Kayla O’Daniel, Class of 2018

Published on: August 23rd, 2016



My name is Kayla O’Daniel and I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. As an undergrad I studied at North Carolina State University where I completed a BS in Business Administration & Marketing and a BA in Design Studies. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the realm of Design Studies early in my undergrad education. In an attempt to broaden the reach of design influences among the university, the College of Design developed the Design Studies program to connect to the other colleges including the College of Management, which was where I was studying.

I became very interested in the idea of combining business management & design concepts into a cohesive unit. Design Studies was the first time I had seen business classes and design classes being offered under the same degree. It was a great opportunity for me because while I have always been interested in the art and design I was not sure if I wanted to focus my education around it. Design Studies is the perfect marriage of the two.

After being in the professional realm for the past few years I have decided to continue my education with the New School. Design Studies: A Reader was the basis of the Design Studies program at NC State so it only seemed natural to continue my education at the New School. I am very excited to have this opportunity to grow with the New School community!

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Program Update

Parsons is not currently admitting new students to this master’s degree program. Parsons is now offering a Graduate Minor in Design Studies that is designed to complement the MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies and other graduate programs across the university in design, liberal arts, and social research.