Applying for an Associates Degree (AAS) in Graphic Design/Communication Design

Parsons AAS in Graphic Design 

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program is most suitable for students with some college experience who are clear about their interests in the field of design and prepared for rapid immersion in a professional course of study. The typical student has a bachelor’s or an advanced degree and work experience in a field other than design. Admission to the program is based on the prospective student’s maturity, desire to pursue further education, previous accomplishments, and potential for growth. Applicants must have graduated from high school at least two years prior to be eligible to apply._DSC5399                   ashcan studio student work for graphic design admissions


  • Application Deadlines
    • Fall Term Regular Priority Applicants: March 15
    • Spring Term Priority Applicants: October 15
    • Spring Term Priority International Applicants: October 15
  • Financial Aid Deadlines
    • All applicants admissible into our program are considered for a merit scholarship award that is determined by the strength of their application. Scholarship award notification is communicated at the same time as the admission decision. International students are eligible only for merit scholarships. If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found on the web at The FAFSA is available each year on January 1. (The New School’s federal school code is 002780.) You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid; we recommend submitting by our FAFSA priority deadlines:
    • Fall: March 1
    • Spring: November 1


All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.

Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.

See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.


  • Application Form:Complete the online application. All applicants are required to apply online.
  • Application Fee:A nonrefundable $50 application fee and a $10 SlideRoom fee, payable as part of the online application.
  • Official Transcripts:All applicants must provide official high school and/or college transcripts. If you are currently in school, submit transcripts for all coursework taken to date. Applicants who have attended multiple high schools may submit only the graduating school’s official transcript as long as courses taken at previous schools are reflected on that transcript.
  • Transfer Applicants:Transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 24 college credits (on a semester system) must submit high school transcript(s) in addition to college transcripts. Students who have completed any college coursework must apply as transfer students, regardless of whether they plan to apply those credits to their studies at Parsons.
  • By Mail:Official transcripts should have an original signature or a raised university seal, and must be in a sealed envelope that has been signed or stamped by the issuing university’s registrar or records office. Applicants can either send official transcripts with an Application Materials Cover Sheet or request that institutions send transcripts directly to The New School. See “Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials” for our mailing address in the Additional Instructions and Information section below.
  • Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions Only):The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors in order of preference are:
    • Parchment Exchange
    • Naviance
    • SCRIP-SAFE International
    • National Student Clearinghouse
  • We do not accept electronic transcripts sent directly by a student or school offices. Note: All international academic credentials must be submitted as indicated in the International Academic Credentials sections below.
  • High School Equivalency:For GED, TASC, and HiSET, send official test score results by postal mail.
  • International Academic Credentials:All transcripts not written in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • International Academic Credentials with Transfer Credits:Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation must be prepared for each transcript. In the absence of an evaluation, the Admission Committee will do its best to render a decision. Please note: In some cases, a review cannot be made without an evaluation, and a committee decision will be delayed.
  • If using WES, visit wes.orgfor instructions and to begin the application process. The “Required Documents” section will explain what to send. If you request your report online, search for “New School Parsons” when selecting our institution. WES will send your completed evaluation directly to The New School.
  • If using another NACES provider, follow instructions for that provider. Mailed evaluations and translations should be sent to the mailing address provided for supporting materials. Applicants forwarding these sealed documents should include an Application Materials Cover Sheet.
  • Statement of Intent:Upload a one-page single-spaced 500–550-word Statement of Intent describing the events and ideas that led to your interest in this major. Please note that this must be included when you submit your online application.
  • Creative Assignment:It is strongly recommended that you submit the creative assignment with your online application. If work must be mailed, original artwork larger than 8.5″ × 11″ will not be accepted. You can also submit your work on a cross-platform CD-ROM or DVD. Save each of your images as a JPEG no larger than 2MB. Clearly label the CD or DVD with your name and date of birth, and attach the Application Materials Cover Sheet.
  • Graphic Design: Design a postage stamp depicting your favorite fruit or vegetable. Submit an 8″ × 8″
  • TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE:All applicants whose first language is not English must submit valid TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The minimum TOEFL (IB) score required for on-campus programs is 79, and for online programs is 92. The minimum score for IELTS is 6.5, and the minimum score for PTE is 53. (Our TOEFL institution code is 2638.)
  • The TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement may be waived for applicants who have earned a four-year degree from a U.S. college or university, or for citizens of the following countries whose native language is also English: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, or Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).
  • Arrange for the testing service to send your test scores directly to The New School using the institution codes listed above. We accept scores from the past two years. If your scores are older, you must retake the test. For more information, visit TOEFLIELTS, or PTE.
  • Applicants also have the option of enrolling in The New School English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Students must pass Level 5 in order to waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement. Visit the ESL websitefor more information.
  • Résumé (optional):You can submit a brief résumé (CV) listing education, relevant work experience, travel, etc., including dates and positions held; it must be submitted online.


  • Applying to More Than One Program:In any given term, a student can apply to only one department or program within The New School. Applicants who file more than one application in a given semester will be required to withdraw one of the applications, and application fees will not be refunded.
  • Application Materials:All materials submitted in association with The New School application become the property of The New School and cannot be returned to you or transmitted to a third party.
  • Test Score Codes:
    • TOEFL: The institution code is 2638.
  • Application Status:Applications become complete and ready for review once all required items have been received by the Office of Admission. You can check your application status online at the Admission Hub.
  • Allow at least 14 days from the date you submitted your application for items to be matched and shown as received on the Hub. Applicants are responsible for following up with schools and recommenders to confirm that items have been sent.
  • The Office of Admission will periodically notify applicants by email if their file is missing any documents and again when their file is complete for review. These notifications are sent to the email address provided in the online application.
  • Interviews:Interviews are not required. Applicants with questions about Parsons or the admission process are encouraged to attend an information session. Please review the Admission Calendar for dates and times.
  • Mailing Address for Supplemental Materials:

Parsons School of Design

Office of Admission (PS 200)

79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor

New York, NY 10003


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Pratt AAS in Illustration/Graphic Design 

Pratt’s Associate Degree Programs are concise, comprehensive, and intensive two year art and design degree programs which integrate the best of new media and technologies with a strong commitment to a traditional art and design curriculum. These programs include the career-track A.O.S. Degree or the transfer-track A.A.S. Degree (offering transfer-track to Pratt B.F.A.). Located at Pratt’s Manhattan campus on 14th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, we accept applications in the Fall and Spring semesters (see application info below).

A.O.S. Graphic Design: Illustration: Digital Design/Interactive Media

Two years (four semesters for 69 credits): Students move quickly into upper level art and design classes taught by top professionals and students develop a competitive portfolio and necessary skills to move directly into the field. This program offers great internship opportunities which leading to exciting and invaluable industry experience.

A.A.S. Graphic Design/Illustration:Painting/Drawing

Two years (four semesters for 69 credits): Students follow an exciting art and design curriculum that includes a liberal arts component which positions students to transfer to Pratt’s B.F.A. program (upon completion of the A.A.S. Degree). Upon completion of the A.A.S. Program students typically transfer to either the Pratt B.F.A. in Communications Design or Fine Arts Department.

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Submit your application as early as possible. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis as applications become complete.

Application Requirements: Select “freshman” or “transfer” requirements depending on your level. Applicants are not required to submit the SAT or ACT. Read the international requirements if you are an international applicant.

Transfer applicants to the Associate Degree Programs at Pratt’s Manhattan Center should use the online application.

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FIT AAS in Communication Design

Communication Design Foundation (AAS) program is a lower division program in the Communication Design department. Upon the completion of this lower division program, students are eligible for applying to the upper division of Graphic Design, Advertising Design BFA programs in the Communication Design department, the Package Design BFA program, or the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design BFA program.

Communication Design Foundation (AAS) program focuses on all visual imagery—both still and moving—that persuades, promotes, educates, and informs. In this program, you’ll study digital design, typography, color theory, and layout design, as well as presentation and web design—all vital skills for a successful career in this increasingly demanding and competitive field.

STEP ONE – File the SUNY Application Online.

After you apply, you’ll receive confirmation that your application has been received. The first letter will come from the SUNY Application Services Center. The second letter will be sent from FIT to the email address indicated on your SUNY application.

It can take 7-10 days to receive the first email from FIT after submitting the SUNY application.

STEP TWO – Submit FIT’s Supplemental Admissions Materials

Online Academic History and Essay form.

The Academic History and Essay form will be made available online after you have received your email from FIT mentioned in STEP 1. To submit these forms, you’ll need to access MyFIT using the provided FIT Username and Password.

Your essay should answer the following questions: What makes you a perfect candidate for FIT? Why are you interested in the major you are applying to? The essay is also your chance to tell us more about your experiences, activities and accomplishments. (No more than 750 words, please.) For the academic history form, you will be required to provide information for all secondary and post-secondary schools attended. Please be specific regarding dates of attendance, location and degrees awarded.

School transcripts

Arrange to have all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts sent in sealed envelopes directly from your schools to:

Fashion Institute of Technology

Office of Admissions, Room C139

227 W. 27th St.

New York City 10001-5992

Electronic Transcripts: FIT will accept electronic transcripts from the following approved vendors:


Naviance by Hobsons

SUNY Counselor Connect

Credential Solutions

FIT will only accept academic documents that have been officially attested (bearing the stamp and signature of the Registrar or designated officer) and placed in a sealed envelope by the issuing institution or awarding authority.

Documents from all institutions must be provided (with no exceptions), regardless of the type of institution, subjects taken, or their relevance to FIT. Such documents should include all subjects taken, all grades/marks earned, and any degrees awarded. If you are a high school student earning college credit, please forward a transcript from the awarding college or university.

Home-schooled applicants are encouraged to review the SUNY policy for providing appropriate proof of graduation.

Official AP and/or CLEP scores, if any, are required when available. Official IB (International Baccalaureate) diplomas or certificates, if any, must be provided by the IBO.

International applicants:
If you have studied abroad, or you attended secondary or post-secondary school(s) outside the U.S., please submit your academic documents from schools outside the U.S. to World Education Services (WES) not to FIT.   See Undergraduate International Applicants for more information on submitting transcripts.


Additional application materials:


Art and Design applicants must submit a portfolio. You will be invited to submit your portfolio once your SUNY application has been received and processed by FIT. Please do not submit any artwork with your application.

Communication Design AAS Portfolio Instructions

English Proficiency – TOEFL Score or IELTS Score  Students whose first language is not English must provide an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, or a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score regardless of the time lived in the United States. See the section under English Proficiency for more information.

*SAT and ACT test scores are not required for admissions purposes. They are, however, required for the Honors Program. They are also required for placement into your English and Math classes at FIT. Use FIT school code 2257 when sending SAT scores, and code 2744 when sending ACT scores. Learn more.

International Students who have not taken the SAT or ACT exams will take the FIT Placement Exams before registering for any English, Math and Science courses.

*Please be aware that documents submitted become the property of FIT and will not be returned. This includes official transcripts, test scores and portfolio submissions.


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