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Parsons The New School for Design is one of the most prestigious schools of art and design in the world. Having established one of the first programs in the United States in fashion design, interior design, and graphic design, Parsons has a long legacy of art and design innovation.

Among its famous alumni are the renowned artists Norma Rockwell and Roy Lichtenstein; fashion designers Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, and Tom Ford; photographer Steven Meisel; graphic designer Paul Rand; and a new generation of rising artists and designers including Ryan McGinley, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler, Evan Roth, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, and Julia Restoin Roitfeld.

About The New School

The New School is a legendary university in New York City, now comprising seven academic divisions. Founded in 1919 by a group of progressive educators, The New School aspired to be everything the "old school" was not—open to dissenting opinions and the avant-garde in scholarship and the arts. It found a home in Greenwich Village and a unique place in the intellectual history of the United States.

Today students from throughout the United States and around the world choose The New School for an education that requires critical analysis, active participation, and experimentation with ideas.

New School students and faculty take creative, interdisciplinary approaches to complex conceptual and real-world issues. Learning is driven by open discussion in small classes and immersion in the latest currents of ideas and practices in the greatest city in the world. Our faculty includes leaders and innovators in art and design, social science, liberal arts, management and public policy, media, and performing arts.

The university also is actively engaged with the broader community through its wide-ranging continuing education programs and thought-provoking public programs.

Since 1970, Parsons has been part of The New School. Among those who have taught and studied at The New School are such leading twentieth century figures as John Dewey, Martha Graham, Margaret Mead, Isamu Noguchi, Aaron Copland, Marlon Brando, and many others.


President's Message


About David Van Zandt

David E. Van Zandt is the eighth President of The New School. President Van Zandt is a sociologist, attorney, and visionary in higher education with a record of distinguished academic leadership spanning three decades.

Prior to leading The New School, he served as Dean of the Northwestern University School of Law from 1995 until 2010. Under his leadership, Northwestern Law transformed its approach to admissions, education, and social engagement.

President Van Zandt graduated with an AB from Princeton University in 1975, received his JD from Yale Law School in 1981, and clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


Partnership with ISDI


Global in theory, global in practice, first-rate design education requires a deep understanding of design idioms from all over the world. As part of its expanding network of global hubs, Parsons The New School for Design has partnered with the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI).

With this collaboration, ISDI is home to Parsons Mumbai and benefits from Parsons' rigorous curriculum, prominent faculty and global relationships.

Parsons Mumbai will simultaneously serve as the institutional base for study abroad options, visiting faculty, and creative collaborations with ISDI and Parsons scholars in New York and around the world.

ISDI's affiliation enables students to:

  • Benefit from an academic curriculum developed by Parsons.
  • Gain from Parsons' rigorous quality assurance standards.
  • Learn from distinguished Parsons faculty from New York.
  • Participate in Parsons global student exchange programmes.
  • Experience a stimulating learning environment based on Parson's best practices.
  • Apply for admission to Parsons The New School for Design as a transfer student, after completing 2 years at ISDI (all admissions decisions rest solely with Parsons).

Parsons & The New School Team

ISDI has entered into a collaboration with Parsons The New School for Design, New York. ISDI will be home to Parsons Mumbai and will benefit from Parsons rigorous curriculum, prominent faculty and global relationships.