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New School, The

Parsons The New School for Design, History of Design and Curatorial Studies M.A.


72 Fifth Avenue

New York,



United States





Program Information

Degree Offered

M.A. - History of European Decorative Arts; M.A. - History of American Decorative Arts

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Offered jointly with the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the History of Decorative Arts and Design program leads to a master’s of arts degree. Graduates go on to careers as historians, curators, and scholars in museums, universities, historic houses, auction houses, and galleries.

The curriculum focuses on the stylistic, historical, and theoretical contexts of European and American decorative arts and design from the Renaissance to the present. Object-based courses on furniture, interiors, ceramics, costume, glass, graphic design, metalwork, textiles, works on paper, and other media go beyond connoisseurship to address objects as intersections of social meaning and aesthetic theory.

*This program is also available at Parsons Paris


All degree programs at The New School are registered by the New York State Department of Education. The New School has been regionally accredited by Middle States Commission of Higher Education since 1960. Parsons The New School for Design has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) since 1966.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Offered: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research Universities - Intensive

Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 5,000 - 9,999