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  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded for completion of 120 credits as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits may be transferred from another institution. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.

    Your BFA begins with Parsons’ first-year curriculum, which serves as the first-year course of study for all undergraduate programs at Parsons. The first year immerses you in an exploration of art and design concepts, skills, and critical practices, training students to become flexible thinkers, proficient makers, and lifelong learners. 

    Starting in your second year, you are immersed in core photography studios and labs on diverse photography topics and technical processes. The curriculum encourages specialization and understanding in a variety of areas including social engagement, fashion, emerging technology, and contemporary art. The program focuses on personal expression through a strong technical foundation.

    Throughout your studies, art and design history and theory courses develop essential research, writing, and critical reasoning skills as well as the conceptual foundations for creative inquiry.

    Parsons’ position within a major university — The New School — informs our interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and practice. University electives broaden your skills and perspectives with a wide range of liberal arts courses in the humanities, the social sciences, media studies, and business.

    To view degree requirements from prior years, visit the Academic Catalogs archive. For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.

    PUFY 1000 Integrative Studio 1 3 -
    PUFY 1010 Integrative Seminar 1 3 -
    PUFY 1100 Sustainable Systems 3 -
    PUFY 1020 Space/Materiality 3 -
    PUFY 1030 Drawing/Imaging 3 -
    PUFY 1040 Time - 3
    PUFY 1001 Integrative Studio 2 - 3
    PUFY 1011 Integrative Seminar 2 - 3
    PLHT 1000 Objects as History - 3
    - 3
    Subtotal 15 15
    PUPH 2100 Core Studio 1: Photo Practices 3 -
    PUPH 2101 Core Lab 1: Photo Practices 3 -
    PLVS 2300 History of Photography 3 -
    PUPH 2013 Photo Topics 3 -
    3 3
    PLVS 2500 Intro to Visual Culture: Lecture - 0
    PLVS 2510 Intro to Visual Culture: Recitation - 3
    PUPH 2110 Core Studio 2: Photo Practices - 3
    PUPH 2111 Core Lab 2: Photo Practices - 3
    - 3
    Subtotal 15 15
    PUPH 3100 Core Studio 3: Photo Contexts 3 -
    PUPH 3101 Core Lab 3: Photo Contexts 3 -
    3 -
    3 3
    3 3
    PLxx 3500 Advanced Research Seminar - 3
    PUPH 3110 Core Studio 4: Photo Contexts - 3
    PUPH 3111 Core Lab 4: Photo Contexts - 3
    Subtotal 15 15
    PUPH 4100 Core Studio: Thesis 1 3 -
    PUPH 4101 Core Lab: Professional Practices 1 3 -
    3 6
    6 3
    PUPH 4110 Core Studio: Thesis 2 - 3
    PUPH 4111 Core Lab: Professional Practices 2 - 3
    Subtotal 15 15
    Total Credits

    Objects as History and Sustainable Systems can be taken in either sequence, one in the fall semester and one in the spring.

    The three first-year studio courses—Drawing/Imaging, Space/Materiality, and Time—can be taken in any sequence, two in the fall semester and one in the spring.

    BA/BFA students completing a BFA in Photography: Please speak to your advisor to see how your course requirements are spread across your five years at The New School.

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