What is the NASAD self-study?


The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) was established to develop a closer relationship among schools and programs of art and design for the purpose of examining and improving practices and professional standards in art and design education. This mission is embodied in four major areas: accreditation, professional development, institutional research, and policy.

The Association involves approximately 333 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including postsecondary non-degree-granting schools for the visual arts disciplines.

For a more in-depth overview of NASAD and its functions, click here.


All NASAD member institutions are reviewed on a cyclical basis, with most undergoing the process every 10 years. (Parsons’ last self-study report and visit were in 2003.)

The overarching purpose is to support continuous improvement and advancement of our institution and its programs. The process consists of the development of a self-study document, followed by a visit from a team of external peers.

Beyond a few absolute requirements, institutions are encouraged to be creative in developing a self-study process and document that demonstrate compliance with NASAD standards and fulfill institutional needs and objectives.

To learn more about the self-study process outlined by NASAD, click here.

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