The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design is anchored by two intense core areas of inquiry: typography and interaction. From there, students investigate various approaches, methods, and media through a selection of courses, internships, and sponsored projects within the realms of publication, interaction design, branding, advertising, type design, information design, motion graphics, and environmental design.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design & Technology focuses on time-based narrative, interaction, and experiential design. Through courses, collaborative projects, internships, and sponsored projects, the program immerses you in emerging design and art practices such as game design, physical computing, computational art, and experimental interfaces.
The BFA program in Fine Arts exposes students to an array of studio practices, ideas, communities and global relationships. Our students learn to translate concepts into individual expression through composition, color, form, space and performance while developing a solid set of skills and contemporary artistic strategies. They embrace interdisciplinary approaches to thinking about visual culture. Above all, they cultivate the intellectual, conceptual, and critical thinking required to successfully launch their careers as professional artists.
This program cultivates students' vision and prepares them to translate it into a wide range of traditional and emerging media. The curriculum emphasizes visual thinking, originality, art and design history and theory, and awareness of social and cultural concerns.
Students are challenged both technically and conceptually as they develop their skills through the exploration of analog and digital technology, creating multiple bodies of work influenced by film, design, fine art, video, and sound.
Drawing on history, politics, economics, psychology, ergonomics, and other disciplines, this program combines the study of visual, interactive, and narrative aspects of technology with programming and computation. Projects may involve games, Web and mobile applications, film, video, and audiovisual performance.
The MFA course in Fine Arts offers an exciting, critically engaged, cross-disciplinary program for emerging artists. The 2-year, 60-credit curriculum is based on a combination of studio, theory and professional practices classes committed to expanding the formal, intellectual, and conceptual work of students working within and across a wide variety of media such as performance, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, installation and video. The program encourages students to create, present, and interpret their work with the intellectual rigor and refined skill required to become professional artists. The international MFA Fine Arts faculty are celebrated members of the New York art community who exhibit and publish world-wide. The MFA Fine Arts student community is a proudly diverse group who hail from numerous backgrounds and cultures.
The MFA Photography program is a 21st-century think tank that encompasses photography's multiple roles and developing position within converging media. Students develop an individual vision in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment where they learn the language of photography and master the technology driving it.
Students explore industry trends and receive a solid foundation in the traditional practices and concepts of graphic design. Assignments mirror real-world challenges, incorporating online and multimedia applications, interactive design, typography, page layout, and publication design.
Printmaking at Parsons is an exciting and growing nexus for students from Art, Media and Technology's undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education programs – along with students from around Parsons and The New School University community.
Parsons' summer programs are available for students from the elementary school through graduate level. Programs include Summer Intensive Studies in New York and Paris, Summer Studies in Constructed Environments, Art and Design Education, Decorative Arts Graduate Seminar in Scandinavia, and Leadership in the Arts.
Designed for students in grades 3 through 12, the Academy offers age-appropriate courses in subjects ranging from fashion, graphic, and interior design to drawing, painting, cartooning, photography, and portfolio development. Classes meet on Saturdays during the school year and for two weeks during the summer.
Each semester, continuing education offers open admission, nondegree studio, history, and business-oriented courses in art and design for beginner adults and accomplished professionals. Students may enroll for credit or noncredit, or apply courses towards a Parsons SPACE certificate.