The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded upon completion of 120 credits, as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits can be transferred. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.
For a complete listing of courses and course descriptions, visit the university course catalog.
Note: This curriculum applies to students who enter Parsons as first-year students in fall 2013 and after. Current students who entered Parsons in a prior academic year and incoming and prospective transfer students with sophomore or junior standing should refer to the Parsons catalog appropriate to their catalog year. See Academic Policies for more details.
The pre-capstone is an upper-level methodology, research, and writing class that prepares students for their capstone experience (thesis project). Students refine skills that they have developed throughout their course of study, including research, writing, and presentation; self-reflection and peer assessment; and incorporation of systems thinking, public policy, and social justice. Class activity is integrated with and contextualized by students' individual work, and emphasis on the reciprocity of practice and theory enables students to reflect critically on art, design, and visual practices.
* Objects as History and Sustainable Systems can be taken in any 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.