Access to the wide range of tools, processes, and materials that are available in the Making Center is an important part of the Parsons student experience and critical to a path of creative growth. Our goal is to provide this access to all students, regardless of major. Tools and processes in Category I tools are accessible to all Parsons and New School students. Category II tools are available to all students with necessary training. Category III tools, more complex tools needing additional software and learning, require additional training or faculty led instruction in order to access. Category IV tools are submission based- requiring a technician to run the tool or process. More info regarding tools and the the category system will follow in lab, shop, and studio pages.
In addition, open and adaptable work spaces where students can accomplish both individual and collaborative work are located in our 26,000 square foot Making Center Hub and other satellite spaces across the university. In total, Making Center resources offer over 60,000 square feet for student use. One of the most valuable parts of The Making Center is the outstanding staff of 100+ Full Time, Part Time, and Student Technicians that support student use of the facilities and the necessary training for equipment and processes.
Hours of operation are intended to support curricular needs across The New School when in session. Please check each resource page for additional access information. The Making Center resources will be closed on official holidays and days when the University cancels classes, unless otherwise noted.
Funding for the Parsons Making Center came, in part, from Kay Unger Family Foundation; Kay Unger is an acclaimed fashion designer, entrepreneur, alumna of Parsons, and chair of the Parsons Board of Governors.
Please follow the links below for more details and information on the various labs, shops, and studios.