Parsons Launches MFA in Interior Design


What do you get when you mix history, theory, design, material experimentation, and sustainable practice into the study of interior design? Parsons The New School for Design‘s newest graduate program: a Master of Fine Arts degree in interior design. Housed in Parsons’ School for Constructed Environments (pictured above), the two-year, full-time program (which is currently pending New York State approval) will be studio-centered and research-oriented. The first class of students is expected to enter next fall.

“Parsons’ MFA in Interior Design was developed to advance the profession,” said Lois Weinthal, director of interior design at Parsons and principal of the design practice Weinthal Works, in a press release issued this morning by The New School. “Today, designers need to know how to incorporate sustainable design and enhanced building performance into their work; to stay abreast of new developments in technology and materials; and have a strong understanding of the new types of clients and users that result from social change and shifts in demographics.” The program will also focus on interior design’s largely unexplored theoretical side (our favorite side!), with what Weinthal describes as “a strong emphasis on the role of historic precedent, fabrication, new materials, and environmental technologies.”