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Journalism + Design, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) New York City, NY, United States
The Journalism + Design program of The New School is an interdisciplinary program combining the rigorous critical thinking of Lang with creative design thinking.
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During the Journalism + Design program of The New School students learn reporting and design skills needed to open up new professional avenues in today's complex, competitive media ecosystem and develop the creative capacity to thrive in any field that values imagination, agility, and insight.

In an age of nonstop digital information and misinformation, fact-based storytelling is more vital to the democratic process than ever. Journalism + Design majors become grounded in the fundamentals of serious journalism while being pushed to expand its boundaries. The curriculum also gives you the flexibility focus on your own areas of interest, whether complex issues of class, race, and criminal and social justice or local news and cultural life (music, food, fashion, theatre, fine arts) of New York City.

As a student in the Journalism + Design program, you:

  • Learn how to report and tell rich news stories across a broad range of media.
  • Receive training in how to cultivate sources, ask hard questions, and conduct in-depth interviews.
  • Gain exposure to data reporting and design methodologies to build engaging reader experiences.
  • Develop the skills and craft to become an evidence-based storyteller relying on accuracy, transparency, and an ability to convey complex subjects that serve the public good.

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
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • News, Narrative & Design
  • Ethics and History of Journalism
  • Documentary Photography
  • Art and Journalism, Journalism and Art: Mapping the Borderlands
  • Making It In NYC: Reporting, Writing, Designing, & Publishing
  • Have It Your Way: The Art of the Critical Review

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • 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

  • All applicants are required to apply online using the Common Application
  • Application fees are $50 for U.S. domestic applicants, and $75 for international applicants
  • Official Transcripts
  • Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • The New School does not require submission of SAT, SAT Subject Tests or ACT scores for applications to be considered complete
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    48760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24380 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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