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Interior Design, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
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Overview

The Interior Design program of The New School was inaugurated in 2009 at Parsons, the school where formal interior design education began, this graduate program builds on more than 100 years of leadership in the field. Design as a social practice is the program’s guiding philosophy. Students explore design as a force for change, a means of environmental stewardship, and a tool for shaping experiences.

Designed for Change

The 60-credit studio-based and research-oriented curriculum challenges students to analyze the relationship between human behavior and perception of the interior. Courses investigate materials and their environmental impact, fabrication and manufacturing processes, building systems and operational energy consumption, drawing and digital representation, and the history and theory of interior design. During the second year, students develop a thesis project, written thesis book, and exhibition. This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 

Future Opportunities

Graduates are positioned to transform the field as practitioners and educators by working in interior design and architecture studios and in the fields of industrial design and sustainable design; developing new design practices; and collaborating with nonprofit, government, and educational institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Studio 
  • Interior Design Survey
  • Representation & Spatial Reasoning: Lecture 
  • Representation & Spatial Reasoning: Recitation
  • Materials and Performance
  • Theory of the Interior

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • The application fee is $50. The fee is paid through the online application and is non-refundable. There is also a $15 SlideRoom fee
  • Transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Portfolio
  • Although it is not required, if you took the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), scores can be submitted to support your application
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25875 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    51750 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25875 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Per credit: 1,810 USD

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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