Parsons

Parsons Challenge Instructions

  • All BFA degree, BBA degree, and BA/BFA pathway applicants must complete the Parsons Challenge and submit it to the Admission Committee.

    Submissions for the Parsons Challenge are accepted through SlideRoom only. CDs, DVDs, slides, original artwork, PowerPoint presentations, binders, and flash drives will not be accepted.

    BFA and BA/BFA applicants: Create a new visual work inspired by the theme of a piece submitted in your portfolio. Support your process by writing one 500-word essay describing how your ideas developed. You may also submit up to two additional visual pieces that document your process. All forms of media are acceptable—drawing, video, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, and digital images.

    BBA applicants: Create a new visual work inspired by an advertisement, invention or theme of a piece that you've already created. Support your process by writing one 500-word essay describing how your ideas developed. You may also submit up to two additional visual pieces that document your process. All forms of media are acceptable—drawing, video, photography, sculpture, 3D work, collage, and digital images. 

    The Parsons Challenge helps the Admission Committee understand how a prospective student develops ideas, visually communicates those ideas, and defends the work in writing.

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