In an increasingly digital world, designers are often challenged to create technology-driven products and services for a variety of platforms and human needs. Parsons’ Master of Professional Studies in Communication Design (MPS CD) features a concentration
in Digital Product Design, which offers you the cutting-edge conceptual design methods and technical skills you need to meet this growing marketplace demand.
This program is STEM-designated. This means that after graduating, eligible F-1 international students in this program can apply for an additional
24 months of Optional Practical Training at the end of their Post-Completion OPT.
The program is tailored to practicing designers seeking to enhance their digital skills and leadership potential as well as professionals with relevant design experience who want to enter the field. It encompasses the full product development cycle in
communication design — from idea conception to prototyping to feedback-based refinements — and familiarizes you with business strategy.
In this one-year, 30-credit program, you develop creative problem-solving strategies for relaying and translating messages, information, and ideas. The full-time course of study is built on four components: instruction in advanced core design competencies,
practices and methods courses, external partnerships, and the core studio sequence. Parsons faculty — skilled at bringing together design thinking, aesthetics, and technology — guide you in exploring innovative composition and visualization methods,
interface design, typography, and industry best practices.
The specialized course of study provides coding experience and engages the iterative process and a range of collaboration and teamwork strategies. You work from design conception and pitching through post-launch critical analyses of user experience (UX)
and interface (UI). The New York City location enables you to take advantage of the city’s diverse technology and design resources while learning alongside like-minded designers in the Parsons community. You can supplement core courses with a related
university-sponsored public program and an elective offered at Parsons or another school or college of The New School, such as a class in psychology, marketing, data visualization, or another field.
You graduate from the program with your own unique, forward-looking aesthetic anchored in professional skills acquired through the program, which include entrepreneurship, strategic working methodologies, and contemporary prototyping. You are prepared
Graduates pursue careers in Interaction Design, User Experience (UX) Design, User Interface Design (UI), Digital Product Design, and Product Management.
This program is part of Parsons' School of Art, Media, and Technology (AMT). Explore the MPS Communication Design community to see what students,
faculty, and alumni are doing in NYC and around the world at amt.parsons.edu.
The Master of Professional Studies is awarded for completion of 30 credits. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.
The one-year curriculum requires full-time enrollment.
The curriculum chart below reflects the typical course of study in this program. To view the curriculum that has been adjusted for the exceptional 2020-2021 academic year, click here.
1 year, 30 credits
Full-time graduate program
A professionally oriented program that trains students in highly advanced, specialized design methods and technical skills, enabling students to advance their existing design practice. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a related design field and/or work experience in graphic design and visual communications.
2 years, 60 credits
Can be completed full-time or part-time
A professionally oriented course of study that provides essential foundation training and skills development, enabling students to build a competitive portfolio and launch a new career in their chosen industry. Best suited to students who have previous college experience in an unrelated field and want to change careers.
Explore the AAS degree option
4 years, 120 credits
Full-time undergraduate major (also offered as a minor)
A holistic degree program that immerses students in challenging studio courses, art history and critical theory, as well as the wider world of liberal arts. The course of study culminates in a thesis and qualifies alumni for further graduate study. Best suited to first-time college students.
Explore the BFA degree option
The application deadline is January 2. To be most competitive for admission and merit scholarship consideration, please apply before the deadline. We will continue to review applications submitted after the deadline pending space availability in the program.
The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received. Spring term admission is not offered for this program.
Financial Aid Deadline
Merit Scholarships: All admitted students are considered for merit scholarship awards determined by the strength of their applications. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships.
Federal Student Aid: If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found at
www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available each year on October 1. The New School’s federal school code is 002780. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid.
Submit your FAFSA by our February 1 FAFSA Priority Deadline.
All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
Some of your required materials may be submitted through
Brendan Griffiths, Program Director
Art, Media, Tech
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