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Journalism + Design, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) New York City, NY, United States
Journalism + Design is an interdisciplinary bachelor of arts degree combining the rigorous critical thinking of Eugene Lang College with the creative design thinking of Parsons The New School for Design. You will learn the skills needed to address the complex media ecosystem of the 21st century and develop the creative capacity to thrive in any field that values imagination, agility, and smarts.


Students can study Journalism + Design as a major (BA, Journalism + Design), a minor, or a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts).

The program focuses on:

  • Serious reporting
  • Community engagement
  • Excellence in writing, visual literacy, and design
  • Developing the imagination and creative confidence needed to be a leader in the field

You’ll learn from cutting-edge, respected professionals and scholars from the fields of both journalism and design. This program has been developed based on the belief that a free press is an essential part of a functioning democracy, and it allows you to focus on your own area of interest, whether that be food, fashion, or the environment. You’ll be grounded in the fundamentals of serious journalism while being pushed to explore its boundaries.

The Journalism + Design program was created in consultation with some of the most prominent minds in news innovation as well as traditional journalism. Advisors and friends of the program come from the New York Times, The Guardian, ProPublica, The Center for Investigative Reporting, WNYC, and The Knight Foundation. This groundbreaking program is distinguished by its focus on journalistic practice supported by the design process. The flexibility of the program allows for student feedback to help shape its future direction.

While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is also part of The New School, a leading progressive university in New York City. The program's collaboration with Parsons creates opportunities to study interactive design, editorial design, data visualization, photojournalism, illustration, mobile design, and media business management.

Our location in the world’s media capital presents a wealth of opportunities, including real-world experience—our students have interned at professional news organizations such as the New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Thomson/Reuters, Bloomberg News, WNYC, and ProPublica.

Career Paths

News organizations and media companies are eager to hire people grounded in fundamental reporting and ethics who can also creatively develop and design solutions for 21st-century journalism. Journalism + Design majors may go on to work as digital journalists or writers or pursue advanced studies in journalism, design, or media studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • News and Narrative 
  • News, Narrative, and Design
  • Ethics & History of Journalism
  • Visualizing Data
  • 2 Additional Exploring the Medium Courses
  • 2 Subject by Subject Courses
  • Senior Capstone
  • Independent Senior Project

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Complete the Common Application. All applicants are required to apply online.
  • A nonrefundable $50 application fee, payable as part of the online application.
  • Official Transcripts
  • Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Test Scores
  • SAT, ACT and SAT Subjects

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


The New School maintains an extensive program of scholarships and grants-in-aid based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Awards are usually made as part of the admission process. Institutional scholarships may be combined with government supported grants and loans in a single financial aid package. Scholarships and grants are normally applied to tuition costs. They can range from several hundred dollars to full tuition and do not require repayment.

Scholarships may be reduced or canceled if requested applications and verification documents are not received by the stated deadlines. Need-based scholarships do not automatically renew for the same amount in subsequent years. Changes in need calculations, late FAFSA submission, or refusal of a subsidized student loan may result in a modified award.
Undergraduate Students
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a financial aid package.
  • International students in the NSPE undergraduate program or a Parsons AAS program must file the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Applications to be considered for financial aid.
  • There is no separate aid application for other international undergraduates.
All undergraduate students are considered for scholarships based on their academic merit. Availability of institutional merit-based scholarships varies according to academic program. Students who file FAFSA or the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Application will be considered for institutional scholarships based on merit and demonstrated financial need. U.S. citizens and eligible residents may qualify for U.S. government and New York State fellowships and grants based on merit and financial need.

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