Parsons’ BFA Architectural Design degree program situates practice in a fine arts context and in relation to the spatial and making disciplines of interior design and product design. In this pre-professional major, you investigate environmental, cultural, and theoretical concerns using methods ranging from full-scale construction to digital animation. You create socially engaged, collaboratively made, and globally oriented work along with students in graduate programs in architecture, industrial design, interior design, and lighting design, also offered at Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments (SCE).
This program is part of Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments. Learn about the
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Courses in this architecture program guide you in exploring the body in space as well as environmental and cultural factors influencing design. You study form, tectonics, structure, energy, and urban dynamics. As a senior, you can apply to participate in the Design Workshop, a design-build program in which students design and build a structure for a local nonprofit. Guest lecturers and critics and visits to design studios expose you to current work and professional practice. Art and design history and theory courses develop essential research, writing, and critical reasoning skills as well as the conceptual foundations for creative inquiry.
In internships, courses, and projects you take on with peers in related programs—interior, product, urban, and lighting design—you build collaboration skills and broaden your design knowledge. Visits to industry partners such as Morphosis, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, LO-TEK, and the Center for Architecture and Material Connexion provide further insight into the world of architectural practice.
Graduates pursue careers and advanced education in architecture, landscape architecture, environmental art, and urban, exhibition, and interior design.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is awarded upon completion of 120 credits as designated by the program. A maximum of 60 credits of undergraduate-level coursework can be transferred from other institutions. Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.
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.
* 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.
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All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
Some of your required materials will be submitted through
Emily Moss, Program Director