Having graduated from a curiously disparate graduate program at the Parsons new School of Design, New York, I am always on the look out to see what new programs emerge at Design schools as time goes by and technology evolves. (I graduated with an MFA in Design and Technology and was an adjunct faculty for some time too with the Design and Management department)
These two new graduate programs caught my eye recently.
Parsons has launched an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design. The website says- Emphasizing collaborative design-led research, the MFA Transdisciplinary Design in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons will serve as an academic laboratory in New York City for graduate students seeking to define the next phase of design practice globally.
The complex problems that confront a networked 24/7 global culture call for broad design approaches. Parsons created the MFA in Transdisciplinary Design (TransDesign) for a new generation of designers who want to address pressing social issues using new ideas, tools, and methods. Students work in cross-disciplinary teams, consider issues from multiple perspectives, gain insight from industry leaders, and emerge with a portfolio of projects showcasing design as a process for transforming the way we live in the 21st century.
Very exciting! I’m jealous and will keep an eye on the kind of work coming out of there.
The other program that recently caught my eye was SVA New York’s MPS in Branding. Being a big branding evangelist, I’m rooting for this one. Let’s see how the students shape this program. One of Smart Design’s founders Dan Formosa is on the faculty. Having spent hours wrestling many design problems with Dan, I can vouch that the students are in for a treat!
From the website-
The Masters of Professional Studies in Branding is an ambitious one year Advanced degree program from the School of Visual Arts…The required coursework for this degree program will be organized into five progressive segments: Culture, Behavior, Business, Commerce and Creative. Each discipline will work independently and cohesively with the others, but rigorous attention will be paid to each field to determine and define the modern practice of Branding.