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    About Us

  • The graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education programs of the School of Media Studies combine theory, research, production, and management studies, preparing students to succeed in a complex and rapidly changing media and communications landscape. Studying in the world’s media capital, New York City, our students acquire critical insights and cutting-edge technical skills in rigorous topical courses taught by leading scholars and industry professionals. Our alumni find fulfilling careers in a wide range of fields, from film and media-making to media research and scholarship to media company management and entrepreneurship.

  • History


    The social impact of mass communication has been studied at The New School since its founding in 1919. The first college course to investigate the motion picture was offered here in 1926. The first Media Studies MA program in the United States was introduced by John Culkin at The New School in 1975. Today, the School of Media Studies at The New School is a network of media makers, thinkers, and innovators that inspire fresh thinking and challenge students to operate outside of convention, propelling their media projects and methods to the cutting edge.
  • Administration

    Deans and Directors
    Vladan Nikolic, Dean, School of Media Studies
    Rafael Parra, Associate Dean, School of Media Studies
    Melissa Friedling, Director, Media Studies Program (MA)
    Lana Lin, Director, Documentary Media Studies Program (Graduate Certificate)
    Neyda Martinez
    , Director of Graduate Media Management Programs (MS and Graduate Certificate)
    Marcus Turner
    , Director, Undergraduate Media Programs

    School Staff 
    Phil Akre, Associate Director of Student Affairs and Academic Programs
    Manuel Ermecheo, Assistant Director of Technical Operations
    Janelle McKenzie, Senior Director of Administration
    Laurrice Morgan-Eady, Executive Secretary, SPE
    Christelle Petit-Homme, Associate Director of Student Affairs

  • About The University

    As a student at the School of Media Studies, you're part of a progressive, socially engaged, and close-knit community at The New School. Our students have access to the resources of a renowned university that serves as a hub for groundbreaking ideas and the people that generate them.
    • Campus Info

      Campus Information

      Our campus in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village allows you to study and live in one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world.

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    • Mission and Vision

      Mission and Vision

      The New School's mission is to prepare students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, thus making the world a better and more just place. As a university where design and social research drive approaches to studying issues of our time, we seek to provide students with the tools needed to grapple with complex problems facing society and to pursue more fluid and flexible career pathways.

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    • 100 Years New

      100 Years New

      A century ago, a few progressive scholars and thinkers founded what would become The New School. Discover some of the pioneers, movements, and events that collectively tell our story of creative and intellectual innovation. Explore the university's legacy and learn how 1919 was the start of something new.

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  • Take The Next Step

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To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.


To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.