Curriculum

Communication Design (BFA) Program

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.

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.

First Year F S
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
Program Elective
- 3
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
PUCD 2025 Core Studio Typography 4 -
PUCD 2026 Core Lab Typography 2 -
PUCD 2035 Creative Computing 3 -
PLDS 2190 History of Design: Lecture 0 -
PLDS 2191 History of Design: Recitation 3 -
Program Elective
3 -
PUCD 2125 Core Studio Interaction - 4
PUCD 2126 Core Lab Interaction - 2
Time-Based Elective
- 3
ULEC University Lecture Elective
- 3
Liberal Arts Elective
- 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
PUCD 3095 Independent Studio 6 -
ULEC University Lecture Elective
3 -
Program Electives
3 6
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PSAM 3050 Collaboration Studio - 3
PLDS 2500 Introduction to Design Studies: Lecture - 0
PLDS 2501 Introduction to Design Studies: Recitation - 3
15 15
Senior Year F S
ADHT Pre‐Capstone

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.

3 -
PUCD 4205 Thesis 1 6 -
Program Electives
3 6
Liberal Arts Electives
3 3
PUCD 4210 Thesis 2 - 6
15 15
TOTAL CREDITS 120

*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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