Lighting Design, Master | The New School | New York City, United States
24 months
55080 USD/year
55080 USD/year
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The Lighting Design MFA program offered by The New School has trained leaders in this rapidly evolving field for more than 30 years.


The Lighting Design MFA program offered by The New School has a solid foundation in the intellectual, aesthetic, and technical dimensions of light. Parsons’ interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on human experience, sustainability, and the social impact of lighting design. Students explore the relationships between theory, technical application, energy conservation, and social and environmental aspects of electric and natural light.

Rigorous Studio Experience

The two-year, full-time program is composed of 24 studio credits, 30 credits of seminars (on cultural, historical, and perceptual aspects of light), and 6 elective credits. The unique curriculum is anchored in an integrated studio experience in which students interact with peers in architecture, interior design, and product design disciplines. Projects bring together research, conceptual design development, innovative representational techniques, technical analysis, and full-scale study to uncover the experiential and social implications of illumination.

Future Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in architectural and interior lighting design, theatrical lighting, exhibition lighting, and equipment design and manufacturing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lighting Studio: Light, Vision, and Representation
  • Representation and Spatial Reasoning: Lecture
  • Representation and Spatial Reasoning: Recitation
  • Principles of Lighting
  • Light: Critical Issues
  • Daylight Methodologies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the online application
    • The application fee for first-year international applicants is $75
    • 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
    • Interviews

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      55080 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 27540 USD per semester during 24 months.
    • National

      55080 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 27540 USD per semester during 24 months.

    Living costs for New York City

    1819 - 3968 USD /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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