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A view of a 3D printer in the Making Center at Parsons
A view of a 3D printer in the Making Center at Parsons

Parsons School of Design Named Best Art and Design School in the Country

The QS World Rankings are the definitive guide for the top universities and colleges around the world. Broken down by subject area, the rankings analyze a number of factors when determining a school’s position, including academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and the H-index (a way of measuring the productivity and published work of a scientist or scholar).

For the third year in a row, Parsons School of Design has been named the best art and design school in the country. Parsons is in good company on the prestigious list, as RISD and MIT both ranked in the top 5 schools internationally as well.

“I am thrilled that our community at Parsons has been continually recognized by QS for our commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience,” said Rachel Schreiber, Executive Dean of Parsons. “Parsons’ strength owes to our internationally-known faculty, whose innovative research and curricula are situated within The New School, enabling deep inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration between design, the humanities, and social research. The recognition speaks to our dedicated students, highly successful alumni, devoted staff, and visionary faculty, who are deeply engaged in developing our curriculum, launching new programs, and advancing research and scholarship in art and design.” 

Throughout the past year, Parsons has remained at the forefront of design education thanks to innovative partnerships and courses, and the school’s quick pivot to remote teaching and learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Faculty members in the MPS Fashion Management program have re-formatted their classes, and even launched a podcast. Additionally, Parsons was able to donate personal protective equipment to hospitals in need as soon as New York City went into quarantine, while faculty members and graduates are addressing the pandemic in their own unique ways.

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