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Product Design, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


In this major, you address contemporary realities including sustainability and technological change while exploring materials, fabrication, aesthetics, and social engagement in both local and global contexts. Shops and studio space are shared with other graduate and undergraduate programs taught at the School of Constructed Environments — Architecture, Interior Design, and Lighting Design — as well as Fine Arts, fostering interdisciplinary work.

The Product Desing program offered by the Parsons School of Design - The New School program is part of Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments (SCE). As a BFA Product Design student, you benefit from SCE’s integrated academic community through access to students and faculty of related making disciplines.

The Product Design program from The New School has 10,000 square feet of classroom, office, and lab space. Each student is exposed to product fabrication while professional faculty and technical staff assist them in producing full-scale prototypes and presentation-scale models.

The dedicated Product Design studio spaces include:

  • A 4,000-square-foot wood shop facility with traditional woodworking machinery, vacuum press equipment (for plywood bending), and CNC router tool
  • A computer-controlled three-axis router/shaper table
  • A model shop with traditional machinery for model making with foams and plastics and facilities for plastic vacuum forming, plastic casting, rubber mold making, painting, and finishing
  • Two metal fabrication shops with machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, MIG, TIG, and ARC welding facilities
  • A nonferrous metal shop used in manipulating precious metals
  • A 1,600-square-foot ceramic studio, which includes model making, mold making, and slip casting facilities; three oxidation kilns; and a glaze booth
  • A computer lab with 8 PC workstations, 11"x17" scanning, and 11"x17" color laser printing capabilities
  • A 3D printer capable of printing a full-scale presentation model in plaster or resin

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:

  • Design Studio 
  • Human Factors, Ergonomics, and Interfaces
  • Portfolio, Publication, and Dynamic Media
  • Program Electives
  • Liberal Arts Electives
  • University Lecture Elective
  • Models, Mockups, and Prototypes
  • Process Drawing / Digital Presentation
  • History of Design: 1850–2000 Lecture
  • History of Design: 1850–2000 Recitation
  • Computer-Aided Industrial Design
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes: Lecture
  • Materials and Manufacturing Processes: Recitation
  • Intro to Design Studies: Lecture
  • Intro to Design Studies: Recitation
  • Program Electives

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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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Academic Requirements

Application Form: 

  • Complete the online application. All applicants are required to apply online.

Application Fee: 

  • A nonrefundable $50 application fee and a $10 SlideRoom fee, payable as part of the online application.

Official Transcripts:

  • All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools may submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as courses taken at previous schools are reflected on that transcript.

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.
  • In-State

    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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