30 Weeks: The New Experimental Design School Backed by Google, Parsons & Pratt


By / / So what do we get when a powerhouse team of New York design schools — Parsons, Pratt, School of Visual Arts, and The Cooper Union — in collaboration with education company Hyper Island and Google decide to start a new design program in Dumbo, Brooklyn? Well, this: The 30-week program, akin to a cross between a traditional school and a startup incubator, will take students through a series of crash courses in business, engineering, and product design, while a prestigious collection of designers, engineers, CEOs, and venture capitalists make appearances along the way to offer lessons they’ve learned in the field. Founder-in-Residence Vivian Rosenthal, founder-designer of augmented reality photography app Snaps, explains: “It’s a different model than what we have in America, where you go to school for two to four years and end up in hundreds of thousands in debt, and you don’t leave in the position of leadership to run a company.” Students at 30 Weeks will pay $10,000 to attend (though some scholarships will be available). Applications for the inaugural session in September 2014 are now being accepted. Apply here. Via