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Certificate Programs at Open Campus

Certificate programs are noncredit programs open to all students without prerequisite. In fact, you can even take qualifying courses first and then roll them up into a certificate later while tracking your progress in real-time, allowing you maximum flexibility. Explore our Certificates page for a complete listing of options. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of a predetermined program of courses. 

Resources & Benefits

As an Open Campus student, you have access to many of the on-campus resources available to degree-seeking students, such as admittance to New School libraries — including online library resources. For more information on your library perks and privileges, read on here.

In addition, all Open Campus students can log on to campus Wi-Fi through either their New School account or a New School Guest account. Some certificate students have additional access to campus technology labs, equipped with Mac and Windows workstations, laser printers, and plug-in stations for laptops. To learn more about the options available to you as part of your program, visit the tech help and access directories here.

All certificate students may apply to obtain a plastic photo ID card by visiting Campus Card Services, 72 Fifth Avenue, lower level. What can you do with your plastic ID card? Learn more here.

Certificate students are eligible to participate on the University Social Justice Committee. The committee is made up of students, faculty, staff, and administrators from numerous colleges and departments of The New School with the aim to initiate and promote efforts that address economic, social, and cultural divisions related to identity and to our institutional and personal practices and policies. Learn how to get involved here.

In addition, noncredit certificate students enjoy early access to registration. To take advantage of this benefit, simply register for courses at the certificate level. Explore our noncredit certificate programs and register for classes here. If you have taken courses with us before but are new to your certificate program, please call us at 212.229.5620.

Noncredit Certificates Versus Credit Certificates

In general, noncredit certificates do not have prerequisites for entry, do not require an application, and do not yield grades. Students are welcome to register for their courses directly through this site.

Credit certificates often require a degree of some kind as a prerequisite, and do follow an application process, as well as yielding grades as part of participation in the program.

However, each program is unique. For more specific information on the certificate of your choice, follow the links found here.

Elective Courses with Parsons

In addition to taking courses in students' designated area of study, those enrolled in certificate programs in Fine Art, Fashion Design and Interior Design are permitted to take courses in other art & design disciplines. 

All of the certificate programs have an elective requirement. Parsons courses meeting for nine or more sessions on-campus or online meet the requirement for an individual elective. Courses meeting for fewer than nine sessions count as half of an elective and would need to be combined to fulfill one elective requirement. With the exception of Color Theory, courses that are covered in the Basic Core course cannot be taken as an elective.

Learn more about the specific elective courses on offer for your program on our certificates page.

Certificate Requirements with Parsons

All courses required for the certificate must be completed within two years.

A grade of ‘AP’ must be earned in all required courses.

Students must petition for the certificate no later than one semester following completion of their final course.

Academic Calendars

The New School academic year consists of fall and spring semesters and a summer term.

Below you can download printable calendars for the 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 academic years for most undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs. 

Enrollment and Progress Towards Completion

Certificate students may register for all courses online, and benefit from an exclusive pre-registration period one week before registration is made available to the general public. Once enrolled, you may track your progress towards completion by signing into your personal DegreeWorks account. A tutorial on how to access this platform can be found here  .

For certificate students enrolled with Parsons at Open Campus, students must file a Certificate Petition Form with Parsons at Open Campus during the last week of their final semester of study.

Transcripts

Official transcripts are maintained for credit and certificate students, and can be requested through my.newschool.edu.

International Students

We welcome international students into our certificates but unfortunately the university cannot sponsor a visas for these programs. If you are an international student, please visit link for more information.

Add/Drop and Withdrawal Policies

These policies apply to all noncredit and non-degree credit students.

Withdrawals from courses, transfers from one course to another, and changes to course status (from noncredit to credit, for example) must be done online or in writing. Please be sure to make these changes by the deadlines shown in the schedules below. Any additional tuition or fees are payable at the time the change is made.

To add another course(s) after you have already registered, just complete the normal registration process online, in person, or by mail or fax before the deadline. Note: General credit registration for nine or more credits requires permission. If you have any questions about adding or dropping a course, please contact us.

Refund Policies 

Please visit our Registrars' page here to review our refund policies.

Refunds for Canceled Courses 

The New School reserves the right to cancel courses or adjust curriculum. Courses are typically canceled because of insufficient enrollment, withdrawal of the instructor, or inability to secure appropriate instructional space. If your course is canceled, you will be notified by the Registrar's Office and asked whether you wish to transfer to another course or to receive a full refund of tuition and fees. If you are in a certificate program, please consult with a program advisor if a required course is canceled.

Housing

On-campus housing is available only to full-time degree students. Students enrolled in continuing education or certificate courses are not eligible for on-campus housing. Housing is available for some summer intensive programs. You can explore these options here

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I search for a class to register for?

    You can search for and register for courses by going to the Course Catalog and, under Enrollment Type, selecting the Certificate Catalog. You can then filter down by your desired area of interest.

  • How will a certificate help me achieve my goals?

    Certificates demonstrate to employers that you have the right mix of experience and skills to soar in the workforce. With specialized courses of study tailored to address a variety of different lifestyles and needs, The New School’s certificate programs have proven to be an extremely effective and convenient way for our students to pursue their professional or creative goals at their own pace. 

    Whether it's been a few years or a few decades since you entered a classroom, entering a certificate program is the most efficient way to learn about emerging practices, procedures, and technologies that can make your work life easier and give you a competitive edge. Former students have applied their certificates to transition from one career to another or as a stepping-stone to a degree program. Classes are thoughtfully tailored to be cost effective and flexible--without sacrificing quality of education. 

  • Whom will I be learning with, and who will be teaching my classes?

    Learn alongside other ambitious professionals and be inspired by faculty who have both the theoretical and the practical knowledge to teach cutting-edge concepts in their fields. Trained to give both academic and strategic advice, our faculty members are proven industry thought leaders with many professional accomplishments under their belts. Professionally prepared and willing to share their “best practice” strategies to help you reach your goals, our faculty understand that busy schedules and other commitments are just as important as classroom study. Our faculty are prepared to work with you to guarantee your success, both within and outside of the classroom. 

  • What is the difference between a noncredit and a credit certificate?

    In general, noncredit certificates do not have prerequisites for entry, do not require an application, and do not yield grades. Students are welcome to register for their courses directly through the registration site.

    Credit certificates often require a degree of some kind as a prerequisite and do follow an application process, as well as yielding grades as part of participation in the program. However, each program is unique. For more specific information on the certificate of your choice, follow the links found here.

  • Who can take a certificate course?

    Anyone who is motivated to do so! The New School has built a reputation for offering creative, innovative programming, and we pride ourselves on developing courses that welcome and inspire learners from any age or background. Your dedication to learning and excelling in your field is guaranteed to be matched by the commitment our faculty and staff show our students in ensuring their continued progress in the field. With the proper certificate program offered in both academic and creative disciplines, certificate programs give you the confidence to indulge in an artistic pursuit to explore or transition into a new career. 

  • What services are offered to Open Campus students?

    As a certificate student, you have access to many of the on-campus resources available to degree-seeking students, such as admittance to New School libraries and online library resources. For more information on your library perks and privileges, read on here. In addition, all Open Campus students can log on to campus Wi-Fi, either through their New School account or a New School Guest account. Some certificate students have additional access to campus technology labs, equipped with Mac and Windows workstations, laser printers, and plug-in stations for laptops. To learn more about the options available to you as part of your program, visit the tech help and access directories here. Finally, all CE students receive ID cards. Noncredit students receive paper IDs, and certificate and credit students may apply to obtain a plastic photo ID card by visiting Campus Card Services, 72 Fifth Avenue, lower level. What can you do with your plastic ID card? Learn more here.


    In addition, noncredit certificate students enjoy early access to registration. To take advantage of this benefit, simply register for courses at the certificate level. Explore our noncredit certificate programs and register for classes here. If you have taken courses with us before but are new to your certificate program, please call us at 212.229.5620.

  • If I am an Open Campus student, will I receive a newschool.edu email account?

    All credit students (certificate or otherwise) get a newschool.edu email account. Noncredit students are not eligible for newschool.edu email accounts, with the exception of some Parsons Summer Intensive students. If you are a noncredit student enrolled in a Parsons summer program and are interested in obtaining an email account, please contact ParsonsCE@newschool.edu to inquire. All Open Campus students have access to MyNewSchool, which allows for electronic communication between faculty and students.

  • Where is The New School? What is there to do in the neighborhood?

    Steps away from Union Square in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, the campus is within walking distance from art galleries, theaters, museums, and restaurants. With Barnes & Noble and the Strand bookstores nearby, students can pick up textbooks or supplies minutes before their classes begin. Coming straight from your office uptown or commuting in from Long Island? The New School is conveniently located close to several subway and bus lines, so you can get to your classes with ease. 

  • Does The New School offer advising services to prospective students?

    We strongly encourage prospective students to give us a call at 212.229.5600, stop by our Welcome Center at Fifth Avenue and 13th Street, or attend an open house or information session to meet current students and faculty. Check our online calendar at events.newschool.edu to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you! Although we will make every effort to ensure that certificate students receive priority registration for courses of their choice as part of their certificate program, please note that depending on demand, required courses and electives may not be available every semester. If certificate requirements have changed since a student last registered, the student can either follow the previously published requirements or meet the new ones. If a program is discontinued, students can complete their certificates by making course substitutions with the approval of continuing education academic advisors at The New School. The New School reserves the right to adjust requirements and make appropriate substitutions as needed.

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