The New School Expands Continuing and Professional Education Opportunities With Enhanced Platform to Increase Access for Learners of All Ages


New York, December 2, 2020 -- To meet the increasing demand for specialized non-degree programs, The New School has redesigned its online portal and expanded its educational programming for professionals, college and high school students, and lifelong learners. The new Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) platform provides a seamless online experience to engage students in robust online learning that is able to respond rapidly to ­changing professional development needs, such as those hastened by COVID-19. Courses led by the university’s acclaimed faculty connect learners with relevant, compelling opportunities to advance their personal and professional interests.

Focusing on three main audiences–professionals, college and high school students, and lifelong learners–CPE offers non-credit certificates, adult non-degree courses, summer programs, as well as youth and pre-college summer and school-year programs. The programming draws on The New School’s rich legacy of innovative instruction and creative practice through an array of professional development courses, artistic exploration programs, and enrichment opportunities. Led by faculty from The New School’s world-renowned colleges, including Parsons School of Design, The New School for Social Research, Schools of Public Engagement, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, and College of Performing Arts, the rich programming is tailored to meet the interests and needs of learners of all ages.

Complementing CPE’s multifaceted learning experience, the new online platform makes programs easily accessible to learners of all ages. The 24/7, mobile-friendly, self-service portal allows students to manage all aspects of their education online—from reviewing enrollment and financial history, accessing their schedule, and submitting applications, to tracking their progress towards completing one or more certificates.

A key offering of Continuing and Professional Education is its certificate program, which can rapidly respond to changes in industry standards to stay up to date with the educational needs of adult learners. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a trend in career-changers exploring alternative credentials and continuing education programs. CPE offers more than 30 non-degree certificates in the areas of Fashion, Fine Arts, Graphic and Digital Design, Humanities and Social Sciences, Interior Design, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Media and Film Studies, and Photography.

Younger learners can spark their creativity with CPE’s Youth and Pre-College programs. Through the Parsons Academy, Summer Filmmaking Intensive, and Mannes Prep, students from elementary through high school have the opportunity to join with The New School’s world class faculty in project-based learning and discovery in art, design, fashion, music and more.

“Our goal is to provide great educational experiences that engage learners at different points of their lives,” said Anne Adriance, The New School’s Senior Vice President for Marketing and Business Development. “We have reimagined how learners interact with self-directed education, and the Continuing and Professional Education portal provides a rich, full-service environment where learners are able to manage their educational experience in new ways to help them advance their personal and professional interests.”

Continuing education has been a bedrock of The New School since its founding more than 100 years ago as a non-degree educational center for adult learners. Today, CPE uses a contemporary approach to learning, providing programs led by both academics and practitioners that have the flexibility to react to the ever-changing needs of professionals and young learners. 

“We’re a one-of-a-kind destination for all types of entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators, makers, and learners to develop the knowledge and skills that will enhance their talents and change their lives in unexpected and wonderful ways,” said Laura Nitz, Director of Adult Programs in Art, Design and Fashion. “CPE gives learners opportunities for exploration that may uncover new passions or pathways that will fuel their futures.”

Continuing and Professional Education at The New School combines a contemporary approach to learning with practitioners at the top of their fields. We offer a wide range of subjects for learners of all ages, so you can thrive here whether you’re jump-starting your college experience, pivoting professionally, or pursuing a lifelong passion.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.



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