Transdisciplinary Design, Master | The New School | New York City, United States
24 months
55080 USD/year
55080 USD/year
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The Transdisciplinary Design MFA program offered by The New School employs a collaborative, systems-oriented approach to design and social thought, emphasizing design-led research. This program functions as an academic laboratory in New York City where you develop creative practices to address emerging and complex challenges.


The Transdisciplinary Design MFA program offered by The New School was created for designers, artists, activists, civic and social practitioners, and others interested in imagining alternative futures through design-led research tools and methods for addressing pressing social, economic, political, and environmental issues and challenges of local and global dimensions. Students work in cross-disciplinary teams, consider issues from multiple perspectives, learn from community and industry leaders, and emerge with a portfolio that showcases design as a process for transforming social relations and contemporary life.

A New Approach to Design

Graduates leave the program prepared for work in traditional design industries; many elect to apply their skills in emerging design spaces, such as restructuring services like healthcare and public education and developing projects for nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations. Recent graduates have gone on to present research at international conferences, such as Design Indaba in Cape Town, open consultancies with peers, take leadership positions within government innovation labs, and pursue academic careers. The MFA in Transdisciplinary Design program is housed in Parsons’ School of Design Strategies (SDS), alongside graduate programs in Design and Urban Ecologies, Strategic Design and Management, and Theories of Urban Practice. In its programs and projects, SDS employs innovative approaches to design and business education in relation to cities, services, and ecosystems. Many students explore elective offerings in schools throughout the university, including The New School for Social Research and the Schools of Public Engagement.

Future Opportunities

Graduates pursue a variety of careers, including design consulting, teaching and research, business development, international development, service design, in-house design leads within government organizations and other industries, and entrepreneurship. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intensive: Orientation
  • Projects Studio
  • Design-Led Research
  • Transdisciplinary Seminar 
  • Design for this Century: Lecture
  • Design for this Century: Recitation

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
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores
  • Interview

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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