-January. Classes are structured to imitate real-world scenarios with hands-on experience. Interested applicants must submit the application and fee, official college/international transcripts, a resume, statement of intent, portfolio or writing sample, letters of recommendation, English proficiency assessment scores (if applicable), and optional GRE/GMAT scores. Students may also be requested to participate in an interview.

Students enrolled in the 65 credit-hour AAS Fashion Marketing Program engage in online studies, like Fashion Digital: Photoshop and Color Theory, while students completing the AAS Graphic Design program will learn about Digital Layout and Typography. Interested students for the online programs will need to submit an application and fee, along with official college transcripts, English proficiency assessments (if applicable), a statement of intent, and an additional creative assignment specific to each degree program. It should be noted that students applying to the online program are required to have already completed an undergraduate degree or have satisfactorily fulfilled 21 credits in humanities, including six credits in English at an approved institution.

The noncredit certificate programs offer basic foundations for prospective students interested in a particular profession or topic of study. They have no entrance requirements and retain greater flexibility. Students can pursue noncredit certificates as a means to boost their personal resume and enhance their professional skills. The Fashion Business Online program requires students to complete six core courses, including Retail Buying and Consumer Behavior, and two fashion elective courses. Students enrolled in the Graphic and Digital Design program also complete a combination of core and elective courses.

Tuition at Parsons The New School for Design is degree and in some cases, program specific. Students enrolled in the graduate program pay tuition of $1,420 per credit hour while undergraduate degrees range from $1,280 to $1,335 per credit hour.  Tuition for all AAS degree programs is $1,335 per credit hour. Tuition for continuing education courses are program specific, ranging from $349 to $699, and general credit courses cost $1,300 per credit hour.

The New School for Public Engagement

In 2010, two divisions of The New School, The New School for General Studies and Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy merged to form The New School for Public Engagement (NSPE). The New School for Public Engagement houses five additional schools, including:
  •     Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
  •     School of Languages
  •     School of Media Studies
  •     School of Undergraduate Studies
  •     School of Writing
The New School for Public Engagement offers the following online programs:

Graduate programs
  •     Master of Science in Media Management
  •     Master of Arts in Media Studies
  •     Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  •     Graduate Certificate in Media Management
Undergraduate programs
  •     BA/BS in Liberal Arts
  •     Undergraduate Certificate in Screenwriting
Graduate degrees at the NSPE vary in program requirements. For example, the MS in Media Management requires the completion of 36-credit hours. Students pursuing the MA TESOL degree must complete 30-credit hours, including coursework focusing on teaching and curriculum development. Additionally, students entering the Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts programs can qualify for up to 84 transfer credits. The Screenwriting Certificate can be completed in just six courses and upon completion, students will present their own  professional screenplay.

Though application instructions may be degree specific, students applying to the Master’s degree programs will generally need to include the application and fee, a statement of purpose, resume, official transcripts, and letters of recommendation. International students may need additional documentation. Undergraduate applicants will also need to submit the application and fees, along with three personal essays, a resume, and official transcripts. An interview may also be required.

Tuition at The New School for Public Engagement is degree specific and may also be program specific. Students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree pay $1,035 per credit hour. The Master’s degree online programs have tuition of $1,255 per credit hour, including the Graduate Certificate in Media Management.




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