Inside Look at our Online Summer Intensive Studies
College and pre-college students from around the world reflect on their experience in three-week online creative bootcamps taught by Parsons faculty. Check out our current offerings for pre-college and college/ adult students.
Five Fashion Manufacturing Tips From Designer Elle B. Mambetov
Former London Fashion Week Designer Elle B. Mambetov led a “Manufacturing a Fashion Line” webinar presented by our partners at Yellowbrick, which powers Parsons’ Fashion Industry Essentials and Streetwear Essentials online certificate programs. Mambetov’s inspirational journey to success in the fashion industry has appeared in Forbes and Vogue. Read below for our favorite tips from the webinar.
Industry Snapshot: Interior Design
As 2020 had everyone spending more time at home, many turned to interior design to improve the spaces around them. Learn more about the current industry and our Interior Design offerings.
New Certificate Aims to Put Sustainable Fashion into Practice
With growing jobs and climate action in the news, fashion sustainability is a field that designers can no longer ignore. The practice of making quality clothes while preserving the planet is the mission behind the new Fashion Sustainability certificate at Parsons.
GEMS Takes on Climate Action and Gender Equality at the UN
This year’s Parsons Global Executive Master of Science (GEMS) cohort took on a unique project: designing and promoting the United Nations’ Decade of Action. The competitive GEMS program, known for its international travel and intimate student group, also faced the added challenge of COVID-19.
Industry Snapshot: User-Centered Design (UX/UI)
User-centered design widely refers to the intersection of two related concepts: UX (user-experience) and UI (user-interface) design. While the difference between the two is minimal, the main stress focuses on the former portion of the term: the user.
Industry Snapshot: Web Design Certificate
When it comes to building websites, much has changed since the inception of the first web page back in the 90’s. Today, several industries across the spectrum are in need of designers with a new set of tools under their belts.
Industry Snapshot: Human-Centered Healthcare
The healthcare industry continues to grow at a rapid rate. With this growth, newly developed technologies (analytic and data software, AI, blockchain, etc.) emerge in an effort to innovate key systems and processes. Some of the greatest challenges the industry faces, however, are those impacting day-to-day operations and patient needs. These challenges range across the board, including hospital stays, patient visitation, appointment scheduling, and transportation. However, there are expansive opportunities for improvement. Solutions using human-centered, design-inspired techniques provide innovative new avenues to address these challenges.
Industry Snapshot: Infographics & Data Visualization
If you are a professional considering a transition into a field that requires an enhanced understanding of data visualization techniques, with opportunities expanding from tech to healthcare, journalism, and even finance and law, your timing couldn’t be better.
Industry Snapshot: Digital Marketing
In today’s business environment, knowledge is power. As digital media and personal device use grows, new insights about consumers, their habits, behaviors, and needs are changing the ways that businesses both gain access to—and wield knowledge about—how best to reach them.
An International View on Human-Centered Healthcare
The New School’s Human-Centered Healthcare certificate is attracting students from around the world. Tiina Hahto, a service designer from Finland, offers her perspective on the importance of this specialized field and how the certificate can make a difference for citizens globally.
Lecturer Emily Chu on the Future of Infographics and Data Visualization
In a relentless 24/7 news cycle, people are looking to infographics even more to make sense of the changing world. Data Visualization and Infographics Lecturer Emily Chu spoke about the necessity of this rapidly growing field.
An Entrepreneurial Eye for Interior Design
If you’re looking to launch an interior design career in this modern era, chances are The New School Interior Design part-time faculty member Jamel Williams can relate. Between running his own design firm to moving his course curriculum online, Williams offered some wisdom for the self-starting interior designer.
Parsons Academy Student to Self-Made Fashion Brand
After attending the Parsons Academy program, Dilara Huryasar was inspired to keep pursuing fashion through the Parsons B.F.A. program. This semester she has returned to the Parsons Academy Online Summer Intensive Studies (SIS) program as a teaching assistant, all while developing her own fashion brand, Dilara Yar. Recently she reflected on how her own style and the SIS program have evolved.
COVID Courses Offer A Global Perspective on the Pandemic
Just months after the COVID-19 outbreak, Continuing & Professional Education students are learning to apply lessons from the pandemic to drive change in their communities. Two current summer courses explore how the virus has influenced everything from food systems to city planning, and how society can prevent future disasters.
Mannes Prep From Home: A Virtual Summer Performance
The global pandemic didn’t stop a group of Mannes Prep students from performing their final chamber music piece together. The eight viola, violin and cello students recorded themselves playing the fourth movement from Mendelssohn’s String Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 separately. Graduating senior Benedikt Winzer coordinated, edited and timed his video with the others into one powerful performance he posted on YouTube.
Artists Find a Voice In "Illustration As A Visual Language" Course
From a Bob Marley-inspired children’s book to a posthumous portrait of Maya Angelou, John Jay Cabuay has re-defined the limits of a traditional illustrator. In his new “Illustration as a Visual Language” course at Continuing Education, Cabuay hopes to teach students how to discover their own voice in the illustration industry.
From a Military-Trained Electrical Engineer to Design Director
Patrick Davis’s background (so far) has included military training, electrical engineering, consulting, and an attempted political run. It may not seem obvious to the outsider, but design became the tool to pull it all together. During his time in the Global Executive MS in Strategic Design and Management (GEMS) program he continued to build on his leadership skills, growing far more than he ever imagined possible. We chatted with Patrick to hear more about his diverse trajectory.
Cultivating Success From a Creative Career Change
Making a career change isn’t always easy, but this Manhattan mom reminds us of the reward for following your passion.
Drawing Inspiration From Everyday Experience as an Aspiring Graphic Designer
For student Mei-Ling Mirow, design inspiration finds her at every turn. From childhood influences to the motivations from peers and professors in the Parsons Summer Intensive Studies program, Mei is collecting wisdom to adapt to her graphic design goals and bring her career to fruition. Want to hear more about Mei, her practices and experience in our Parsons SIS Graphic Design three-week course? Read on to learn more!
"Parsons, In My Own Words" - Poppy
From Pre-College student to B.F.A. graduate, Poppy Xuefei Wang recently finished her senior year in Parsons' Fashion Design program. She began her Parsons journey in 2014 during the Summer Intensive Studies program, where she took her first course in Fashion: Sewing & Construction. Her first professor, Jennifer Belton, would also be her Thesis instructor in her last course before graduation. Learn more about how Poppy’s education came full circle, and what she has to say about her overall experience at Parsons.
As you look to make moves in your career, good advice might be difficult to come by. However, if you’ve taken advantage of networking opportunities at various points throughout your life, it’s likely you’ve made some connections with the right people. Mentors are experienced and trusted advisers who can offer the guidance you’re looking for. Learn more about how you can grow your network and career through mentorship.
Inside Summer At Parsons Paris
Lead an exciting summer of adventure, exploration, and opportunity in our summer abroad programs at Parsons Paris. Small class sizes, immersion into new cities, and portfolio-building coursework are some of the benefits of choosing an abroad program to continue your education.
SIS Fashion Student Liam Ellmann Designs With Inspiration from Within and Around
Looking to break into a new career in the fashion world, Parsons Summer Intensive Studies student Liam Ellmann shares his personal experience as a designer, from his creative influences, involvement in the program, and advice for others looking to pursue a similar path.
The New School Joins Forces With Universities Across the Country to Assist Endangered Scholars
In 2016, Cem Özatalay, a professor of sociology at Galatasaray University in Istanbul, added his name to a petition condemning state violence against the Kurds in Turkey’s southeastern region.
This Certificate Could Change the Way You Approach Your Career
At Parsons, we have a longstanding tradition of being at the forefront of interior design education, offering the first program of its kind in the U.S. As a new option this fall, our flexible certificate in Interior Design is offered entirely online. So what does that mean for you?
Parsons Academy Certificate Student Inspires Younger Generations to Have Confidence in their Career Goals
Creativity and youthful idealism are the driving forces behind 16-year-old Maya Aristimuno’s many successful career pursuits. With the experience she is gaining through the Parsons Academy Certificate Program, Maya is working toward building her portfolio and upping her confidence to take on the future of creative entrepreneurship.
Author & Alumna Joanna Cantor Meditates on Grieving with New Novel
After exploring a brief, early career in journalism, Joanna Cantor couldn’t ignore the pull she felt toward a career focused around creative writing—her first love. Following her gut brought her to an introductory fiction course in the continuing education department at The New School. Cantor tells us about her time in the course, how it helped her to follow her passion, and how it led to the writing of her new novel, Alternative Remedies for Loss, where she was able to explore the stages of her own grieving process through a fictional tale of inner strength and exploration.
Parsons Named the Best Art and Design School in the Country in 2021
Parsons School of Design at The New School has been ranked the best art and design school in the country.
From the Courtroom to the Classroom: How Whitney Madueke Is Fashioning a Different Future for Herself
After studying and practicing law, Whitney Madueke decided to trade in her corporate career for a creative alternative with the Fashion Design Certificate from Parsons in New York City. Today, Whitney works full time as a YouTube personality, model, and public speaker while she pursues her studies in fashion design. Her online presence and personality delve into everything from fashion to personal care tips and techniques. Despite her busy schedule, Whitney caught up with us to discuss her experience with the certificate program and her future as a fashion designer.
Parsons Named One of the Best Design Schools in the World in 2017
For the third year running, Parsons School of Design at The New School has been named one of the best art and design schools in the world.
Making A Change: How Jennifer Levy Successfully Went from A Commercial Photographer to Interior Designer
After a seasoned career as a commercial photographer, Jennifer Levy decided on a career shift and enrolled in the Interior Design Certificate at Parsons to gain necessary interior design skills. Levy went on to create CAVdesign—an interior design company helping people solve their design problems by combining the practical with the imaginative. She has since published two design books and has had her work featured in magazines like Dwell Magazine and Apartment Therapy. She chats with us about her decision to change careers later in life, what excites her about interior design today, and why a tape measure can be the key to your (interior design) success.
5 Tips For Finding and Crafting Your Ultimate Online Voice
You want your online brand to stand apart from the competition—and that is where your brand voice is crucial. Your online voice is what you present to your audience (shall we say: your first, second, and tenth impression), and what they will associate with your brand. Whether it’s for your company or personal use, maintaining a unique voice is part of creating a killer online brand. So get out a pen and paper (read: iPhone, tablet) and get started!
Back to Basics: How Britt Bivens Set Out to Strengthen Her Current Role As a Trend Forecaster, With A Certificate In Fashion Design
With a background in trend forecasting, marketing, and retail operations, Britt Bivens is the expert at the helm of Ace of Swords, a consulting company offering trend forecasting and brand strategy to businesses. With more than 20 years of experience working in the fashion and jewelry industries, Bivens sought to broaden her skillset with the Parsons’s Fashion Design Certificate—giving her a much greater understanding of the industry she works in, and allowing her to not only predict trends but to understand the fundamentals of design, and create garments herself. Bivens gives us a peek into her not-so-typical days, her experience in the program, and the invaluable advice she has for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Creating a New Path: How Design Thinking Inspired a New School Alum Stuck at a Career Crossroads
Zoë Skinner’s commitment to others and belief in helping her community can be traced back to her freshman days on the women’s college lacrosse team; she recalls the relationship she built with her coach and teammates as having a strong impact on her life even several years later.
Creatives Are Rethinking Healthcare As You Know It. Here’s How.
When was the last time you thought about how your visit to the doctor was designed? What if you could shape a more empathetic healthcare experience for patients, staff, clinicians, and caregivers?
Graphic and Digital Designer Kristin Jaworowski Is Telling Visual Stories—One Brand At A Time.
Getting her start in photography, Kristin Jaworowski soon transitioned into graphic design and art direction, leading her to her true passion—visual storytelling. As a Graphic & Digital Design Certificate alumna, Kristin now collaborates with small businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, and larger companies to help build their brand identities. Fusing color, typography, photography, and technology into her work, Kristin expertly brings her clients' visions to life. Drawing inspiration from the city’s streets, Kristin gives us a glimpse into her job, her creative process, and why teaching is next on her radar.
One Student’s Filmmaking Success After Completing the Film Production Certificate Program
Angelo Vasta has been paving his career in dance filmmaking since moving to New York City from Milan over six years ago, and finishing the Film Production Certificate Program in 2014. Read about what launched his success.
Mannes School of Music Celebrates Centennial at Carnegie Hall
When the New York City Orchestra concertmaster David Mannes and his wife, Clara Damrosch, founded the David Mannes Music School 100 years ago, it was a small community music school with just a handful of students. Their mission: to nurture a love of music.
Meet Sarah Beazley, Interior Design Certificate Student
Sarah is a student in the Interior Design certificate program offered through Parsons.
Fashion Alumna Shares Local Artistry
A small craft community in India is at the heart of Nidhi Garg’s fashion brand.
"These days designers and brands are more conscious about how they are making their product. They want to make more meaningful products which have a story, which have people behind them, and that’s where Parsons helped me. It made me think like a designer." - Nidhi Garg, Fashion Design certificate '18
From Supply Chain to Creative Confidence
Fay Zhao was working in supply chain management when her curiosity kept pointing her towards design. When applying to the Global Executive Master of Science (GEMS) program, she was unsure of her capabilities and wondered if she had what it took to work in design. By the end, she had her dream job in design for IKEA. We chatted with Fay to see how GEMS helped her unlock her superpowers.
From Professional Musician to Business Designer
Livie Casto studied opera and performed in musicals professionally before stumbling into a start-up where she learned the power of human-centered design. During her time in the Global Executive MS in Strategic Design and Management (GEMS) program, she’s been promoted twice in her role as Business Designer at a leading creative consultancy, and has launched the beginnings of her next endeavor. We chatted with her about her trajectory leading up to her studies, and what the future holds.
From Content Writer to Sustainable Fashion Designer
Madeleine Voge’s dive into the fashion design world began while working as a content writer in Denver, Colorado. To further inspire her newfound passion, she enrolled in our New York City Parsons Sewing and Construction course.
5,000 Dresses’ Calls Attention to Sexual Violence in Kosovo
During the Kosovo War, an estimated 20,000 Albanians, mostly women, were victims of sexual violence at the hands of the Serbian forces. This month marks the 16th anniversary of the end of the war, but to this day, discussing wartime sexual violence in the country remains taboo.
Ya Jun Lin, BFA Fashion ’16, Dressed Rihanna for the VMAs
Rihanna has made a number of unexpected items fashionable recently. Leaving a restaurant with a glass of white wine is no longer a crime, if you’re cool enough to get away with it. She’s traded knee high boots for a thigh high version, and, much to the delight of your parents, she’s made thick-soled creepers chic again. Her recent appearance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards was no exception, as she graced the stage in four different outfits that all showcased a unique side of her fashion identity.
Parsons’ Global Executive MS in Strategic Design and Management Fosters Innovative Business Leaders
For most people, the word design conjures up images of fashion, interiors, and other material goods. For practicing physician and assistant professor of emergency medicine Dr. Manuel Hernandez, design is a tool for transforming healthcare services from a clinical, operational, and physical perspective.
The New School + #SXSW: Kim Jenkins, Parsons Faculty and Alum, Highlights Need for Diversity in Fashion on Panel Discussion
Since 2016, The New School has offered a “Fashion and Race” course thanks to Kim Jenkins, Fashion Studies ‘13. As a part-time faculty member in the School of Art and Design History and Theory, Jenkins is focused on advocating for better representation and opportunities for people of color who work in fashion.
New Speculative Design Certificate Looks to the Future
Our new Futures Studies and Speculative Design certificate prepares students to tackle the inevitable changes their organizations or employers may face. Professor Elliott Montgomery offers an insider's look into this emerging field and what students can expect from Future Studies courses.
How Documenting Tokyo Nightlife Shaped Instructor Kaz Senju's Approach to Digital Photography
From Japan to Russia, photography instructor Kaz Senju’s evocative images have connected with people around the world. While launching his new Digital Photography certificate, Senju spoke about the importance of building a narrative, photography in the pandemic era, and creating your community.
New School President Dwight McBride and Professor Darrick Hamilton Talk Social Challenges in Economics
In Episode 2 of the "New Conversation" video series, President Dwight McBride speaks to Professor and renowned economist Darrick Hamilton about the economy during coronavirus, Darrick's work with President Biden, "baby bonds," and more.
Fresh Perspectives: Introducing New Faculty
We are pleased to introduce nine of our newest faculty members! Covering subject areas from Interior Design to Human-Centered Healthcare and Motion Design, our stellar instructors bring real-world experience and insider knowledge to Continuing and Professional Education at The New School. Read on to learn more about them and which aspects of teaching they are looking forward to the most.
Professor Jason Das Answers Our Questions on the New Illustrated Journalism and Memoir Certificate
Jason Das is a New School journalism professor and creator of CPE’s new Illustrated Journalism & Memoir certificate. Das discusses the popularity of memoir writing, the NYC writing scene, and more.
Leading with Creative Voices: Global Executive Master's Women Share Their Career Insights
Presented by The New School Alumni community, a virtual panel of Global Executive MS in Strategic Design and Management (GEMS) alumnae discussed how GEMS concepts apply in the modern workplace, the unique challenges women face in their careers, and much more.
International Pianist Uses Parsons Fashion Certificate to Design Her Own Concert Gown
Taiwanese-American pianist Weiyin Chen has built her musical career around the world, from attending New York's Julliard School to collaborating with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Fashion is Chen's next endeavor. As a student in the Fashion Design certificate at CPE, she has already used her skills to design her own concert gown. Read on for highlights from Chen's feature in Taiwan Vogue.
Meet Wendela Stjernswärd, European Student and Graphic Design SIS Alumna
Meet Wendela Stjernswärd, aspiring graphic designer and College/Adult Summer Intensive Studies alumna! Originally from Stockholm, Sweden, Wendela currently studies at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, Holland. She completed our Parsons Academy SIS graphic design program in 2020 and recently spoke to us about the importance of a creative education, her favorite projects at Parsons, and her experience as an international student.
How SIS Inspired a Former Art History Professor to Start Her Own Textile Design Firm
Anna Novakov has worn many hats in the art and design world: model, art historian, professor, designer, and most recently: alumna of our Parsons Summer Intensive Studies (SIS) fashion program and business owner. Anna spoke to us how SIS built her skills and confidence to start her own textile design company, Mala_Igla.
How GEMS Grad and Army Musician Sam Kaestner is Transforming Online Concerts
West Point Band member Sam Kaestner was determined to increase classic music audience attendance – then the pandemic hit. He spoke to us about how his Global Executive Master's (GEMS) project turned into his livestreaming company Stretto.