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    Craig Bernecker, Program Director, MFA Lighting Design

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  • Those who wish to pursue graduate studies in lighting design and architecture at Parsons can apply to the dual-degree program that combines the NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture and the MFA Lighting Design. Interested students should apply directly to the dual-degree program; they will automatically be considered for admission to the individual Master of Architecture and MFA Lighting Design programs as well. 

    Program Highlights

    • Urban Focus

      Explore issues related to public space, housing, neighborhood integration, traffic and pedestrian safety, and other matters of key importance to urban centers.

    • Innovative Approaches

      Learn to contend with demands imposed by use, site, context, structure, and construction while gaining insights into the role of architecture and lighting in shaping culture.

    • New York City Opportunities

      Study in the birthplace of architectural lighting design, with access to important built projects, industry events, trade shows, conferences, and internship opportunities.

    • Creative Collaboration

      Share shops and studio spaces with students from related programs in Industrial Design, Interior Design, Fine Arts, and Textiles, fostering interdisciplinary work.

    • Degree MArch/MFA Dual Degree
    • Format Full time, on campus
    • Credits 120
    • Duration 4 years
    • Other program status STEM-designated
  • Curriculum

    The dual-degree curriculum includes the same required courses as each stand-alone degree. The compressed four-year time frame and reduced total credit points are possible because required architecture courses replace free electives in the lighting program, and required lighting design courses replace free electives in the architecture program. 

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  • Career Paths

    Graduates have gone on to open their own practices and work in prominent firms, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rogers Marvel Architects, LevenBetts, Bernheimer Architecture, Gensler, Lewis.Tsurumaki. Lewis, Matter Architecture Practice, Smith-Miller Hawkinson, and Young Projects. In addition to architecture, graduates have pursued careers in engineering, urban planning, landscape design, or interior design.

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      Research is integral to the Parsons learning experience, and students and faculty work together to challenge existing paradigms and advance emerging scholarship and practice. Explore the thematic research laboratories housed at Parsons and throughout The New School.

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      Industry Engagement

      Connect to the organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs driving global creativity and commerce. In classes, internships, and extracurricular projects, you gain marketable problem-solving skills in sectors ranging from government and nonprofits to tech and creative industries.

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      New York City’s thriving creative industry and cultural institutions are part of your Parsons education. Our Career Services Office is enmeshed in the art and design industries and can help you advance your career with industry-oriented internships. 

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      Funded Opportunities

      Funds are earmarked for graduate travel, research, and work to support your study. Opportunities include paid teaching assistantships, research fellowships and assistantships (including ones offered throughout The New School), ample student employment, and other grants available to U.S. domestic and international students alike.

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      Making & Academic Resources

      Enjoy access to extensive resources including New School libraries, computer labs, archives, and studios, along with Parsons’ state-of-the-art Making Center, facilities offering a broad array of tools to support your creative and academic growth.

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