• Associate's Degrees for Professionals

    Associate's Degrees for Professionals
  • Parsons' associate’s degrees are defined by creative skill-building that propels you toward your design career goals. Whether you want to enter a new industry or advance in the field you’re in, you learn all you need to make a career change in three to four semesters of full-time study. Drawing on our NYC setting and the resources of our university home, you gain hands-on experience with industry leaders, build a creative network, and graduate prepared for any professional pivot.

  • Associate’s Programs

  • Parsons' AAS programs enable mature students without a professional or academic background in design to launch a new career in fashion, communication design, or interior design industries. Graduates go on to join major companies and organizations around the world, and some start their own independent practice right out of the gate.
  • Parsons is part of The New School, a comprehensive university offering a range of studies, providing you with a broad learning community and numerous opportunities. You benefit from collaborative projects that bring together students from across the university, minors enabling you to tailor your education, and partners who enrich your research and guide your making.
  • As you move through your degree program, your mentors include world-renowned practitioners who bring to the classroom hands-on expertise, industry best practices, and connections needed to make you relevant.

  • Beyond the Classroom

    Our extensive resources prepare you for professional success. Coursework and career services staff give you access to a network of industry partners, and the university’s libraries, computer centers, and the cutting-edge tools of the Making Center support your creative work.
    • Internships


      New York City’s thriving creative industry and cultural institutions are part of your Parsons education. Our Career Services Office is enmeshed in the art and design industry and can help you advance your career with industry-relevant internships.

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      Industry Engagement

      Connect to the organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs driving global creativity and commerce. In classes, internships, and extracurricular projects, you gain marketable problem solving skills in sectors ranging from government and nonprofits to tech and creative industries.

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      Making & Academic Resources

      As a Parsons student, you enjoy access to extensive resources including New School libraries, computer labs, archives, and studios, along with Parsons’ state-of-the-art Making Center, facilities offering a broad array of tools to support your creative and academic growth.

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  • Academic Advising


    Advising ensures that your studies and the professional skills you develop on campus take you toward your goals. Academic and career advisors assist throughout your journey, from orientation to the job search. They help you explore opportunities, make informed decisions, and prepare for life after Parsons, including completing all requirements.

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application


To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.