Keiko Nakamura, Class of 2019

Published on: June 21st, 2017

I was born and raised in Japan. With B.A. in foreign studies and LL.B., and after some transient jobs, I started my career in advertising and continued for 15 years. During those years, I engaged in a wide range of marketing communications practices in the producer’s capacity, producing advertising, promotions, media contents, events, etc. with multiple clients and professionals. Being in the realm of marcom, design thinking was always around, which I enjoyed very much.

However, as I grew more confident at what I did, I began to feel I must get out of the conventional ways of its business practices in order to really activate my true self, integrating all I have; my skills, experiences, sensitivities and passions. That’s when I decided to take a chance to redesign the next stage my life.

I wanted to throw myself into a cross-cultural environment, hoping to find my true identity and strengths/weaknesses as well as to learn different values and viewpoints at the same time. I got intrigued by Parsons Design Studies program pioneering the interdisciplinary field of design where such versatile faculty and students from different backgrounds meet.

Being a non-occupational designer, I conceive “design” in a broad sense. Design is not just about the tangible, but it is ubiquitous and behind all aspect of human acts and thoughts. By acquiring better understanding of issues, wants and needs of society, I hope to put new and interesting ideas and values into practice, with the talents I will come across out there.

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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.