Plot(s) Website is Live

Published on: November 4th, 2016


This month, the MA Design Studies program proudly launches the online companion to our print journal, Plot(s). Volumes I, II, and III of the journal are now available to read and download on the website.

Plot(s) online allows for flexible timing in publishing scholarly content, reviews, and visual media pieces (including video and other formats not available to our print issue), and we encourage all who are interested in submitting to Plot(s) online to email with your piece.

The online team is led by Design Studies faculty Jilly Traganou, under the direction of alumna and part-time faculty Dora Vanette. The contents and design are the work of our students:  Salma Shamel, Claudia Marina, Shea Mandolesi, Adam Ridgeway, Fattori Fraser, and Kayla O’Daniel.  Jen Rhee, Molly Rottman, and Afiya Owens-Khalfani supported the project in the Parsons Deans Office.

Plans to produce Volume III in print as part of a double-issue with Volume IV this spring are in the works. Please note that the call for submissions for Volume IV (print and online) is now open, and the deadline is on December 19, 2016.

Please see below for submission details.

Plot(s) Journal of Design Studies Call for Submissions

The call for submissions for Plot(s) Volume IV is now open. Plot(s) Journal of Design Studies is an annual peer-reviewed publication produced and edited by the MA Design Studies program at Parsons School of Design in New York. As a multidisciplinary journal, Plot(s) attempts to articulate the ways in which design practices shape and transform the human experience.

Submissions are open to graduate students, recent graduates, design practitioners, and academics. Plot(s) accepts a wide range of formats including, but not limited to, academic essays, visual essays, design research, interviews, book/exhibition/film reviews, and design/architectural projects. In addition to this, our website allows for the submission of other multimedia formats such as video and audio projects. Attached below, you will find a detailed guideline for submissions.  The deadline to submit for Plot(s) Volume IV is December 19, 2016. Please send all submissions to


The Plot(s) Editorial Team


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Program Contact

Caroline Dionne, Program Director

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.